How to Use Goodbye Sandfly
Goodbye Sandfly works, but it works differently than a chemical repellent. It helps to know a few things about getting the most from the product. For a good summary of product information, you can also see Questions & Answers.
It can take up to 60 seconds for the heat of your skin to begin evaporating the oils to create a zone that sandflies do not like. 60 seconds is a long time if sandflies are hassling you. Resist the urge to borrow a friend’s chemical repellent in that first minute.
Near the end of essential oil evaporation, sandflies may again begin to land on your skin, but will not bite. This is your signal to reapply. Frequent application of small amounts of Goodbye Sandfly provides the best protection from sandflies and mosquitoes.
We recommend layering applications in the first use, starting with a thin layer and reapplying after twenty minutes.
Then, depending upon the severity of the sandflies and a variety of weather and activity factors reapplication may be as often as every 20 minutes, but most often every hour or two.
If you are staying mostly covered (preferable light coloured clothing), and using Goodbye Sandfly solely for forearms, hands, and face, our 40mls bottle, which is pocket-sized and leakproof, will easily last a week of use. For more on clothing visit Ideas for Managing.
Treat Bites Fast
Goodbye Sandfly also has soothing and antibacterial actions that help the skin heal bites without itching or blemishes. We have noticed that the sandfly bite response is less when the product is applied within the first few minutes of being bitten. Re-apply as needed to soothe itching. See our bites page for more natural remedies ideas.
Babies & Children
Babies and Children can be mostly covered so that very little product is needed. We can’t tell you when it is absolutely safe to use this product on yourself or your child. Plant oils, while natural, are very powerful. Anyone can be sensitive to any essential oil. We recommend introducing the product slowly with patch testing on the inside of the elbow. If any redness or patchiness develops on the skin, please wash the product off with a warm cloth and mild soap, and discontinue use.
Any product that you put on hands or face can possibly end up in the eyes or mouth. Goodbye Sandfly can be eaten, it doesn’t even taste too bad. If it gets into the eyes there is a little bit of stinging. You can use a warm damp cloth to gently wash the eyes and the impact is quickly reduced.