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Natrapel 8 Hour

Finally, an effective formula that provides consumers with all of the protection of DEET – without the DEET!

Natrapel 8 hour 3.5 oz bottle
Natrapel 8 hour 3.5 oz bottle

Natrapel 8 hour Wipes
Natrapel 8 hour Wipes

LITTLETON, N.H. (SPRING 2008) – It has become that dreaded rite of summer: as soon as the bugs come out, so does the DEET. And while many consumers loathe the heavy chemical smell and greasy feel of DEET-based repellents, they’ve continued to use them. Why? The reality is that the non-DEET repellents available have simply not worked as well – until now.

In response to consumer demand for a DEET-free repellent that’s as effective as DEET, Tender Corp. has developed the NEW Natrapel® 8 hour. Containing 20% of the active ingredient Picaridin, Natrapel® 8 hour offers families up to eight hours of protection from mosquitoes, black flies, ticks and other biting insects.

“Our research has shown overwhelmingly that a majority of consumers harbor serious concerns about the health effects of DEET repellents but have continued to use them, because there’s been no suitable alternative1,” says Tender’s President Jennifer Cusick. “With the introduction of the new Natrapel® formula, Tender is fulfilling a long-standing consumer need for a repellent that works as well as DEET but has none of its perceived health concerns,” she added.

In head-to-head studies2, the new Natrapel® 8 hour equaled the level of protection or bettered that of medium-DEET products with the same concentration level for a majority of the most common biting insects, including disease carrying mosquitoes (which are responsible for the spread of West Nile Virus) and ticks (which are responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease). Unlike DEET-based products, The New Natrapel® 8 hour is non-oily, nongreasy and offers a mild scent rather than the heavy repellent smell that consumers have had to put up with if they wanted to stay protected.

Safe for the whole family, Natrapel® 8 hour is equally well suited for the backyard and the backcountry. Hunters, anglers and hikers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Natrapel®’s as effective as DEET formula won’t ruin fishing line or sunglasses, should they inadvertently happen to spray some on these or any other plastics.

Natrapel® 8 hour will be available in Spring ’08 in both a 3.5 oz. pump (MSRP$5.99) and as convenient 12-piece wipes (MSRP$5.99), which will be easy to stow in a pocket or purse. Partial proceeds from the sale of Natrapel® will go to Tender Corporation’s Environmental Scholarship Fund. For more information on the new Natrapel® 8 hour.

Natrapel® 8 hour Fact Sheet

  1. Natrapel® 8 hour contains 20% of the active ingredient Picaridin. Also known as KBR3023, it has been in worldwide use since 1998 and is one of the best selling active ingredients in repellents sold in Europe and Australia.
  2.  In 2000, the World Health Organization proclaimed that, due to its safety and effectiveness, Picaridin was their recommended product for repelling Malaria-carrying mosquitoes. They noted that under some circumstances it was even more effective than DEET.
  3. In 2005, the CDC recognized Picaridin as one of only three active ingredients (the others are DEET and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus) that effectively repel mosquitoes. The CDC went on to conclude “evidence indicates that [Picaridin] works very well [at repelling insects], comparable to DEET products of similar concentration.”
  4. Mild smelling and non-greasy, Picaridin is gentle on sensitive skin.
  5. According to 1200 Habit & Attitude Studies Tender Corp. conducted in 2007, 89% of participants noted concerns about using DEET. Key concerns included: 1) fear that ingredients are absorbed into bloodstream – 52.4% 2) DEET causes brain damage – 16.3% 3) Using it causes Cancer – 35.6% 4) It’s harsh on skin – 22.5% 5) Smell – 23.4% 6) Feel on skin – 14.3% 7) Don’t know - 0.1%
  6. Natrapel 8 hour’s Picaridin-based formula won’t ruin fishing line, camera lenses or other important plastics like DEET can.

Source: Tender Corp.

About Tender Corporation
Tender Corporation is a privately owned and operated business located in the heart of the White Mountains in Littleton, NH. There are offices and distribution centers in Barrie, Ontario, Rotterdam, Holland and Newbury, England with distribution in over 40 countries. Founded in 1975, the firm manufactures the world-famous insect bite treatment, AfterBite®, and a full line of well-known insect repellents, first-aid treatments and sunburn and windburn products and has recently added first aid kits through Adventure Medical Kits. Many Tender Corporation products are packaged in innovative ways that make them extremely convenient to use as well as environmentally friendly. Complete product information is available on the company's web site:

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