Icaridin (also known as Picaridin) is the common name of the compound Hydroxyethyl Isobutyl Piperidine Carboxylate that is used in topical insect repellents. It is a synthetic replica of the natural compound piperine, found in pepper plants. An odourless and almost colourless liquid, Icaridin is an effective insect repellent.
Icaridin repels insects and makes them less likely to bite. It works in the same way as DEET by blocking the insect’s sense of smell to the presence of humans.
When used as directed, Care Plus™ Icaridin can be used on children 6 months and older. This virtually odourless and non-greasy formula is gentle on the skin. Icaridin-based products have low acute toxicity by all routes so irritation and allergic reactions are very uncommon.
Is Care Plus™ Icaridin 20% as effective as DEET30%?
Research indicates that Icaridin 20% is as good as, or better than, DEET 30% in repelling mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and other biting insects.
In addition, Care Plus™ Icaridin 20% is safe to use on the whole family, including children as young as
- Water : 15-40%
- Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol) 64-17-5 : 15-40%
1 – piperidinecarboxylic acid, 2 – (2-hydroxyethyl), 1 – methylpropyl-ester 119515-38-7 : 10-30%
- Polyethylene Glycol 25322-68-3 : 10-30%
- Aloe Vera : 0.1-1.0%