Insect Repellent Active Ingredients Market  Trends

Insect repellents are substances designed to deter insects from landing on the treated surface or contacting the skin. They are commonly used to prevent insect bites and the transmission of insect-borne diseases. There are several active ingredients found in insect repellent products, each with varying degrees of effectiveness and duration.

The insect repellent active ingredients market is estimated at USD 1.0 billion in 2023; it is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2028.

Some of the most common active ingredients in insect repellents include:

DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide): DEET is one of the most widely used and effective insect repellents. It can provide long-lasting protection against a variety of insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies. DEET’s effectiveness increases with higher concentrations, but concentrations above 50% don’t necessarily provide significantly longer protection. DEET can be used on skin and clothing.

Picaridin (also known as Icaridin): Picaridin is another effective insect repellent that provides protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects. It is less likely to damage synthetic materials, such as plastics and fabrics, compared to DEET. Picaridin is generally odorless, feels less greasy than DEET, and is considered a good alternative for people who prefer non-DEET options.

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Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE): Derived from the lemon eucalyptus plant, OLE is a natural insect repellent. The active ingredient in OLE is called PMD (para-menthane-3,8-diol), which has been shown to effectively repel mosquitoes. However, it’s important to note that OLE is not recommended for children under three years old.

IR3535: This is an organic compound that works as an insect repellent against a variety of pests, including mosquitoes, ticks, and flies. It has a low odor and is considered safe for use on the skin.

Natural Extracts and Essential Oils: Some natural extracts and essential oils, such as citronella, lavender, cedarwood, and eucalyptus, are believed to have insect-repelling properties. While these can provide some level of protection, they tend to be less effective and have shorter durations compared to synthetic repellents like DEET and picaridin.

Asia Pacific is expected to account for the largest market share in 2023.

The insect repellent active ingredients market industry has been studied in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America and Rest of the World. The Asia Pacific region is known for having a high prevalence of insect-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, and Zika virus. According to article by National Library of Medicine 2022, India reported a ZIKV outbreak in Kerala in July 2021, the first activity in the region of South-East Asia since the outbreak in Rajasthan, India, in 2018. At least 70 ZIKV disease cases were found after extensive testing and confirmed by PCR by August 2021. These diseases pose significant health risks to the population, leading to a greater demand for insect repellent products and active ingredients to protect against insect bites. Major players operating in the insect repellent active ingredients market includes Spectrum Brands Inc. (US), Reckitt Beneckiser Group Plc (UK), Henkel AG & Co KGaA (Germany), MERCK KGaA (Germany), S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. (US), Dabur (India), Godrej (India), Sawyer (US), BUGG Products, LLC (US), Coghlan’s (Canada), Vertellus (US), Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd (Japan), Clariant (Switzerland), Citrefine (UK), NK Chemiosys Pvt. Ltd. (India), and Shorgun Organics (India).

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DEET segment, by type, is expected to account for the largest share in 2023.

DEET has been proven to be highly effective in repelling a wide range of biting insects, including mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas. It is known to provide long-lasting protection, making it a preferred choice for individuals seeking reliable insect repellent solutions. DEET can be used in various formulations, such as sprays, lotions, creams, and wipes, making it suitable for different user preferences and needs. It can be applied directly to the skin or on clothing, making it versatile for both personal and outdoor use.