“Help!” comes the text from the daughter living in NYC, “Do you still carry that wonderful mosquito spray?” You mean Aromaflage? Of course we do! “Well, I’m getting eaten alive this summer. I would love to have one.” Hmm, I’ll take that as a gentle hint and make a mental note that we need to promote this product in our store. I’d be happy to send you one. What scent do you want? “Oh, the one that you wear. You always smell so good!”
Flattery will get you everywhere! And the timing of her text is perfect, because we are in the middle of wedding season, outdoor entertainment season and all around summertime fun, and it’s time to remind everyone that help is on the way. In the form of a mosquito spray!
We shared this with you last year, but we love the marriage of a good story and a fine product, and this one is about both: Why a nice a nice guy named Mikey, and his lovely wife Momo, came up with the best mosquito repellent ever called Aromaflage and why we have been excited enough to want to carry it in our store — and even write about it!
When Mikey first stopped by the store with a few samples of Aromaflage “fragrance with function,” we were seduced by the pretty packaging and the appealing scents. When he told us that this was an all-natural mosquito repellent that is pleasantly perfumed and works even better than Deep Woods Off (the scent that I’ve previously associated with Maine summers), we were all jumping up and down.
The story of Aromaflage is about a cute couple of Ivy League newlyweds who gave up their day jobs to follow their passion, after a memorable trip to Southeast Asia. There, Mikey and Momo discovered the ancient secret of combining essential oils and natural incense to shield themselves from mosquitoes. They reworked the formulas, tested them favorably against powerful DEET repellents, and developed two distinct scents – spicy and sweet – for their line of candles and body fragrance. And of course, they designed packaging that is as gorgeous as the product is functional.
We Huffingtons are a little picky about the scents in our store, and we don’t always agree on a favorite. But interestingly, we all loved the Aromaflage scents, with some favoring the sweet orange and vanillin found in the white packaging, and others (myself included) preferring the “Wild” hints of spruce, cedarwood and cardamom found in the black package.
We embrace products that are all natural and do not contain harsh chemicals like DEET, Sulfates, Parabens or other nasties. And we love a product that comes with a story, and is born out of passion. But we especially love a product that is functional, pretty and meets a recurring need.
So that’s why I’m excited to share the story again of the best mosquito repellent ever. Not only will some of us be traveling to buggy places this summer (like New York City! Who knew?) , but we’ve had an unusually buggy summer here in the South. For anyone finicky about perfume who hates to wear products with harmful ingredients, Aromaflage is a natural — and it makes a wonderful and unexpected hostess gift (as well as a good story).
So I guess I should thank my NYC girl for “bugging” me again about our sweet smelling mosquito spray. She knows that we love a good story, even when the topic is not very sexy – in fact maybe even a little repelling!
PS : If you’re in NYC or any other buggy place, just visit our website to order Aromaflage online. Or better yet, come see us at the store. We’re always happy to hear from other Aromaflage fans!