Fight those pesky bugs with Mission Essentials Fight Back 2!

by Bionic Beauty on 16.Nov.2010 · 5 comments

There were two key reasons I was excited to try Fight Back “2,” another product within the Mission Essentials line.  The first- the company is based out of Charleston, South Carolina, so their front door is just a hop, skip and jump away from my own.  And two- Charleston has bugs like no other city.  Bring on the insect repellent!

Bionic Beauty blog review - Testing Mission Essentials Fight Back - all natural bug spray and repellent

Joycey Couture puts Mission Essentials' all natural bug repellent to the Bionic test!

A little background on the company itself- Mission Essentials offers products that are paraben free, contain no sodium lauryl-sulfate (SLS) and are vegan-friendly.  They also only use earth-friendly packaging.  What’s not to love?

So there I was, an evening not unlike others, rocking on my porch chair and talking with a few of my friends.  If you’ve ever had a chance to visit the “Lowcountry,” as we call it, you’ll quickly learn that as soon as the sun sets, the bugs begin to bite.  Forks has vampires and werewolves, we have no-see-ums and mosquitoes.

I decided it was the perfect setting to test out Fight Back “2,” a 100% natural insect repellent.

I sprayed my entire body down and soon felt hungry for cereal.  It smells so much like Fruit Loops, I was certain a toucan was going to swoop down, land on my shoulder, then tell me how I needed to follow my nose.

No toucans came around, but no bugs did either. I was sold!
After using Fight Back “2” for a number of bug intense weeks now there is one thing that needs to be known- like any other bug repellent, the Mission Essentials spray does need to be reapplied every hour and a half (or so) for continuous protection.  Bring on the outdoor activities!

Ingredients: Water base, lemongrass essential oils (recommended by the FDA and CDC as the most effective natural ingredient against West Nile Virus), lemon eucalyptus (recognized by Consumer Reports as effectively comparable to low levels of DEET), geranium essentials oils and litsea cubeba, other essential and natural oils.

Grab your own 4 ounce spray bottle for $12 or a 1 ounce trial bottle for $5 at You’ll be ready for the buggy outdoors no matter what!

Stay Bionic,
Joycey Couture - contributing author of the Bionic Beauty blog

FTC Disclosure: This item was sent to me free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinion in this article is based on my personal experience and was not influenced by any source. I was not compensated for this article. Feel free to read my disclosure policy for more information.


1 Kyle Del Bonis November 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Well, isn’t that nice. More body sprays in general should smell like Fruit Loops if you ask me.

Although I don’t seem to have your particularly provincial pest problem, here in my current dwelling of Ft. Myers I have become victim to the leaping lizards and skulking spiders.

Having lived in Florida yourself once, I wonder if you’ve got any tips for that!

2 Bionic Beauty November 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Hey Kyle, During a cold snap in Florida once, I had one of those giant iguanas go unconscious and fall on my head as I walked through the yard. Almost ended up with a concussion. Ha ha!!

3 Kyle Del Bonis November 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm


THAT is awesome. Well, the idea of an iguana going unconscious from the cold and falling – not necessarily on your head and nearly causing a concussion.

But think, how funny would that have been to describe the cause of accident at a clinic – ‘yes, ma’am – A FROZEN IGUANA FELL ON MY HEAD!’

4 Robyn @ Hawaii November 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

This sounds interesting ! I will look it up on website, perhaps I can
use it here in Hawaii .

Thank Joycey !!!

5 Tashi November 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Got anything to chase away the snowflakes and cold? 😉 We got our first snowstorm of the season this past Saturday, up here in the land of Prince (and winter doesn’t officially start for another month — ha!!). We *do* have a lovely mosquito problem. But not right *now*. Hopefully, I’ll remember this column next summer. Thanks! 🙂

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