What's in a name?

It began as a quirky joke, a funny name. Inside the walls of a lip balm manufacturing facility, a machine operator adopted “big mother pucker” as the nickname for the pre-fill mechanism, a device that dropped lip balm tubes into small pucks prior to filling. The name made people snicker, and “pucker” soon became everyday terminology within the facility. It got us thinking, and our thoughts quickly evolved into a lip product known as Pucker Protector®.

As we saw Pucker Protector gain a following in the marketplace, we decided to diversify our line and grow what we’ve branded as the Protector Package. Protector Package is a series of products designed to protect customers from the earth’s everyday elements. As our early creations developed, one of the results was Bug Protector, a DEET-free, all natural bug repellent.

Of course, creating the perfect formula for Bug Protector was no walk in the park. In the testing phase, we made sure to experiment with the product during all activities we felt people would use it: golf, fishing, deep-wooded camping, backyard barbeques, bonfires, bike rides, evening walks. You name it, we tried it — even on our pets! We went through countless changes because we were committed to delivering the very best.

Over time, we discovered just the right combination of ingredients. A blend of lemongrass, geranium, peppermint and cinnamon oils helps infuse a pleasing scent to humans but a foul one to our pesky counterparts. What makes our product exceptional when it comes to performance is our differentiator: vanillin. Unfamiliar to most, the vanillin compound, when used in place of the vanilla fragrance, improves the effectiveness and protection time of plant-based topical repellents.

With such a positive internal response to the field tests, we knew it was too good to keep to ourselves. We had full confidence that Bug Protector would deliver outstanding performance and felt it would further strengthen the brand. Once you try it, we’re convinced you won’t want to use anything else.

Whatever outdoor event you choose, Bug Protector will keep the insects away. Enjoy everything each season has to offer knowing your family, friends and pets will be protected. Trust us — we’ve tested this on our own families and wouldn’t dare give you quality that’s anything less than the best.

Looking back, we realize our Midwest-made product formed primarily from a silly nickname. Who knew what would come of it? We sure didn’t. But we’re thrilled about the result and know you will be too.

Bug Protector is a Certified B Corporation®, as we’ve been recognized by the nonprofit organization B Lab for meeting the highest standards of transparency, accountability, and social and environmental performance.

Bug Protector is produced in a LEED-certified facility, which demonstrates that we value and are committed to maintaining sustainable and responsible business practices.

Bug Protector is proudly made in the Midwest in a state-of-the-art, FDA approved facility. From the R&D to the filling, labeling and shipping, all aspects of the manufacturing process are done by us, which allows us to provide better quality control.