Aussie woman’s organic mission to debug summer
With growing concerns about insect borne diseases and Australia’s ongoing battle with creepy crawlies, Helen Love is literally cooking up an end to the great Aussie salute in her Port Stephen’s kitchen. Drawing on her wealth of knowledge garnered working with oils for over 35 working in the health and beauty industry, Helen developed Australia’s first insect repellent to contain organic & natural ingredients only, YaMate.
Concerned that the body can absorb nine times the amount of chemicals through the skin compared to what we consume, Helen set out to rethink the primarily chemical based products that we use. Every product in the ‘YaMate’ range has been carefully crafted and tried and tested by locals in Shoal Bay which Helen says is the sand-fly capital of Australia and then by volunteer workers at The Hunter Wetlands, Mission Australia in Uganda, Buzz Off Anti -Malarial Group and hundreds upon hundreds of campers and travellers throughout Australia, Indonesia and Africa who all swear by it!
Helen has been developing and perfecting the collection of eight YaMate products since 2006 to ensure its high quality and efficacy but also to ensure it is environmentally friendly. The range which includes extra strength sprays, lotions for kids, a fishing spray with natural fish attraction as well as beeswax burners and oils notable for being organic and free of artificial colours or fragrances, toxic pesticides or parabens.
After establishing a demand locally, Helen’s home grown business is now supplying 600 retailers and is garnering international reputation with the likes of Humanitarian Projects International using YaMate exclusively in the remote jungles of Uganda, Indonesia and Africa.
Australian Association of Bush Regeneration has also confirmed that Ya Mate is their choice for repelling an array of bugs including mosquitoes, sand flies, midges, stables flies, ants, ticks, leeches, fleas, mites and nits. Others singing its praises include, HPI CEO Peter Mack who says, “I recommend YaMate to anyone travelling anywhere. It is definitely the best repellent I have used particularly for mosquitoes.” Dr Rhonda Melzer from National Parks & Wild Life adds, “We use YaMate to repel march flies, mosquitoes and midges.”
The Ya Mate protection collection features a wide range of products suitable for every situation home and away. It is entirely hand crafted, packed with essential oils, plant extracts and the finest natural and organic ingredients available including citronella and lemon myrtle.
YaMate Spray 125ml – $12.60
This little pocket rocket is a multifunctional product, safe to spray on our clothes, hair, and boots; ensuring protection from head to toe. It’s even safe to spray on screen doors and bench tops to provide a powerful protective barrier from nasties in your home, motor home or caravan.
YaMate Insect Repellent x strong 125ml – $18.30 & 250ml – $29.30
Containing no animal products, mineral oils, or parabens, this extra strength formula is friendly to the skin and environment with a non-greasy and easily spreadable feel. The product is made with organic soya bean oil, unprocessed beeswax, eco soy wax, xanthan gum and a unique combination of essential oils and plant extracts.
YaMate Insect Lotion Safe for Kids 125ml – $15.40 and 250ml – $24.00
Especially formulated for infants and children’s sensitive skin, with the same formula as the adult lotion but half the amount of essential oil and plant extracts.
Fishing Mate Spray 125ml – $11.75
Unique to Ya Mate’s protection collection, developed especially for fishermen and fishing enthusiasts. It contains the same the same formula as YaMate spray with an additional fish attractant; so it helps attract the bites from fish while repelling the bites of insects!
YaMate Burning Oil 15ml – $18.00 and 25ml – $22.70
The perfect replacement to the chemical mossie coils of the past, YaMate Burning Oil is an all-natural solution which can be used in candle or electric burners
Beeswax Burners 4pk – $10.00
Perfect for the top of your burner, and lasting between 15 and 20 hours, these are a must have for cocktail hour in the summer months! To extend the burning life add six drops of burning oil for a further 15 to 20 hours protection!
YaMate Soy Wax Candles 4pk – $18.00
Each candle in this four pack has an individual burning time of 20 hours, making it the perfect companion for outdoor camping, barbecues and motor homes providing ambience and protection.
FlyStuff Spray 125ml – $11.25
Safe to use on the body and around food, this is a necessity for the summer months of entertaining and outdoor events. Long-lasting and smells great, no flying beasts will be able to ruin your day.