Currently, Insect-repellents are most widely used in India for protection against insects and other parasites. Owing to the various diseases caused by insects (e.g. Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Typhoid, etc.), the demand for insect-repellents in cream, liquid and spray form is increasing every year. However, none of the currently available products (i.e. insect-repellent lotion, cream, spray and coil) is friendly for frequent travelers, as it does not provide any guidance regarding quantity to be applied for maximum insect-repellency. Additionally, the packing is not optimized and suitable for travel and tourism industry.
This project aims to develop a cost-effective disposable insect-repellent wipe for the Indian travel and tourism market. The wipe has also been optimized as per different age groups and body parts. The Spunlace nonwoven materials are being used for the initial feasibility study. The proposed formulations are being optimized so that each wipe provides maximum insect-repellency and sufficient time to the user before it dries up. An innovative way of incorporating insect-repellents to the nonwoven substrate has been studied in order to provide a longer insect-free time to the user. The feasibility study also incorporates application of dry insect-repellent formulations, which can be triggered by impregnating in water while applying on skin. This will reduce the cost of transportation and increase the shelf life of our newly developed wipes. Additionally, a herbal insect-repellent, neem, has also been tested which can be used by persons having sensitive skin.