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Care Plus Icaridin Insect Repellent


Frequently Asked Questions

Care Plus Icaridin Insect Repellent
What is Icaridin?

Icaridin (also known as Picaridin) is the common name of the compound Hydroxyethyl Isobutyl Piperidine Carboxylate that is used in topical insect repellents. It is a synthetic replica of the natural compound piperine, found in pepper plants. An odourless and almost colourless liquid, Icaridin is an effective insect repellent.

How does Icaridin work?
Icaridin repels insects and makes them less likely to bite. It works in the same way as DEET by blocking the insect’s sense of smell to the presence of humans.
Can Icaridin be used on children?

When used as directed, Care Plus™ Icaridin can be used on children 6 months and older. This virtually odourless and non-greasy formula is gentle on the skin. Icaridin-based products have low acute toxicity by all routes so irritation and allergic reactions are very uncommon. 

Can Care Plus™ Icaridin be used in combination with sunscreen?


Sunscreen should be applied first. Wait 20-30 minutes before applying
Care Plus™ Icaridin over the sunscreen protected areas.

Does Icaridin harm the environment?

According to the US National Pesticide Information Center, scientists have found Icaridin in wastewater going into treatment plants but not in water after treatment. Scientific findings suggest that Icaridin binds to soil where bacteria breaks it down. The likelihood of Icaridin ending up in ground water is small based on its physical properties and how it is used.

When was Icaridin developed?

Icaridin was developed in the 1980s by Bayer, a multinational German pharmaceutical company, and given the trade name Bayrepel. In 2005, Bayer created a new company (Saltigo) for its Icaridin business and created a new trade name (Saltidin).

Are Icaridin, Picaridin, Saltidin and Bayrepel the same?
Yes, they are just different trade names of the same compound – Hydroxyethyl Isobutyl Piperidine Carboxylate (often abbreviated to Piperidine or Piperidine Caroxylate in ingredient lists).
Where can Care Plus™ Icaridin be purchased?

Care Plus™ Icaridin can be purchased at select pharmacies, outdoor and sporting goods retailers, and travel medicine and vaccination centres.

What is Care Plus™ Icaridin?

Care Plus™ Icaridin is the brand name for insect repellent now available in Canada with the active ingredient of Icaridin at 20% concentration.

The brand Care Plus™ is an established market leader in insect repellents and travel health protection in Europe.

Does Care Plus™ Icaridin repel all insects?

Care Plus™ Icaridin works very well against mosquitoes, ticks and black flies.

Is Care Plus™ Icaridin 20% as effective as DEET30%?

Research indicates that Icaridin 20% is as good as, or better than, DEET 30% in repelling mosquitoes, ticks, black flies and other biting insects.

In addition, Care Plus™ Icaridin 20% is safe to use on the whole family, including children as young as
6 months.

Does Care Plus™ Icaridin really last longer than DEET 30%?

Care Plus™ Icaridin provides long lasting protection for up to 12 hours when used as directed.

By comparison, DEET 30% formulas provide up to 6 hours of protection and must be re-applied when necessary.

Why is Care Plus™Icaridin not as well known as DEET-based brands?

While DEET-based repellents have been around for over 50 years, Icaridin repellents are relative newcomers to North America, entering the U.S. market in 2005 and approved by Health Canada in 2012.

Icaridin-based repellents have been available in Europe for over 25 years and remain the best-selling insect repellents on the continent.

What are the ingredients in Care Plus™ Icaridin
  • Water : 15-40%
  • Ethanol (Ethyl Alcohol) 64-17-5 15-40%
  • (Icaridin/Picaridin/Saltidin)
    1 – piperidinecarboxylic acid, 2 – (2-hydroxyethyl), 1 – methylpropyl-ester 119515-38-7 10-30%
  • Polyethylene Glycol 25322-68-3 10-30%
  • Aloe Vera : 0.1-1.0%
Directions for use

Hold 15 to 20cm (6-8”) from skin while spraying, keeping nozzle pointed away from face. Slightly moisten skin with a slow sweeping motion. Apply sparingly, not under clothing and only when necessary. Do not apply directly to face or to excessively sunburned skin. TO APPLY TO FACE: Spray hands and apply avoiding eyes and mouth. Apply sparingly around ears. Do not spray in enclosed spaces. Reapply if necessary, after 12 hours for protection from mosquitoes and ticks, and 10 hours for protection from black flies.


Supervise applications on children.  Do not apply to the hands of smaller children. Do not use on infants under 6 months of age. Causes moderate eye irritation. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, cuts, wounds or irritated skin.


Do not store near heat sources, sparks or open flame. Do not smoke while applying.

First Aid:

If in eyes: Hold eye open and rinse gently with water for 15-20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after first 5 minutes, then continue rinsing eye. Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment advice.

If swallowed: Call a physician or poison control center or doctor immediately for treatment advice. Have person sip a glass of water if able to swallow. Do not induce vomiting unless told to do so by a Poison Control Center or doctor.  Do not give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Take container, label or product name and Pest Control Product Registration Number with you when seeking medical attention.

Toxicological Information:

Treat symptomatically.


Store in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Keep away from heat, sparks and open flame.


Do not re-use empty container. Wrap and dispose of empty container with household garbage.

Mode d'Emploi

Tenir le contenant à 15 à 20cm (6-8”) de la peau en pulvérisant la solution en prenant soin de ne pas pulvériser en direction du visage. Humecter la peau en balayant d’un mouvement lent. Appliquer en petites quantités, mais non sous les vêtements et seulement si nécessaire. Ne pas appliquer directement au visage ou sur un coup de soleil grave. POUR APPLIQUER SUR LE VISAGE : pulvériser la solution sur les mains et appliquer celle-ci sur le visage en évitant les yeux et la bouche. Appliquer la solution en petites quantités autour des oreilles. Ne pas pulvériser dans les endroits clos. Renouveler l’application si nécessaire après 12 heures de protection contre les moustiques et les tiques et après 10 heures pour la protection contre les mouches noires.

Mises en Garde :

Superviser l’application sur les enfants. Ne pas pulvériser la solution sur les mains de jeunes enfants. Ne pas employer sur les nourrissons (de moins de 6 mois). Provoque une irritation modérée des yeux. Éviter le contact avec les yeux, la bouche, les blessures, les coupures et la peau irritée.

Inflammable :

Ne pas ranger ce produit près de sources de chaleur, d’étincelles et de flammes nues. Ne pas fumer lors de l’application.

Premiers Soins :

En cas de contact avec les yeux : Garder les paupières écartées et rincer doucement et lentement avec de l’eau pendant 15 à 20 minutes. Le cas échéant, retirer les lentilles cornéennes au bout de 5 minutes et continuer de rincer l’œil. Appeler un centre antipoison ou un médecin pour obtenir des conseils sur le traitement.

En cas d’ingestion : Appeler un centre antipoison ou un médecin immédiatement pour obtenir des conseils sur le traitement. Faire boire un verre d’eau à petites gorgées si la personne empoisonnée est capable d’avaler. Ne pas faire vomir à moins d’avoir reçu le conseil de procéder ainsi par le centre antipoison ou le médecin. Ne rien administrer par la bouche à une personne inconsciente. Emporter le contenant, l’étiquette ou prendre note du nom du produit et de son numéro d’homologation lorsqu’on cherche à obtenir une aide médicale.

Renseignements Toxicologiques :

Traiter selon les symptômes.

Entreposage :  

Entreposer le produit dans un lieu frais et sec, hors de la portée des enfants. Garder à l’écart de la chaleur, des étincelles et de toute flamme nue.

Élimination : 

Ne pas réutiliser le contenant vide. Envelopper le contenant vide et le jeter avec les ordures ménagères.