Bite-Free Backyardin’

In July/August 2021, Stuff by Anna Beth AdcockLeave a Comment

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We’re bugging out over Murphy’s Naturals, a Raleigh-run plant-based mosquito repellent.

Seven years ago, Philip Freeman quit his day job to address a problem that plagues us all in the summertime—bug bites. He and his wife, Pam, grew tired of battling bugs while trying to explore the great outdoors with their precious poodle, Murphy (who has since passed away). When Freeman couldn’t find an effective natural mosquito repellent on the market, he decided to create his own—and Murphy’s Naturals was born (a nod to the pup, of course).

Murphy’s Naturals originally began as a side hustle for Freeman, until shipping products out of his home grew to be too demanding (turns out it’s a little tough for freight trucks to back out of a neighborhood). So Freeman leveled up his operations and moved to a small North Raleigh industrial park off of Capital Boulevard, making Murphy’s Naturals his full-time gig.

Since then, Murphy’s Naturals has only continued to grow and evolve. The company currently offers over 18 different products, ranging from candles to repellent sprays to balms, allowing you to bask in the outdoors this summer without being an afternoon snack for your not-so-friendly neighborhood mosquitoes.

“You don’t have to be the avid extreme outdoorsman who rock climbs and goes fly-fishing to enjoy our products,” says Stewart Freeman, Murphy’s Naturals’ director of sales and marketing. “You can be the ‘backyard warrior,’ someone who’s grilling or doing garden work. Our products are made for everyone—for the family and everyday use.”

Each product is made with a unique blend of responsibly sourced ingredients and a high concentration of essential oils made in-house in our very own City of Oaks. That sustainable sourcing is just one part of the bug-defeating brand’s MO to celebrate nature and inspire good through quality natural products, which is realized through Murphy’s Natural’s status as a certified B Corporation.

The bug-beating brand is also committed to Doing Others Good (DOG)—shoutout to the company’s canine namesake on that one—donating 2% of revenue to charitable organizations who share in the company’s vision and values. And part of that 2% goes toward 1% for the Planet, a global movement inspiring individuals and businesses to support environmental causes in an effort to create a healthy planet. On the local level, Murphy’s Naturals proudly partners with Raleigh City Farm and the Triangle Land Conservancy, and the company’s entire team commits to doing a day of local volunteering once a quarter. Do-gooders, indeed. 

So, if you’re itching to get your hands on Murphy’s Naturals products—who isn’t?—you can find them locally at Logan’s Garden Shop and NOFO @ the Pig, as well as at well-known retailers like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods and Target. Then say goodbye to those bug bites. You’re welcome, Raleigh. 

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