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THE WORLD'S FIRST Pretty Insect Repellent Jewelry: 'SectAway

"Keep Bugs Away the Fashionable Way!" with 'SectAway's lab-tested, DEET-free mosquito repellent in attractive, reusable jewelry!

THE WORLD'S FIRST Pretty Insect Repellent Jewelry: 'SectAway

"Keep Bugs Away the Fashionable Way!" with 'SectAway's lab-tested, DEET-free mosquito repellent in attractive, reusable jewelry!

pledged of $12,500pledged of $12,500 goal
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, November 1 2018 12:01 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 8, 2018

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Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

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About

Introduction

The 'SectAway system uses a botanical essential oil repellent blend with a porous wood bead bracelet/anklet and a ceramic diffuser to repel mosquitoes with a pleasant scent and attractive look!  Keep bugs away the fashionable way!

The set includes a storage dish/diffuser, a bracelet/anklet, and essential oil repellent.
The set includes a storage dish/diffuser, a bracelet/anklet, and essential oil repellent.

The Jewelry

With unfinished wood beads and a spiral design, the bracelet absorbs and adsorbs the repellent for long-lasting effects!
With unfinished wood beads and a spiral design, the bracelet absorbs and adsorbs the repellent for long-lasting effects!

Each jewelry item is individually HAND-crafted. The pattern and bead selection are such that each is a one-of-a-kind creation. Compared to other wearable repellent devices, ‘SectAway look like part of your ensemble!

The bracelets were designed to hold and release the essential oils with maximum efficiency! The spiral design and surface-to-volume ratio increase the area available to adsorb the oils and slowly release the repellent.

The clasp is designed to be easy to use and secure. All metal items are nickel-free to avoid irritation.

The spiral design also makes the jewelry adjustable to give a custom fit! Many designs are unisex as well!

The Repellent

Our patent pending essential oil blend is 97.5% effective at repelling mosquitoes for at least 2.5 hours
Our patent pending essential oil blend is 97.5% effective at repelling mosquitoes for at least 2.5 hours

The ‘SectAway Botanical Insect Repellent is different from that of most other wearable devices! It is based on essential oils shown to be more effective than citronella at repelling mosquitoes. Furthermore, it is highly concentrated. It has been carefully designed to maximize the release of compounds the mosquitoes hate!

Apply only a few drops at a time to the bracelet/anklet to create a "column of air" around you that keeps mosquitoes away.  A single dropper bottle can last longer than a full can of spray or bottle of lotion because it is so concentrated.

The Ceramic Dish

Differing slit patterns and glazes make each dish one-of-a-kind
Differing slit patterns and glazes make each dish one-of-a-kind

The ceramic dish that is part of every ‘SectAway set is a HAND-made piece of art! Created by http://www.michikoshimada.com based on my specifications, each one is unique!

The dish serves as a storage dish for your bracelet and essential oils. In addition, it can serve as a diffuser of the repellents in a small area, such as on your nightstand or in a tent.

This attractive container keeps your 'SectAway bracelet/anklet where you can SEE it and USE it...because the repellent you don't use doesn't work!

There are several designs and color combinations to choose from!

The Inspiration

A friend and I were about to go to Puerto Rico on vacation when I learned of the first locally-transmitted case of Zika there! Not wanting to add repellent spray to the already-greasy-feel of sunscreen, I started looking for alternatives. I came across some coiled plastic repellent bracelets and took them with us. They seemed to work OK, but there was no way to recharge the repellent and reuse the bracelets, so they ended up in the trash.

Mosquitoes can transmit diseases, such as Zika!
Mosquitoes can transmit diseases, such as Zika!

We had mosquitoes in our hotel room. Wearing the plastic bracelet to bed seemed uncomfortable and ineffective, since it would be under the sheets with me, not where the mosquitoes were. I would place the bracelets around the room and on the night stand, but again wished I could add more repellent and was concerned about their effectiveness. Frustrated with the currently available options, I decided to put my background in biotechnology and medicine to use by creating an effective, environmentally-friendly and attractive solution.

Friends and I tested 'SectAway on a later trip to Bali.
Friends and I tested 'SectAway on a later trip to Bali.

I noted 3 areas for improvement of these repellent devices:

Effectiveness: 

      The Problem: The initial brand I purchased seemed to work fairly well, but they were no longer available for a subsequent trip. Recent studies of citronella bracelets show poor efficacy. 

     My Solution: I researched the botanicals with the most repellent properties and created different combinations based on historical data. I then had the blends tested by an entomologist to find the most effective one. The result was a blend that repels 97.5% of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours! 

Initial spatial repellency screening showed 97.5% effectiveness for 150 minutes
Initial spatial repellency screening showed 97.5% effectiveness for 150 minutes

Reusability: 

     The Problem: The plastic coiled bracelets are disposable with no way of replenishing the repellent. Even sprays and lotions come in large containers which end up in landfills. These are not eco-friendly! 

     My Solution: I created a reusable bracelet from renewable sources. I then used the most concentrated form of the essential oils to reduce packaging to almost nothing! Even packing materials are renewable, recyclable, and/or reusable. All steps in creating and using ‘SectAway are designed to minimize the impact on the environment! 

Attractiveness: 

     The Problem: The plastic coiled bracelets look like industrial keychains or phone cords. They looked particularly out of place when dressing up for a nice dinner at the resort. 

     My Solution: With my crochet skills, I could make something that looked like jewelry and could go with any outfit! Using unfinished beads and cotton cord, I could create something attractive that also had the surface area and surface-to-volume ratio to effectively hold and slowly release the repellent.

Each bracelet is unique and designed to hold and release the botanical repellent.
Each bracelet is unique and designed to hold and release the botanical repellent.

The Campaign

This is where YOU come in! I've developed the system as far as I can on my own, but now need additional entomology testing to further refine the repellent formula.  YOUR contribution can help fund the testing needed to bring you the best possible repellent system! 

Initial tests have shown the repellent blend is as effective as a national brand for at least 2 1/2 hours. Additional tests with live mosquitoes are needed to determine how long the repellent effects last and how large an area they protect. Even more extensive testing, including human testing, would be needed to support EPA registration. 

Recognition

Wood Originals, LLC, creator of 'SectAway, is a Finalist in the Kitsap Bank Edg3 Fund Competition!
Wood Originals, LLC, creator of 'SectAway, is a Finalist in the Kitsap Bank Edg3 Fund Competition!

Risks and challenges

Challenges:
1. Bracelet production: I have secured sources for beads (unfinished wood beads are more difficult to find than you'd imagine), clasps, logo tags, cord, and embellishments. I have adequate supplies on hand and am able to produce more relatively quickly. If bracelet demand exceeded my ability to make them, I would like to have them made in a malaria-affected area by local villagers to provide income to local women. I have not yet found an appropriate liaison for a manufacturing base in a tropical area.

2. Ceramic dish production: Michiko Shimada has been a delightful partner on this project and makes beautiful dishes! It does take a few weeks for less than 50 dishes to be produced. Should demand exceed her capacity, we would have to seek out another partner to produce more dishes in less time.

3. My Commitment:
-I will communicate clearly about the status of the project and your reward.
-I have inventory on hand, ready for the first backers to receive as soon as the campaign is funded! They should ship in November.
-I will work diligently on creating new bracelets/anklets for fulfillment.
-I will order dishes as early as possible so they will be ready to ship.
-I will respond quickly to any concerns.
-I will notify you promptly of any delays, but will work hard to prevent them.

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