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Why Tender Corporation Products?

At Tender Corporation, we do not make it unless 1) you need it and 2) we use it. Tender Corporation not only conducts studies, its employees and officers and shareholders enthusiastically participate in the same outdoor lifestyles that you do—which is where we do our own in house product research. We bring our products to discover how to make them better and easier to use and while thinking of new ways to make the outdoors more enjoyable with cures for irritating distractions due to cuts, scrapes, bites and burns. Tender Corporation has a complete line of treatments as well as first aid kits for more challenging situations and Survive Outdoors Longer for the highest level of emergency preparedness.


Why should I use insect repellent?

Insect repellents can help reduce exposure to mosquitoes that may transmit disease such as West Nile virus and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). These diseases can cause serious illness and even death. Using insect repellent allows you to continue to play and work outdoors with a reduced risk of mosquito bites. The Centers for Disease Control has additional information available.


When should I use mosquito repellent?

Apply repellent when you are going to be outdoors. Even if you don't notice mosquitoes there is a good chance that they are around. Many of the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus bite between dusk and dawn. If you are outdoors around these times of the day, it is especially important to apply repellent. In many parts of the country, there are mosquitoes that also bite during the day, and some of these mosquitoes have also been found to carry West Nile virus. (CDC)


I am concerned about ticks they are pretty gross all on their own but some carry Lyme disease. What precautions should I take? Which repellent do you recommend?

To repel ticks, the CDC recommends using insect repellents that contain DEET (or contains Picaradin). Tender Corporation offers both Ben's® Tick & Insect Repellent and Natrapel® 8 hour and clothing.
You should also follow these recommendations:
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep ticks off your skin.
  • Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks more easily.
  • Tucking pant legs into socks or boots and tucking shirts into pants help keep ticks on the outside of clothing.
  • If you'll be outside for an extended period of time, tape the area where your pants and socks meet to prevent ticks from crawling under your clothes.
  • Ask your local health department and park or extension service about tick infested areas to avoid. (CDC / EPA)


Can insect repellents be used by pregnant or nursing women?

Pregnant or lactating women should use the physical barriers described above to prevent contact with ticks. They may also consider having their OUTER clothing treated with Ben's® Clothing and Gear according to the label instructions. Ben's® Clothing and Gear provides 2 weeks of protection to clothing and gear. Other than the routine precautions, because there are too few studies conducted to examine the effects on infants of a mothers transdermal exposure to insect repellents, the EPA does not recommend specific precautions for using registered repellents on pregnant or lactating women. We recommend that you contact your physician with questions.


Can I use an insect repellent and a product containing sunscreen at the same time? What are the recommendations for combination sunscreen/insect repellent products?

Yes. People can, and should, use both a sunscreen and an insect repellent when they are outdoors. Follow the instructions on the package for proper application of each product. In general, the recommendation is to apply sunscreen first, followed by repellent.


How should I apply repellent? What precautions should I take?

EPA recommends the following precautions when using insect repellents:
  • Read the entire label before using a repellent. Even if you have used it before, read the label again and follow all instructions on the label.
  • Follow use directions carefully, use only the amount directed, at the time and under the conditions specified, and for the purpose listed. For example, if you need a tick repellent, make sure that the product label lists this use. If ticks are not listed, the product may not be formulated for that use.
  • Store pesticides out of the reach of children, in a locked utility cabinet or garden shed.
  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin and/or clothing (as directed on the product label). Do not use under clothing.
  • Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
  • Do not apply to eyes and mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using sprays do not spray directly onto face; spray on hands first and then apply to face.
  • Do not allow children to handle the products, and do not apply directly to a child's hands. When using on children, apply to your own hands and then put it on the child.
  • Do not spray in enclosed areas. Avoid breathing a repellent spray, and do not use it near food.
  • Use just enough repellent to cover exposed skin and/or clothing. Heavy application and saturation is generally unnecessary for effectiveness; if biting insects do not respond to a thin film of repellent, then apply a bit more.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water or bathe. This is particularly important when repellents are used repeatedly in a day or on consecutive days. Also, wash treated clothing before wearing it again. If you suspect that you or your child are reacting to an insect repellent, discontinue use, wash treated skin, and then call your local poison control center. If/when you go to a doctor, take the repellent with you.


How do I choose the right repellent?

Where can I find more information about insect repellents and recommendations on how to protect my family from insect borne diseases?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: (404) 639-3534 / (800) 311-3435

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

For additional information, we suggest that you contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC). NPIC is an EPA-sponsored hotline which provides a variety of impartial information on all pesticides. NPIC provides chemical, health and environmental information on the 600+ active ingredients incorporated into over 50,000 different pesticide products, toxicological information, product label information, cleanup and disposal procedures, and general information on the regulations of pesticides in the United States.

NPIC Environmental and Molecular Toxicology
Oregon State University
333 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6502
Phone: 1-800-858-7378


What is an Eco-Spray can?

Eco-Spray cans, such as the Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent package and Natrapel® 8 hour, provide a continuous spray for application. The eco-friendly delivery system uses compressed air instead of chemical propellants.


AfterBite® Frequently Asked Questions

What does After Bite® do?

After Bite® WORKS! AfterBite® stops the itching from insect bites and stings. After Bite's® formula works to neutralize the bite area so that itching is reduced.


What is the difference between After Bite®, After Bite® Kids, After Bite® Outdoor and After Bite® Xtra?

After Bite® "The Itch Eraser" is America's #1 selling insect bite treatment. Its pen-like vial that is easy and convenient to carry and use. The ammonia based product relieves the itch from insect bites. Efficacy studies and 32 years of happy customers prove that it provides IMMEDIATE RELIEF FOR INSECT BITES.

After Bite® Kids is specially formulated to provide fast relief for children. We removed the ammonia in order to make this formula non-stinging on sensitive skin. With Eucalyptus Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Baking Soda, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, this unique cream formula provides relief from insect bites. As an added benefit the cream formula is soothing to the skin. Kids love it because they can feel it working.

After Bite®Outdoor is a powerful itch treatment that provides immediate relief. Extra strength gel contains ammonia with baking soda and tea tree oil to sooth the skin and stop the itch and pain.

After Bite® Xtra has a unique formula of Baking Soda, Ammonia and Tea Tree Oil that works to neutralize the sting and promote quick healing. The soothing gel formula provides fast relief of aggressive stings from Bee & Wasp, Fire Ant and even Jelly Fish.


Does After Bite® have an expiration date? I don't see one on the package.

The FDA requires expiration dating on products with less than a 36 month stability program. If drug manufactures can provide information that their product is stable & effective beyond that time period, no expiration dating is required. After Bite's® stability program for the active ingredient went to 42 months, providing effective treatment for insect bites even beyond that point. Therefore we do not mark the containers with expiration dating.


How often can I apply After Bite®?

All of our After Bite® products contain natural ingredients and are not harmful if used in accordance with the package instructions. They are safe to reapply as often as needed to relieve the pain, itching and swelling associated with insect bites and stings.


Is After Bite® safe to use when you are pregnant?

After Bite® is regulated by the FDA, however we have not conducted any tests on the safety of our product for pregnant women. The active ingredient in After Bite® is ammonia. We recommend that you consult your Doctor if you have a question about the use of After Bite® during pregnancy.


My child is allergic to tree nuts, is tea tree oil related?

Tea Tree oil is an extract from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alium tree. Tea tree oil would not be in the same category as tree nuts; however you should check with your doctor before using After Bite® and perhaps do a small test.


Ben's® Tick & Insect Repellent Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Ben's® Tick & Insect Repellent last?

Although insect repellents work differently on everyone due to body chemistry and other factors such whether you are sweating, our studies show that Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent provides two hours of protection and Ben's® 100 Tick & Insect Repellent provides 10 hours of protection or more.


Why does Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent use water instead of alcohol as most other DEET insect repellents do?

We replaced alcohol in Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent because water does not evaporate as quickly as alcohol, and does not open the pores; therefore it is a longer lasting formula that does not need to be reapplied as frequently.

Alcohol also creates a strong aroma providing the traditional "insect repellent" smell. The water-based Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent formula does not have a scent that is as strong as some alcohol based repellents.


What is the difference between Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent and Ben's® 100 Tick & Insect Repellent?

Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent contains 30 percent DEET and is the amount recommended by the CDC for protection from disease carrying insects. Studies show that 30% deet provides up to 6 hours of protections making it a perfect choice when hiking, camping or enjoying other outdoor activities in areas of light to heavy insect infestation or whenever ticks may be present.

Ben's® 100 Tick & Insect Repellent contains 98 percent DEET, the highest concentration -- and therefore one of the longest lasting DEET formulas available from any manufacturer. It is recommended for use in areas of heavy insect infestation and studies show that it will provide up to 10 hours of protection against biting insects and ticks.


Will a higher percentage of DEET give me better protection?

A higher percentage of DEET in a repellent does not mean that your protection is better - just that it will last longer. The more DEET a repellent contains the longer time it can protect you from mosquito bites. (CDC)


Will DEET based repellents damage nylon materials?

The chemical DEET will react as a solvent to some synthetic fabrics, plastics, leather, furniture and paints. (See package labeling.) Most nylon materials are not affected by DEET. Just to be safe, you should test an inconspicuous area on the fabric. Natrapel 8® Hour is a non-deet alternative that does not damage fabric or gear.


How many sprays are in a 4 oz. bottle of Ben's® 30 Tick & Insect Repellent in a 1.25 oz bottle?

Approx. 400 sprays in a 4 oz. bottle and 125 in a 1.25 oz. bottle.


When does my Ben's® Tick & Insect Repellent product expire?

US Ben's® Tick & Insect Repellent products do not have an expiration date because Ben's Tick & Insect Repellent products contain deet which will never expire.


Natrapel® 8 hour Frequently Asked Questions

I just learned about Natrapel® 8 hour - is it new?

After much research Tender Corporation determined that consumers really want to have a DEET-Free repellent that works! Natrapel® 8 hour is proven as effective as DEET, offering protection for up to 8 hours at a time!


How long does Natrapel® 8 hour last?

Although repellents can work differently on everyone due to body chemistry, our studies show that Natrapel® 8 hour provides 8 hours of proven DEET-free protection from insects and bugs. Enjoy the outdoors longer without the worry. Specially formulated with 20% picaridin, the non-greasy Natrapel® 8 Hour provides effective protection from mosquitoes, black flies, ticks and more.


I don't like the idea of DEET as a chemical, but I use it because I don't know of anything more effective. I would prefer to use an all natural product but I want to know it works as well or better than DEET.

All insect repellents are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In order to put an insect repellent on the market the EPA requires both safety and efficacy testing. The results of these tests will allow the repellent to make claims on their package. The efficacy studies on our Natrapel® 8 Hour establishes 8 hours of protection. This is as effective against biting insects as many DEET repellents. Natrapel® 8 hour is the DEET-Free insect repellent that works!


Is Natrapel® 8 hour safe for infants or children under 2?

The active ingredient in Natrapel® 8 hour is Picaridin. The EPA has approved this ingredient for use as a personal insect repellent. That being said, Tender has not done safety testing on this product for infants. We suggest discussing the use of repellents with your child's physician for further advice.


Is Natrapel® 8 hour safe to use on dogs?

Natrapel® 8 hour is not designed for dogs. You should take any precautions that you might take for humans, such as keeping it away from their eyes and following the directions.

The active ingredient in Natrapel® 8 hour is Picaridin. The EPA has approved this ingredient for use as a personal insect repellent. In studies using laboratory animals, Picaridin technically is of relatively low acute toxicity (describes the adverse effects resulting from a single exposure to a substance). Toxicity Category III (slightly toxic) for acute oral and acute dermal; and Toxicity Category IV (practically non-toxic) for primary eye and skin irritation.


Is Natrapel® 8 hour safe to use when pregnant?

Pregnant or lactating women should use the physical barriers described above to prevent contact with ticks. They may also consider having their OUTER clothing treated with Ben's® Clothing and Gear according to the label instructions. Ben's® Clothing and Gear provides 2 weeks of protection to clothing and gear. Other than the routine precautions Because there are too few studies conducted to examine the effects on infants of a mothers transdermal exposure to insect repellents the EPA does not recommend specific precautions for using registered repellents on pregnant or lactating women.

We recommend that you contact your physician with questions.


When does my Natrapel® 8 hour product expire?

US Natrapel® 8 hour products do not have an expiration date.


After Burn® & After Cuts & Scrapes® Frequently Asked Questions

What makes After Burn® gel different from other aloe gels on the market?

Our After Burn® aloe gel contains pure Aloe Vera and the anesthetic lidocaine to offer instant relief from the discomfort of sunburn or windburn. Many other aloe gels on the market contain alcohol or other ingredients which may dry out the skin and prevent healing. Lidocaine provides instant pain relief in combination with the soothing and cooling effect of the pure aloe gel.


How is After Cuts & Scrapes® different than other first aid treatments?

Because it does it all! It provides pain relief, antiseptic and a soothing skin conditioner. In fact, Tender combined the industry standard lidocaine pain treatment with the industry standard benzalkonium chloride and then added 80 percent pure Aloe Vera,. This non-stinging formula stops the pain, soothes, cleanses and disinfects small cuts, scrapes, scratches, abrasions, burns and mild skin irritations. Why take 3 separate treatments when After Cuts and Scrapes® provides all three remedies in a convenient take along size


How is After Cuts & Scrapes® used?

Use the spray to clean the wound and surrounding skin by generously applying After Cuts & Scrapes® directly to the wound. 

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