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  • McKirdy's Original Citronella Cream

McKirdy's Original Citronella Cream

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Since its beginnings in 1906, McKirdy’s Original has been in use in Canada’s great outdoors. 
It’s creamy texture and pleasant citronella smell make it easy to use!

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McKirdy's Original Citronella Cream is not registered as an 'insect repellent'.

Same formula as original insect repellent patented in 1906.

Active ingredient is 15% Oil of Citronella with base ingredients of natural non-animal products



It all began near the end of the 19th century in Nipigon, Ontario where William McKirdy experimented with mixtures to make life among the blackflies at least bearable, resulting in the development in 1906 (patent in 1911) for "an alleged new and useful improvement in fly repellants". With some scientific help, he concocted Repalfly from citronella, a grass steam-distilled and imported from Ceylon. His son, Jack McKirdy moved production of the formula to Fort William, ON (now Thunder Bay). In the 1970's the business moved to Kingston, Ontario and was run by John McKirdy. The family business is now being run by the 4th generation, Ian & James McKirdy.

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