About Us

Our Mission

There are two things outdoorsmen hate most; bugs and trash. To remedy that, we at Dragon's Breath use recyclable and compostable packaging for our bug repellent products. Most well-known insect repellents contain ingredients like deet, permethrin, and other unpronounceable chemicals. We use all-natural, easy-to-recognize ingredients to create long-lasting and effective products for your every outdoor need.
gilbert and madison

At Dragon's Breath, we use recyclable and compostable packaging for all of our products to give our customers peace of mind when purchasing supplies for their next outdoor excursion. As outdoorsmen, we understand what it's like to see trash littered around trails and campsites and how that can affect one's experience in nature. We also understand concerns about the various chemicals present in most popular insect repellent products. We want you to know what you're putting on your body while keeping our environmental footprint to a minimum.

gilbert and madison

At Dragon’s Breath, we use recyclable and compostable packaging for all of our products to give our customers peace of mind when purchasing supplies for their next outdoor excursion. As outdoorsmen, we understand what it’s like to see trash littered around trails and campsites and how that can affect one’s experience in nature. We also understand concerns about the various chemicals present in most popular insect repellent products. We want you to know what you’re putting on your body while keeping our environmental footprint to a minimum.

Gilbert McNew Profile

Gilbert McNew

Growing up I lived in a community that backed up to 600 acres of city owned forest land. So, I spent most of my youth in the woods playing and fishing. As I grew up, I continued my outdoor interests through hiking, camping, overlanding, and backpacking.

Like most, we would stop at the local store or camping supply shop to pick up a can of bug repellent. They would do ok, but it wasn’t until deet came on the market that it felt like you had a fighting chance. Especially for places like Assateague Island, located on the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland, where the mosquitoes are the island’s official bird; if they don’t get you, then at certain times of the summer, the black biting flies will. So, armed with deet, my wife and I would venture to the island almost every weekend. Now, if you have used bug spray on a camping trip, you are most likely familiar with not only the feel and smell, but also the taste; no matter how hard you try, it gets on your hands, on your food and then in your mouth. There are warnings about deet, but how bad can it be? Well, one of our trips the black flies were so bad I sprayed the deet bug spray into the closed rear section of our soft top Jeep Wrangler. It ate away at the back side windows, which are a rubbery see through plastic, and they were forever fogged. Needless to say, from then on, I tried very hard not to use deet bug spray.

Over the following years I would hike and take weekend backpacking trips into the Monongahela mountains of WV. The mosquitoes were not as bad, but a new mid summer pest became a nuisance, the deer fly. I went many years using different bug sprays and wearing hats to try and keep them at bay. Then in 2020, after hearing claims of natural bug repellents, I thought I would give essential oils a try. Though I was very skeptical, I longed for the days of being able to sit at one spot for a long period of time and not get run off by the ever antagonizing bugs that seem to only want to feast on me.

This began my journey into researching and experimenting with different essential oils. With a clean feel and scent I was able to enjoy nature and its beauty again without being rushed along by my former flying and crawling enemies. We would like to share these natural repellents with you so you too can enjoy the peace that nature can bring.

Madison McNew

I dropped out of college at 21 after realizing I was paying thousands of dollars to watch free youtube videos at home for classes that had nothing to do with my degree. With absolutely no direction and no idea what to do, I prayed for something to pursue; that’s when my dad came to me asking for a logo for his company idea (I was going for an art degree, so go figure). I saw it as a sign and decided to hop on board, expanding on and executing his original idea over the course of a year or so.

Madison McNew Profile

Working a part time farm job, I had enough free time to really jumpstart the company and I was able to test the products in the fly-ridden barn where I spent my days. As a lover of environmentally friendly products, I integrated recyclable and compostable packaging as well as plastic free shipping materials. The honest truth is, none of these materials are very expensive. “Environmentally friendly” companies that charge twenty dollars for an essential oil based bug spray are lying to you, it should not cost that much. Dragon’s Breath will always have realistic and honest pricing, because the production cost of these items are so low.