SPORT - INTERVIEW
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
SPORT - INTERVIEW
by Mehmet Kaplan
While we're camping in the mountains, sunbathing on the beach, and even watching television at home, we don't want to hear mosquitos flying around us, but, of course, the solution to that shouldn't be to kill them. PARA’KITO developed mosquito repellents by using natural-based active ingredients to keep mosquitos away from its users. I talked with Patrick Goguillon, CEO of PARA’KITO USA Corp., about PARA’KITO Mosquito Repellents.
Patrick, before talking about PARA’KITO, could you tell us about your background and yourself? Who is Patrick Goguillon?
Patrick Goguillon, CEO of PARA’KITO USA Corp.
I was born in France and did my business school in Paris. I then worked for 10 years in the Asia Pacific in fast moving consumer goods categories before moving to the US in 2001.
How did you first interested in mosquito repellents? What inspired you?
I have always been interested in bringing “good for you” products to consumers. I discovered PARA’KITO during one of my trips to Europe and brought it to the US in 2014.
Could you tell us about PARA’KITO?
PARA’KITO is a mosquito repellent line that specializes in using natural-based active ingredients in all of its products to ensure consumers are sufficiently protected in a harmless manner that fits effortlessly into a person’s life. PARA’KITO’s innovative line came to the U.S. market after much success abroad. With a unique blend of natural essential oils, patented slow-release system and smart product design, PARA’KITO has become the global leader in natural mosquito protection. PARA’KITO products are now selling in more than 45 markets all over the world and are available in all 50 states in the U.S. This DEET-free product is the perfect accessory for hiking, swimming, and any other outdoor activity, regardless of the climate, where mosquitoes might be present.
Could you tell us about the features of Mosquito Repellent Bracelets and Clips?
The re-fillable pellets operate by releasing a blend of essential oils that interfere with mosquitoes' sense of smell, thereby reducing their capacity to identify their prey. Mosquitoes’ orientation relies on a combination of olfaction, heat detection and vision, which means that spatial protection products can offer relative, but not absolute, protection. Each of these pellets lasts for up to 15 days to ward off mosquitos.
Another form of Mosquito Repellent is Roll-On. What are the advantages of using Roll-On? Do we need it while using bracelets or clips?
The roll-on gel has been specifically developed for cases of high infestation situations. This super-smart gel works both as a barrier and a mask. Applied directly to exposed areas of skin like the ankles, wrists, face, and neck, it immediately forms a physical barrier between you and the mosquito that lasts up to five hours. As the natural oils’ active ingredients are released into the air around you, they also help to mask the scents of your breath and body, making it harder for mosquitoes to find you. In situations of high infestation the gel can be used in conjunction with the bracelet and clips to ensure full coverage, or on its own to protect exposed skin.
You have applied this technology to three different products. Are there any differences in their influence area or usage? How can we decide which is the right one for us?
Each band is a different size and is made from different materials. The Adult band is ideal for adults to wear everyday, while the “Kids band” is geared toward children up to seven years old. Each adult and kids band come in a variety of colors and patterns and are made from Neoprene. The Sport band is sized to fit wrist, ankle, and upper arm, and is equipped with reflective strips and an ID tag for added safety. The Party Edition band is meant to enhance your style while warding off mosquitos and is a stylish twist on the Adult band. And finally, the Roll-On Gel is best for exposed areas of skin - such as the ankles, wrists, and neck.
What are you paying attention to protect nature while designing and producing mosquito repellents?
Our planet is an incomparable well of resources and enjoyment. Self Regenerating but fragile. As lands and waters get increasingly disrupted by abrupt climate variations and pollutions, so does our food production. Our habitat, the habitat of marine, air and land species, is under threat. PARA’KITO offers a range of mosquito repellent solutions - caring, effective and naturally free. The world is a wonderful place full of wonderful adventures. At PARA’KITO, we want you to embrace this world, to travel, to explore, to experience its joys, all whilst being naturally free from the worry or irritation of mosquitoes.
Social media has become part of our life. What do you think about the power of social media? How can our readers follow PARA’KITO?
Social media is a tremendous tool to connect communities online. We love seeing our customer's tag @ParakitoUSA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Often times, we re-share our customer's photos because their adventure with PARA’KITO is so picturesque.
How can our readers buy PARA’KITO products? Do you have a worldwide delivery option?
PARA'KITO™ products can be found in Health Food stores, Pharmacies, Outdoor retailers and many other outlets all around the country. Stores carry a wide range of products and designs but they may not stock everything that is shown online. Additionally, PARA’KITO can be purchased at parakito.com and on Amazon.
What are your plans for the future?
At PARA’KITO, we go to a great deal of effort in developing new “good for you” products and lines, able to meet the changing needs of our customers and consumers. So, you can expect some new surprises to come as early as 2019!
Thank you Patrick for your time.