I've always heard that Avon's Skin So Soft lotion works pretty well as a bug repellant...like anything not intended for the purpose, I'm sure results vary. Do you have personal experience with this? I know they now make SSS bug repellant, but I'm not sure how that's much different than other bug repellants; I am more interested in a lotion that might work.
I don't know about nowadays, but years ago, yes, SSS was also used as a bug repellent. They didn't sell it as such, just word got around. The formula today for their lotions may be different, now that they are making their own bug repellent. I used to sell Avon (5 years) and the foil wrapped samples of SSS were great to keep in my purse just for that special need.
I use SSS in a green spray can and it's the only thing that works on gnats, for me. And several years ago I was painting on a beach with a number of other artists and the greenheads and other biting insects were awful; SSS was the only thing that kept them at bay. Everyone came over to use it. I also have some small white flat tubes of SSS lotion and sunscreen, and that works well, too. I swear by it. Could just be my particular body chemistry, but it works for my DH as well. My green can is almost empty so I ordered some more from Amazon; the product looked the same but was combined with sun screen. It hasn't arrived yet but I'm hoping it's as effective.
Years ago we just used the SSS lotion, diluting it with water in the container. This doesn't smell quite as good but I am very allergic to gnats and it's the only way I can work in my garden at certain times of the year.
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Although I never tried it myself, I have friends that swear by it.
Maybe it works in some places, but it certainly doesn't work here in Wisconsin where the mosquito is the state bird.
The worst camping trip ever was the one where we took SSS and had no regular repellant.
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I don't know that it's as good for mosquitoes as it is for some other insects, like gnats and greenheads and strawberry flies.
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It worked well for my kids when they were little. I use the SSS bug spray, and it is extremely effective for me. It makes the difference in being able to go out and not go out once the mosquitos are active.
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For those of you who use the SSS bug spray, what is different between that and something I can just go to Target and buy? I might order the lotion and see if it works for my body chemistry, but I don't love the idea of having to spray on a chemical every time I go outside. But maybe that's what it takes...
You can also just use the SSS bath oil; it has a nicer smell. I dilute it before putting it on, though, because it's not meant to be used as a lotion and it can smother your pores if applied straight from the bottle. I don't know what the ingredient is that does the trick, but I'm sure it's some proprietary combination that turned out serendipitously to have protective qualities. So I couldn't tell you whether there's anything similar. A friend uses an Off product with the word Skin in its name and says that works well for her, but I never bothered to look further because I like SSS.
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