Picaridin is a repellent for mosquitos and other insects which is similar in effectiveness to DEET, but more pleasant to use and much less likely to cause skin irritation. This Piperidine derivitave, developed by Bayer®, has been available worldwide since 1998 and is one of the best selling insect repellents in Europe where it is also known as “Icaridin” and is marketed under the name Bayrepel®. As of 2005, Picaridin is now available in the USA.
My son had his first camp sleepover last year. I was told he would need massive amounts of bug spray. The repellant I gave him contained Deet. I was not thrilled about this but the alternative was far worse as a child I knew the year before got so many bug bites he ended up in the hospital. We were just going to use this twice, he had sleepovers once a month over the 8 week camp stay.
I was prepared to do the same this year and purchased a container of the bug repellant that contains Deet. And literally the next day I saw these new products from Avon with a much less toxic ingredient, the Picardin you read about above. All products are DEET free. Skin So Soft Bug Guard insect repellents are suitable for the entire family. Avon’s insect repellents have the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and contain one of two EPA-registered active ingredients, IR3535® or Picaridin. And with Skin so Soft!
The main products are:
·Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition ™ SPF 30 ($14-$16) – Combined
sun and insect protection in one product and available in an Aerosol
spray and Pump spray. Strong and long-lasting repellency against
mosquitoes, deer ticks, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting
·Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16) – Protection during dusk &
dawn, which is when mosquitoes are more active. Repels deer ticks
that may transmit Lyme disease and mosquitoes that may carry West Nile
virus. Available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray and travel-friendly
· Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Lotions ($14) – Repel mosquitoes,
deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting
midges. Aloe and Vitamin E-enriched formulas are available as a
Gentle Breeze Lotion and Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion.
And they come shipped securely so that you decide if you want to turn the container into a pump spray!
Call an Avon representative at 1-800-FOR-AVON to buy this great bug repellant, or find these items on line at Avon.com!
Disclosure: I received these items for review. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.