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Best for moderate bugs. Picaridin Insect Repellent Skeets on the tent fly at High Emigrant Lake Growing up in the western Cascades of the Pacific Northwest I'm well acquainted with mosquitoes. In the Sierras they burn out quicker, but not as quick as I'd anticipated for a 10-day mid-July scamper that went above 9,000 ft for 3 days. They were insufferable in the high 8's at dusk; but above that so persistently thick it was at times literally hard to breathe without choking on them. They were so… Full review
We have to use this at work as Deet isn't allowed due to wearing rubber gloves. They say there's a chance the rubber could be compromised. This stuff works ok. I still get eat up from time to time. The biggest drawback that hasn't been mentioned is that the stuff STINKS! The smell is just strong. There's still no replacement for Deet that I've found. Full review
Very effective I have used this product for a couple years now. I moved from DEET after it damaged some of my hiking equipment. Be prepared to have plastic goo on your hands after applying DEET and handling equipment unless you wash your hands after application. I have read conflicting articles concerning DEET over the years and decided it just wasn't worth the possible health risk to continue using it. I found Repel to be very effective against mosquitoes, but it is not long-lasting. Reapplication… Full review
As a biochemist, I have to mention that Eucalyptus oil and DEET, along with almost every chemical on the planet, are both toxic at some doses. The public has the erroneous idea that "natural" chemicals are inherently safe and synthetic chemicals are dangerous. One of the most toxic chemicals ever discovered is a natural compound, botulinum toxin. The estimated lethal dose is 85 to 137 nanograms per adult human. Approximately one ounce would be enough to kill every person in the USA. Aflatoxin, a… Full review
Works well for mosquitoes, does not damage synthetic fabrics, less likely to have health risks. This is the best non-DEET repellent I have tried. It works well for mosquitoes, possibly for ticks, but I just try hard to avoid them anyway, so it is hard to say. It does not last as long as DEET, but I don't mind re-applying. The absolute biggest benefit is that it does not damage synthetic fabrics. Since most of my hiking, biking, running, etc. shirts, hats, and pants are both synthetic and expensive… Full review
I fish trout streams in southwestern Michigan. The mosquitoes hold their conventions on these streams. Lemon oil- eucalyptus works quite well. YOU CAN GET IT FOR $4.97 AT WAL MART. Full review
Searching for a DEET-free bug repellent? This stuff seems to work pretty well and is priced right. Was looking for a DEET-free repellent that was less chemical and more natural. I'm pleased to say this works awesome. I was in our yard doing some cleanup in 90-degree heat today when I grabbed my recently purchased bottle. The mosquitos and gnats had come at me out of nowhere so I went to the garage for the new spray. One spray on each arm, once on each leg, and then I used the hand that I spread… Full review
A really good option to avoid or deal with chapped lips and face. I like that it's a particularly fat lip balm. Bonus for putting in a paper (can be recycled) container. A bit pricy, and no sunblock. A very good lip balm (fine for face too) for cold, nasty weather that can chap and dry you out. Five ingredients: cocoa butter, shea butter, cocoanut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E. The manufacturer says it's all organic, if you care. It has a fairly thick consistency but still smears on nicely. It smells… Full review
Love, love, love this stuff! Keeps bugs and ticks away. No smell for hunting. Lasts many, many days on treated garments and gear. This is a MUST for the outdoorsman or outdoorswoman! Much better than stinky, dangerous DEET. Can also use on pets. Full review