Off Skintastic Mosquito Repellent Review

off-skintastic-mosquito-repellant.jpegWe have heard good things about the Off Skintastic mosquito repellents made by the group at SC Johnson, and decided to give one of these deterrents the run through.

The Off Skintastic insect repellent family of products is designed for a light level of protection, much like the Avon Bug guard product line is.  The major difference is that these insect repellents contain DEET to repel against pests ranging from mosquitoes and gnats to chiggers and fleas. The percentage of DEET in the Skintastic line is around 5%, but varies between each repellent.  SC Johnson also carries a mosquito repellent for the sportsman with 98% DEET, while their Deep Woods Off repellent has 25% DEET.  The skintastic repellent we chose to review would be tested at a Father’s Day picnic.

Repellent Review picked a park that had a pond in the middle with various insects and other animals dwelling there.  We chose the Non Greasy Off Skintastic spray, because it was the least expensive, and there were men in the test group who objected to using the tropical fresh brand.  I won’t list any names Bob and Jeff.

The picnic lasted a couple of hours.  The spray was initially applied to areas of exposed skin such as arms, shoulders and necks.  We were careful to avoid spraying the repellent on our hands and especially the hands of the children since we’d be eating.  The Skintastic repellent wasn’t greasy or filmy feeling as some lotions and sprays tend to be.  There were mosquitoes in the area, and especially prevalent by the pond.  So how did Skintastic fare in our test?

One reviewer told me, “I’m usually a magnet for mosquitoes.  This stuff seems to work.  I noticed a mosquito land on my arm, but fly away after a few seconds.”  Another reviewer was more interested in getting a piece of chicken than reviewing the repellent.  A third person stated, “I like that this doesn’t stink.  You can’t really tell you’re wearing it at all.  I didn’t get bit.”  The last person reviewed summed it up best, “I was surprised at how quickly this dried.  Most bug sprays feel oily on the skin.  That’s no good when you live in an area that’s humid.  This repellent wasn’t like that at all.  I usually get bit, but I’m bite free today.  My husband has used the Deep Woods Off spray, and it works for him when he goes hunting.  I would buy this product.”

Of the 12 people who tried the Skintastic deterrent, only one received a mosquito bite.  This person spent most of their time near the pond feeding the ducks.  The mosquitoes were thick, and he may have been better off reapplying the repellent, or using one of the products with a higher percentage of DEET.

Based on our overall results, Repellent Review would use Off Skintastic mosquito repellent again for an activity such as this, and gives it a positive review.


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Mosquito Barrier

mosquito-barrier-image.jpegConsumers looking for a natural mosquito repellent that is both environmentally safe and effective have limited choices. Repellent review has chosen to look at one of those repellents, Mosquito Barrier. This natural deterrent contains no harmful poisons or chemicals. The key ingredient behind Mosquito Barrier is sulfur. Very potent garlic cloves are used to make a strong, garlic smelling liquid. The garlic contains a natural sulfur which acts to deter insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. The use of garlic as a natural insect repellent has been practiced for many years. Mosquitoes have a sense of smell 10 thousand times as strong as humans. The nasty garlic odor will disappear for us within a few hours, but last for weeks for the flying pests. Obviously it would be a challenge to use garlic in any area of large size. Mosquito Barrier has solved that problem.

The natural sulfur in Mosquito Barrier kills the mosquitoes on contact. After the initial spraying, mosquitoes will detect the garlic sulfur and stay away from the area. It’s best to spray mosquito barrier during the cooler parts of the day. Early morning between 8 to 10 AM, or early evening after 6 PM are recommended. Mosquito Barrier is not to be used directly on the skin. Spray this repellent on grass, shrubs, or other areas around your environment. Spraying in standing water will actually suffocate mosquito larvae according to a scientific lab report performed by a major U.S. mosquito abatement district.

A recent reviewer of the product stated, ‘I had basically quit using my patio because I was tired of bites and risk of West Nile. I also dislike using nasty chemicals that eradicate all life from my yard. I sprayed my yard (10K sqft) with Mosquito Barrier two weeks ago, and have not seen a single mosquito since. I’m sold!’

Other positive testominials on the efficacy of mosquito barrier include readers of the Detroit News. ‘According to published reports, Garlic Barrier and Mosquito Barrier have also proven to be an effective deterrent to fleas, gnats, rabbits, deer, geese and even armadillos.’

With threats of West Nile Virus and Triple E becoming more prevalent, protecting your yard from the nuisance of ticks, mosquitoes or other pests is a necessity. The garlic-based natural mosquito repellent, Mosquito Barrier, should help act as an effective mosquito control.

Mosquito Barrier can be found online for quantities ranging in size between 1 qt. and 1 gallon.