We are heading towards the time of year where life outside is inevitable – whether it’s swimming, BBQs, camping or simply enjoying your own backyard, summertime outside is just more fun. And with this fun comes something less fun and, dare I say, bothersome – bugs that like to bite.
Enter insect repellent sprays. These sprays have evolved over the years and are no longer the icky, sticky, smelly sprays of the past – they are now odor-free, non-greasy, fast drying and provide all-day protection. And with a range of formulations to choose from, you are guaranteed to get one that will shield you and your family.
Below are some great insect repellents and one lotion option that not only work to keep the dreaded pests away but are all either odorless or have masked the chemical-like odor with pleasant smelling fragrances. It is also important to note that when ready to apply these repellent formulas, following application directions (although lengthy) is a must to ensure the safest and most positive experience.
1. Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent Spray
The Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent Spray packs a 7% DEET formula and repels mosquitoes and other insects including ticks, biting flies, gnats, chiggers and fleas. It comes with a convenient 360-degree pump that creates a barrier on your skin against annoying bugs while allowing you to spray at any angle, even upside down. The spray also contains aloe and Vitamin E to moisturize and soften the skin and has a light, clean feel with a fresh, pleasant scent.
2. Sawyer Insect Repellent Lotion
Sawyer’s Ultra 30 Insect Repellent Lotion is a liposome-based repellent with a whopping 30% DEET, making it an effective tool against mosquitoes, ticks and chiggers for up to 11 hours. This non-greasy, odorless formula combines DEET with a comfortable liposome base and slowly time-releases it as needed, thereby extending the effectiveness of the repellent. This lotion is also sweat-proof, non-staining and compatible with sunscreen for all-around protection.
3. OFF! Family Care Insect Repellent Spray
OFF! Insect Repellent Spray is specially formulated with a lower level of active repellent ingredient and aloe vera to feel and smell better on your skin. With 7% DEET, OFF! works by coating the outer surface of clothing (shirt, pants, socks and hats) and will not damage cotton, wool or nylon. This formula, while not unscented, contains a pleasant fragrance to mask the unpleasant DEET smell and is safe for the whole family.
4. Proven Insect Repellent Mosquito and Tick Spray
Proven Insect Repellent Spray is a highly-effective, DEET-free mosquito and tick spray to keep irritating and disease-carrying bugs away. By using the non-toxic ingredient (Picaridin) which is a manufactured derivative of the black pepper plant, Proven delivers safe protection for up to 12 hours. With its odorless, non-irritating formula, it is also non-greasy, eco-friendly and provides 12 hours of protection against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses.
5. Coleman Insect Repellent SkinSmart Spray
Coleman’s Insect Repellent Spray is another DEET alternative spray that provides long-lasting protection against mosquitoes and ticks for up to eight hours. This is a non-greasy, non-oily, lightweight and fragrance-free formula that is fast drying and applies easy.