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Avon Skin So Soft Insect Mosquito Repellent

Written by Gail Reynolds on November 24, 2014

Avon Skin so Soft dry oil spray, which you might also know as Woodland fresh, is a Best Seller and one that you won't want to be without during the summer and whilst on holiday. The oil is totally dry and does not leave any marks or smudges on your clothes. It helps soften your skin and is best applied after a bath or shower whilst the skin is slightly damp as this locks in the moisture. There is a very pleasant woody smell and the oil is clear. If you want a fresh 'just stepped out of the shower' smell this is pretty close. It contains citronella which is a lemon smell and which helps to repel insects. The spray comes in 150ml and has a pump dispenser.

Avon Skin So Soft

Avon Skin So Soft

Nourishes all skin types. Spray on damp skin to lock in essential moisture, light non-greasy formula. A great alternative to insect repellent.

The Royal Marines use Avon Skin So Soft!

"THEY are famed for their ability to operate at sea, in the jungle or in the Arctic wastes and freezing cold of Norway. Battles throughout the centuries have won the Royal Marine Commandos a reputation as one of the world's elite fighting forces.

And as the last line of security in guarding Britain's nuclear weapons, they are pivotal to the Defence of the Realm.

But it appears that on the home front our toughest soldiers are prepared to pander to their softer side to combat Scotland's most persistent foe: the midge.

For years the Marines at Faslane who guard nuclear missiles and the submarines capable of firing them have looked for an answer. They've finally found it in a brand of women's skin cream.

Instead of using mosquito repellent issued by their unit, soldiers and workers at the base are buying Avon body lotion to repel midges on the West Coast. The company traditionally associated with images of well-dressed women selling cosmetics door-to-door is experiencing an unexpected boom thanks to the pesky insect. Neil Smith, a Royal Navy spokesman at HMS Clyde, near Helensburgh, said: "It's not official kit but nothing works better and the Marines are buying it themselves because the midges are so bad up there."

The wonder cure is a 5 bottle of dry oil body spray from Avon's Skin So Soft range. The midge problem at the base where Trident missiles and Vanguard submarines are stationed is so bad it recently installed a MidgeEater machine at the front gate. Workers at the camp can often be seen wearing midge nets on their heads.

Royal Marines are also taking the skin cream on field training exercises outside the base. But although it is the answer to their prayers, they have not been able to buy it at the local chemist.

Smith said: "There has been a lot of group buying because you can only get the stuff from Avon. Some buy it online and others are ordering it through local Avon ladies."

A stores sergeant at 45 Commando, based at Arbroath, said: "There is nothing effeminate about it. The reason the Nods [Marines] are using it is because it is good kit. It works. It's as simple as that."

It is thought that the oily base of the body spray is the ingredient that repels midges. Made with shea butter and vitamins, Avon's packaging boasts that it will "ensure your skin feels velvety soft, hour after hour"."

Avon insect repellent: fight the bite!

Avon insect repellent: fight the bite!

Customer review #1

"Just back from Antigua. Used your stuff and it was tremendous. No bites!!! Everyone else at the resort - including my missus was bitten alive. (She decided to stick with deet.)"

Dangerous DEET

Most insect repellants out there are loaded with toxic chemicals, including the pesticide DEET, which is so poisonous that even the Environmental Protection Agency says you should wash it off your skin when you return indoors, avoid breathing it in and not spray it directly on your face. Think about it--if this chemical can kill mosquitoes, it can likely do some harm to other life forms too.

Avon Skin So Soft - the safest & nicest way to repel midges

Avon says that The Original Dry Oil Spray is not an insect repellent, but a great alternative to one. This means there is no dangerous DEET toxic chemicals / pesticides included and it is meant to leave your skin feeling amazing. Avon have achieved a product worthy of repelling mozzies and doing what it says on the tin without even realising it! It repels insects, leaves your skin soft, non - greasy product and smells absolutely fantastic. What more could you ask for?

Customer review #2

I recently had Avon's Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray recommended to me as I was going on holiday. I was initially wary of spraying an oil on myself but found it to be a good after sun, brilliant moisturiser, which so far to date has stopped me peeling, and saved me being bitten my mosquitoes when I am normally bitten alive! It really is good value for money and I cannot speak highly enough of it. Try, you won't be disappointed and I can't say that about many products.

"We know that film crews use it a lot when they are up in Scotland and Mel Gibson used it when he was making Braveheart here. We're very pleased that it's proving so popular."

Burning citronella will help to deter midges, but those in the know, including the Royal Marines guarding the nuclear base at Faslane on Scotland's west coast, call on an unexpected source for all their midge needs: Avon.

The cosmetic company's Skin So Soft range does more than guarantee velvety-soft upper arms after a bath: it's also a powerful midge-repellent. The Soft & Fresh Dry Oil Body Spray provides an oily protective layer so effective that the soldiers buy it in bulk.

A Holiday Essential for any Outdoor Pursuits

This is an exceptionally good insect and 'mozzy' repellent. It has become infamous through word of mouth. We personally sell in excess of 100 bottles a week.

If you like to avoid being bitten whilst gardening or walking, or on your holidays.

Some of my customers even use it on their pets, dogs, cats, horses etc. to keep the flies away.

If you are using Avon Skin So Soft on your horse, you should dilute the spray 50:50 so you do not accidentally burn your horse! Horse owners reccommend and say it's great for keeping the flies away. One customer says, "I too use this product on my horse who suffers with sweet itch, it is an absolute life saver!"

Avon summer time

Avon summer time

Customer review #3

"My daughter is the only member of our family with a mosquito problem. We discovered SSS from a friend who plays golf in Florida. We took SSS to Thailand with us in Dec. 2004 and all was well, no bites at all. We then lost all our possessions in the Tsunami in Phuket and the SSS went as well - Jennifer was eaten alive after that. SSS is excellent! All the best. Steve."


100 uses of Avon Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil spray

It's a dry oil body spray and after shower moisturizer.
It can be used to remove makeup.
Great tanning oil (no sunscreen).
Hot oil treatment to soften cuticles.
Great massage oil for tired muscles.
Cleans off tape marks left from bandages on skin.
Cleans ink off the skin.
Insect repellent.
Helps relieve itching caused by dry skin.
Cleans oil and grease off of skin.
Painting something? Use SSS to remove paint from the hands. (Instead of turpentine).
It soothes light sunburn.
Rub hands with it before washing, it helps get them cleaner.
Rub on dry, cracked skin.... helps heal skin in 2-3 days.
Put 1-2 cap fills in liquid soap and use it for shaving legs and under arms.
Pour a little into your Foot Soaker to help moisturize your feet while you relax them.
It removes chewing gum from hair, skin, and most nonporous surfaces.
Cleans permanent ink off stamps.
Dry oil works GREAT on Head Lice! Saturate head and let it set for 15 minutes. Then rinse, lice will be gone! Of course shampoo hair a couple of times to get the oil out, but the lice will be gone for good!
It kills ants instantly.
Spray on skin to relieve dry itching skin.

Helps skin retain its elasticity

Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner like always and after it dries.... Use a pea-sized dab of SSS and rub it in your hair. It goes straight in and leaves hair as shiny as the ads on TV, not greasy at all, just soft and shiny.

Use Dry oil towelettes -- cover window sill with towelettes to keep ants out.
(LICE) Sometimes, using a Dry oil, like Avon's SSS, will work to loosen the glue, which holds the nits to the hair. There is a product called Neon Nits, which when sprayed on the hair, will highlight the nits so you can see them to then snip them out with a small scissors.
If you have psoriasis on your elbows, try rubbing Avon's SSS Dry oil spray onto affected areas.
Mix Dry oil with your bath water, very relaxing and gets rid of dry skin.
Sponge it around doors, windows, and on screens to keep crawling bugs out.
It's a good wood cleaner and conditioner for natural wood.
It removes price tag and label glue from glass, metals, and most plastics.
It removes soap scum from shower doors and curtains, and bathroom and kitchen figures.
It removes lime and hard water deposits from fixtures, tile, shower doors and windows.
It's an oil lubricant for fitting pipe joints that won't slip together.
It cleans ink off most vinyl and painted surfaces.
It cleans heavy oil and grease from nonporous surfaces.
It takes fur off of clothing.
Rub on brass ornaments or figurines to help keep them from turning dark.
Removes crayon from appliances and most painted surfaces.
Wash cupboards with it mixed in your cleaning water to keep ants off and out of the cupboards.
Use it to discourage hornets from building their nests. After using a hornet killing spray, remove the nest and keep the area sprayed with SSS. They will not rebuild there.
Use it to clean leather; it will also keep it soft and supple.
Use it on your air conditioning screen (filter)--your incoming air will smell fresher and the filter is easier to clean.
Rub all over windowsills to keep ants out.
It cleans paintbrushes easily and leaves them soft as new.
It removes gum from carpets.
It removes scuff-marks from patent leather shoes.
Use it on running rails for sliding glass doors and windows.
It removes "ring around the collar".
It removes liquid nail (panelling glue).

Two glass bowls or glasses stuck together? Drizzle a little SSS down the sides and they'll come apart easily.
It removes candle wax from furniture, carpets and clothing.
Bird Feeders: To deter bees try rubbing SSS on the feeder surface by the feeder ports.
Maggots too!! Apply SSS inside the can and lid, then later, flush with soapy water. You shouldn't have any maggots for the rest of the summer!
It is a great furniture polish!
Put SSS in one of those insecticide sprayers on the garden hose. Spray the back yard! This will cut down on ants, mosquitoes and fleas!
Spray it on your prized roses and even on flowers you place at the cemetery. Keeps both bugs and animals from eating the flowers.
Kills spiders.
It cuts grease and cleans dirt from range hoods.
Add a capful to wash water of clothes...acts as a fabric softener and keeps the bugs off clothes.
Spray on orchids and other flowers for moisture and to keep bugs away.
Cleans baseball caps. Just spray on and rub with toothbrush.
Mix one part SSS and 2 parts water and spray on your tomato plants every 2-3 days to keep tomato worms off.
SSS Dry oil also does a great job cleaning cherry wood cabinets.
Put a little in your mopping water to help keep crawling bugs out. (Not too much or the floor gets slippery.)
Use to clean windows.
Removes crayon from most surfaces.
Screens can be lightly sprayed with Avon SSS to repel no-see-'ums and tiny gnats that otherwise might slip though the screens
Another use for SSS is it will kill those pesky earwigs. Spray it on & they don't return to life.
Also if you ever make candles, use clear melted wax and put SSS in as it harden. Works great for outdoor use to keep the mosquitoes away.
As a deodorizer, spray into air and let settle, kills those nasty pet orders.
Kids’ rooms if a child wets the bed, spray the bedding and sheets before washing and will give it a fresh clean smell.

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It's a great insect repellent for your pet. (As recommended in "Outdoor Life" and "Field and Stream").
Mix 5 parts water, 1 part SSS and mist on animals. Brushing it in makes their coats gleam and keeps insects off so the animals don't fidget in the show ring.
Mix in your pet's bath water. It takes the fleas off of them...and in between sprays them with the same mixture as in #2 to help keep them off.
Rub on your hands before and after working with your pets and farm animals. It will remove the strong smells.
Black Fly Spray For Dogs: Use as a spray or a dip. 1 cup SSS, 1/2 cup liquid detergent and 3 gallons of water.
For dogs dry skin mix 1 tablespoon of SSS per gallon of water and use as an after bath rinse. Or spritz your pet's coat once per week.
If your dog should get tar or asphalt on the pads of their feet rub on SSS and then wipe off.
Flea Bath: Use a flea and tick shampoo. Rinse, rinse, and rinse so no soap residue is left. Follow with final rinse of 2 gallons of water mixed with flea dip and 1 capful of SSS. The SSS helps replace the oils lost in bathing and has the added benefit of repelling insects.
Flea Repellent: Avon's SSS Dry oil. 1-1/2 ounces per gallon of water; used as a sponge-on dip (or as a spritz) has been tested and proven to have significant, but not complete, flea-repellent activity for a 6-day period. It should help those dry coats, too.
If you have a Chow, they are notorious for dry, flaky skin. Add SSS Dry oil on their skin and it does wonders!
Horses Cats and Dogs; 1-cup Avon SSS 1-cup white vinegar 1-cup (or more) water 5 cc of essential oil of citronella (from the health food store NOT the type you burn to keep insects away that is available in a drug store) Mix in a spray bottle. Straight SSS works well for mosquito’s too but really makes your dog greasy.
Barns and farm areas; Use a diluted mix of Avon SSS in water and spray on barn walls and floors to discourage insects from hanging around or to eliminate them before putting in the new bedding.
Avon's SSS Dry oil massaged directly into the skin of your Rottweiler acts not only as a successful repellent and makes their dogs smell good but helps prevent drying and itchy skin.
A natural way to help cats with flea problems and flea allergies is to rub Skin So Soft into the skin. Once a bug, always a bug. Fleas don't like it either! Spread the word!
Use the Dry oil, and rub it into the skin, not more than every few days. Cats can be sensitive so just be careful. Common sense is the rule

SSS Dry oil can be used as a hoof polish. This will put a nice shine to the hoof without drying it.
SSS Dry oil can be used as a muzzle, eye, and ear enhancer. Using SSS Dry oil works great and still helps keep bugs away.
When braiding your horses manes use SSS Dry oil. It seems to help hold the braids a lot better and they don't try to rub them out.
It removes tar spots from the car without damage to the paint.
Use it to clean vinyl dashboards, seats, and tops. It not only cleans, but also keeps it soft and helps to prevent any cracking.
After washing your car, use it as a tire dressing to keep them looking like new.
Put some on a small washcloth and leave in the car to help keep the air fresh and clean.
Wipe down vinyl surfaces inside your car. Cleans nicely and removes smoke odours left by cigarette smokers.
It gently cleans heavy grease and oil from skin and nonporous surfaces (great for Mechanic's Hands).
It removes tree sap.
Prior to traveling...rub SSS on headlights and grill. It makes insects and bugs easier to remove.
Open a towelettes and use as an automotive air freshener.
So there you have it, Skin so Soft which first launched in 1961 making it Avon's most recognised brand and product worldwide!
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