I suppose you can guess from the smile on my face that I’m loving this! But before we begin, a disclaimer. Avon does not market their famous Skin So Soft Original line as an insect repellent. They do however, have a Skin So Soft Bug Guard line that is also very popular.
Okay, now, between you and I, we all know that Avon’s Original Skin So Soft has been used for decades as an insect (especially mosquito) repellent. I remember using it back in the 80’s.
Well, since it’s been a minute since I’ve used this, and with Avon celebrating 60 years of Skin So Soft this year (I know, wow!), I thought I’d give it another try. My husband, Willie, and I have been enjoying playing croquet in our back yard quite a bit since Spring, but lately it’s been getting very uncomfortable going outside for even a few minutes to check on our little patio garden (we’re immediately swarmed). So I thought let’s give Skin So Soft a try again and see how/if it helps.
Well, I’ll tell you, I did not receive even one bite… I was wearing shorts, so I used this Gelled Body Oil on my legs and my arms, and I did not even see any mosquitos land on me. I saw a couple of other tiny bugs that usually bite, but they did not. I stayed comfortable throughout our entire game + we sat and chatted outside very comfortably afterward. Now, Willie did say he received 1 bite on the back of his leg. I applied the Gelled Body Oil to his arms but not to his legs, so I do not know how well he applied it. But still, only 1 bite the entire time is not bad at all.
And, I know you’re probably wondering, “Gelled Body Oil?”. Yep! This stuff is fabulous! I only noticed it when the spray pump bottle was no longer available due to Avon making some changes to some products (hopefully that will come back soon), but I really love this even better than the spray.
It’s just like a gelled hand sanitizer, but not runny, it’s a nice gel that stays put in your hand. I just rub my hands together and then rub it on my skin. It is not overly oily at all. It goes into my skin very well with no sticky residue, and it smells really good. Kind of an herbal/woodsy aroma. And I believe that may be it’s secret. The aroma. There are some aromas that help camouflage us from mosquitos like Citronella and Rosemary, and I personally believe it’s Skin So Soft’s aroma that is the key. Although… it did protect me from those little gnats and tiny biting bugs too, so I don’t know, except that it really works!
And bonus — it is a body oil. It makes my skin look and feel really great. It does not contain an SPF, so be aware of that. I wore it outdoors in the evening. A couple of Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard deet-free products do contain an SPF for bright sunny outdoor days.
So, Avon’s got you covered (literally) whichever way you choose to go, bug repellent wise. We can all now enjoy the outdoors in comfort and joy.
BTW, the Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil is priced at $7.99 on my Avon website (original price $13.00). And here is a link to the entire Original Skin So Soft line-up. You can find the liquid body oil, body lotion, and lip balm. I’ve also been using my Gelled Body Oil after my bath or shower in the evening. It helps keep my skin very soft as well as keeps me protected from any mosquitoes or biting bugs that may have gotten inside. Great hint!
I’ve been hearing of people using the liquid body oil to spray around windows and doorways to keep pests out. I may need to give that a try too. Let me know if you do and how it works for you.
And remember, Avon has you covered for all of your Summer skin care, and bath and body needs. Well, for your every season skin care and bath and body needs, actually. 🙂
I just re-stocked my bath and body supplies again. There are several must-haves that I go through very quickly, like my Skin So Soft Supreme Nourishment Coconut Oil Souflee, Veilment Care Moisturizing Bar Soap with Olive Oil and Coconut Oil, gotta have my Avon Footworks and Daily Defense Hand Cream, and now the Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil is going to be added to my bath and body must-haves.
I hope you get a bottle of the Skin So Soft Gelled Body Oil and give it a try for yourself. I think you’ll love it as much as I do.
Till next time, stay fabulous and always follow your joy,
Over 50 and Fabulous Beauty Blogger + Avon Independent Sales Representative
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