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Our Mothers and Grandmothers have sworn by it, and even a Google search on the topic will give you thousands of results as well as 101 more uses for Skin So Soft Bath Oil! I’ve been asked often from many of my customers what is the Skin So Soft Insect Repellent secret? Is there a special insect-repelling ingredient in Avon Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil? Does it really repel mosquitoes? Or is a myth? I had to get some answers! I needed to know!
But after searching the Internet I came up with no more info than what I started with. I found many websites with comments from users who had sworn that the Skin So Soft product worked for them as a bug repellent, but at the same time, there were the same amount of reviews that said it didn’t work. So a bit confused, I ditched the Google search and went straight to the source. Who else but Avon themselves would have the answer. I couldn’t find any information on the Avon.com website but with a little digging, I found it on my Avon Representative pages!
So to clear the air once and for all on the Avon Skin So Soft Insect Repellent myth here is the official statement directly from Avon.
“Skin So Soft Bath Oil is not an insect repellent. It is a moisturizing bath and body oil product.”
“Skin So Soft Bath Oil is a moisturizing bath oil, not an insect repellent. Therefore, it is not registered as such with the EPA, and we may not make insect repellent claims about it. Please see the complete line of Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Insect Repellents for all your bug repellent needs.”
So there it is, Avon has not confirmed nor denied the rumor but in so many words has said: “It’s Just a Bath Oil!”
Now that’s not to say Avon doesn’t have an Insect Repellent line, in fact, they took full advantage of the Skin So Soft Bath Oil buzz and came up with a great repellent from what else, their Skin So Soft collection. Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard is an 8-hour insect repellent that provides protection from mosquitoes, gnats, sand flies, no-seeums and biting midges. It’s hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested. It comes in a variety of products to choose from for the whole family and is safe for children.

Avon Bug Guard uses a patented technology and is DEET-Free it’s active ingredients are:

Picaridin which is an effective alternative ingredient to DEET. It has a low odor, with a light, clean feel. Picaridin, also known around the world as KBR3023, or Bayrepel (trademark of Bayer AG) was developed by Bayer. Picaridin has been used worldwide since 1998, and is one of the best selling active ingredients contained in insect repellent products in Europe.

IR3535 is a non-greasy, effective repellent that protects against a broad range of insects. It is a gentle formula does not have to be washed off after use or returning from the outdoors.

Both ingredients are highly effective that allow Avon flexibility when developing new repellent products and both meet Avon’s high standard for product performance.


Many Avon fans were so passionate about using Avon Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil as an insect repellent they were kind enough to share their very real testimonies below. Since then I’ve also tested the oil and did my own Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Review and I’m convinced! 


I have been an Avon representative twice when I was younger, total of ten years. I am now 60 and have used Avon skin so soft over 40 years. As I am severely allergic to insect bites & stings I can tell you honestly that I would use nothing else for protection of mosquito bites and other insects. It just works! You don’t have to use full strength, half & half with water in a spray bottle is great. And for guys who think it’s too sweet smelling you can add a few drops of Cologne or aftershave will make it perfect for you! - Beth

I use Avon’s authentic Skin So Soft bath oil to keep mites off me when wading through chest-high grass. Without the SSS oil you can expect to get dozens of chigger bites, and a few ticks, every time. When using SSS oil I generally get no tick or chigger bites. Seems to work on all species of mites. I suspect mites have a hard time climbing your body with oil on their feet. Mites can also be defeated by wearing knee-high rubber boots. Once again, I suspect they have a hard time climbing the slick rubber surface. The old-timers always used coal-oil to keep mites at bay. Avon’s claim that SSS oil doesn’t work is silly. Plain old water is an effective insect repellent! - Tom

I have been using Avon Skin so Soft for at least 40yrs. I am 82yrs old and i have been flying radio control airplanes and surf fishing and my wife and i also camped and we applied Skin so Soft for all the years. I also found out that some of the circuses and horse people use Skin so Soft on there animals. All you have to do is spray a little on you and rub it in. We even sprayed our screen door on our motor home, and it also works when you go on your boat. Try it, you have nothing to loose but something to gain. Lots of luck. George. - George

I am one of those people that the mosquitoes bite when no one else is getting bitten. It works for me! There are day mosquitoes and night ones. I know it works on the day time ones! I live between three ponds and under a lot of heavy shade trees. I cannot go outside at all in summer without being attacked. Love it! P.S I’d much rather put it on my animals and babies than poison. - Sandar

As a child my Mother worked for Avon.i was so fortunate to have used Skin so soft at a young age. Everyone around me were getting bites on stop but not me. I love the smell and the feel of it leaves your skin super soft. Why waste money. If you want a guarantee to not be attacked by mosquitoes make sure you try this product - Tamra

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard can be purchased year-round at the Avon website. Prices range from $20.00 to $7.00 depending on the season.  Avon Bug Guard can also be found in the current Avon Campaign in the Bath & Body Department. 

I’d love to hear your experience with either Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil or Avon Bug Guard. Has it worked for you? How do you use it? Leave your comment below.


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