Skin So Soft Insect Repellent – Debunking the Myth

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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 a 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 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 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:


Avon Bug Guard Sale

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.



For more info about Bug Guard Active Ingredients (Picaridin & IR3535) ,
Frequently Asked Questions & How to Choose & Use
visit these Beauty2Makeup articles below:


Avon Bug Guard: Facts & Info, FAQ

Skin So Soft Bug Guard – How to Use

Avon Bug Guard 101 (.pdf download)

My Personal Experience!

the Avon Skin So Soft Experiment


Update: Since this post was written it has become one of my most popular posts and 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!  Please read the comments section below for Skin So Soft users real live testimonies!

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. 



What is Avon’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil Insect Repelling Ingredient?

We think we have found the answer per an Avon Skin So Soft fan. The secret insect repelling ingredient is DICAPRYL ADIPATE 


It’s used in the bath oil to so the formula isn’t so greasy and helps leave a matte finish on the skin. But in addition to that, the additional benefit is it’s insect repelling qualities.

Per Google:  “Dicapryl adipate has been shown to have insect repellent properties and is therefore useful in insect repellent formulations. Dicapryl adipate is free from the disadvantageous properties, such as skin irritation, which are exhibited by many known insect repellent agents.”


DICAPRYL ADIPATE is third ingredient in Avon’s Original Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil!


Avon Skin So Soft Ingredients:


So there it is folks!  You heard if here first!


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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.




I’ve been an Independent Avon eRepresentative since 2010. I specialize in Avon Online sales through my Avon Representative website. You can also view the Avon Book here!

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