Re: Insect Repellent: Which one??
Lisa Varner (lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US)
Wed, 19 Jun 1996 09:21:48 -0400
Comments from various scouters...
>Anyways, I have heard that if you start early enough (like 2-4 weeks), one
>of the B vitamins will act as a natural bug repellant somehow. Is this
>true? If it is, does anyone on the list know which B vitamin (or other
>vitamin) does this wonderful trick.
I was always taught that there is something in carrots. If you eat
carrots before and during outdoor exposure, a smell will emit from your
skin that mosquitos do not like. Not sure how much truth, but there are
always carrots on my outdoor menu.
>Get repellent WITHOUT any perfume/scent. Use unscented soap for your
>clothes and your person. Tell your leaders to forgo any perfume,
>cologne, or aftershave.
This includes lotion and underarm deodorant, or kids leaving a soda pop
mustache on their face after drinking.
>An alternative, if you know someone who sells Avon products, is
Caution: Skin-So-Soft does not work for everyone. It depends on your
chemistry. It works kind of like a musk, on some people musk smells
wonderful (my husband) on others (like me) it smells like garbage. Me
using Skin-So-Soft was like a dinner bell for bugs!
I have had great success with OFF! Skintastic Spray. It is in a pump
bottle, GS's will not allow any use of aerosols. Works on clothes without
staining, will not damage cotton, wool or nylon. It must not be sprayed
on or near acetate, rayon, spandex or other synthetics (other than nylon),
furniture, plastics (this includes eyeglasses lenses!), watch crystals,
leather and painted or varnished surfaces including automobiles.
For woods use the Deep Woods Off!
To apply it to the face, you should spray your palm and rub on avoiding
eyes and mouth. Remember to apply it where you will sweat!! Back, back
of knees, back of underarms, around your waistband, chest, neck, and
especially around the sock (remember they may fall down during the day
exposing untreated skin.
Lisa Varner << firstname.lastname@example.org >>
Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City