76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
I recently took this bottle to Haiti with me. We were staying outdoors for 8 days and I needed something strong to keep the bugs away. I did not get a single mosquito bite while wearing the Deet. I would walk through swarms of flies on the street and not be touched by a single one, which I was pretty happy about since I hate bugs!
I would spritz onto all my exposed skin in the morning (didn't even need to rub it in!) and would re-apply every six hours or so. I was expecting a very strong smell like regular bug spray, but it actually had a very light scent. Did not ruin any of my clothes and did not irritate my skin whatsoever. After several uses a day for 8 days, I had well over half a bottle left, so this will last a while if you use only the amount you need!
Overall I was very satisfied with this product. Would definitely buy again.
82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2012
We bought Repel because we were going to Uganda and had no previous experience in Africa. We were told Repel would be a good supplement to the malaria pills and garlic tabs we were taking. All I can say is we came home without any mosquito bites and ... no malaria. That's all that matters. Repel is fairly potent and it is best to spray outside or in a large room. Try not to inhale it.
87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
For a two-week trip around Costa Rica this August, I thoroughly researched the best insect repellents, especially as I am highly allergic to mosquitoes (I get massive welts that itch--and are often hot to the touch--for days). I also worried about the no-seeums and sand flies. We planned to trek through multiple rainforests and spend some time in the hot, humid Caribbean, so I wanted to be well covered! Originally, I thought I needed a 100% DEET product, but after much research, I learned that it was not necessary to have such a high concentration (which could also cause adverse reactions). I decided to go for products in the 30-40% DEET range, and ended up buying three different ones: the Repel Sportsmen MAX pump spray, the Repel wipes, and the Ultrathon cream.
I am writing this review to say that ALL of them worked well, BUT I HATED using Ultrathon. Like some reviews said, it is very sticky (does not absorb into skin). Therefore, everything sticks TO you! Dirt, sand, bugs...you name it. AND once stuck, it is almost impossible to get things like sand and dirt off without a heavy-duty scrubbing (brushing only smears everything). When you are already in a hot, humid climate, bug repellent makes you feel dirty as it is; Ultrathon, however, made me feel the ickiest. The Repel pump spray and wipes never had the sticky problem, worked very well, and did not smell offensive (except a little when you first apply them--outdoors, of course). Therefore, I'd recommend them instead.
I'd actually recommend getting BOTH Repel products. The wipes are good for carrying in a pocket and using quickly. They are especially good for small areas like your neck. I also tucked them in the bottom of my hiking pants (which cinched) to ward off sand flies while looking at turtles nesting on the beach at midnight. I even used them to wipe down for a little extra protection when in some of the more "rustic" accommodations at night. The Sportsmen MAX spray, however, was good for a more hands-free application (with Ultrathon and the Repel wipes, you have to wash your hands THOROUGHLY for several minutes after using them--especially with Ultrathon). The Repel spray was also good to spray on clothes (for things I either hadn't pre-treated with the Sawyer permethrin spray or things that were water-proof so that the permethrin wouldn't sink in). I think it was also easier to cover larger areas of skin.
One precaution (that I probably should've realized--duh): wait until your pores close after taking a shower or bath before applying either of these products. I made the mistake of using the Repel wipes very soon after showering, and my skin was on FIRE! I also broke out in a huge red rash. I immediately jumped in the shower again, and everything cleared up shortly thereafter. I reapplied the repellent after waiting 30 minutes, and I was fine.
Over two weeks, I hardly got any bites at all, even when SWARMED by mosquitoes for hours! Most of the bites I got actually occurred indoors in bathrooms (when I wasn't wearing anything). I only got, maybe, 3 or 4 outdoors (two of them on my butt through untreated hiking pants--that's when I started spraying a little Repel on my clothes, too!).
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2014
Family of 5 went to Africa for 3 weeks. Used on ankles, wrists, and necks in evenings and only went through 1/2 of a bottle. No bites, no malaria, I don't know what else to say about it. Oh,we did spray around the tent openings and it really stained the fabric and pretty much started eating through it...so don't do that. Just spray yourself. More importantly, cover up with long sleeves and leggings/socks.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2012
I have purchased this in the creme form and have been using it for about a year. I live in Florida where the insects are HUGE... the has worked better than anything else I'm tried. The spray is so easy to use and take to the beach in the evening. This is a GREAT product and really keeps the mosquitoes away!!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2012
Works well in the cascade mountains! This is kept on my person at all times when in the woods hunting, camping, hiking or fishing- day or night, cold or hot, raining or sunny it works.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
I never actually noticed that deet came in many different potencies. I quit using bug spray for years because it kept burning my skin. This stuff is strong enough to kill everything that comes into contact with it without burning your skin.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
I ordered this in conjunction with the 100% DEET as well. I will preface by saying I live a one acre patch of land next to a swamp, errrrrr I mean "wetland" that adjoins several other ponds and creeks that are heavily wooded. It is mosquito heaven out here. When we first moved in we had to wear repellent TO BED due to the delapidated condition of the should-have-been-condemned house we got gypped into buying. I also use mosquito dunks and it helps somewhat but we even have mosquitos in the WINTER when opening up the basement crawl space hatch or when the temperature outside rises above 42 degrees farenheit.
I sprayed this on and could garden for hours without getting bitten--I also sprayed on the 100% stuff and could garden almost ALL DAY in the RAIN without getting bitten. A triumph! I sure hope the over reaching EPA doesn't ban this stuff!!