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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Definitely works & offends some noses (but not others)
on January 25, 2010
My husband and I purchased this product based on data we read in the scientific literature on the effectiveness of 2% soybean oil as a repellent. It seemed almost too good to be true. When the product arrived, I took one sniff and said there was no way I could spray this on myself. It might be the germanium oil which is also in the product (but not the active ingredient). My husband thinks that it doesn't smell like much of anything at all, which perhaps accounts for the different reviews posted in various places about the smell of this product. Clearly my husband and I have different chemo-receptors in our noses! He has tried Bite Blocker on a summer evening in our backyard and found that it definitely works as a repellent. However, I don't like smelling it on him so he has put the bottle with his fishing gear and will resume using it in the spring-- well away from his wife. I would be very interested to test a 2% soybean oil product which did NOT have geranium oil in it, to see if it still has the same strange smell. If your family is like my husband and doesn't think this product smells strange at all, then I would predict that it would be a great choice, particularly for children due to its safety. I personally am not the slightest bit concerned about the safety of DEET for adults or children since it has been around and used in such large quantities for so many decades. However, the kids might be happier about being sprayed with Bite Blocker than DEET.