Best Soap for repelling Insects

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Kadushu

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Citronella soap works for me. I couldn't tell you what brand because I got it in Thailand but the Thais know a thing or two about mozzies.
 

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What a great topic, I get eaten and eaten some more and then some more all summer, Midge, Mozz and Horse flies, hate them all.
So, a soap that put them (even just one species) off of eating me is an interesting subject.
 

Woody girl

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I third skin so soft from Avon, and I use a localy produced hand made birch tar soap from priestlands birch.( www.priestlandsbirch.co.uk)
Not cheap but extremely effective with a lovely smokey scent and realy good for the skin too.
I use all their products,( including the birch liqueurs they make.)
I've been using them for about 4 yrs now so can say that the soap and creams are truly tried and tested.
 

Limey Pete

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I am surprised insect repellents that contain Deet have not been mentioned.
Deet is good, however be aware that Deet works just as well at 35% as 80%. And therefore repellents containing Deet can be diluted and you will have more.
However it is not in soap.
 

Robson Valley

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Some of the stories of effectiveness of Avon Skin So Soft came out of Canadian tree planting camps. I believe that oil of Citronella was an ingredient.
Some say that there was gov't pressure to change the formulation to avoid getting tangled up as an unregistered insect repellant. I do not know what transpired, I've been away from the tree planting mob for a long time.

Oil of Citronella works. Even for Black Flies (Simulidae) when you work near moving water which is larval habitat. Dab drops of it along your jacket collar.
 

TeeDee

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Some of the stories of effectiveness of Avon Skin So Soft came out of Canadian tree planting camps. I believe that oil of Citronella was an ingredient.
Some say that there was gov't pressure to change the formulation to avoid getting tangled up as an unregistered insect repellant. I do not know what transpired, I've been away from the tree planting mob for a long time.

Oil of Citronella works. Even for Black Flies (Simulidae) when you work near moving water which is larval habitat. Dab drops of it along your jacket collar.


I knew it was going to be a Canadian related story. :)
 
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Robson Valley

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Sure! Why not? Gotta keep the faith.
Talk to the tree planters about the mosquitoes and black flies.
If I knew a source of oil of Citronella, I'd tell you.
 

Athos

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It's not a soap but Avon's Skin so Soft dry oil spray is supposed to be a very good repellant
I can 100% vouch for that, spent a week roughing it on a caye off Belize. Mate and I were pretty much bathing in skin so soft, sand flies didn’t touch us. A lot of the other lads were eaten alive. It was way more effective than Deet.

The stink of cheap rum coming off us might have helped too. :badger:
 
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