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Avon Skin So Soft Soft & Fresh Dry Oil Body Spray

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      10.09.2010 14:15
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      I won't bore you with the standard "I'm a big fan of avon products.." that I usually tend to open with..oh sorry I just have.
      Well when it comes to avon their Skin So Soft range with me can normally do no wrong. One of my favourite items that I always like to have in is the Dry Oil spray, and the Soft & Fresh is the nicest of the fragrances in my opinion.

      Availability~
      As it's an avon product there's certainly no prizes for guessing it's available from Avon. It can be found on Ebay though so it's always worth checking online first.
      If not via your local Rep,
      online at www.avonshop.co.uk
      or phoning 0845 6014040 will get you the product you are after.

      Price~
      Although I really like this spray, which I will go into detail into why in a moment, I find the full brochure price of £5 quite expensive.
      As with nearly all avon products though they have regular offers so don't be put off by the initial full cost.

      Appearance~
      The actual spray is very greasy to the touch, but given that it is a dry oil body spray it's not really that surprising. The consistency is thin like water whilst the oil is transparent.
      The dry oil spray comes housed in a tall, upright standing bottle that slightly differs to the one shown. There is now a slight wavy effect to the centre where it curves inwards presumably to make gripping easier.
      To access the spray you remove the plastic cap which protects the nozzle. As it is a pump spray you simply press the pump which then disperses the oil from the bottle. It comes in a standard 150ml size at present.

      The fragrance~
      It's hard to pinpoint anything particular here as 'soft & fresh' doesn't really give you much to go on. I find it has an earthy, woody and slightly musky scent to it making it more preferable as the others in the range can be too floral and sweet smelling. This particular fragrance is even ideal for men to use as it has a slight unisex fragrance due to the musky notes used.

      My experience of using this~
      I have used the SSS dry oil sprays since they first became a regular in every brochure, so we are going back a good few years now.
      I have taken the sprays away on holiday (abroad) in the past as I was told by a friend that they were a fantastic insect repellent. I have to say it does seem to ward off the likes of mosquito's and my husband has been very impressed with it as an insect repellent and often uses before running (he runs through the woods near our home which is full of the little biting beasts at this time of year).

      The reason why I am so impressed with this is it works. Simple as that.
      It promises to moisturise the skin and it does - I simply spray all over my body and it leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. I find it works most effectively for me if I use directly after showering or bathing when the skin is slightly damp still.
      The best thing about this product is though it may feel greasy at first, once you actually apply the spray it absorbs almost instantly into the skin.
      It leaves no sticky residue - just touchable soft skin.
      According to the directions you are supposed to spray, then rub into the skin by hand, but I find this not necessary as simply spritzing all over the body is sufficient as it soaks in on it's own.

      Would I recommend this?

      Definitely a yes.

      I find this is a fantastic moisturiser that not only works well, it keeps flying insects from sinking their nashers into your precious skin as well. Another thing worth mentioning is to any pregnant ladies - I used this daily throughout my pregnancies and have no stretch marks. I'm not saying this is wholly responsible but I do think it helped greatly so it's worth bearing in mind.
      On spraying this is emitted in a fine mist and I find that a little does seem to go a long way, so even though a 150ml size bottle may not look very big it is actually quite economical.

      I have quite sensitive skin but can honestly say I have never suffered from any adverse reactions nor rashes from using this product.

      Even if you are not a fan of Avon products I would urge people to try this - I doubt you would be disappointed.

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        09.09.2010 14:20
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        Great product at great value

        As a regular Avon customer I decided to try this product after it was recommended by a friend, the reason for me buying this was as when I go on holiday I seem to be attracted to bites one after the other and haven't found a decent insect repellent, although this isn't an insect repellent my friend recommended I put it on in the morning before applying sun cream as it acts as an insect repellent and also helps the sun cream soak into the skin easier.
        So I took it on holiday and decided to give it a try, when applying it was a little awkward as I had to spray but also rub it in and ended up with greasy hands pretty quickly, in saying this after applying the sun cream I forgot I had it on as it soaked in really well and didn't leave my skin feeling greasy and horrible.
        After using this for the few weeks I was away I came home with minimal number of bites, especially compared to normal. So I have to say I would definitely use this again and would recommend it, personally as an insect repellent, as it is great value.

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        23.08.2010 18:10
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        Great product, would reccommend

        I had never heard of this product until a few weeks ago. I came back from a holiday in Majorca absolutely covered in mosquito bites. It was then that my mother-in-law suggested I use Avon Skin So Soft as insects seem drawn to me and I am always getting quite nasty bites even when I am at home in the UK.

        To be honest I did not expect a moisturising spray to have any effect whatsoever on the amount of bites I would receive so did not buy any.

        A week later, when visiting me, my mother-in-law handed me a bottle of it to try.

        I can honestly say that it has to be the best moisturising spray i have used.

        I find that a lot of moisturising sprays can leave your hands feeling very greasy and after an hour of using them my very dry knees are indeed looking very dry again.

        With Avon Skin So Soft I can get a very good coverage as it is in a spray bottle and when I have rubbed it in, my hands are as dry as they were before I started but are left feeling moisturised. My knees are also left looking great with no dry patches which lasts all day.

        It has a lovely fragrance too and I have not received one single bite since using it therefore my legs are not only bite free but smooth and silky looking.

        This product is not advertised as an insect repellant but i truly believe it is far better than any of the repellants in the shops at the moment and smells a lot better too!

        The product is also very affordable and easy to buy. It retails at around £5.00 for a 150ml bottle, but there are offers on it frequently. At the moment you can buy it for £2.50 (150ml) either online or via your local Avon Representitive. The bottle is a nice size with an easy to use spray cap.

        Overall a great product that is affordable.

        I would definately recommend this product to any of my friends and infact have!

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        08.08.2010 12:28

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        Cult status amongst die hard climbers and walkers

        Avon skin So soft is a must have piece of kit if you are walking camping or climbing especially in the Scottish Highlands. I have used this product for what seems like an eternity and it is an essential part of my armoury against the Scottish Biting Midge. Most insect repellants do not work against the Scottish Midge and if a Mosquito likes the smell of your blood then you need to take serious precautions. My battle against anything that bites began when I worked in Scotland having dived and climbed my way around the world Preparation against Mosquito and Midges is essential . Apply Avon skin so Soft all over the Body and repeat twice daily additionally use a strong natural or DEET based reppelant on your clothing around the neck and cuffs and around the hems of skirts or bottom of shorts trousers put it on your socks and shoes boots. Take a vitamin B1 supplement and additionally a vitamin B complex supplement to keep them in balance. eating Marmite works but not as well as this miracle product dont eat the avon stuff.

        legendary amongst scottish climbers as a safe and reliable aid to midge bite prevention. Has been featured in many popular climbing and walking magazines.

        does it make your skin soft ?? Who cares

        Ideal for ladies on holiday in Hot climates who dont want the backs of there legs covered in bites. Take the B Vits as well to make sure

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        08.08.2010 10:21
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        briliant, buy it!

        a friend gave me this after i got bitten by little bugs in the uk. they had bitten me and left little red bites but they didnt hurt much, but after she gave me this i havent been bitten once since!

        i dont think there is any official research done into that it protects from bites, but i am certainly for that idea. i believe that the smell must be something that bugs dont like to land on, or it could be that tit leaves the skin so soft that they dont think it is actually skin so they dont bite it

        this product smells quite nice, it has a fresh smell, and because its a spray you get an even coverage of it

        i love the fact that this is a spray bottle against a tub of moisturiser. it works just as well as any more expensive product and it leaves your skin very soft as it locks in the moisture. being a spray on body spray it means you get a very even coverage and its not too thick of an application

        the packaging of this product is quite plain, and its a slightly curved bottle that fits easily in your hands. the bottle has a squirt top, which yo push down to release the spray. this is a 150ml bottle which costs about £4 in the Avon catalouge

        i would recommend this to anybody, this is fantastic product and works really well

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        21.07.2010 01:28
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        The reason why I love this spray is that not only does it repels and protects against insects, it really does smooth the skin and leaves it really soft afterwards. I first purchased this spray when my family and I went to Mauritius last year- tropical haven means mosquitoes and we wanted to be well-prepared. I have to say that this must do its job since I wasn't stung once! Moreover, I love the way it smells. I have to admit that after my vacations, I started using it straight out of the shower on wet skin and my skin has really been smoother ever since. It comes in a rather plain, white bootle, exactly like the dooyoo picture above. Of course, since this is a spray, it's really easier to apply than regular creams/oils/moisturizers. I love Avon products and I can certainly vouch for the fact that this is one of the best Avon products out there. Moreover, the bottle is plastic so it's quite handy for travelling since there's no risk of breaking it.


        The oil itself glides really easily across the skin. I once used some body oil which seemed to me like coagulated fish oil and it was quite hard to spread. This one spreads wonderfully- and might even get a tad too sloppy. Moreover, it absorbs extremely easily- but this might also be due to the fact that I have really dry skin. I would recommend applying this on wet skin since it aids the absorption process. You can also use it on dry skin but I found that it left some patches which didn't really penetrate easily when used on dry skin. Therefore, even when used as a mosquito repellent, I tend to shower first and then apply the oil.


        There is something quite soothing about this oil. It might have to do with the list of ingredients or the amazing smell of it. I was quite surprised to see that this contains citronella since I'm not really fond of that smell, but the citronella smell is very nicely disguised by fresh lemon whiffs accompanied by something like thyme and floral. What I love the most about the smell is that unlike with other body oils, this one maintains its perfume throughout the day (even if I won't go to the extent of substituting my deodorant for this!). Moreover, this definitely does not smell like the yucky insect repellents out there. I feel bad for guys though; the perfume is definitely a flowery one and when my brother wore this on our holiday, he smelled so much like a girl that we couldn't stop laughing at him!


        Amazingly, this product only costs £ 3.75 (on Amazon.uk). I would certainly recommend this because it not only acts as a marvellous insect repellent, but it also provides an extremely refreshing perfume and amazing moisturizer. Well worth the price!


        Thanks for reading!

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          11.07.2010 12:52
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          Great purchase

          This product primarily is a great moisturiser and applies easily onto the skin and creates really soft skin without a greasy feel or look. I tend to reapply it several times a day when I use it so it doesn't have the most long lasting moisturising effect but I personally think it lasts long enough given the amount I apply at one time.

          There's apparently no technical evidence of this product being a 'midge repellent' but I'm definitely in the group of people who think it works as a great repellent against midge bites anyway and would definitely recommend this product on that basis alone.

          Though I ultimately have a slight 'conflict of interest' with this product in that I want to constantly use it through summer as a moisturiser and midge repellent, but I don't much see the point in applying it in conjunction with sunscreen which effectively moisturising my skin anyway, and using both can just lead to my skin being too greasy. But it's definitely the product to use through spring and autumn.

          As a body spray it gets applied in 'hard to reach areas' so the spray nozzle makes it so much easier to apply everywhere and yet not apply too much and create a greasy layer.

          The smell from this product is really the only negative I found. That's not to say it smelt bad, just weird, and definitely not a usual 'feminine' smell which you usually get with female toiletries. For me its a diluted bleach smell, definitely not disgusted, but could be much better.

          I paid about £1.25 for the bottle in a deal in a particular Avon brochure, and they generally do deals on it every few months. So it was definitely a good deal, especially given the quantity. So far it's lasted me nearly a year, and looks like I'll get at least another 6 months out of it. Given the uses of this product I definitely think that it's well worth the money and better value for money than most other 'like' products on the market.

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          24.06.2010 17:39
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          No Stars!!!!!!

          Skin So Soft replenishing dry oil body spray.

          Avon do a quite a range of the Skin So Soft products. Up until now I had never tried them but for my birthday I was given a bottle of Avon Skin So Soft replenishing dry body oil. Now I usually use E45 to moisturise (pervious review) but I recently dug it out and thought I would give it a try.

          The body oil comes in a tall slightly curved bottle with a pump spray nozzle on the top. This makes it perfect for holidays. It has the Avon Skin So Soft logo in a turquoise blue colour on the front. The bottle I was given is 150ml which I think is round about £4.00 in the Avon catalogue. There is a huge list of ingredients on the back.

          The oil is best applied after a bath or shower, so after getting out of the bath I did just that and applied the oil. The first thing that I noticed is that the oil is not thick but actually feels quite watery. Not what I was expecting at all! I rubbed the oil into my arms and legs. It disappeared from my hands reasonably quickly but I felt that the oil was just sitting on my skin and not actually rubbing in. I have since tried the oil at a time other than after a bath and I found the same thing, it left my legs looking quite shiny. The oil did make my skin feel soft and it didn't leave it oily, but I felt it wasn't giving a nice deep down moisturise like E45 cream does.

          I have read in several magazines and heard on the TV that Avon Skin So Soft can be used a mosquito repellent. I can not comment on this but I have to say I'm not surprised, it smells awful!! It reminds me of polish. In fact I went to bed that night smelling like I had been through the car wash!!

          In conclusion I have to say that Avon Skin So Soft dry oil is definatly not for me. I was disappointed; I know the Skin So Soft range is popular. I get the Avon catalogue delivered every month and I usually like their stuff, but not everything suits everybody so I will put this one down to experience and give it a miss in the future.

          No stars from me!

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            02.04.2010 13:36
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            A good moisturiser especially if you are in a hurry.

            I got this for my birthday last year, and I have to admit, I had forgotten about it until this morning when I was rooting around the drawers for a moisturiser.

            I'm not sure how much this product costs as it was a gift, but as it's avon I can't imagine it being expensive, probably £5.00 or under.

            It comes in a 150ml blue bottle and obviously has a spray top, with a lid over it.

            It says on the front of the bottle "Replenishing Dry Oil Body Spray".

            It is actually a really good moisturiser, for a quick spritz. It comes out very easily and glides on the skin. It's incredibly light and slightly oily but does leave your skin feeling very soft. I sprayed it on then rubbed it in, but I think you could just spray it and wait for it to soak in and it wouldn't take too long.

            The smell is really hard to describe, it smells a bit floral, with a hint of baby powder and a tiny bit medicinal (if you sniff really close up, it smells a little of tee tree oil). However the smell isn't very strong and not overpowering. It is really pleasant. If someone got close to you they would be able to smell it, but it doesn't waft around.

            I will continue using this, now I have found again as it's very quick and easy to use. If you get it on your hands though then try and pick up the bottle it can become a bit slippery, but if you drop it none comes out because it's a spray which is very helpful for me as I am particularly clumsy especially with greasy hands!

            A good product from the avon, which I think you can order from online now, not wait for the lady or man to drop off a catalogue.

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            13.03.2010 14:01
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            So many uses

            Avon's skin so soft soft & fresh dry oil body spray is one of the well known avon products, particularly for its ability to keep insects away.

            The SSS dry oil body spray was on offer in brochure 6 at £2 (full price is £5), although they are 3 for £5 if you back order from brochure 5. The bottle contains 150ml.

            This product is for use after a bath or shower to lock in moisture. It isn't greasy and it soaks into your skin in a couple of minutes.

            As I said above the product also has additional uses (although none are officially quoted by Avon), some of these are -
            Keeps insects away
            Make up remover
            Getting pen of your hands
            Relieves itching
            Paintbrush cleaner
            Removes gum from carpets
            Crayon remover
            Room spray
            Hoof polish
            Spray on car tyres for a shiny look
            Removes tree sap

            It's worth keeping a bottle in your bag, particularly when you go on holiday in the sun as i've had many customers tell me how great it is in keeping bugs away.

            It doesn't smell bad like some moisturisers and it isn't greasy.

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              27.12.2009 03:03

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              smells nice, but not enough for very dry skin

              firstly, i dont like the pump bottle, as i always struggle to get the last little bit out.. but apart form that...
              the smell is great.. a firm fav, and it does tend to take a while to soak intot he skin. but i've never had a problem with it staining clothes.. which is a bonus
              if used at night in the summer, it can help with those horrid migi bites, as they either dont like the smell or it tastes horrid to them.. which again is a bonus
              i also use it on my dog, who like me has excema .... and it helps us both. me to keep my skin hydrated to a degree, and the dog.. well, as well as a moisturiser for her.. it's also cheaper and better than the vets excema shampoo for dogs... i've even got the vet recommending it heheh
              although, not moisturing enough for me to use along.. but the gergeous smell is worth it

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              27.11.2009 14:27
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              Avon skin so soft is a bit of an iconic range now having been around for what seems like forever, my first experience of this product was last year when I purchased 2 for £5 from Avon online. I am not sure if they do it anymore but have seen plenty available on eBay.

              I was recommended the product as a mosquito repellent as I heard it had a very good reputation in this field, and with my skin being a bit rubbish did not want to use the regular repellent sprays and wipes with the DEET in them.

              The packaging is a plastic 150ml pump spray bottle with a clear lid to prevent accidental sprayage.

              Unfortunately I no longer have the item to explain the ingredients list but my research tells me citronella and calendula oil are the ingredients which as well as create the fresh fragrance are the offending ingredients for the mosquitoes. Now, I have eczema and I was not able to use this product on the sore parts because whilst citronella is a natural oil derived from plants, it is also a exceptionally potent oil and will not agree with everyone although I will explain the effects on my skin later. Calendula again is a beautiful natural ingredient derived also plant materials and is well renowned for its skin soothing properties.

              The oil is a clear fine liquid and each spray delivers a fair amount of product, it also goes a rather long way so not one to be over used.

              2 or 3 sprays is more than enough to saturate a limb.

              What about the smell? Well it smells of summer is the only way I can describe it, and as the name suggests it is very fresh indeed, and a pleasurable smell. The smell on the skin is long lasting.

              The oils appearance on the skin is somewhat shiny, and I must admit I did feel slightly greasy when using it. After 10 minutes though a lovely sheen is left to the skin and because I was on holiday I thought this was a lovely look and made me a bit more confident about getting my legs out! It really perked up the skin leaving it looking a bit more interesting.

              It is meant for use after a bath or shower and this will help to contain moisture within this skin and I found this to be true to its word, however mostly I used it ten minutes before leaving the hotel room due to the reason of my purchase was insect repellent and I found it to put nourishment back into the skin I used it on.

              As mentioned earlier my skin is quite poor, having problems with skin on the legs and certain target patches that irritate quite easily elsewhere. I was careful not to use too product on these parts as I am sure it would have given me problems. Whilst it did not leave these parts sore I felt very slightly irritated, but this was better for me than thos insect wipes which felt awful, this was the lesser of any evils.

              Therefore I would be careful with any sensitive skin however I know this product will be fab on 'normal' skins.

              Did I notice any repellent properties? Well this was my first holiday abroad so I cannot say how I would have done without it. I got bitten significantly less than my OH having only come away with 2 or 3 very small marks.

              I reapplied it about once every 1 to 2 hours, although when I was out all day I did not reapply and I never suffered any problems, I was in Egypt and Israel in the height of summer so either I am not prone to insect bites or the product really works, I have a good feeling it was the latter.

              I think beyond the insect repellent properties, I would not choose this item as it makes my pale milky untanned UK weather skin a little too shiny formy liking. If my skin was more tanned I would not hesitate to usethis in summer. The moisturising properties were good but again I'd prefer something invisible on the skin. Next time I go on holiday I will definitely be hunting this one down.

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                22.08.2009 23:17
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                Good if you want a really strong smelling oil spray, but otherwise stay away

                I regularly order cosmetics and skin care products from Avon, and when my current order arrived I was pleased to find an unexpected free gift enclosed. It was Skin So Soft Dry Oil Body Spray.

                Skin So Soft is Avon's main skin care range and it is divided into sub ranges which all have different aims. Examples of these sub ranges include Soft and Sensual, Signature Silk, Soft and Smooth, Soft and Firm, Soft and Glow, etc. The Dry Oil Body Spray is part of the Soft and Fresh range, which is symbolised by the turquoise coloured Skin So Soft logo on the front of the bottle.

                The bottle is white aside from the logo, like all other Skin So Soft products, and looks a bit boring and cheap. It has a pump action top to enable you to spray the product onto your skin. It is opaque so you cannot see how much body spray you have left.

                When I sprayed this onto my skin the first thing I noticed was the very strong smell. It is not an unpleasant smell and reminds me of talc or of baby oil or baby lotion. However because it is so strong it was overwhelming even after one squirt of the body spray, and if you had sprayed it all over your body to moisturise and oil yourself after a shower then I imagine you would smell so strongly that people in Australia would notice!

                Aside from the strong smell the Dry Oil Body Spray is OK. It is not too sticky or tacky to the touch and it rubs in very easily. I didn't notice much difference to the moisture of my skin though. Also be careful not to use it on even slightly cracked or irritated skin as I made this mistake and it hurt really badly!

                The body spray normally costs £5 but is often included within Avon's special offers and is currently available at half price so costs £2.50. Even at this price I think it is too expensive especially as the bottle is a relatively small 150 ml.

                As with all Avon products, you can purchase this either from your local Avon representative if you are lucky enough to have one, or from the Avon online shop. However I wouldn't recommend this due to the smell being too strong and it not having any amazing effect on my skin.

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                  21.08.2009 20:44
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                  quite good product but not the best from the range

                  I adore avons brand skin so soft so was really looking forward to the dry oil body spray arriving but once I had it I wasn't as impressed with it as the other products in the skin so soft range.

                  The price was £2.50 when I bought it but it is always on different offers in the avon brochure or online if there isn't a rep in your area.

                  The packaging was a turqoise coloured bottle, it has a spray nozzle at the top with a cover to avoid it leaking, although the cover is small and clear and very easy to loose. There is a logo on the front which is 'SSS' and it says 'skin so soft, replenishing dry oil body spray' It is a nice simple label on the front and back. The back label explains to spray the product onto your skin after a bath and shower to help lock in the moisture.

                  The bottle is 150ml which lasts a long time as you dont need to use much. Once opened it must be used within 24 months. I was also told that this product could help to avoid any insect bites but I've never been in a situation to comment on this.

                  I used this product as instructed and sprayed it onto my skin after a bath. The smell was quite different to anything I've smelt before, quite strong scented, not pleasent but not horrible but the smell didn't last long anyway. The oil was clear and quite greasy. It doesn't say on the packaging to rub it in but I did because it did leave my skin very greasy. I could feel that my skin was softer but it did still feel abit greasy although most of it did soak up quite quickly.

                  Overall I wasn't happy with this product compared to the other products in the range but I would use it again if I needed it to keep away any insect bites.

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                    07.08.2009 14:33
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                    I discovered Avon Skin So Soft, Soft & Fresh Dry Oil Body Spray (what a mouthful) probably a couple of years ago when a friend of my mum's who is an Avon Rep came round with a box of products she was selling for £1. I had a quick spritz of this spray and found that I really like the feel of it once it has settled on the skin. When I selected this bottle, the Rep told me of its insect repelling qualities, which is not a surprise considering the smell. She also told me that she had been told that Avon were actually having supply problems with this product at that time as a huge volume had been purchase by/for the armed forces to help them combat the bugs whilst in combat. I do not know how true that comment is! However, as you may have read, I am regularly back and forth to France to see mum and dad and suffer badly with mozzies. I must have tasty blood!

                    I have been using the product ever since. Last Sunday while I was thinking about what I might need to pack for my next trip (in 8 more sleeps) I thought about this and found my current bottle in the bathroom. It was running a bit low and as my rep is not due for another couple of weeks and is slightly unreliable I decided to order online (see my review of avon online coming soon). I found a discount code on the net which I used to get free P&P.

                    The product is currently on offer at £1.75 for a 150ml bottle. My goods arrived today and I have noticed that the packaging has now changed from the old pale blue to an almost pearlesccent white-cream coloured bottle with a green 'SSS' logo on the front and a pump action spray top with a clear plastic lid to ensure no leakage. The label indicates the product is Green Dot compliant (see me review on Alberto Balsam Pomegranate Shampoo for more information on this, or visit www.valpack.co.uk or wikipedia) and is made from recyclable HDPE.

                    The label also indicates a shelf life of 12 months once opened but mine never lasts this long as I use it so often.

                    I have just had another spray to remind me of the fragrance and it is certainly a very strange smell and hard to describe and to pinpoint. It is quite chemically but not harsh. Actually, it is like smelling the woods, damp bark. I think that if it was used as a general body spray it would ward off men as well as mozzies! That said, it is not truly unpleasant.

                    The label suggests to apply after a bath or shower to lock in moisture, which I tend to do when I step out of the shower while I am on holiday. It works well at keep my skin moistured as I am regularly in and out of the pool in France so my skin takes a battering. It also acts as insect repellent very well and I rarely get a bite once I have applied this. It is much much cheaper than Jungle Formula!

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                    A spray that locks in moisture leaving your skin so soft /