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I needed to find something to help repel insects and also to keep my skin moisturised and this ticked all the boxes! i read some reviews first and found that as well as smelling nice and keeping skin soft, it also is very effective as inscet repellent (mainly gnats) which is a huge plus as most repellents do not have a nice smell which puts me off of using them but as gnats love me, i was so pleased to find this.
i got mine from Amazon as i did not know a local Avon person and got two bottles for £7 which was great as i was not sure it would work as i wanted it to. As it is a spray, you use less than if it was just a rub on and this helps with the value for money part of things!
It does not damage your skin (as far as my experience showed) so i think it is much better than some repellents as they can be quite harsh.
From reviews i read before buying i saw it does not work the same for everyone and i am thankful that i took the risk and gave it a try as for me it seemed to work wonders considering the amount of insect bites i usually get in the summer!! If you are not sure if it will be worthwhile then i do think giving it a go can not hurt as even without the repellent it is a good moisturiser!
Avon Skin so soft dry oil body spray
I recently purchased the original scented dry oil body spray after a recommendation from a friend. I have found more recently that my skin needs a little more hydration. I have slight problems with acne on my back and tops of my arms and have found that if I try to moisturise these areas with creams it tends to get worse.
I thought I'd try this and I'm so glad I did. It hydrated my skin well and sunk in without too much rubbing. It didn't leave my skin feeling greasy like some oils do either.
It has a pleasant smell however I would use it in combination with some body sprays or perfumes as it may clash and not smell as nice. Hence why I don't use this product everyday only when my skin feels very dry.
I have also heard it is known for its insect repellent properties, how far this is true I'm not sure but for me I have sprayed myself before going out in the evenings and haven't been bitten by mosquitos since (knock on wood!)
The product comes in a spray bottle which is handy once you've applied it as it doesn't leave a sticky mess on the bottle. The spray is also relatively cheap and Avon regularly do offers on this product.
Overall I do like this product, the scent is not too overpowering. The products does a good job at softening and hydrating skin and can be used everyday.
I have been an Avon Lady in the past but am by no means an advocate of all their products, but this is one I would never be without whether I was a buyer or a seller. To my knoweldge the regular price for this product is 3.99 but it is regularly include in offers such as three skin-so-soft products for 7.50 etc.
It comes in a 150ml unpressurised spray bottle, with an ergonomic shape that feels nice in your hand. The bottle is white with blue logo and writing, and a clear lid.
All the personalisation on the bottle is done via stuck on labels and whereas the rear label just describes the contents in various languages, if you carefully peel off the label from the bottom right hand corner as indicated, you will find further writing underneath, that describes the ways in which to use the product and the ingredients used.
The light scent of this spray I would describe as walking through a spring forest, with overtones of pine and that's as good a description as I can manage. It is a fairly strong but pleasing smell, which lingers nicely on the skin. If you like to wear perfume then this may clash, but I am not a perfume wearer so it's not a problem for me.
I always use this product after a shower when I have dried myself. I spray it on the rub it into the surrounding area, until I have covered my whole body. I find that it goes a long way; one short spray for example will smooth over my whole arm.
The product is clear and does have an initial oily feel, but as the name suggests, it sinks immediately into the skin leaving it dry and non-greasy, but wonderfully smooth and supple. During the rest of the day, my skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch. I sometimes however have to wash it off the palms of my hands if I am in a hurry to go to work, because this seems to be the only place that the oil won't sink in.
One odd last thing I need to add is that this body spray, quite by chance, acts as a perfect mosquito repellent. Something in its scent is distinctly disliked by mosquitoes, a peculiar fact that has been discovered over the years by Avon clients, and is a well known fact amongst Avon representatives, though not used as an official marketing tool. Richard Branson, allegedly, orders it by the crate for his guests on his Caribbean island of Necca. Other, less famous people will even buy it to spray on their horses during mosquito season to ease the poor animal's irritation by these pesky blighters.
So if you pack it in your holiday luggage, you will not only stay silky smooth, but you won't be bitten either.
I used to buy a lot of Avon products, as who can resist the temptation when that little order booklets does the rounds! I have quite a stash now as I have too many products to use up lol. The reason why I bought this product was that it was on special and it was the first time I have heard of an dry oil spray and I am a very curious person.
Clean packaging without too much detail. The labeling is clear and easily readable though.
It has a faint perfume smell, quite pleasant.
It is a great moisturizer, especially for that extra dry skin in winter. I normally use it after a long soak in the evenings. The spray bottle makes it much easier to apply, which means you are not left with a slippery oily bottle to clean up afterwards.
This is a very good product. The price is not too bad either. The only thing that I do not like is the fact that it does not absorb completely into the skin, so do this in the evening before you put your PJ's on, otherwise your day clothes will be left all greasy. Then again, any oil will do that lol.
I have been buying Avon products for many years as there is always someone at work who is an agent and this Skin So Soft original dry oil spray has always been a favourite of mine. The proper price is actually £5 but I have never paid this amount as I think it is too expensive, however there are regular offers for this product and this is when I will buy it. I last bought it when it was on offer for £1.99 and at the time of writing this review it is still this price.
It is 150ml and comes in a white plastic bottle and is shaped so it curves in at the middle which helps your fingers to hold it, which is particularly useful if your hands are still a bit wet or you have got some of the oil on your hands. It is designed to spray onto damp skin which is supposed to lock in essential moisture and I do find that it gives the best results this way.
It has a small clear cap and it has a pump action which I find always sprays easily and freely. The only time it doesn't always do this is if you are spraying several times with the bottle upside down or at a downwards angle, however it does seem to be okay for a few sprays this way before it stops coming through.
I will use the spray on my legs as this is where I tend to get a bit of dry skin and will also use it on my arms and chest. When you first spray the lotion onto your skin it does look a bit oily but it does absorb quickly and dries within a minute or so. I will occasionally rub it into my legs if I am rushing and putting my trousers on straight afterwards but only a very light rub is needed.
I absolutely love the smell of this spray and always have. It is quite hard to describe the smell but I would say it is sort of floral but a bit musky as well and the smell does stay on your skin for some time after use. My skin does feel soft after using it and it does help with the dry patches on my legs.
I have had my current bottle for around ten weeks and I would say that I have only used about a third of it. I will use it approximately two or three times a week and more so if I have a bath as I feel it soaks even more into my skin.
I recommend this spray as a good daily moisturiser which has a lovely smell and does keep your skin feeling soft and supple. I have read that people also use this spray as an insect repellant which I was not aware of, but as mozzies seem to seek me out whenever I am abroad I will try it out the next time and see if it works for me.
Following on from the fantastic and excellent performance of beautifying oil products that I bought from The Body Shop recently, I have been using a little every day from the two different fragrances I purchased. However, as many of you will know from my current "about me," I have spent more time in the garden due to the very warm and sunny days that have been more of an attractant to spend time outside for repairs, gardening tasks and just enjoying what sun there is as Scotland doesn't tend to get much of the yellow stuff! Because it can be too hot to work in during the day when the temperature is at its highest, I have been taking a risk working in the late afternoons to evenings in my garden. Scottish midges, known to drive tourists away have been particularly high this year too, and tend to emerge at the same time when I'm working, ready to eat me alive!
The Product, The Price & The Promise
Having bought "Skin So Soft," by Avon many years ago in a body lotion format, I can remember how good the product was in combating midges at the very least, though initially I have found it difficult to track down this product as internet shops had not yet been added to the virtual world! After sourcing "dry body spray oil" online by Avon recently and purchasing two of the bottles of this product from a bonus bigger 250ml sizing at the same cost price (£2-50) of the standard narrow 150ml spray bottle, I waited for those products to arrive and oh how Avon UK made me wait for the products to arrive! When visiting a local hardware shop in town to get more garden feed "juice" for my flowers, I happened to find a whole shelf of "Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray," priced at the same cost price. Now I have three bottles of "Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Spray" as a result, which isn't a big issue, as I and if I intend to go on holiday again at the end of this year, I know that this product will be coming with me as well as my recently purchased Dr J Insect Repellent as a double measure!
The "Skin So Soft" regime by Avon has been on the market since 1961, making this product fifty-two years old and quite recognisable, not just to Avon buyers but also to others who have been recommended to try it. Spurned on by the well-known fact that the product and its associated fragrance conks out midges and mosquitoes immediately lends this body spray oil product with a 2-in-1 approach, especially when purchased in the summer. The Dry Oil Body Spray further highlights that it can be used at any time but seems to be more effective after showering. It also warns that the product is flammable.
Online, the product's bottle seems to change very rapidly and what you're looking at currently is a frosted creamy silvery tainted narrow bottle, curvy with an intention "grab hand" design and a non-pressured aerosol dispersal push button with a protective plastic cap. The front of the bottle has a light blue frontage with thin black lettering and the product promises a dry oil spray with added Jojoba. A peel seal sticker on the back reveals lots of different languages and the directions are underneath the first layer, of which Avon's product here demonstrates:
"...This light spray formulated with Jojoba oil absorbs quickly and holds in moisture after your bath or shower, leaving skin beautifully hydrated and scented..."
General Impressions, Usage & Downsides
On scent alone, Avon Skin So Soft Dry Body Oil spray is going to be a product you either love or loathe. It has a purposefully stronger scented aroma that fits into the feminine market with a thick layer of flowery tones that remind me very much of Johnsons & Johnsons baby talcum powder as well as of course, the baby oil products. However, being a flammable product means Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray has quite an alcoholic aroma too that instantly rises up the moment the oil is dispersed from the cap. The fragrance does hang around a little, but more so with its flowery depths as opposed to the alcohol and after about half an hour of use, my skin carries a gentle aroma of Avon's beauty product here.
Compared to the more premium priced products by The Body Shop, Avon's Skin So Soft formula as a dry body oil spray has a lot of pros and cons. From the very start, I find that the oil dispersed from the spray has just about enough to apply on my skin, particularly on exposed areas such as my arms, hands, neck and face when I'm out in the garden, because even in the late evenings I don't tend to wear shorts for the reasons of the midges able to attack. Thus, for the very reason alone of combating midges, I began to treat this oil purely as an insect repellent and find that it generally needs a couple of applications continuously for the perfume and the oil to actually take effect. The consistency of the prpduct is very thin, like water and rolls off my arms requiring to be rubbed in just as quickly as it is accessed.
Whilst it is quick to absorb, the active ingredient to Skin So Soft in general is a synthetic compound repellent known as "IR3535" and has been used in other repellent products. However, as a dry body oil spray by name and purpose alone, this product isn't as silky smooth on my skin as the Body Shop's beautifying oils and can dry out after about half an hour after application. I must point out though that I have combination skin, so the mix of greasy and dry skin here seems to act well with this product, even though I would like the softness feeling to last longer. Though it does appear to repel midges in general, this isn't a product that I can fully rely on unless I continually keep spraying it or using the product in one usage every half an hour or so when out in the garden in the late afternoons. Applied to dry hair can produce an overly greasy feeling but being of the receding type I was surprised to find the oil doesn't leave my scalp feeling very soft - clearly the product is designed more of the derma of the body, not the top of the head!
In so far as softness to skin is concerned however, Avon's Dry Body Oil has a very unusual process. Though extremely shiny and glossy on my palms if applied, my arms show just a gentle sheen of the oil on the skin and absorbs quickly into the skin as Avon's general promise demonstrates. Used on my neck and face, the oily sheen dies down a little and does give me a smooth complexion, even around the beard area.
However, when I have sprayed the oil onto my chest and shoulders that are covered over, just before bedtime, I am delighted to the find that the skin in the morning is still very soft and moisturised to the touch. It is just a pity that if this product is applied on exposed skin that is left exposed to the natural air; it tends to dry out a lot quicker thus requiring constant application, cue the use again outdoors with midges. It isn't as good as The Body Shop's beautifying body oil in these respects - but then at more than half the cost price less and 50ml more than the Body Shop "dry" oil products - Avon's Skin So Soft Dry Body Oil deserves a second look for instant skin softness if the extra waiting time for body lotions both on application and process proves to be too long to undertake.
In this respect, for quick softness, Skin So Soft Dry Body Oil is a fantastic rescue product if you have forgotten a hand lotion to moisturise with on the go but the softness doesn't last as long as say, a much more premium hand cream such as the Heyland & Whittle coconut and black pepper hand lotion I reviewed recently. One aspect that I have found to be very good about this product is that it is very easy to wash off, and doesn't stain bright or white clothing.
Other Sorts & Final Thoughts
Avon produce quite a lot of different ranges for the Skin So Soft product line, not least the moisturiser, body lotion, hand lotion and then some! There are some 40 products bearing the "Skin So Soft," product name alone, so its best to check online to see what products are available. Of the products that are mostly available, the Dry oil body spray seems to be one of the most popular, not just for fending off midges etc but largely because of its quick release spray design and size of bottle making it apt for flights and general travelling. Though I had no problems registering with Avon UK, the delivery time took nearly three weeks, which wasn't expected, and if I do require another Avon product again, I'll be looking at other online sellers because of the slow progress that my first initial purchase from this company took.
Generally then, whilst Avon Skin So Soft Dry Body Oil Spray is a great way of obtaining soft and smooth skin just after a shower or bath time, or handily and safely designed to be taken on flights before reaching hot destinations, this product is a good compromise to others on the market.
My skin generally feels supple whenever I apply the spray but it's not a case of a little goes a long way, but rather having to constantly use the product compared to more expensive preparations on the market. That's the trade off with its cheaper cost price - and for the fact that it is a spray, which limits the amount each time. Yes, of course I can simply unscrew the tap off at the top and use the oil in the same amount as I do with my Body Shop product, but the content is clear like water with a very thin consistency and Avon's flowery aroma doesn't last very long. It isn't as thick as the Body Shop's beautifying oil products either and as such though it can leave skin soft, Avon Skin So Soft Original Dry Body Oil spray is no softer than the same kind of feeling when using loose baby oil. The bonus to this oil is the fact that it can repel insects and has been designed fit for purpose - but it needs to be constantly applied to get the effect it promises, both as a skin moisturiser and as an effective repellent spray. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2013.
I'm reluctant to base my review on the insect-repelling properties, as I can't see Avon using this as a selling point, but if like me you want to know about Skin So Soft as a mosquito repellent I think it's relevant.
My face is one thing, but I am quite lazy about body moisturisers, and rarely use them unless there is a specific reason, for example SFC sun cream, self-tan cream, or in the case of SSS insect repellent. My thoughts were that if it worked as I's hoped, then any benefits of nice soft skin were a bonus.
There are lots of versions of SSS - including Firming Body Lotion, Hair Removal Cream, Roll On Deodorant and even some that claim to include Gold - but I just got the standard Original Dry Oil Spray. I don't know anyone who sells Avon and as I don't use its products much I didn't think it was worthwhile setting up an Avon online account, so I bought mine from eBay. I paid about £3 for it - I see the RRP on the Avon site is £5 - but it is on offer at £2.50 (this seems to be the norm for many Avon products).
The bottle was a 150ml spray. In theory the spray should be easy to easy to use and apply, but I often managed to miss myself and squirt the wall - a traditional is better for the likes of me!
I found it absorbed easily into my skin but left my hands feeling greasy and I had to give them a good scrub to get the residue off. The smell wasn't particularly pleasant, but it was OK and as I was wearing my nice holiday perfume (CK One Summer 2012!) I didn't mind.
I did think my skin was nice and soft throughout my holiday, and it although it doesn't say it has any after sun soothing properties, I do think it helped my skin after sunbathing.
Unfortunately, I was still eaten up by mosquitoes - we were staying at a riverside town in the Algarve and it's possible that this meant mega-mossies were at large. I have heard that SSS is sold in bars in the Scottish Highlands to keep midges away, but I have only used it during my Portuguese holiday.
It didn't work as an insect repellent for me, but it is still a good moisturiser - when I got home I found the smell much more pleasant as it did remind me of my lovely trip!
I love Avon products and this is one of the many that found its way on to my order sheet. On special promotion I picked it up for around £2.50 which compared to my usual body butter is relatively cheap. While I do not usually like going into detail about the packaging I think with this product it is important. The bottle has a slight curve in the middle of the body which makes it perfect for getting a good grip for applying. While this would not usually bother me, as it is an oil based products your hands can get very slippery while applying so I think it is necessary. Also as it is a pump action spray it means it needs to be upright while applying it. This can be annoying if you are trying to reach areas on the back, but generally not too much of a problem.
I was a little worried that it would leave some sort of film on my skin as it does contain oil. Actually I found that it absorbs extremely quickly and other than my skin feeling more moisturized there is no trace of the product at all. The smell of this put me off a little. When you first spray it I found it smelt just like hairspray which is obviously a very chemical scent and horrible smell. I was very disappointed as for me the scent is just as important as how it leaves your skin afterwards. After around 60 seconds that initial smell disappears leaving a more fruity, floral scent that actually is rather nice. My only problem is it still has the chemical smell floating in the , which makes it artificial and a little over the top. The scent tends to disappear after a few hours, but this is one downside for me.
My skin feels a lot better after I have used this spray. Especially during pregnancy my skin becomes really dry and I need to boost the moisture. This works well at making my skin both feel a lot softer without leaving it feeling heavy or overly tight. It lasts really well too. I tend to use it three times a week after I have had a bath or shower and find this adequate at keeping my skin in good condition. As it works with a pump spray I find the bottle lasts a long time too. You only need one spray and this covers a large are of skin, which means it lasts me months at a time. It does go further if you rub it into your skin, but as I don't like touching it I do not mind it being used up a little quicker.
To be honest I really do not like the consistency of this spray. It suggests on the instructions to rub it into your skin with your hands to damp skin to lock in moisture. As it is a dry oil spray I find this leaves my hands feeling greasy. I found I can just spray the oil straight on to my skin and leave it to soak in by itself. As it absorbs into my skin very quickly it makes no difference at all and I can get dressed within a few minutes. The consistency is very thin almost watery, but by touch you can definitely tell there is oil in this body spray. It leaves a slight film on my hands after application, but strangely not on the rest of my body when sprayed straight onto skin.
You do need to keep it in a warm place, as the oil tends to thicken if it gets too cold making it impossible to spray out. At £5 for a 150 ml bottle I do think it is a little over priced, but as with all Avon products it is often on offer. I do not think I have ever paid full price and at around £2.50 it is good value for money.
I would recommend this spray to anyone looking to add a little more moisture to there skin. What I love is how easy it is to apply. A few sprays of the liquid straight from the bottle and on to the skin leaves my skin feeling softer and moisturized. It can be rubbed into skin but I find it works just as well spraying and letting it absorbs by itself. Rather than waiting five or ten minutes for a body butter to absorb I can spray this and be dressed within minutes. It is not overly expensive and works well, but I just wish the scent was a little more appealing as then it would be one of my favorites.
I tend to suffer from quite dry skin, especially on my elbows, knees and upper arms. I have tried many different body moisturisers, some good and some not so good. So when a friend recommended I tried Avon skin so soft body oil I thought it would be worth a go, especially as she swears by it and always has lovely soft, smooth looking skin.
Not knowing anyone who sold Avon I popped online to their website and had a look, the product was available in various fragrances but I liked the sound of the Skin so soft and fresh variety. At £5 for a 150ml bottle I didn't think it was exactly cheap, but I was willing to give it a go as my dry itchy skin was driving me to distraction. At £3.50 I also thought postage was a bit steep but none the less I went ahead with the purchase.
When the product arrived my initial impression of the bottle was that it looked quite cheap, it made me think of something you would be likely to find in the pound shop. Still, you should never judge a book by its cover so after my morning shower I gave it a go. The oil itself felt nice on my skin, and absorbed well without feeling greasy, however the spray action wasn't great, I thought it would be like a mist but instead it was more of a squirt ( like when you use a water pistol. Only way I can think to describe it) and because the bottle is very smooth plastic as soon as you had any oil on your hands it was almost impossible to push the button without the bottle slipping out of your hand. But really put me off this product was the smell. Rather than being 'fresh' as described I found it to be overpowering and very synthetic. So this was consigned to the back of a bathroom cabinet; that was until a colleague informed me that this made a fantastic insect repellent. We regularly go camping trips and anyone who has been in the great Scottish outdoors will be aware of the menace that is the midges!! With nothing to lose we gave it a go, with astonishing results, a week in the Highlands in the middle of summer and not a bite on any of us. I was even happy to use it on the children as it does not contain the chemicals of usual insect repellents. I still found the smell highly unpleasant but when weighed up against being eaten alive I could live with it.
Overall this product has potential if they could only tone down the fragrance as it does moisturise well. As an insect repellent it is fantastic (possibly because the pong scares the beasties away) and I would highly recommend it for this purpose rather than as a beauty product.
I initially bought this before my holiday to Turkey to sooth my skin after a long day in the sun after having it recommended by the mother in law! What can I say, it was fantastic. It left my skin feeling soft and rejuvinated and smelt beautiful (which was fantastic as I'd forgotten my perfume!) although i did need to reapply after 4 hours as it didn't keep me moisturised for a particularly long time!
It also had the added bonus of keeping mosquitoes away (I have a few friends who actually use this on their horses to keep flies and mozzies away, and it works!)
It was on offer on 3 for 2 I believe, and I think this is fantastic value for money (especially as it doubles as a mozzy repellant!) and it lasted me for ages! I usually apply after a shower or bath so it's really well absorbed but it goes on really well onto dry skin too.
I usually suffer with dry skin on my legs, but Skin So Soft got rid of that no problem! Mine came in a spray bottle which evenly distributes the spray, and means no one area gets too much and ends up greasy. I would recommend using it from about 4-5" away from the skin and rubbing in quickly as it's a dry oil and can evaporate a bit quick otherwise!
The only critisism i have is that the smell can be a bit overpowering if you use it on your whole body, but if you target the key areas of dry skin then it's not too bad!
When I first starting using Avon, Skin so Soft was a bit too pricey for me, but more recently they are putting many items on offer - normally as something like "Buy 3 for £5 or "Buy one get one half price" and this is making it a more attractive offer.
It can cost around £4.50 - £5 if you just buy it alone but fortunately it comes as part of offers on a quite regular basis. If you have patches of dry skin then this is going to be a great product as you can spray the product directly onto the spot.
To keep the most of the moisture in it will be best to use just after bathing and I would recommend just using a small amount as it has a bit of a sickly smell and does last for a while. The liquid is not too thick and as long as you do just use a small amount I find that it rubs in well and is not at all greasy. It does make my skin feel really silky after use and although it does not stop the dry patches reappearing it does help remove them for a while.
The packaging is quite basic as it comes in a white bottle with blue writing on it. I have just checked on the Avon website and at the moment they are offering this for £1.99 so if you think it sounds of interest, then it will be a good time to buy it.
I would recommend this with a number of caveats - you will be best using it when you are not going out as the scent may interfere with your perfume for a while, and also I don't know how it would work if you have very dry skin. It is fine for the odd patch but other than that I don't know.
I used to be an Avon representative and people really raved about this product especially in the summer when apparently it acts as a mosquito repellent. I decided to buy this product since everyone loves it so much however as always with Avon I waited for it to go on an offer.
The product is part of Avons Skin so Soft range and costs about £5 but a with everything in Avon you will find if you wait long enough it will go on offer and you will pick it up much cheaper.
The dry oil spray comes in two different varieties although I am not sure what the other one is but it is in a pink bottle rather than a blue bottle. The spray comes in a blue bottle like I said and the bottle is made out of quite hard plastic, there is a pump action top on it for administering the product and a small plastic top which fits over the pump.
To use the product you simply spray onto damp skin (I find this easiest to apply after a shower) and then rub into your skin to lock in the moisture.
The smell of this product in my opinions is gorgeous, it smells like a new baby and the scent lingers for ages on your skin making it a shame to put any body spray on really. The pump works really well however unlike with most spray products this is actually a liquid that comes out of the bottle rather than a mist.
My skin was never particularly dry however this product made me realise it was drier than I thought, after use my skin is not only nicely fragrance but is also left feeling silky smooth too. I have not used this product whilst abroad so I cannot vouch for whether it does or does not work as an insect repellent but have been told by many people it can.
I would recommend this product and tend to use it a couple of times a week and even more so in the summer months when I want more skin on show. I would never buy this at full price but I do buy it when reduced especially when I picked it up at 4 products for £5.
We recently moved onto the west coast of Scotland, straight into the heart of midge-land and although it has been a drier summer than anybody remembers, the midges are still occasionally a nuisance.
We equipped ourselves with a selection of repellents, among them this Avon product that works out the cheapest by volume and is also slightly pleasanter to use than some.
Until the arrival of Smidge this was the locals' repellent of choice (it's hard to walk around permanently covered in DEET not least because it destroys many plastics you might touch), and as I said it can be cheaper than others especially ordered online.
It is primarily a dry-skin oil, and the moisturizing effect is one of the bonuses of using it as a repellent. I can't however imagine using it for that purpose alone as I find oils unpleasant on the skin - a bit like Vaseline based lotions for example, especially when rubbed in. But when just sprayed on it feels OK, and certainly doesn't dry the skin out.
It smells like a cheapish perfume or a decent room freshener, not a scent I am keen to wear on my person, but not as bad as to put me off using it.
As far as repellent action, it does appear to work. I am not sure if it's the scent (it does contain citronella) or the fact that a layer of oil acts as a barrier: midges are small and kind of drown in the oil if you can imagine it, but it certainly has some effect - I get less bitten with this stuff than with nothing.
However, it's greasy on application and doesn't last that long, you need to reapply.
In summary, it's not a bad repellent and it's not a dreadful moisturiser, but not particularly brilliant at either of these functions. If you can't stand the smell or consistency of other repellents, it's a good choice and I would also put it on the face and hands more readily than DEET or even smidge (both of these taste very bitter even if a tiny amounts gets on your lips).
For casual use it's also a good value for money (you can get it for less than £4 a bottle on eBay) but if you are outside long enough to need to reapply, you will need to do it more often than with smidge or DEET.
OK, so I haven't bought this for it's typical use which is on humans. It is supposed to be a fantastic product for horses (and presumably other animals) who suffer allergic reactions to midge bits (often known as sweet itch) - they get very itchy and rub themselves sore.
I have a horse who suffers from this condition and although he wears a full coverage rug during the summer months to keep biting insects at bay, I wanted to try this for him.
I thought that the price was pretty good; I can see that a 150ml bottle is going to last a reasonable length of time (with a horse, you only put it on the mane and tail, so less surface area than a person). There is another reason that the bottle is going to last forever; I can't get the stupid thing to spray.
I even tried transferring the oil to another bottle (the garden spray type) - no such luck! It's gone solid. In a manky way. Both bottles that I bought have in fact. I keep having to stick them in a microwave. I can only assume that because the weather has been less than lovely recently, and the bottles are kept at the stables, they're getting a bit cold. I have bought two new bottles recently as the Avon catalogue says that the formula has been enhanced, so I'm hoping for more liquid-oil.
When I do get the oil out of the bottle, I'm impressed. I can't say for sure that it's helped with my horse's itching because he hasn't been bad this year with wearing a rug, but the skin and hair looks a lot healthier in the areas where I've used this. I'm going to stick at it!
Ah, the famous Skin So Soft Spray. I remember when I was an Avon rep a few years ago my gran told me about this product and said it was legendary in Keeping Midgies away and that always stuck in my mind. Through my time being an Avon rep I was always asked for this spray - often not by name but people would just say "What's that spray that the Bugs don't like?" This is it. I can't say i've even been bothered with bites but I carry a bottle of this on holiday whe i'm away just to make sure.
Anyway onto the product it's self. This comes in a 150ml pump action bottle. I think this sells for around £5.20 on the normal price but if you are familiar with Avon you will know their products are usually on offer every now and again. Just now in the current book this is on offer for £1.99 which I think is the cheapest that I have seen this but perhap this is Avon cashing in on people going on holiday. This scent is the Original scent but you do get this in the Soft and Sensual scent but it has been the Soft and Fresh Original that is more the Bug spray.
The bottle for this looks alright. Just a simple plastic bottle which is quite flat and has a bit shape to it. Nothing all that special. The spray is easy to squirt and the spray seems to come out here in quite a wide squirt.
The scent og this is alright. I think is smells a bit Pine Tree smelling and that isn't the kind of scent that I go for. You can get the scent in different products from the range as well.
This is pretty Oily (funny that for being an Oil spray). I have found that just a couple of squirts of this is enough to rub over the area you wish to cover. This seems to soak into your skin easily enough and this leaves a slight Greasy feel behind but this will pretty much all soak in after about 10 minutes. This leaves a sheen on your skin and the scent dies down a bit.
So how do I find that this works? Well I haven't noticed any Bugs (but I can't compare that to before anyway really). This seems to Moisturise as well and I noticed that a few drier patches of skin didn't feel quite as dry after spraying this and overall this is a good product.
A holiday essential I would say.
Also prevents mosquitos and midges bites /