“ Brand: Boots / TYpe: Insect Repellant „
I hate insects especially biting ones as they seem to be drawn to me and if there are any around you can be guaranteed they will ignore everyone else and come straight for me. I usually buy some insect repellent spray but I have used these wipes a couple of times and although I don't think they are quite as handy as a spray they do an ok job and because they are so easy to just put in my pocket they are handy to have if I am going in to the countryside for the day.
Although these are tropical strength I have never actually used them in the tropics but I did take them with me last year on a holiday to the Lake District and they did a marvellous job of keeping the midges away from me and stopping me from being covered in bites when we had excursions in to the woods.
They cost £5.75 and in each packet you get 15 individually wipes so they are handy to have around even if you end up not using them all on holiday you can save them for the next time you might be somewhere with biting insects.
These wipes contain 50% DEET which is a chemical used to repel insects and I have to say that using them against midges these did a wonderful job. I can honestly say that although they swarmed near me I didn't get a single bite in the areas where I applied them.
The problem with the wipes is that they are only 'wet' enough to cover smaller areas whereas with a spray you can easily cover your whole body. I didn't have a problem with this as I only used them on my face, arms and legs which were exposed but I think if I was somewhere hotter and wearing less clothing then I definitely would use a spray and save these for night when I was wearing more clothes otherwise I would end up going through too much of them and it would end up working out really expensive.
These wipes were fantastic at repelling insects and I could actually tell that this contained a stronger concentration than normal as insects really seemed to hate it and didn't want to come too near us. I didn't get a single bite and although they are strong they were also safe to use on the kids as well as myself so none of us ended up getting bit.
If you need to apply a lot of repellent then use a spray but for just wiping over exposed skin when wearing clothes then these are pretty great and I can highly recommend them to others looking for something to stop insects biting them.
When my husband and I went to Greece on a recent holiday, we took with us Boots Pharmaceuticals REPEL Insect Repellent Wipes Tropical Strength, which contain 50% DEET. Having travelled extensively in southern Europe, experience has taught us that my husband is highly susceptible to mosquito bites (there's something very lovely about my husband's skin). Although none of these bites have ever made him ill, they cause him great discomfort - they're extremely itchy, annoying, and can be unsightly too. Last year he had a particularly spectacular bite that left a lump the size of a walnut on his forehead.
In the past we have relied on insect repellents with a lower concentration of DEET, and also on a judicial application of lavender oil. However, I've since discovered that although this essential oil is a deterrent to biting insects, it's really only effective for about twenty minutes or so. Mosquitoes don't like the feel of these oils, but once the oil has absorbed into your skin, the pesky critters will be back.
So when buying our travel supplies for this year's holiday, we decided to upgrade our insect repellent to a product that contained 50% DEET, in an attempt to reduce his discomfort. I also decided to opt for wipes this time. Insect repellents with DEET have been known to cause breathing problems such as asthma or bronchial irritation. I have asthma, and in the past I've had problems with these sprays - we've had to go outside to use the spray so that very little residue lingered inside our room.
DEET is Diethyl Toluamide, a chemical insect repellent developed by the US Army in the late 1940s, and made available to the general public in the 1950s. It is the most commonly used insect repellent, and can be bought in various forms - sprays, lotions, wipes, roll-ons - and in various concentrations. According to a 'Which?' insect repellent guide, a concentration of 30% should be sufficient for 'most holiday destinations', while 50% to 100% should be used in 'exceptionally high-risk environments, where there are high numbers of malaria-carrying mosquitoes, or where you are subjected to continued exposure'. It is advised that the 100% concentration should only be used on your clothing, not on your skin. America's Center for Disease Control recommends using between 30% to 50% DEET, to 'prevent the spread of pathogens carried by insects'.
Bites from mosquitoes are not just annoying - and terribly itchy - they can lead to serious illnesses such as Malaria, West Nile Virus, Elephantiasis, Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever. Definitely not a souvenir you want to bring home from your holiday!
Boots Pharmaceuticals REPEL Insect Repellent Wipes Tropical Strength claim to provide effective protection against mosquitoes, midges and other biting insects. They are suitable for tropical areas with a higher risk of malaria and insect transmitted disease.
They are very handy for travelling. The small cardboard box containing the individually-wrapped wipes should fit easily into your suitcase. If you're strapped for space, the sachets can be taken out of the box and stored around the edges of your packing.
You should follow the directions for use on the sachet: 'Apply carefully to all exposed areas of the skin, and apply sparingly around ears'. You should not use this product on your eyes or lips, and you should make sure to wash your hands after use.
For best results, you should allow the repellent to dry fully before applying any sunscreen. Alternatively, apply your sunscreen first, and allow it to absorb thoroughly into your skin before applying the DEET repellent.
These wipes are not suitable for children under six months, but are safe for use in the last six months of pregnancy, and while breast-feeding. The Health Protection Agency recommend avoiding malarial areas if you are pregnant - because your immune system will be weaker - but they recommend that if you do travel, you should use a repellent containing 50% DEET. They also say that 50% DEET products are 'safe to use while breastfeeding, and on infants over two months old' - slightly contradicting the advice given by Boots.
Some other warnings: do not use under clothing; do not allow children to use this product; avoid contact with sore, sensitive or broken skin. You are advised to consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant or asthmatic. Although I have asthma, I had not read this piece of small print before travelling, but came to no harm. The wipes are certainly much kinder on my lungs than a spray version would have been. You should store this product below 30 degrees C. Although the temperature while we were in Greece reached 36 degrees, and our room got very warm on occasion, the wipes nonetheless remained effective. DEET has been known to melt some hard plastics, so you should be careful to avoid contact with such items as sunglasses, rucksack clips etc.
The ingredients of these insect repellent wipes are: Diethyl Toluamide (DEET 50% w/w), Alcohol denat, Aqua, Glycerin, Parfum.
DEET products should last for at least five years if stored in a cool, dry place (we keep our insect repellent in a drawer in the bedroom), so if you have an unopened wipes left over from your trip abroad, they should be OK to use the following year.
We tended to use the wipes primarily for our arms, legs and faces, and they were very effective. Thankfully, my husband's suffering was markedly less than in previous years. The only place he got a bite that caused any noticeable swelling was just above one of his eyebrow. If you prefer to wipe the whole of your body, you will need to use more than one wipe.
These wipes cost £5.75 for a box of 15 wipes. I think this is quite expensive, but because it delivered exactly what we wanted - a greater degree of freedom from bites for my husband, and no spray for my asthmatic lungs - it's an expense we were quite prepared to bear for our summer holiday. Because of its efficacy and ease of use, this is a product I will purchase again, and I'm happy to give it five stars.
Boots Pharmaceuticals REPEL Insect Repellent Tropical Strength is also available as a spray - £5.50 for 50ml. Both products are currently (as of 6th July) part of a 3 for 2 Mix & Match offer in Boots, across selected vitamins, toiletries and travel products (excluding suncare).
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)