Avon’s £3.50 moisturiser is an ‘awesome’ mosquito repellent – and the Royal Marines swear by it – The Sun

BEING targeted by midges and mosquitoes can put a dampener on your holiday, especially if your body reacts badly to the bites.

But the smell of insect repellent isn’t always the scent you’d like to waft around the resort.

  • Skin So Soft dry oil, £3.50 from Avon – buy now

Well, take a leaf out of the Royal Marines’ book and invest in a £3.50 bottle of Avon moisturiser.

The brand’s original Skin So Soft dry oil spray is pleasant-smelling and good for the skin – but it is also a very effective insect repellent.

In fact, soldiers have been using it for years to fend off the midges at Faslane in Scotland.

The lads discovered the miracle cure back in 2005, when they were plagued by midges at the camp, and they ditched their army issue repellent in favour of the Avon bottle.

Neil Smith, a Royal Navy spokesman at HMS Clyde, told The Scotsman at the time: "It's not official kit but nothing works better and the Marines are buying it themselves because the midges are so bad up there."

As it is not available in chemists, the marines had to enlist the services of the local Avon ladies.

Neil added: "There has been a lot of group buying because you can only get the stuff from Avon.

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"Some buy it online and others are ordering it through local Avon ladies."

The secret to its success is citronella, a natural insect repellent.

Mumsnet users have also discovered the secret of the oil.

One wrote: “I've used it, it is AWESOME. I get savaged by midges and mozzies and this is the only thing that keeps them at bay – however you have to put it everywhere, any gaps will be nibbled on.”

Another wrote: “We used to live in Australia and used it all the time for the mozzies much better than anything else we tried and nicer smelling too.”

An Avon lady helpfully added: “You want the SSS dry oil spray with the blue label. The pink one doesn't have citronella in.”


If you find you are a frequent target for those annoying mozzies, there are a few other ways to keep them at bay, including changing the colour of your clothes.

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