Struggling to find a good insect repellent or any good advice. Many websites are contradicting and wanted some experience and guidance if anyone knows.
Last time I went to south east Asia I used a repellent with high feet content, found it had dreadful smell, was greasey and didn't particularly work very well.
I have found some without deet - worth a try? When I was in India I used odomos cream, smelt lush and worked but can't find in England.
So far I've found only deet-based repellents work for me, but I agree it's greasy and horrible stuff so I'd be interested to know if you find anything else. At nights when I was travelling I always used a plug in repellent and I found these really effective; it seems you can buy them cheaply in most places.
Have you had a look at Travel Pharm? They seem to have a good range of repellents.
[ Edit: Edited on 01-Jul-2013, at 15:18 by bex76 ]
Thanks for your reply. I think I will give a plug in a try too this time.
The travel pharm site has a great range so thanks again.
Did you use a high strength DEET, such as 100% (actually more like 98% in all honesty!), as the higher strength formulas can be quite oily. Maybe give a 50% strength a go?
Pyramid sell a repellent called Ecoguard, which is DEET free - and this has been proven as effective as 50% DEET formulas.
Another good brand I've tried was Lifesystems, I used their 50% Expedition repellent in Egypt and didn't have any issues, I have quite sensitive skin too.
You could also try wrist bands as these are apparently quite effective!
Hope this helps a bit
You want a DEET based product but no more then 35% is needed. I prefer Ultrathon DEET as it has a slow release feature. Permethrin is also effective on clothes and Picardin is effective as is OLE.