repellent advice

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1. Posted by bananaslug (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

im going to cambodia in less than a month and I'd just like some advice on insect repellents. I have super sensitive skin and still have scars left over from my last visit to southeast asia. Does anyone know of an effective but all natural insect repellent? any help/advice is appreciated

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Bananaslug:)

Citronella is a good natural one, for people with sensitive skin. It is even recommended for children.
But in order for it to be fully effective, u would need to apply it all over. I tried just putting a dab here and there, but that does not work, even though the pharmacist whom I bought it from said it would.
Also u should apply it, every seven hours. It does not last as long as repellants with DEET in them.
The downside is it has a very strong lemon type smell. Also, it tastes vile, so when u eat, make sure u wash it all off your hands first.

It should be available in most pharmacies. There are probably a few different brand names. I dont know what the brands in the US would be.


3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have had good luck with Avon Skin So Soft. They have many products that also include bug repellent. I guess mozzies don't like the odor of Skin So Soft. You have time to try it before leaving for Asia. See if it works for you.

4. Posted by sushi_ (Budding Member 49 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

The Avon skin so soft is pretty good, the military use it quite a bit, including the MOD police who guard the submarine bases in Scotland, where its swarming with midges.

I bought some stuff called 'soffell' when I was in Bali a couple of years ago from a local pharmacy, I figured that if its good enough for locals it should do the trick, and it smelt really nice, it obviously had some DEET in it because you get that tingly sensation if get it on you lips by accident.
My mates took the p*ss out of me for smelling like a big girl and proceeded to cover themselves in industrial strength repellents, however they had obviously angered the gods in some way, because they were savaged by mossies, who saw their sprays and creams as some kind of exotic marinade!!

If you do forget to apply repellent and get bitten put some tiger balm on the bites to stop them itching and speed up the healing process.

5. Posted by selani (Budding Member 46 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Linda.
Insects, (especially mosquitos) hate strong smells.Two very natural insect repellants, garlic and onion. Wrap either garlic or onion in a hanky, beat the hell out of them till they become pasty, and then apply to face/ exposed skin. Benifits are,

1. Material available evrywhere
2. Very cheap
3. No side effects.
4. Scares away insects, vampires and undesirable flirts.

6. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I find those mozzie coils that you burn like incense to be quite effective.

7. Posted by bananaslug (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

wow..thanks for the great advice everyone!
PS I would have never survived my stay in thailand had it not been for tiger balm.