The Avon Skin so soft really does work - it's not as strong as commercial bug repellents, but it works to a degree. We take it to India and it works quite a bit.
Perhaps putting some in a spray bottle would be good.
I was thinking of making my mom a spray bottle with:
- Avon Skin So Soft
- Cedarleaf oil
- Some Tea Tree Oil
All of those oils are bug repellents.
Here's some info on Avon's Skin So Soft - (it's DEET free!):http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep2...RODUCT&id=2372
NOTE: If you scroll down, you'll see that it has a few chemicals of moderate concern -- the rest are of low concern. Then again, one of the ingredients listed as 'moderate concern' is TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, which is Vitamin E in layman's terms. I don't have a problem with Vitamin E. The only reason Vitamin E can be a concern is because a few people can have skin allergies to it (it's rare though).
Ingredients: (from retailer or packaging) water; mineral oil; dimethicone; steareth-2; ppg-4 myristyl ether propionate; simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil; amaranthus caudatus seed extract; saccharomyces lysate extract; tocopheryl acetate; retinyl palmitate; butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) extract; fragrance; glycerin; disodium edta; dimethicone crosspolymer; carbomer; acrylates copolymer; dicapryl adipate; isopropyl palmitate; imidazolidinyl urea; diazolidinyl urea; methylparaben; propylparaben; cyclopentasiloxane; ppg-15 stearyl ether; isoceteth-20; potassium hydroxidehttp://home.earthlink.net/~radollish/id22.htmlhttp://www.boston.com/yourlife/home/...has_many_uses/http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/h...ecticides.htmlhttp://www.avoncompany.com/brands/bathbody.html