Shake well. Apply generously to exposed skin, hair, and clothing. Avoid contact with eyes.
Pursuant to EPA Pesticide Registration (PR) Notice 2000-6 SkinSkreen is a minimum risk Pesticide exempted under FIFRA Section 25(b).
Saturday, August 31, 2002
By Nancy Szerlag / Special to The Detroit News
I hope all the media coverage of the recent events connected with the West Nile virus don't keep you and all your little ones from enjoying the garden over the next several weeks.
If the recommended protocol of slathering the body with an insect repellent containing DEET is unacceptable, I've got an alternative for you.
It's an all-natural bug repellent called SkinScreen that really works. It also soothes the itching and discomfort from existing bites.
I gave it what I consider to be the acid test and it passed with flying colors. The participants in this experiment were three guys who were helping me with a construction project next to my pole barn. The weather, a sunny, balmy 86 degrees, was perfect. Problem was, behind my barn is a water feature that is better known as a swamp. And the skeeters were out in full force. The sound from their wings was so loud one guy thought there was a motor in the barn giving off a high pitched whine. Our project took a little more than two hours, but no one was rushing because it was a great day to be outdoors. What about those mosquitoes?
They left us alone.
The active ingredients in SkinScreen spray-on formula are citronella, peppermint oil, lemongrass oil, cedar oil and rosemary oil. The inactive ingredients, also called the carrier, are water, sorbitol, lecithin, olive oil and xanthan gum. No scary chemicals there. And you won't find any EPA warnings on the label, except to avoid your eyes during application.
SkinScreen also repels black flies, deer flies and ticks, so you may want to make it a staple in your garden tool kit.
SkinScreen is available in a 4 1/2 ounce spray. A companion product, EquuScreen is available for use on horses and other animals in a 32-ounce spray.
"SkinSkreen es Mointo Bom!"
I am an elementary school teacher living in Wakulla County. This past summer I was awarded a Fellowship by National Geographic to travel to the Pantanal region of Brazil, and study with world famous scientists there. The Pantanal is south of the Amazon and renowned for its biodiversity and pristine environment. I was thrilled, and wanted to be very physically fit so that I could meet whatever demands working in such a rugged environment for two weeks might entail.
In order to be ready for the expedition I had to train by walking five to ten miles every day through the swamps and woods near my home in Sopchoppy, Florida. This was during the hot and bug laden months of April-July! People asked, "How can you stand the bugs?" I confessed that I was covering up with 100% Deet in order to protect myself from the voracious appetite of the yellow flies, mosquitoes, deer flies, sand gnats, and horse flies that constantly accosted me while I hiked. I knew that it would keep the bugs away, but at what cost? I know there are health concerns in using Deet, and besides that it was so strong that it melted my watch face, cell phone, acrylic nails, and every other artificial surface it touched. What an annoyance!
While listening to me complain one day, a friend told me about a new product made right here in Wakulla County called SkinSkreen. She said that it had no Deet but that it really worked. I had tried other "natural" products before that hadn't worked, so I was skeptical, but decided it was worth a try.
Am I glad that I did! SkinSkreen kept all of the bugs away. They would actually hover around me, but couldn't alight to take a bite. Frustrated swarms of bugs would dive bomb my hat and sunglasses, as I hiked but they couldn't touch my skin! Because it was made of all natural ingredients, SkinSkreen did not damage any artificial surfaces, and of course it was much safer to use.
SkinSkreen had another unexpected benefit. While I was using the strong smelling, Deet products, I saw no animals during my walks. However, when I began using SkinSkreen, I began seeing more and more wildlife. I was walking within a few yards of deer, coyote, birds, racoons, squirrels, and armadillos. I even had a bear walk out of the woods, go right past me, and never even glance my way! I believe this change was caused by the natural scent of SkinSkreen. It is made of ingredients found in the surrounding woods, so the animals are not alarmed by it. I believe it masked my scent.
But of course the real test would be the Pantanal, the largest wetland on the face of the earth. Would it work there as well as it did here in the Florida wetlands? The answer is yes! It kept away every bug so well, that the other volunteers began asking me what I was using. SkinSkreen's designer had generously given me a case of the product so I decided to share my extra bottles with my fellow volunteers. They loved it, and so did the Brazilians! And the scent was so pleasant that we began calling it, "Ode de Pantanal."
SkinSkreen is natural, safe and best of all it works! No matter where on earth I travel, it will be my bug repellant from now on.
Fourth Grade Teacher/National Geographic Fellow
Medart Elementary School