Lyme Disease Awareness Month: Check Out Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Formulas

“Hey, Dear!” My beloved husband called from our bedroom.

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“What’s up?”

“What’s on my back?” He asked, turning around to show me his shoulder.

“What in the world…” I grabbed my glasses for a closer look. At first, it seemed like a dark scab, but at the same time that I saw the tiny hair-like legs, he asked, “Is it a tick?”

Unfortunately, yes it was…

While ticks are most active in Spring and Fall, adult ticks can still be a threat at other times of the year. Lyme Disease is just one of the pathogens ticks carry that are dangerous to human health.

The best way to prevent tick bites is to avoid them in the first place by walking in the center of hiking trails, away from wooded, brushy areas with tall grass or lots of leaf litter. And check your body as soon as you can, if you have been out in potentially tick-infested areas. Check clothing, packs and pets as well.

Avon has developed a line of repellents to help fend off attacks from not only deer ticks (carriers of Lyme Disease), but mosquitos, gnats, midges, sand flies and no-see-ums.

Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin

Available in 4 oz Aerosol Spray, 4 oz Pump Spray or 8 oz bonus size

ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Picaridin 10.0%

Picaridininsect repellent (alternative to DEET). It has a low odor, with a light, clean feel. 
• Repels a broad spectrum of biting insects (mosquitoes, deer ticks, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges)
• Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus
• Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease
• Needs to be washed off when coming in from the outdoors

• DEET-free
• Oil-free
• Dermatologist tested

Also available as handy towelettes to keep in your car, purse or pack!

On a personal note here, we were enjoying a friend’s party in her family vineyard and as evening approached, so did the mosquitoes! Fortunately, I had my Avon bag with samples in the truck. Everyone who applied this formula found relief from the attacking insects.


Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™  
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A DEET-free insect repellent and sunscreen product offering SPF 30 in addition to repellency against a broad range of biting insects, including mosquitoes, deer ticks, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges.

Available in 4 oz Aerosol Spray (SPF 28), 4 oz Pump Spray or 8 oz bonus size


ACTIVE INGREDIENT: IR3535 (3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl}-aminopropionic acid ethyl ester); ACTIVE SUNSCREEN INGREDIENTS: Octocrylene 10.0%, Octinoxate 7.5%,  Oxybenzone 6.0%, Octisalate 5.0%


Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Lotion


PABA-free and DEET-free with Vitamin E and Aloe, this pediatrician tested formula repels mosquitoes that may transmit  West Nile Virus and deer ticks that may carry Lyme Disease.

I’ll confess that I’m not in love with this disappearing color formula, although I might feel differently applying it to children (and being able to ensure coverage). When I used it on myself, the blue cast never completely disappeared!

Fortunately, it also comes in a quick-absorbing white, too.

The links in this post take you to my eStore where you can order these products and more. In my search for reviews, I found Colorado Mountain Mom, Tami, had done her own test and reported her results in her blog post: Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard ~ Protect Yourself & Little Ones on Outdoor Adventures.

Skin So Soft Original Bath Oil

Avon’s most iconic brand is not designed as an insect repellent and makes no claims that it works as one. Nevertheless, you will read stories of people who do report success. Use in your bath or smooth on damp skin to feel ultra soft and velvety smooth and if you find it keeps insects away, well, that’s a bonus!



With any product, you will find mixed reviews. I’ve never done official product testing, but I do know that not every product works for everyone. If you do use one of Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard formulas and it does not perform to your satisfaction, we have a 90 day guarantee. Simply return your purchase to the representative from whom you bought your items for a full refund or credit on your next purchase.


Have you tried Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug Guard? How did it work for you?


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