Bonjour my lovelies.
I hope everyone had a delightful weekend, and that you were all able to cheer Novak Djokovic on as he finalement clutched the Coupe des Mousquetaires at Roland Garros.
If not Rafa, then Novak. Novak is a really good guy, a champion of under-privileged children. I don’t like the way he pummels Rafa in most of their matches, but I have to give him props for his philanthropy.
Okay, onto the topic at hand: Avon Skin So Soft Bug Plus With Picaridin towelettes, an extremely kick-a– insect-bite repellent.
Since moving to Florida two years ago, I’ve become somewhat of an authority on what does and doesn’t work, bite-wise. Jesus, I was such a frigging rube when we first landed here from New York. It was June, and I would sit out…
BY OUR POOL.
WITHOUT BUG REPELLENT.
Is it any wonder why I would wake up in the morning covered from stem to stern in red, angry welts? I was basically handing those gnarly mosquitoes my body on a silver platter and saying:
“Go ahead, eat me.”
I wised-up in a hurry, and spent the next few months trying every anti-bug brew on the market. Some were good, a few were epic fails. But after much trial and error, I landed on one that’s both effective and lifestyle-friendly.
Before we dive into my fave, I just want to FYI you that there’s an excellent piece in this month’s Consumer Reports mag that rates 16 popular repellents.
With Zika in our midst, this isn’t the summer to be wussy about preventing bug bites.
Although my beloved Avon towelettes weren’t rated by Consumer Reports, the aerosol version – clocking in with the same 10% picaridin – nabbed an 8 ranking out of a total of 16 tested products.
And before I move on to what I like about them, I did want to give a shout-out to Consumer Reports’ top three picks for blocking Zika:
There, I’ve done my civic duty.
Until I’m a little more worried about Zika, I’ll be using these towelettes. I bought 10 packs of 8, so even a math moron like me knows that’s 80.
Provided Hubby or the Wee Lass don’t break into my stash – they aren’t as delicious to bugs as I am, so they probably won’t – my stash should last me straight through the summer and into the early part of fall.
A) I don’t need to use one every day, because sometimes I’m (sadly) stuck indoors welded to my computer.
B) I’ll be out of Florida for at least three weeks this summer. First, New York, then London and Paris. As far as I know, bugs won’t be a major issue in any of those cities.
Anyhoo, here’s why I’ve landed on this particular bug repellent as my fave:
1. I prefer to avoid DEET whenever I can in favor of picaridin. For more information about both chemicals, visit this patch of the EWG website.
2. I prefer a towelette to a spray. Not only is it a much faster application, because it’s wet, I know exactly where I’m putting it. That’s important, especially for hard-to-reach spots like your back and shoulder blades.
3. They’re super-handy. Individually wrapped, so I can pop ’em right in my tennis bag or purse. Easy peasy.