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Our Favorite Products: July 2021 Edition

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"I'm always the first person in a group to get bitten by mosquitoes, and at this point in my life, I feel like I've tried most techniques to keep bugs away: rubbing lemongrass leaves on my skin (ouch), essential oils (why?), wearing insect repellent anklets (that didn't work). Until someone invents a natural insect repellent that actually works, I'll be using this picaridin lotion from Sawyer. I first bought it after one Amazon reviewer identified the target user as someone who’s a Michelin star restaurant for mosquitoes. The brand recommends applying it directly to skin, and it does not smell, goes on clear, and absorbs rapidly without leaving a sticky or greasy residue. I even put some on my face. I tested it on a three-day camping trip upstate and a hike near Lake George and didn't get a single bite. No reapplication necessary! (It's supposed to provide 14 hours of protection.) At $10 for the 4 oz lotion, it's a steal." —Roxane Cosnard des Closets, Manager, Financial Systems

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