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Long Lasting

Controlled evaporation of the DEET extends the effectiveness up to 11 hours.

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Patented Technology

Uses a patented Sub Micron Encapsulation process that captures DEET inside a Micale protein, controlling the evaporation of the DEET and allowing it to be effective all day — up to 11 hours.

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Family Friendly

An excellent choice for those concerned about repeated DEET use, particularly families with young kids or those spending extended time outside.

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Odorless

Sawyer Controlled Release insect repellent provides significant water resistance, a non-greasy dry feel, and an odorless barrier.

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Maximum Protection

Compatible with Sawyer Stay-Put Sunscreen and can be used in tandem with Sawyer Permethrin for ultimate protection from the elements.

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protection from diseases

Repels mosquitoes which may carry the Zika Virus, Yellow Fever, Dengue, and Chikungunya. Repels and kills ticks which may carry Lyme Disease

Frequently Asked Product Questions

Does DEET protect against flies?

Some yes, but mostly no. If flies are going to be an issue we recommend using the Sawyer 20% Picaridin topical insect repellent. Picaridin is much more effective against flies than DEET, especially at 20% which is higher than other Picaridin formulas available on the market.

Can I wear a repellent with a sunscreen?

Yes.  We would recommend applying the sunscreen first. The trick to a comfortable and effective application of sunscreen it to put it on first thing in the morning or at least 10 minutes before sun exposure to help it fully absorb into your skin. Our SPF 30 sunscreen is a bonding base formula which makes it very breathable while still very effective. You can learn more about this formula at sawyer.com/sunscreen/

Should I use a lotion or spray repellent?

Because of the way they slow down the evaporation of the DEET, lotions always last considerably longer than sprays of comparable DEET concentrations. Sprays have the advantage of being able to be applied to clothing. Sprays remain effective much longer on clothing than on skin. Since repellents work as a 3″ barrier, clothing applications can often protect 6″ of exposed skin and significantly reduce your usage on skin. Our recommendation: topical insect repellent on skin and Permethrin spray on clothing.

Can I use Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion with 20% DEET on my child?

Yes, this product may be used on children in accordance with the product’s directions for use. The CDC states: “No definitive studies have been published about what concentration of DEET is safe for children. No serious illness has been reported from use of DEET according the manufacturer’s recommendations. DEET formulations as high as 50% are recommended for both adults and children less than 2 months of age. Lower concentrations are not as long lasting, offering short-term protection only and necessitating more frequent reapplication.” (www.cdc.gov)We recommend Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion for children. Based on a dermal absorption study accepted by the EPA, Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent is the ONLY currently registered formula proven to reduce DEET absorption. Our EXCLUSIVE Low DEET Absorption formula is proven to reduce DEET by 67% per application! Controlled Release Insect Repellent is odorless, greaseless and compatible with sunscreens.

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