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Family Friendly

Effective for the whole crew, Sawyer Picaridin is safe for use during pregnancy and on children as young as six months of age.

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Trusted Ingredients

Derived from piperine in pepper plants, Sawyer Picaridin is a synthetic replica of a natural solution and is highly effective as a repellent.

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Long Lasting

Picaridin spray is effective for up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, while the lotion is effective for up to 14 hours. Both provide up to 8 hours of protection against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies.

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Gear Safe

Picaridin is safe for use on clothing, backpacks, synthetic fabrics, watches, sunglasses, and won't damage plastics or synthetic coatings.

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Low Odor

The non-greasy spray and lotion have a pleasant low odor that evaporates when dry.

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ECO Friendly

Sawyer’s BOV (bag on valve) continuous spray contains no propellants like an aerosol, so you get more repellent and limit the propellants in the environment. It sprays in all directions, even upside down, and can be recycled when empty.

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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.

Frequently Asked Product Questions

Is Picaridin just as effective as DEET?

Picaridin is a perfect balance of efficacy, safety and user-friendliness. It repels a wide variety of pests including mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, sand flies, gnats, chiggers, and midges. It is the longest lasting repellent with up to 14 hours of protection against mosquitoes and ticks and up to 8 hours against a variety of flies, chiggers and gnats. It’s non-greasy, has a pleasant low odor and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings. All these factors combined makes Picaridin the optimal topical repellent for the entire family. Check out the data for yourself: Picaridin Research

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

Should I use a lotion or spray repellent?

Because of the way they slow down the evaporation of the active ingredient, lotions always last longer than sprays of comparable concentrations. Sprays are considered to be more convenient but lotions are typically more comfortable to wear.
Our recommendation: Topical lotion on skin and Permethrin spray on clothing.

Is Picaridin safe for pregnant women and children?

Yes. Picaridin is a fantastic topical insect repellent for the whole family and considered to be the repellent of first choice by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Advisory Committee on Tropical Medicine and Travel for travelers six months to 12 years of age. Learn more here.

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