The £1.99 body spray that can keep bugs away AND smells good

Dry oil sprays are nothing new – but Avon’s cleverly formulated Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Spray has the added benefit of potentially repelling pesky insects (anyone who’s had to suffer an infuriatingly itchy, or bright red bite will know how they can spoil your summer). Avon sells five of these sprays every minute, and with the £1.99 price tag, we can see why.

Like regular dry oil sprays, a spritz will add moisture and sheen without feeling greasy or sticky – but the key ingredient in Avon’s spray is citronella, a plant-based extract taken from the leaves of lemongrass. Citronella is said to have insect-repelling effects (although they are short-lived so you will need to reapply regularly), which is why you will find garden candles scented with citronella oil.

Avon Skin So Soft

It’s important to note that the official NHS advice is that DEET-based repellants are the most effective – and if you are travelling abroad and need to protect against mosquito-borne diseases you should always follow their advice and use a DEET-based product. You can read the full guidelines on the NHS’s Fit For Travel website, and of course, always consult your GP.

But if you are just popping to your local park or beach in the UK, or heading out for some alfresco evening drinks, Avon’s body spray will smell nice and should hopefully ward off any midges buzzing around. As a hydrator it certainly does the trick, with a super-smoothing blend of shea butter, jojoba oil and Vitamin A and E.

Avon has another moisturising hit on its hands with its Anew skincare: the brand sells a moisturiser from this range every minute. And they’re currently on sale. The Anew Ultimate Multi-Performance Day Cream with SPF25, for example, is ideal for summer and reduced to £11. Or you can get the Anew Ultimate Skincare Collection, where you get the day cream, night cream, Eye Lift gel and cream duo, plus the Youth Maximising serum – all for £35.