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 £3.50 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.
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.
It’s not the only Avon scent to capture the nation’s imagination in recent times – its £14 Eve Truth fragrance, sells every 20 seconds and is said to be a dead ringer for Marc Jacobs’ popular Daisy perfume. Another affordable way to stay smelling sweet all summer!