Premium Controlled Release Insect Repellent
Sawyer Premium Controlled Release Insect Repellent significantly reduces the rate of DEET absorption by 67% per application, and extends the duration of its effectiveness. And at a safe level of 20% DEET, our Family Friendly formula controls the evaporation of DEET, allowing it to safely protect you all day, in the backcountry or in the backyard.
- Odorless, non-greasy, and perspiration resistant
- Designed to be compatible with the use of sunscreen
- Effective against ticks and ALL mosquitoes including those carrying West Nile Virus.
- EPA-approved formula controls DEET exposure by encapsulating DEET in a protein that dissolves slowly, releasing the DEET over a longer period of time
- Use in conjunction with Sawyer® Insect Repellent Clothing Treatment, for double protection
- 20% DEET formula
- Always use as directed
[SP526] – 6 oz. lotion
[SP520] – 4 oz. lotion
[SP522c] – 2 oz. lotion
UPC: 0-50716-00524-0, 0-50716-00526-4
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: DEET lotion on skin and Permethrin spray on clothing.
Yes, but with some effects. Repellents are designed to create a vapor barrier above the skin. Good sunscreens are designed to work below the skin. Wearing both usually compromises both functions especially when sprays are used. A Controlled Release Insect Repellent lotion is the most compatible topical repellent for a sunscreen.
Our recommendation is that if you need both types of protection, first apply Stay-Put® by Sawyer a bonding base sunscreen. After 10 minutes, apply Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion or a composite repellent lotion. The bonded sunscreen is less susceptible to the solvents contained in the repellent, including sprays if you use them. The Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion or a composite repellent in lotion form is more compatible with the sunscreen than a spray and requires less reapplication for maximum protection of both needs.
Some yes, but mostly no. If flies are going to be an issue we recommend using the Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula which is a 20% Picaridin Spray formula. Picaridin is much more effective against flies than DEET, especially at 20% which is higher than other Picaridin formulas available on the market.
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! (Read full Reduced Dermal Absorption Test (PDF).) Controlled Release Insect Repellent is odorless, greaseless and compatible with sunscreens.
Note: If flies, gnats, or no-see-ums are a pest, read the following question.