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Controlled Release Insect Repellent

Odorless, non-greasy, and sweat resistant, Sawyer’s Controlled Release insect repellent provides effective defense against ticks and all mosquitoes. This family friendly lotion protects adults and kids up to 11 hours, whether you are in the backcountry or in the backyard.

Encapsulating its EPA-approved 20% DEET formula in a protein that dissolves slowly, Controlled Release lotion releases DEET over a longer period of time — reducing the rate of DEET absorption by 67% per application and extending the duration of its effectiveness.

Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Controlled Release topical repellent with Sawyer’s Permethrin insect repellent for clothing and gear to create an effective insect barrier.

Controlled Release Insect Repellent

How It Works

Up to 11 Hours of Protection

Sawyer’s Controlled Release insect repellent 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. With this method, Sawyer Controlled Release insect repellent provides significant water resistance, a non-greasy dry feel, and long lasting protection.

Product Features

Family Friendly

An excellent choice for parents who are concerned about their kids’ exposure to DEET, our Controlled Release formula ensures only very minimal amounts of DEET are ever on the skin at any one time for possible absorption. It’s ideal for anyone who requires repeated use of insect repellent — particularly over the course of a week of backpacking or at summer camp.

Available at:

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  • Amazon
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Cabela’s
  • Dick’s
  • Menards
  • Moosejaw
  • REI Co-Op
  • Walmart

The Details

Available Options

  • 6 ounce lotion


  • 4 oz lotion


Kit Includes


  • Odorless, non-greasy, and perspiration resistant lotion
  • 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

Available Sizes

[SP526] – 6 oz. lotion
[SP520] – 4 oz. lotion
[SP522c] – 2 oz. lotion



Product #:SP520, SP529
UPC: 050716005202, 050716005295

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  • Q: ViewShould 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: DEET lotion on skin and Permethrin spray on clothing.

  • Q: ViewCan 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 of 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

  • Q: ViewDoes 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.

  • Q: ViewCan 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.” (

    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.

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