Coleman SkinSmart

DEET no more. The SkinSmart line of insect repellents from Coleman is DEET-free and said to be odorless and “safe for use on a wider variety of clothing types, including GORE-TEX products.” In addition to some chemical worries, for outdoor enthusiasts repellents containing DEET have been shown to discolor or even dissolve some fabrics. And being a moderate chemical pesticide, DEET is believed to be at least slightly toxic to several species of fish and may be harmful to some mammals.

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New SkinSmart Repellents from Coleman

The new products from Coleman use a supposedly safer active ingredient known as “IR3535.” It is offered in several bug-spray configurations. I found the “Go Ready” spray pen (about $3) to be a great option for forays into the woods. The 5-ounce, pen-like dispenser has a spray nozzle and a clip.

I’ve kept a Go Ready pen stashed in the hood of my backpack nearly all summer. Good for only about 200 sprays, I don’t recommend the pen for family camping, unless you buy a few. (My family nearly emptied one whole pen during a particularly buggy night this summer.)

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Coleman GoReady Spray Pen

For outdoor enthusiasts trying to leave no trace by ditching the DEET — or preserve potentially-vulnerable clothing — the new repellent products from Coleman are worth a look.

—T.C. Worley

Posted by Bill - 07/06/2010 11:40 AM

This is an advertisement not a review. Regurgitating a press release doesn’t tell readers how well the stuff works. Did you actually compare it to 30% DEET? How long does it last? Numerous studies show DEET is still the most effective product. Where is the science supporting this stuff?

Posted by Andy - 07/06/2010 12:12 PM

How did it do at repelling bugs? and in comparison to “brand x” DEET repellent? Would be nice to know if it works…

Posted by whiskers - 07/06/2010 02:08 PM

I will join the other commenters in asking “where is the review of how it actually repels insects?”

Also, I bought a couple of those sanitizing spray pens from CVS and have been refilling them with regular rubbing alcohol for a couple years now… could do the same with the spray pen here.

Posted by T.C. Worley - 07/07/2010 08:35 AM

This was a new product test, not a comparison. In short, it kept bugs away, much like DEET does. And this product is a more “natural” choice, safe for infants as well as clothing.

Posted by Jim B. - 07/08/2010 01:31 PM

Let me add my two cents. I tried this product, albeit only a couple of bug infested evenings now, and find that it worked quite dreadful compared to DEET products I have used for years. In fact, my family pretty much agrees the “Skin Smart” product is a rather poor repellent and thus we likely will not be using it any more this summer.

Posted by brandon - 03/25/2012 12:37 PM

just get a therma-cell!!!!

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