Dad of Divas' Reviews: Worried About Using DEET-Based Insect Repellents?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Worried About Using DEET-Based Insect Repellents?

Safety concerns surrounding the use of DEET-based insect repellents are fairly widespread these days. Fortunately, there’s an exciting DEET free option now available to parents who seek reliable protection from mosquitoes and other biting insects, but are cautious about applying a DEET-based product on themselves or their children. The comprehensive line of Coleman® Repellents from Wisconsin Pharmacal Company includes a product with the highly effective SkinSmart formula. SkinSmart, which contains the active ingredient IR3535, is safe for the entire family and just as effective as DEET. It provides up to eight hours of odorless protection against the most common biting insects, including mosquitoes, deer ticks and biting flies. Plus, it dries very quickly on the skin and does not leave the greasy residue often associated with many DEET-based products.

“Whether concerned about their own health or the health of their children, there are many parents who are simply reluctant to use DEET products,” said Mike Kermendy, vice president of marketing for Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Coleman Repellents. “That’s why our SkinSmart repellent has proven to be such a popular option. After all, it’s odorless, safe for use on the entire family and will provide hours of effective protection against a variety of biting insects and other annoying bugs.”

The Coleman SkinSmart DEET free formula is available in a variety of user-friendly packages, including a six-ounce aerosol spray, a five-ounce pump spray, a compact Go Ready spray pen, and convenient towelettes.

The Go Ready spray pens are ideal for busy, on-the-go parents. They’re just slightly larger than a typical pen, so they’re an easy addition to a backpack or diaper bag, and they offer more than 200 sprays. The towelettes are also great because they allow the product to be applied quickly and evenly without mess, and the aerosol can is very lightweight and rust resistant. Plus, with the aerosol can, the product can be dispensed at any angle – even upside down. As an added benefit, an easy-to-use Twist Lock cap is incorporated into the aerosol and pump to help protect against unintended sprays.

IR3535, the active ingredient in the Coleman SkinSmart formula, is an EPA registered additive with a proven track record of excellent safety and efficacy against a variety of biting insects. It is the most widely utilized active ingredient in insect repellents throughout Europe, where it has been safely marketed for more than 20 years.

For additional details about any of the Coleman-branded insect repellents, please call Wisconsin Pharmacal Company at 1-800-558-6614 or visit

About Wisconsin Pharmacal Company, LLC:
Wisconsin Pharmacal Company is a Coleman licensee and the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Coleman Repellents. The company’s complete portfolio of outdoor brands also includes: Potable Aqua® water purification tablets, StingEze® insect bite relief products, Atwater Carey® first aid kits, and BAITMATE® fish attractants. For more details, please visit

About The Coleman Company, Inc.:
As an international leader in the innovation and marketing of outdoor products, The Coleman Company, Inc. helps people have fun and make memories by providing the gear integral to their favorite outdoor experiences. The company’s products include its legendary lanterns and stoves, as well as coolers, tents, sleeping bags, airbeds, backpacks, furniture, and grills under the Coleman® brand. Additionally, the company provides flotation devices, towables, rainwear, waders, hunting and fishing gear as well as safety and survival equipment under its Stearns®, Sevylor®, Sospenders®, Hodgman®, Mad Dog Gear®, and Helium® brands. Founded in 1900 and based in Wichita, Kan., Coleman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jarden Corporation and can be found online at

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