Insect Repellents

We offer superior protection from disease-carrying insects, including the yellow fever mosquito that carries the Zika Virus. Choose from a variety of topical lotions for the skin, or our Permethrin spray for keeping bugs off clothing, tents, and other outdoor gear.
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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 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.
AU$12  Inc Tax
SP532
NEW - This Liposome-based repellent is the newest advancement in insect repellent technology. The Liposome base enables the 30% DEET lotion to be very cosmetically appealing and non-greasy, with little to no odor. Lipsomes hold the DEET in place on the skin and reduce absorption.
AU$0  Inc Tax
Highly effective at deterring a wide array of insects including mosquitoes and ticks, Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin insect repellent is more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET. Safe for use on the whole family, the non-greasy Picaridin offers all day protection, has a pleasant low citrus odor, and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings. Reviewed by Consumer Reports as “Fisherman’s Formula” in its list of safe and effective insect repellents (February 2016), Picaridin is effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus. Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Picaridin with Sawyer’s Permethrin insect repellent for clothing and gear. Learn more about this highly rated combination.
AU$16  Inc Tax
CONTROLLED RELEASE INSECT REPELLENT SP520 (SP520)

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.


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.

Features:

  • 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
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 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.
AU$12  Inc Tax
SP532
ULTRA 30™ CONTROLLED RELEASE INSECT REPELLENT SP532 SP534 (SP532 SP534)
 NEW - This Liposome-based repellent is the newest advancement in insect repellent technology. The Liposome base enables the 30% DEET lotion to be very cosmetically appealing and non-greasy, with little to no odor. Lipsomes hold the DEET in place on the skin and reduce absorption. Liposomes are used to protect and deliver various active ingredients useful for our health and well-being. They are used in medicines, vitamins, vaccines, and cosmetics. They protect these active ingredients by providing a package that is completely safe to our body, and that allows the delivery to take place over a longer period of time. Liposomes are one of the best systems for Controlled Release.

Ultra 30™ uses a liposome controlled release system similar to the earlier generation of polymer-based controlled release systems (3M Ultrathon® and Sawyer®). The liposome envelops the DEET and slowly time-releases it as needed, thereby extending the effectiveness of the repellent. Unlike polymers, however, liposomes are a natural compound which is more comfortable to the skin and easier to wear.

• ODORLESS AFTER APPLICATION
• NON GREASY
• NON STAINING
• RESISTS PERSPIRATION
• EFFECTIVE FOR UP TO 12 HOURS
Features:
  • The Liposome base enables the 30% DEET lotion to be non-greasy, with little to no odor.
  • Ultra 30™ is also non-staining, resists perspiration, and is effective for up to 11 hours.
  • The 3 oz size is airline approved, perfect for international travel.
  • Always use as directed
Available Sizes:

[SP532] – 2 oz.

Technical Specifications

Active Ingredient: Deet (30%)
Effectiveness duration: Up to 11 Hours
Best Uses: Multisport

UPC: 0-50716-00532-5, 0-50716-00533-2, 0-50716-00534-9

Should 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.

Can 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 sawyer.com/sunscreen/

Does DEET protect against flies?

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.

Why was I told to “get at least 30% DEET” for malaria mosquitoes?

The reason you were told to “get something with at least 30% DEET” is because under older guidelines this was true. Simply put, the higher the percentage of DEET in a given formula, the longer and more effective the protection from insects. Until the introduction of Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent, we would have recommended Sawyer Maxi-DEET® 100% DEET Insect Repellent for the skin. People often confuse concentration with dosage. Lower “dosages” of 100% DEET or DEET mixed in a Controlled Release lotion or even a standard lotion work better than alcohol-based sprays.

As an added measure, you may still consider 100% DEET for times of extreme bug density. However, the real question is not how much DEET you start out with, but how much of the active ingredient, DEET, is available at any given time (even hours later) to repel those nasty mosquitoes.

Skin repellent with Slow Release Technology–Sawyer Controlled Release 20% DEET Insect Repellent uses sub-micron encapsulation to entrap the DEET. An effective and long lasting insect repellent for use on the skin is a slow release technology that keeps the repellent on the surface of the skin much longer than other formulas. This provides for slower absorption and extended effectiveness against biting insects. The Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent formula provides this type of technology in a formula that is both effective and very comfortable to use.

Will DEET ruin my clothes or equipment?

Quite possibly. DEET should not damage cotton, wool, or nylon. Do not apply to or near acetate, rayon, spandex or other synthetics, furniture, plastic, watch crystals, leather and painted or varnished surfaces including automobiles.

Be sure to read the labels, and if in doubt try a sample on an obscure surface area and check it after 24 hours of exposure to DEET.

NEW - This Liposome-based repellent is the newest advancement in insect repellent technology. The Liposome base enables the 30% DEET lotion to be very cosmetically appealing and non-greasy, with little to no odor. Lipsomes hold the DEET in place on the skin and reduce absorption.
AU$0  Inc Tax
PICARIDIN INSECT REPELLENT SP564 (SP564)

Up to 12 Hours of Protection

Derived from Piperine in pepper plants, Sawyer Picaridin is a synthetic replica of a natural solution that has proved to be a very potent formula on mosquitoes, ticks, and flies while still being family friendly, gear safe, and very comfortable to wear on your skin

Picaridin spray is effective for up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, while the lotion is effective for up to 14 hours. Both provide up to 8 hours of protection against biting flies, gnats, chiggers, and sand flies

The non-greasy spray and lotion have a pleasant low odor that evaporates when dry and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings. Picaridin is safe for use on clothing, backpacks, synthetic fabrics, watches, sunglasses, and more

Family Friendly

An effective alternative to DEET that’s great for the whole family, Sawyer Picaridin is also safe for use during pregnancy. It’s considered to be the repellent of first choice by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Advisory Committee on Tropical Medicine and Travel for travelers 6 months to 12 years of age. Learn more: Picaridin Research.

 The New Standard

Sawyer Picaridin is available in a variety of sizes including our 6 ounce continuous spray and lotions ranging in size from convenient 4 ounce bottles to 1 quart and 1 gallon size dispensing jugs.

Highly effective at deterring a wide array of insects including mosquitoes and ticks, Sawyer’s 20% Picaridin insect repellent is more effective at repelling biting flies than DEET. Safe for use on the whole family, the non-greasy Picaridin offers all day protection, has a pleasant low citrus odor, and won’t damage plastics or synthetic coatings. Reviewed by Consumer Reports as “Fisherman’s Formula” in its list of safe and effective insect repellents (February 2016), Picaridin is effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus. Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Picaridin with Sawyer’s Permethrin insect repellent for clothing and gear. Learn more about this highly rated combination.
AU$16  Inc Tax
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