Pros: Works better than Off brand repellents Long lasting
Cons: Not waterproof
Herbal Armor is a DEET-Free insect repellent. It consists of 10% citronella oil, 5.6% soybean oil, 2.0% peppermint oil, 1.50% cedar oil, 1.00% lemongrass oil, 0.05% germanium oil, and the remaining 75.85% is inert ingredients.
You probably recognize citronella oil from the various other insect repellents on the market, including, but not limited to backyard torches. Cedar oil is starting to replace citronella as an insect repellent because it seems to work better on warding off the forsaken horse flies. A few storage companies (Rubbermaid) have started lining certain containers with cedar to keep insects away from the contents. Citronella is pretty potent and can be offensive smelling to some people, whereas cedar isnt nearly as potent and has a more tolerable smell.
To the best of my knowledge, all the other non-inert ingredients are also insect repellents, though not as popular as citronella and cedar. However, lemongrass oil is a known skin irritant, so keep that in mind if you have sensitive skin. Citronella can also be a skin irritant in large quantities, but Herbal Armor has a low enough concentration that neither the citronella nor lemongrass should cause much of an issue.
Ive had better luck with Herbal Armor than with most of the Off brand insect repellents. Off brand insect repellents, for the most part, just minimize mosquito bites. Herbal Armor keeps the mosquitoes AND flies at bay, which is definitely helpful when kayaking, canoeing, or hiking. On top of that, it also lasts for almost an entire day, depending on how much you sweat it off. And best of all, it doesnt stain clothes either.
Although Herbal Armor works well, it has 2 downsides. First, it isnt waterproof. If you get just slightly wet, it will wash away, exposing your skin as an open invite to the blood thirsty mosquitoes and flies. And second, like most insect repellents, it wont help at all late in the season when the mosquito hordes have gone dire and will ravenously feast on anything, even grilled SPAM. For those cases, I suggest using 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent, which is NOT DEET-Free.