What the heck is in Avon's Skin So Soft? More toxins - that's what.

I can't count the number of people who tell me that they use 
Avon's Skin So Soft as a "natural" bug repellent...

No wonder the stuff repels bugs, just like many other products from this notorious pink-washing company, it is laden with synthetic toxic chemicals. Make no wonder it repels insects, 
it would leave me running for cover too.

So what the heck are the ingredients in Avon's Skin So Soft?

Well...Since they have about a bazillion different formulations to choose from, I will pick two of the most popular products:

SKIN SO SOFT Original Bath Oil Spray 

Description: White lily, lavender and notes of sparkling citrus create the rich woodland scent that makes ORIGINAL a classic & an AVON Customer favorite. Keep skin moisturized with the softening, smoothing benefits of SKIN SO SOFT in a seemingly weightless formulation. 5 fl. oz.

White Lily, Lavender & Citrus...All lovely and natural right? - But what the heck?  There are no white lilies, lavender or even citrus in this product!  You are only paying for artificial toxic perfumes and a bunch of synthetic ingredients which can make you and those around you ill.

Here are the ingredients:


Ingredients in this product can cause numerous health effects including neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity and is also considered to be ecotoxic.

SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 30 Pump Spray

Description: Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus for 8 hours. Provides effective protection against gnats, no-seeums, sand flies and biting midges. DEET-free, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic. 4 fl. oz.

DEET-Free, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic...Can't be all that bad right?  WRONG! 

Here are the ingredients:

Insect Repellent Active Ingredient:
ethyl ester/carboxylic acid

Active Sunscreen Ingredients:
Octocrylene 10%
Octinoxate 7.5%
Oxybenzone 6%
Octisalate 5%

Other Ingredients:


While the synergistic effects of these mixtures of chemicals are unknown and likely much more toxic than the individual ingredients. The ingredients in these products are known or suspected to cause many illnesses including cancers, immunological toxicity, endocrine disruption, skin, eyes and lung irritation, allergies, cellular level changes to the body, neurotoxicity, developmental and organ system toxicity and there are also concerns of persist bio-accumulation and contamination.

Stay away from these nasties, 
look for organic and completely natural remedies for skincare and insect control, always read all of the ingredients, be an informed smart consumer and stay tuned for future recipes and reviews about organic and natural products.


A BIG Thank You from someone who uses their brain before slathering themselves everyday with Skin So Soft. I spoke with an intelligent, but too-trusting gal at our Roatan resort who told me she uses it everyday to protect herself from the sand fleas. After I went back to my room and did a little google research, my suspicions were confirmed. Ingredients in this product can cause cancer, neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, endocrine disruption, allergies/immunotoxicity, developmental/reproductive toxicity and is also considered to be ecotoxic. There are more natural alternatives.

Here Here! Great more people are doing their research...You have to be careful and always read all of the ingredients...and know what those ingredients actually are. Thanks Tracy!

Thank you for posting the ingredients. I can actually say that the ONLY natural ingredients in these products are the Carrot Seed Oil, water, Aloe Extract and the Vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate). Though in this instance the Vitamin E is in it's synthetic form.

And none of those ingredients are organic so they can be tainted with pesticides and chemically extracted...I wonder is the water even filtered? If not, then that could contain chlorine and fluoride among other things.

As I understand it, the active ingredient is bog-myrtle, a natural Scottish wild plant. I don't know if that is what is in it, but speaking as one who the midges absolutely LOVE, I know that bog-myrtle rubbed on the skin definitely stops them from biting, They still land but do not bite. I first used this at an extremely midge heavy festival and came back with very few bites.

Karen, The ingredients are in the article. There is no natural herb, bog myrtle as an active ingredient in Avon's skin so soft. I'm not sure where this information came from but it is incorrect.

Goodness, what nonsense you people are writing! The ingredients used in these products might be dangerous if you guzzled a couple of pints each a day but in the tiny tiny dosages used in cosmetic products, they will not do any harm at all. You are at more risk from all the sugar and salt in your factory-processed food and from lack of exercise. If you had any idea of the weight of legislation under which perfume manufacturers are forced to labour, you wouldn't make these stupid comments. Actually natural essential oils are far more hazardous to health than the synthetic ingredients allowed under safety recommendations so in spreading these scare stories you contribute to public hysteria and endanger the health of yourselves and your families.


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