What The Heck Is In Avon Skin So Soft? More Toxins Thats 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.
 No wonder it repels insects,  the ingredients would leave me running for cover too.

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

Since they have a number of different formulations to choose from,
I will choose 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 wait! 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 as well as those around you ill.

Here are the ingredients 
(From Avon's Website)


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 
(From Avon's Website)

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 and understand all of the ingredients, be an informed smart consumer and stay tuned for future recipes and reviews about organic and natural products.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Are there actually any cases of SSS causing some of the ailments listed? SSS has been around for a long time. Surely, if this blog holds any hot air, there must be medical cases to confirm this is true. Show me those cases, please.

    1. After reading the ingredients can you even ask such a question? Do some research on each ingredient hun and you'll get your answer.

  8. I would like to kniw that too. Where is the info on these cases you speak of?

    Avon has been around for 130 years plus if stopped using every single thing that had ingredients I can't pronounce, I would starve and never use ANY soap. Check all not just Avon!

    1. Again as I said above, after reading the ingredients can you even ask such a question? Do some research on each ingredient and you'll get your answers. If you wan't to think that way, go ahead but I don't stave and I use soap...That is a very ignorant response.

  9. thank you for this information. I have been slathering this stuff on my body for 20 years...I recently have stopped, but I LOVE the smell!!!! do you know of any organic recipes or ready made alternatives to this yummy smell. I miss having this as my signature scent, but I am not willing to continue being sick because of my skin care regime. Thanks...can't wait to hear your response

    1. I'm not sure, I always hated the fragrance lol. But a quick search tells me the notes are citronella, sandalwood or cedar, lavender and lily. Perhaps you could find those organic essential oils and try mixing them in a carrier oil.

  10. that is why i made my own cream next i will make my soap just for this purpose no see ums this cream is it smells nice and lasts,,,, islands.Re_soap@myself.com


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