Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent has a 7 percent concentration of picaridin, a synthetic ingredient that is said to be comparable to a low-concentration DEET mosquito repellent in effectiveness. Reviews say that Cutter Advanced protects for up to 2.5 hours and may be applied up to three times a day. It is odorless and non-sticky once applied, but should be washed off the skin after returning indoors. Unlike DEET, which is a solvent, picaridin won't damage synthetic materials if you touch them with it on your skin. If you would like to avoid chemicals altogether, BiteBlocker Organic Xtreme Insect Spray (*Est. $9 for 6.7 oz.) is made from natural oils and has a similar duration of effectiveness.
Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent is included in informal reviews at Slate.com and About.com. We also read a dozen or so user reviews at Amazon.com and also Drugstore.com.
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Andria Lisle and friends test nine mosquito repellents, including Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent, in the great outdoors. Testers say Cutter wasn't very effective and provided protection that barely lasted 90 minutes.
Review: Bug Off! Which Mosquito Repellents Work Best?, Andria Lisle, July 26, 2005
About.com guide Wendy Bumgardner lists her top nine bug repellents. Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent is the top pick, but it's not clear what type of testing was performed, if any. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 9 Insect and Mosquito Repellents, Wendy Bumgardner, Updated July 2010
Insect repellent reviews have been posted by users for many of the products Amazon.com sells. Just over a dozen users give Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent a good overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. They say it's effective, but not for more than a couple of hours. Reviewers prefer it to the strong odor and greasiness of DEET insect repellents.
Review: Cutter 53663 Advanced Insect Repellent, 6-Ounce Pump Spray, Contributors to Amazon.com
Drugstore.com publishes insect repellent reviews submitted by users. Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent receives an average rating of 4 stars out of 5 from a dozen users. It receives mixed reviews on effectiveness, but owners say it doesn't feel greasy and praise the lack of odor.
Review: Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent, Contributors to Drugstore.com