Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I Smooth & Dry contains 15 percent DEET, which is well below the recommendation of 30 percent or less for children. Off! insect repellent reviews say the odor is pleasant, and it dries quickly and doesn't feel greasy. Furthermore, it's effective, lasting around eight hours in tests. As with any insect repellent containing DEET, the solvent can damage synthetic fabrics or materials it comes in contact with. If you would like to avoid putting chemicals on your skin, Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent (*Est. $8 for 4 oz.) is made with plant oils and lasts as long, but shouldn't be used on children under the age of 3.
ConsumerReports.org editors include Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I Smooth & Dry in their lineup of 10 insect repellents. The Journal of Medical Entomology conducted a study in 2004 that includes an Off! insect repellent containing 15 percent DEET. About.com offers an informal Off! insect repellent review based on personal use. We found the most Off! insect repellent reviews by users at Viewpoints.com.
ConsumerReports.org editors test Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I Smooth & Dry along with nine other insect repellents, including products containing DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil and IR3535. Editors use four volunteers to test these products with two species of mosquitoes common in the U.S., as well as with deer ticks.
Review: Best Ways to Keep Bugs at Bay, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, July 2010
2. Journal of Medical Entomology
The Journal of Medical Entomology compares four synthetic mosquito repellents and eight natural repellents in a laboratory against three species of mosquitoes. Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I Smooth & Dry is a newer product offering, but this 2004 study says Off! with 15 percent DEET protects for at least seven hours with all three species.
Review: Laboratory Evaluation of Mosquito Repellents, Donald R. Barnard and Rui-De Xue, July 2004
Faith Lawless, About.com's Makeup Guide gives OFF! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I Smooth & Dry a perfect rating based on personal use in her garden. She likes the "nice, fresh scent" and the fact that it didn't affect the self-tanner she had applied the day before. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Review of Off! Smooth and Dry Insect Repellent, Faith Lawless
OFF! FamilyCare Insect Repellent I Smooth & Dry both receives an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of 5 from approximately 15 users. Reviewers like the way it feels and smells, but wish it was effective for a longer period.
Review: Off! Smooth and Dry Insect Repellent Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com