For a full day or evening spent outdoors, experts say Off! FamilyCare Smooth & Dry can provide the protection you need with a low concentration of DEET. This aerosol spray contains 15 percent DEET, which proved to be effective for eight hours in lab tests. This repellent lives up to its name with a non-greasy, quick drying formula. For a product with a higher percentage of DEET, try our Best Reviewed pick 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent (Est. $7 for 2 oz) , which contains 34 percent DEET.
A lower-DEET repellent that tests well against mosquitoes and ticks. Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent Smooth & Dry contains 15 percent DEET, which is well below the recommendation of 30 percent or less for children. Furthermore, it's effective, lasting around eight hours in tests. A handful of reviewers complain that it doesn't work as well in mosquito-infested areas..
Lives up to its "Smooth and Dry" name. Off! FamilyCare insect repellent reviews say this formulation doesn't feel greasy on the skin, and some prefer its "fruity" scent to other DEET-based insect repellents. Additionally, this repellent dries quickly, which makes it easier to apply. As with any insect repellent containing DEET, you can damage fabrics, painted surfaces, sunglasses, watches and other objects made of synthetic materials that come in contact with your skin after applying it.
Off! FamilyCare Smooth and Dry scores 98 out of 100 in ConsumerReports.org's lab tests, tying with Off Deep Woods Sportsmen II, Cutter Backwoods Unscented and 3M Ultrathon for effectiveness against two types of mosquitoes and ticks.
Review: Best Insect Repellents, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2013
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 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 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.
Review: Review of Off! Smooth and Dry Insect Repellent, Faith Lawless, Not dated
Off! FamilyCare Insect Repellent Smooth & Dry receives an overall rating of 80 out of 100 from approximately 20 users. Reviewers like the way it feels and smells, but wish it was effective for a longer period.
Review: Off! Smooth & Dry Insect Repellent Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of June 2013