Gardeners' World Web User
03/07/2009 at 10:25
Yes, Avon's Skinsosoft, applied liberally to all exposed skin, is a popular and fairly effective protection from biting insects. It won't necessarily stop them landing on you (it's not a repellent) but it seems to make them less likely to bite.
I was first tole about it by a squaddie (apparently they buy it for themselves and take it out in their bergens, which is a fun image) but now you'll find it in places like camping shops (eg Tisos) especially up here in Scotland where midges are the real concern.