nature alcohol causes the pores of your skin to open.
Thus with an alcohol based repellent, more repellent
gets absorbed into your body. The EPA proves this
causes NO adverse affects to your body, but there
is that much less repellent to work against the bugs.
Alcohol evaporates at a faster rate than water. When
the alcohol evaporates, DEET goes along for the ride.
Therefore with an alcohol based repellent, you get
a great repellent initially, but it will not last
as long as a water based.
Pharmaceuticals has made major advancements in its
. Water is replacing alcohol. Because water does not
evaporate as quickly as alcohol, dermal absorption
will be reduced. The need to frequently reapply the
repellent will also be reduced. Thus, with 30%
DEET will be an appropriate choice for protecting
children as well as adults.
creates a strong aroma providing the traditional "insect
repellent" smell. The water-based formula isn't
as strong and much more pleasant.
ALLOWS LESS ABSORPTION OF DEET
ABSORPTION MEANS HIGHER EFFICACY - WATER BASED FORMULAS
DEET FORMULAS ARE MUCH LESS FLAMMABLE THAN ALCOHOL BASED
PRODUCTS ARE SAFER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT; THEY CONTAIN
NO VOC'S (VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS)
AGENT ESTER ETHYL IS A LACTIC ACID PRODUCED BY FERMENTATION
OF SUGAR; AIDS IN LOWER RATE OF ABSORPTION
reports on protection against ticks and disease carrying
mosquitoes and insects specify that for full protection,
an insect repellent containing between 20% and 30%
DEET should be used.