101 Uses for Skin-So-Soft Green Dry Oil Spray
Avon Skin-So-Soft Green Dry Oil Spray
Avon's spray finds calling as midge repellent for Royal Marines
THEY are famed for their ability to operate at sea, in the jungle or in the Arctic wastes and freezing cold of Norway. Battles throughout the centuries have won the Royal Marine Commandos a reputation as one of the world's elite fighting forces.
And as the last line of security in guarding Britain's nuclear weapons, they are pivotal to the Defence of the Realm.
But it appears that on the home front our toughest soldiers are prepared to pander to their softer side to combat Scotland's most persistent foe: the midge.
For years the Marines at Faslane who guard nuclear missiles and the submarines capable of firing them have looked for an answer. They've finally found it in a brand of women's skin cream.
Instead of using mosquito repellent issued by their unit, soldiers and workers at the base are buying Avon body lotion to repel midges on the West Coast. The company traditionally associated with images of well-dressed women selling cosmetics door-to-door is experiencing an unexpected boom thanks to the pesky insect. Neil Smith, a Royal Navy spokesman at HMS Clyde, near Helensburgh, said: "It's not official kit but nothing works better and the Marines are buying it themselves because the midges are so bad up there."
The wonder cure is a 5 bottle of dry oil body spray from Avon's Skin So Soft range. The midge problem at the base where Trident missiles and Vanguard submarines are stationed is so bad it recently installed a MidgeEater machine at the front gate. Workers at the camp can often be seen wearing midge nets on their heads.
Royal Marines are also taking the skin cream on field training exercises outside the base. But although it is the answer to their prayers, they have not been able to buy it at the local chemist.
Smith said: "There has been a lot of group buying because you can only get the stuff from Avon. Some buy it online and others are ordering it through local Avon ladies."
A stores sergeant at 45 Commando, based at Arbroath, said: "There is nothing effeminate about it. The reason the Nods [Marines] are using it is because it is good kit. It works. It's as simple as that."
It is thought that the oily base of the body spray is the ingredient that repels midges. Made with shea butter and vitamins, Avon's packaging boasts that it will "ensure your skin feels velvety soft, hour after hour".
Sales of the spray have gone through the roof this summer with several Avon ladies selling hundreds of bottles.
Anna Brown, Avon's area manager for the West Coast of Scotland, where the company has 353 sales representatives, said word of the body spray's ability to repel midges has spread since the wives of servicemen discovered its hidden qualities.
She said: "We sell it as a body moisturiser but many people tell us they are only buying it to get rid of midges. We don't market it as an insect repellent because its primary use is to soften your skin. But it is undoubtedly one of our best sellers, with our best agents having to order up to 200 bottles every three weeks."
But like the best boots, clothing and equipment which soldiers buy out of their own pocket, there are no plans to make Avon's cream standard issue to troops.
And it is not only the military who are taking advantage of Avon's beauty products. Word of the spray's ability to fight midges has spread throughout the entire West Coast, with sales being picked up in Dumbarton, Campbeltown, Oban and Dunoon. It has also been claimed that both the US army and the SAS use it as mosquito repellent in the jungle.
Brown said: "We don't ask people why they are buying it but some people tell us it is because they have heard it is good at combating midges."
Scottish Water engineers in the Highlands and forestry workers are also placing orders. In recent years a more terminal approach to tackling midges has been the MidgeEater range of traps, which generate carbon dioxide to mimic the exhaled breath of humans which are the midge's favoured haunt. Once fooled into coming within range, the hapless insects are then sucked into the trap at high speed.
But despite its dry oil body spray's midge-fighting ability, Avon seems reluctant to sell the lotion to the British public as an insect repellent.
A company spokeswoman said: "We cannot do that because UK pharmaceutical laws ban us from doing so, although there has been talk of it being marketed as an mosquito repellent in America where the rules are different."
There are more than 30 species of midge in Scotland but it is the female Culicoides impunctatus variety that causes torment. It is the only type of midge that bites. The crew responsible for the final episodes of Monarch of the Glen set at Ardverikie estate, near Loch Laggan, wore anti-midge body suits and veiled headgear while filming.
101 Uses for Avon Skin-So-Soft Green Dry Oil Spray
Personal Uses It is a bath oil and after shower moisturizer. It can be used to remove make-up. It is great tanning oil. (NO SUNSCREEN) Mild insect repellent it is a hot oil treatment to soften cuticles and nails. It is a great massage for tired muscles. It cleans off tape marks from bandages on skin. Relieves itchy skin due to dryness. It cleans ink, oil, and grease from skin. It helps relieve itching caused by insect bites and dry skin. It removes paint from your hands instead of turpentine. It soothes light sunburn. Rub hands with it before washing. It helps get them cleaner. Rub on cracked, and bleeding skin, it stops bleeding & heals skin in 2-3 days. Put one or two capfuls in liquid soap and use to shave legs. It is a great hot oil treatment for hair. Pour a little in water to soak and moisturize your feet - relaxing. It takes gum out of hair and most porous surfaces Original Scent is great on head lice! Leave in hair for 15 minutes, then rinse outside, Wash hair a few times to remove oil. Household Uses
Sponge it around doors, windows, and on screens to keep, crawling bugs out. Kills ants instantly. It is a good cleaner and conditioner for natural wood. Removes ink from rubber stamps. Use it on kitchen cabinets, it also cuts grease on range hoods. It removes soap scum & lime from shower doors, bath & kitchen fixtures. It is an oil lubricant for fitting pipe joints that will not slip together. It cleans ink from most vinyl and painted surfaces. It cleans heavy oil and grease from non-porous surfaces. It takes gum and candle wax off clothing, furniture, and carpet. Rub on brass ornaments or figurines to help keep them from turning dark. If you have a Hummingbird feeder, rub SSS on the surface to keep the bees away. Removes fur and animal hair from clothing. Removes crayon from appliances and most painted surfaces. Wash cupboards with SSS mixed in your cleaning water to keep away ants. Use it to clean leather. It will keep it soft and supple. It removes "gum" left from price tags on glass, metal, & most plastics. It cleans paintbrushes easily and leaves them soft as when they were new. Use on your air conditioner filter for pleasant smelling air and for easier cleaning of the filter next time Put SSS in one of those bottles you use to spray around your garden. It will keep the bugs away! It removes "ring around the collar". • Add a capful to wash water of clothes acts as a fabric softener and keeps bugs off clothes. Animal Uses
it is a great insect repellent for your pet. Tar and asphalt removal on pads of animal's feet Mix 5 parts water, one part SSS and mist on show animals. Mix in pet's bath water. Takes the fleas off. For DOG DRY SKIN: 1 Tablespoon of SSS per gallon of water and use as an after bath rinse, or sprits your dog's coat once a week Rub on your hands before and after working with pets and farm animals, takes away pet odour. FLEA REPELLANT: 1 ½ oz of SSS per gallon of water - sponge dip or sprits FLEA BATH: use after shampooing with a FLEA AND TICK SHAMPOO (your choice of brand) BLACK FLY SPRAY for dogs: 1 cup SSS, ½ cup liquid detergent and 3 gallons of water Horse Uses
Hoof polisher without drying. Muzzle, eye and ear enhancer. Use the BLACK FLY recipe stated above to keep the flies away. Automobile Uses
It removes tar spots from car finishes with no damage to paint. Use it to clean vinyl in cars, cleans and softens to prevent cracking. After washing car, use it on tires to keep them new looking. Put some on a small washcloth and leave in the car - keeps air fresh and clean. Cleans Mechanics Hands. Removes tree sap. Prior to travelling, rub SSS on headlights and car grill - makes cleaning easier.
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