Rating: 3 / 5
I am a huge fan of 3M Ultrathon largely because the stuff works REALLY WELL... for what I use it for. So this is sort of my "gold standard"... encapsulated DEET lotion.
That said, different people have different needs.
I used this on a recent weekend trip and I'll say that it worked for a while but that I had to reapply it twice. I missed the labels warning that said not to apply it more than twice per day as another reviewer noted!
So for me this won't be replacing 3M Ultrathon.
However, for my family, and especially my kids, this is probably the way I will go. While I don't have any issues with DEET for my personal use, I don't like to use it on my kids. So in the past I have chosen a repellent that has as little DEET as possible and reapply it as needed. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus might be a good alternative for this application.
I guess it did have a nice smell and was not greasy, but for me these are secondary concerns. On my own I generally don't have a nice smell after a few days. Someone posted that they wondered if bears would be drawn to the nice smell. I have no clue but I think this is a valid concern worth investigating.
Also, I do have my concerns about it's active ingredient. People seem willing to claim that this is a good alternative to DEET but has anyone read anything about the safety of "oil of lemon eucalyptus"? Mother nature can whip up some nasty chemicals... who is to say this stuff is safer than DEET? I am not saying it isn't safer, just that making the assumption that it IS safer because it's called "Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus" rather than "PMD" (p-menthane 3,8-diol)... a pesticide derived from eucalyptus plants... doesn't work for me.
So I am giving it a rating of 3 because I think the context for most readers of BPL reviews is that of a hiker looking for bug repellent and not of parents looking for a family friendly alternative to DEET. The stuff works, which is more than I can say of a lot of products on the market. It doesn't work as well as what some people would call their "gold standard" but for others there are features like the smell and non-greasiness that will be valuable considerations.