Published in the September 2008 Issue September 2008

Insect repellent is a hard product to test. Basically you wait around until the bugs start eating you and then grab the product and hope it works. We got up early to do a little fishing and turns out that the fish were still asleep, but the bugs weren't. I talked my friend Ken Leavitt into trying out the La Fresh towelette with me and with the bugs all around his face he gladly jumped at the chance.

Because the towelette looks like one of those wet nap things you get to clean up after eating ribs, you expect the La Fresh towelette to be moist, but it's actually kind of dry. Once you start rubbing it on your face you can feel that it's a little damp after all, but I thought this was a big plus.

It has a nice non-medicine smell, which is great if you expect people to rub this on their faces and it really did keep the bugs away. The label on the back warns that it can cause moderate eye irritation and Leavitt found that out the hard way when he used the towelette too close to his eyes. We'll chalk it up to user error because I didn't have a problem. Having the nice individual wipes is really nice, plus you can store them just about anywhere for when you really need one.

The all-natural biodegradable insect repellent wipe comes from its high-end towelette line. The Deet-free towelettes are mild on skin the four-inch individually wrapped wipes are perfect for boaters who have found an empty bottle of insect repellent that leaked under a bench seat when they needed it the most.

A pack of six individual wipes retail for $4.99 if you want to give it a try. But I think you're going to like these wipes, so I'd recommend the 30 pack for $19.99.

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