Premium Controlled Release Insect Repellent

Premium Controlled Release Insect Repellent


Price: AU $ 15.00

Sawyer Controlled Release formula uses a patented Sub Micron Encapsulation process by which DEET is captured inside a Micale protein. Each microscopic particle of protein contains chambers which hold the DEET. Over a period of up to 24 hours your skin slowly dissolves the protein particles. As the particles are dissolved, DEET is released from the chambers for evaporation (the function which keeps the bugs away). At any point in time you may simply wash the remaining formula off your skin with soap and water.

In the Controlled Release formula virtually all of the DEET remains in chambers until it is released and only very minimal amounts of DEET are ever on the skin at any one time for possible absorption. In traditional repellents all of the DEET is present directly on the skin until it evaporates, hence much more is absorbed. Because the protein is formed into small particles, we can nestle them into the skin similar to those techniques used in the most advanced sun blocks. With this technique, Sawyer Controlled Release insect repellent provides some of the benefits of the best sun blocks such as significant water resistance, a non-alcohol, non-greasy dry feel, and long lasting protection. 

You will find Sawyer Controlled Release lotion insect repellent to be very comfortable. You will also discover it to be our longest lasting one. You will soon find no need to re-apply throughout the day. One application of Controlled Release formula can be effective for up to 11 hours against mosquitoes (including the transmitter of West Nile Virus ) and 17 hours against ticks.



    Odorless, non-greasy, and perspiration resistant
    Designed to be compatible with the use of sunscreen
    Effective against ticks and ALL mosquitoes including those carrying West Nile Virus.
    EPA-approved formula controls DEET exposure by encapsulating DEET in a protein that dissolves slowly, releasing the DEET over a longer period of time
    Use in conjunction with Sawyer® Insect Repellent Clothing Treatment, for double protection
    20% DEET formula
    Always use as directed

Available Sizes:
[SP520] – 4 oz. lotion

Technical Specifications

UPC: 0-50716-00524-0, 0-50716-00526-4

Should I use a lotion or spray repellent?

Because of the way they slow down the evaporation of the DEET, lotions always last considerably longer than sprays of comparable DEET concentrations. Sprays have the advantage of being able to be applied to clothing. Sprays remain effective much longer on clothing than on skin. Since repellents work as a 3″ barrier, clothing applications can often protect 6″ of exposed skin and significantly reduce your usage on skin. Our recommendation: DEET lotion on skin and Permethrin spray on clothing.

Can I wear a repellent with a sunscreen?

Yes.  We would recommend applying the sunscreen first. The trick to a comfortable and effective application of sunscreen it to put it on first thing in the morning or at least 10 minutes of sun exposure to help it fully absorb into your skin.

Our SPF 30 sunscreen is a bonding base formula which makes it very breathable while still very effective. You can learn more about this formula at

Does DEET protect against flies?

Some yes, but mostly no. If flies are going to be an issue we recommend using the Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula which is a 20% Picaridin Spray formula. Picaridin is much more effective against flies than DEET, especially at 20% which is higher than other Picaridin formulas available on the market.

Can I use Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion with 20% DEET on my child?

Yes, this product may be used on children in accordance with the product’s directions for use. The CDC states: “No definitive studies have been published about what concentration of DEET is safe for children. No serious illness has been reported from use of DEET according the manufacturer’s recommendations. DEET formulations as high as 50% are recommended for both adults and children less than 2 months of age. Lower concentrations are not as long lasting, offering short-term protection only and necessitating more frequent reapplication.” (

We recommend Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent Lotion for children. Based on a dermal absorption study accepted by the EPA, Sawyer Controlled Release Insect Repellent is the ONLY currently registered formula proven to reduce DEET absorption. Our EXCLUSIVE Low DEET Absorption formula is proven to reduce DEET by 67% per application! (Read full Reduced Dermal Absorption Test (PDF).) Controlled Release Insect Repellent is odorless, greaseless and compatible with sunscreens.



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