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Is this the same stuff that the British Army use? It comes in an OG tube similar to the one above. I've been given a couple of these and the stuff is brilliant, it keeps the midges and mosquitos well away. It is strong stuff though, and like it says on the tube, avoid plastics - my hand stuck to a bic pen after applying it, and the handlebars of a quad bike I was using went 'tacky'.
Bowlander, you are correct, I am a Survival Equipment Fitter in the RAF and we are now issuing this as it comes straight off the shelf! And your even more right with your 'avoid plastics' advice, we had some split in one of our Survival packs and it made a proper old mess of the plastic containers it was next too. It can also be just too strong for those with sensitive skin who may feel the sting or burning sensation is too much and would rather run the gauntlet of getting bitten! I however, have used it all over the world and it gets my vote!
I've used a lot of repellents for the Scottish midge and so far this stuff seems the best available. Much nicer to use than some formulations of DEET.
In the worst 'midge hell' conditions Ultrathon, a head net and a smudge fire just about makes things tolerable!