Mosquito season in the US has arrived. People who would otherwise worry more about harmful effects of mosquito repellents have turned their worries to Zika. The four most effective mosquito repellents are DEET, Picardin, IR3535 and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Although safe to use as directed, DEET has received negative publicity in some circles. Some people dislike the chemical odor.
IR3535 (Ethyl butylacetylaminopropionate) is preferred by those who dislike the stronger odor in other effective mosquito repellents. The low odor has led perfume manufacturers such as Mrs. White’s Unstung Hero to market a cologne that includes IR3535. The product is more expensive than other repellents, but may make repellent use more acceptable or even chic. Colognes are typically used to make the wearer more attractive to others. Simultaneously making them unattractive to mosquitos gives people another reason to wear cologne.