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Proven Insect Repellent Review

We put the Proven Insect Repellent spray to the test to see if it is a safe and effective option for mosquito control.

Main Product Details 10/10

  • What we like
  • Extremely effective
  • Choice of 3 sizes, two forms (spray and lotion), and scented or unscented
  • Lasts a long time
  • What we dislike
  • Extremely expensive

Product Details

  • Efficiency/Effectiveness: Works perfectly; keeps mosquitoes away
  • Ease of Use: Non-oily/greasy formula that comes in spray and lotion (available in odorless and gentle scent)
  • Safety: Great; picaridin is one of the safest insect-repelling chemicals

Our Verdict

   Proven’s repellent works extremely well, remains a safe option and works for most of the people who buy it. The one thing holding it back though, is the price tag. The only other repellents I’ve seen with that high of a price tag were organic repellents.

     Mosquito season requires only the best of the best repellents. Repellents that are proven to be effective, safe and fairly priced.

     Speaking of proven, the Proven Insect Repellent has caused some chatter recently, so now is as good a time as any to review it. Time to prove the quality of this repellent.

Product Overview

     Proven uses 20% Picaridin, a chemical as, if not more effective than DEET.

     They sell their spray repellents in two forms: odor and odorless. Both are rated for 12 hours of repellency against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, flies, you name it. That’s not all, though. Proven also sells their repellent in a lotion form; the lotion variant is rated for 14 hours of repellency over the spray’s 12.

     Proven also make a point about the spray being non-greasy, an area picaridin has an advantage over DEET.

How it Works

     Picaridin works in the same way as DEET and a couple of essential oils—by confusing a mosquito’s sense of smell, causing them to miss/avoid you entirely.

     Once sprayed on, picaridin will automatically take effect. If a mosquito ignores the odor and lands on you anyways, the taste of the chemical will send it away, due to its disgusting taste.

     Both the spray and lotion work the same way, though the lotion will, as mentioned earlier, remain effective longer than the spray.


     Despite the lotion lasting for 2 extra hours, it costs the exact same as the spray. Furthermore, the prices of sizes remain consistent between the products, making for simple pricing.

  • 2oz pump spray/lotion container: $7.95/bottle
  • 6oz pump spray/lotion container: $10.95/bottle
  • 8oz pump spray/lotion container: $12.95/bottle

     While I appreciate the simple pricing, I find an issue with the actual prices. $7.95 for a 2oz picaridin repellent is expensive; I’ve rated extremely effective repellents that cost $6 for 4oz!

Does it Work?

     I’m glad to confirm that Proven’s Insect Repellent has been proven to work. Reviews are full of 5 stars with the occasional low score, as with any repellent. One review in particular noted weak repellency against black flies, so that’s something to watch out for. Otherwise, Proven has made a really good product.


     Now we will grade Proven’s repellent on 3 key areas, these being:

  • Efficiency/Effectiveness (40%)
  • Ease of Use (25%)
  • Safety (35%).

     Afterward, a weighted grade will be given to the product.

Efficiency/Effectiveness = 10/10

     There’s no question about it; Proven’s repellent excels at repelling mosquitoes. While a few reviews mention low effectiveness, these were very much in the minority. 

     No matter how good this repellent is, $7.95 for 2oz is insane! However, it earns a 6 because the repellent works well, so I’m a bit more lenient on price than usual.

Ease of Use = 10/10

     Proven offering the choices  of scented and unscented/lotion or spray are appreciated. No reports of the repellent causing oil or grease have surfaced either, making Proven one of the best repellents in this area.

Safety = 10/10

     Picaridin remains one of the safest chemicals to use for repellents, as it’s been approved for use by adults, children, pregnant women, babies, etc. Nothing wrong here.