Avon Skin So Soft: Multi-Tasker 2

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Common Products - Uncommon Uses, Frugal For Everyone, Product Information | 52 comments

Skin So SoftEver since my post about Avon Bubble Bath I’ve had readers asking me to do a similar one about Avon Skin So Soft. Since these are such fun articles to write I am more than happy to oblige, so here we go…..Avon Skin So Soft, the sequel.

Avon Skin So Soft first appeared on the market in 1961 as a bath oil and as such it was a huge success. Skin So Soft has a wonderful fragrance and really does what it claims – leaves your skin feeling soft and silky smooth. But as its users soon discovered, it does so much more.

I remember the buzz when it was first discovered that Skin So Soft kept mosquitoes away – imagine, an insect repellent that actually smelled nice and wasn’t harmful.  That was the beginning of its many non-traditional uses of which I’ve listed 40 of the best.

NOTE: With Avon Skin So Soft a little goes a long way. Often all you need is a smidgeon, about the size of a dime, for it to do the job. Start with this small amount – you can always add another drop if needed.

Avon Skin So Soft for Personal Care:

  1. After shower moisturizer – just put a drop on your hands and wipe all over, especially trouble spots like elbows and heels;
  2. Makeup remover – a drop on a cotton wipe will gently remove makeup and moisturize your skin at the same time;
  3. Hair conditioner – after shampooing apply a smidgeon to your fingertips and work it thoroughly into your hair until it is completely absorbed, leaving hair smooth and shiny (not greasy);
  4. Massage Avon Skin So Soft into your feet or add a drop to your foot-bath to really pamper them;
  5. Hand Cream – a small drop applied to hands will soften and hydrate them;
  6. Cuticle softener – warm a little Avon Skin So Soft and use as a hot oil treatment for cuticles;
  7. Soothes dry skin – apply a dab to dry skin for relief from itching;
  8. Hand cleaner – apply some to hands before tackling dirty jobs and again when finished, before washing hands. This will make it easier to get hands totally clean;
  9. Remove chewing gum – apply a smidgeon of Avon Skin So Soft to the chewing gum and rub to remove the gum from hair or skin;
  10. Remove a child’s bandage – take away the ouch factor by gently removing the bandage with the help of a little Skin So Soft.

Skin So SoftAvon Skin So Soft for Household Use:

  1. Wood furniture conditioner – apply a small dab to a soft cloth and use to wipe wood furniture. Polish with a second clean soft cloth.
  2. Removes soap scum from shower doors and curtains – spray on (can be diluted 1 Skin So Soft, 4 parts water) then wipe off with a clean damp cloth;
  3. Cleans bathtub surround – spray (dilute as above) to remove hard water deposits and water spots from the surround, wipe with a clean damp cloth;
  4. Cleans taps and other chrome fixtures – apply a drop or two of Avon Skin So Soft to a damp cloth, rub to remove lime and hard water deposits from fixtures, finish by wiping with a clean soft cloth;
  5. Dissolves grease – spray on greasy surfaces, like range hoods, and wipe down with a soft damp cloth. Finish with a dry cloth, spray very lightly, do not wipe off to make future clean-ups easier;
  6. Ink stain remover – Spray Avon Skin So Soft on the stained surface and wipe with a damp cloth to remove ink stains from vinyl and painted surfaces;
  7. Removes crayon from appliances – as for ink stains, spray on the appliance and wipe with a damp cloth to remove the crayon;
  8. Brass Items – spray on brass items and wipe with a soft cloth. This will keep them from turning dark;
  9. Sliding glass doors and windows – Spray on the running rails to keep doors and windows sliding smoothly.
  10. Removes gum from carpet – apply a small dab of Skin So Soft to the spot and rub to remove the gum. (Test first).

Avon Skin So Soft as Bug Repellent:

  1. Spray lightly on and around the exterior doors, windows and screens to repel insects;
  2. Add a cap to a pailful of water when mopping to keep ants and other crawling bugs away – do not add more than a cap or you could be slipping and sliding all over the place;
  3. Patio candles – melt some candles, add some Skin So Soft to the melted wax, reshape and re-harden the candles and place on the patio to repel mosquitoes and other insects;
  4. Laundry – when washing clothes you wear outside in the summertime, add a cap to the final rinse water to help keep bugs away;
  5. Though not a bug, deer can certainly be classified as a pest. Keep them away by spraying Avon Skin So Soft on shrubbery and other plants they love to eat.

Avon Skin So Soft

Yorkshire Terriers – Image courtesy of SOMMAI at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Avon Skin So Soft for Pets:

  1. Before grooming any of your pets, first rub some Avon Skin So Soft on your hands. This keeps you from smelling like them and at the same time moisturizes your pet’s skin;
  2. Make a spray by mixing 1 part Avon Skin So Soft with 5 parts water. Lightly spray on your pet and then brush in to work the mixture into your pet’s fur. This repels fleas and leaves their coats shining. Avon Skin So Soft won’t hurt your pets if they do happen to lick their fur;
  3. Add a capful to your pet’s bath water to remove fleas;
  4. If your pet shows signs of itching, apply a dab to your hands and work it in well right down to their dry skin.
  5. Asphalt/Tar Remover: During the summer your pet can easily pick up asphalt or tar on their paws. Help them remove this by gently wiping their feet with Skin So Soft – rub on, then gently wipe off.

Avon Skin So Soft – Ten more uses:

  1. Head lice – saturate head, leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly until all signs of the lice are gone. Shampoo the hair several times and rinse really well after each shampoo. After the final shampoo massage a very small amount of Skin So Soft into the hair;
  2. Skin So Soft can soothe a light sunburn – gently pat onto the sunburned parts;
  3. It is a great massage oil for tired muscles – just put a dab on your hands and massage those muscles;
  4. It removes tar spots from a car without damaging the paint – spray the spot, then wipe clean with a damp cloth.;
  5. Put a drop of Skin So Soft on a damp cloth to clean the car’s vinyl dashboard, seats and vinyl top – helps keep them soft which prevents cracking;
  6. After washing your car, spray on your tires (1 part Skin So Soft – 3 parts water);
  7. After cleaning your headlights and grill, spray lightly with straight Skin So Soft. This will make it much easier to remove those bugs the next time around;
  8. After painting, clean your paint brushes with Skin So Soft to keep them soft as new;
  9. If you have dishes or glassware stuck together, just let a little Skin So Soft run down the sides and they’ll separate with no problem;
  10. Removes tree sap – ever had that sticky stuff on you? It’s easy enough to remove with Avon Skin So Soft.

It was the Avon Skin So Soft users who discovered the different ways to use the product. If you have used it in a non-traditional way, I would love to hear from you.

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Talk to you again next week,


Disclaimer: I have listed 40 uses here, and while I’ve tried a number of them, I can’t guarantee the effectiveness of all.  If not sure, test the product on a small inconspicuous spot. 





  1. Lenie, I love the multitude of ways of using Avon Skin So Soft you have developed. Well done. Have never bought any products from Avon. And after seeing how you can remove tar spots, kill head lice and so forth, I’m not going to try the product. Not for my sensitive skin:-)

    • Hi Catarina, this is funny – you and Doreen both pick up on the tar thing which I never thought about. I used to use it all the time and never had any problems but when you mentioned it, it does make you wonder. I do love the way it makes you feel after a bath and also the mosquito repelling properties. And since it hasn’t hurt me in 50 years, I guess I won’t worry about it now.

  2. Hi Lenie: Thx for this thorough list. I’ve heard of some of these uses, but am also surprised and taken aback by some of them. Something that can remove tar from a car can be good to use on our skin???

    • Hi Doreen, I never thought about the tar thing but will tell you I used Skin So Soft for years with never any side effects. How that works, I have no idea. I think it must have something to do with the oil in the product, that it loosens things like tar, grease and gum, but that’s just a guess.

  3. On first glance I thought, “Thanks Lenie, I have to find our local Avon rep.” Then on going back for details, nah, don’t think so!

    It’s all those household uses that scare me.

    Wood furniture conditioner – yikes.
    Removes soap scum from shower doors and curtains – if I’m going to remove scum with it, what the heck will it remove from my skin, or hair!?
    Dissolves grease – whaaaat?
    Ink stain remover – this is getting scary. ?
    Removes crayon from appliances – ok that is enough for me.

    Thanks so much for the posting of this Lenie. Saved me time and money.

    • Patricia, you have a way of cutting to the quick. Actually, I never thought about the impact of any of those uses and actually have used it for dissolving grease, repelling mosquitoes, and for luxurious baths – have done so since 61. Only stopped using it for the bath when I started making my own products. And you’re welcome Patricia – always happy to help someone save time and money 🙂

      • Cutting to the quick: when I first started as a business coach my clients told others, no one could cut through the chase like I could! I suppose I do have a knack for that.

        • You do have the knack but the way you do it – with humour – makes it easy to take. Don’t ever change.

  4. Leni, I have to take your side here. LOL I have used this product for years as a mosquito repellent and I do have sensitive skin! I also use in the winter…mix it with my lotion and I am convinced that it keeps my skin softer for a longer period of time. I admit to never having used it for some of the household things mentioned, and I don’t have kids so head lice isn’t an issue. But I love Skin So Soft! Thanks for the heads up on some of the other uses:)

    • Wow, Jacquie, am I glad you came along. I was just starting to think “what have I started” but reading your answer I know I’m OK. It does work really well keeping skin soft and I love it for the bath and how it makes the bathroom smell – very feminine. As to how it works for those other uses, I don’t know but I don’t believe its harmful in any way.

  5. So many different uses! Who would have known?

    The Avon Skin so Soft products serve as an excellent insect repellant. I have used this method for years and it never fails!

    • Hi Phoenicia, the little spray bottle pictured in the post is used, for the most part, as a mosquito repellent. Given a choice of the stinky stuff or nice smelling Skin So Soft to keep the little beggars away, naturally Skin So Soft is chosen.

  6. Wow, those are a lot of uses. That is really interesting that it keeps bugs away. I would have never known. I’m also amazed that it gets rid of head lice. I once had to use a lice shampoo (my summer bunkmate came down with lice so we all had to use a lice shampoo to be safe). It was so drying, it was awful. This seems like it would be much better.

    • Erica, I agree, the lice shampoo smells awful and a product that smells so much better would lessen the anxiety around removing lice. The biggest non-personal care use is as a mosquito repellent, interesting right? I have no idea how that works, just that it does.

  7. We were just talking about this yesterday at my sister-in-law’s mom’s house. She mentioned that Skin So Soft removes waterstains on stainless steel appliances. =) Great list. It’s amazing how much you can do with this one product. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Sabrina, I didn’t know about Skin So Soft removing waterstains – that’s one I’ll have to make a note of. Thanks for sharing that.

  8. Oh wow, never knew the product can remove tar spots, shower scum etc. I will definitely buy the product from my Avon Neighbour seller for the household uses but not for my skin as I have sensitive skin.
    Thanks Lenie for sharing x

    • Hi ChinWe – I don’t think you need to worry about using Skin So Soft for your skin – I have never known anyone who was negatively affected by using it. Ask your neighbour for a sample to try.

  9. If everyone took your advice about this, there would be about 100 products that are marketed for single use that would go out of business and they would have to start selling Avon Skin SoSoft in gallon jugs.

    • Yeah Ken, but think of the closet space you would have if you got rid of all those cleaners and only used stuff you have on hand instead. Not to mention the money saved.

  10. Wow! Who needs WD-40 when you’ve got Avon? I’ll have to get some of this stuff to try it out. I love the idea of a mosquito repellent that isn’t full of poison. Although, it does make me kind of wonder what’s in the Skin So Soft that it can do all this…

    • Meredith, I wouldn’t worry about what’s in Skin So Soft – since many people have been using it since the early 60’s without harm. If there had been any negative side effects, Avon would have yanked it from the market by now. That is actually one company that I do respect.

  11. I’ve used SSS for Years and I knew about the mosquito repellent but not the other tips. I’m especially eager to try is the ones for pets. My little one is an indoor dog but I take her outside for walks and we live in rural area with lots of pets in the neighborhood and no sidewalks so I still have to work hard to keep her flea-less.

    • Marquita, it does make a lot of sense that SSS repels fleas. It does after all, get rid of mosquitoes and lice. I like the idea of putting some on your hands when grooming your pet – moisturizes their skin and repels fleas. Sounds good to me.

  12. Good to know about the glass doors Lenie; especially in the bathroom. Those things can be a bear to keep clean.

    • Tim, just keep a small spray bottle in the bathroom and you will never have scummy doors again.

  13. Oh dear, it would be interesting to see what a chemist has to say about Skin So Soft’s magical abilities with tar and whatnot. I knew it could be used as mosquito, but this is quite the list. In general, I don’t like smelly creams and go with as unscented as possible.

    • Jeri, I know we live in a society where scent is frowned on but I love scent. Makes me feel the grooming job is complete. I am careful not to apply it when I visit non-scent places (hospitals, schools, etc) but at home I like nothing better than a scented bath. As far as what’s composes Skin So Soft, I don’t know and since I used it for years without problems, I’m not about to start worrying now.

  14. With all the duties I did in my volunteer job and in all kinds of places I always had a small bottle of skin so soft with me. If there is a mosquito within 20 miles, they will usually find me and this works well at keeping them away. Still is my “go to” for a bug repellent.

    • Hi Nance, nice to see you here again, missed you. I know all about the places you used to go to – speedways, country fairs, to name a few – so can well imagine you needed an effective mosquito repellent. SSS is so much nicer than the stinky stuff. You used to have little dogs, if you still do you could try it for the flea repelling properties. Moisturize your hands and your dogs at the same time.

    • I only have one dog now and since it almost time for her flea stuff, I will give it a whirl! I have tried different flea killers and some work some don’t. I like to try natural as much as I can. Which is one reason why I always read your blog Lenie! Best part of my week!!

      • Let me know how you make out with the SSS. I enjoy researching and writing the posts so I’m really pleased that you like them. Always glad to make your week. 🙂

  15. Lenie. This is fabulous! I’m allergic to skin so soft. But WOW, you’ve got a ton of others uses! Can’t wait to try. 🙂

    • Susan, There are a lot of uses and as I mentioned to Rosalind, some are quite practical like removing marker. But my favourite use is still as mosquito spray and luxurious baths. Sorry to hear you’re allergic.

  16. I’m not sure we have it here but a friend is an Avon Lady so I will be asking her if she has it. SO many uses is great, means less bottles in the cupboard.

    • Rosalind, here’s one that wasn’t mentioned but that may come in handy for you. I’ve been recycling binders and I wrote the previous contents on some of them with magic marker. Wiping that off with a damp cloth didn’t do anything so I sprayed with Skin So Soft which easily removed the marker without hurting the binder – worked like a charm.

      • Ah now yes that IS a very handy tip for me and the boxes of plant labels that become almost unreadable after a few years!

  17. I hadn’t really thought it could be used to remove chewing gum from the. Love this tip and will recommend to my friends with young ones.?

    • Bola, your friends will love you. This is so much better than any other remedy I’ve heard of including cutting out chunks of hair. It seems that sooner or later all kids end up with gum in their hair.

  18. I too remember when it was claimed to be an insect replant. My mom got me some when me and my dad would go into the woods to cut trees. Can’t say it worked, because the bugs were so bad there nothing seemed to work. But my skin was soft at least.

    • Hi William, love your sense of humour – your skin was so soft even though it was covered with mosquito bites. Actually, going into the bush cutting trees may have been just to much for the product. Did you find any product that worked?

  19. What a fun trip down memory lane, Lenie! Mom always had SSS on hand when we were growing up. I’m not sure she used it for more than skin, though. She would have been totally intrigued by all these uses!

    I love the variety of comments from your readers. I shared it on Facebook, so I’ll be interested to hear what friends have to say. Although like Susan, I tend to have a reaction to Avon products–and Mary Kay–who knows why? I love this for all the household uses and may have to seek out an Avon rep to get one!

    • Hi Rose, weren’t the comments something. When they started I thought ‘Oh No’ but thankfully things changed after that and most commenters were more positive. Isn’t is nice how some things bring back good memories. I had that last week when I did the coffee post – really reminded me of the nice coffee times with my mother. It will be interesting to hear what your FB friends have to say about it all. 🙂

  20. Whoa! While I knew that SSS could be used as mosquito repellant, I had no clue that it was such a multi-tasker. Definitely will try using it for cleaning bugs off the car, and to spruce up the tires. What an endless fount of knowledge you are, Lenie! Keep it coming : ))

    • Krystyna, of course you would head right to the car uses. If you’ve used SSS before you know it makes sense that it would work for the bug and tire thing. I also think besides sprucing up the tire that it would be good to keep the rubber supple – just my thought.

  21. I didn’t know Avon was still around. I’m kind of with Patricia on this one I’d be hesitant to try something on my skin that also cleaned my furniture. This reminds me of your, WD-40 post , (which I loved!) but at least that product wasn’t used as an eye make-up remover!…or did I miss something? : )

    • Hi Pamela, I also thought about WD-40 when I wrote this post. One interesting thing emerged from the comments. SSS users were positive about the other uses – SSS non-users were against. My point being that we who use it feel quite safe doing so even though it has some odd uses, like insect repellent. Don’t know why it works, just know it does.

  22. Hi, Lenie

    what a accurate account of SSS. It was amazing account from non avon representative. i had been Avon representative few year back so I know the fact of SSS.

    thanks for the post

    – Stella

    • Hi Stella, It is rather interesting what SSS can be used for. Im always pleasantly suprised by the ingenuity of people. I can see using SSS as a lubricant because of the oil, but for removing soap scum or gum – pretty clever, whoever thought of it first.

  23. I didn’t know Avon Skin So Soft had so many uses. I need to purchase some.

  24. I used to live in Louisiana, for which the mosquito is the unofficial ‘state bird’. Upon reading this post, I naturally began thinking up a television commercial in which two people are traipsing around in a Southern Louisiana swamp, and one of them is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and the other one isn’t, and about halfway through the commercial the latter whips out a bottle of Avon Skin So Soft and says to the former, “Here, put THIS into action.” Hmmm, are there any videographers in the group who we can get working on this?

    • Andy, where do you come up with these ideas? Maybe you should approach Avon and offer to coordinate the commercial – bet they would jump at the chance. And if you could pull that off, I’m sure you could also take on the role of videographer. Have a great week, you sure made mine.