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4.6 / 5 Stars
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3.5 oz* $ 5.77
3" x 2" x 1.25"
*There are slight variations in the weight of each bar. But the weight is guaranteed to be at least the weight shown.
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4 oz* $ 9.47
8 oz* $ 16.97
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Frequently Asked Questions
Blackberry Creek Shoofly Natural Insect Repellent Soap & Spray do not contain DEET or other harsh chemicals. It's extremely effective for black flies, deer flies, yellow flies, mosquitoes and no-see-ums. Shoofly Soap is over 50% extra virgin olive oil to nourish and moisturize your skin.
Shoofly Black Fly Repellent Soap and Spray consistently outperforms chemical packed commercial repellents. Our customers tell us it's the best black fly repellent they've ever used... all-natural or commercial. The Blackberry Creek family lives in Wisconsin... prime black fly territory with a few billion deer flies to boot... and they love the outdoors. The annual infestation of biting black flies can make outdoor activities miserable. So they developed Shoofly Soap and Spray using all-natural ingredients to repel them.
And it's good for your skin because it's over 50% olive oil. You can enjoy your outdoors activities again. Shoofly Soap makes such a terrific gift because eliminating the black flies problem makes everything else so much more fun!
I've used it myself in Vermont... another black fly haven in spring... and it works great!
55 / 5 Stars The only stuff that works!
"Keeps those darn black flies away from us in Blue Hill Maine!
Great stuff, it's the only stuff that works!" Kyle F., Southington, CT
We have had missionaries use Shoofly Soap and Spray to repel the "super bugs" found in Central and South America as well as Africa.
*A special note for horseback riders...
Use the soap on yourself and on the horse! The rider is happier. The horse is happier. And keeping the biting flies off the horse can certainly lead to a less skittish ride. Help me spread the word. Please tell you riding stable or local tack shop about Shoofly Soap. It's a great product for keeping the blasted black flies away and putting a lot more fun back into your horseback riding.
Shoofly Soap doesn't contain Citronella oil like most competing natural insect repellents. That's important because Citronella may irritate sensitive skin... can cause dermatitis... and is not recommended for children under three years old. The concerns about Citronella seem to be a bigger deal in Canada and Europe than in the United States. But why worry about Citronella when there's an all-natural, incredibly effective insect repellent that doesn't use it and is safe for everyone of all ages with or without sensitive skin?
Watch this YouTube Video to find out how to apply Shoofly Soap and to see how it's not noticeable, greasy or sticky when it dries. To repel black flies and other insect pests, you simply apply a lather of soap on your skin and don't rinse it off... like a lotion. It dries clear and is invisible. And you'll smell great instead of smelling like insect repellent.
Use Shoofly Spray on your hat and socks together with the soap for the best protection.
You can safely use the spray directly on your skin as well. Using the spray only is more convenient because the soap requires that you have a source of water to wet it. But the soap is more effective than the spray because the lather has a higher concentration of ingredients.
How much do I need?
One bar of Shoofly Soap is enough for one person to use and repel black flies for the entire season. The amount of spray you need totally depends on how you're using it and I can't predict how much you'll need.
Can Shoofly products be used with sun screen?
No. The fragrance of the sun screen can render it ineffective.
Must Shoofly Soap or Spray be reapplied after you've been in the water?
Yes. Shoofly products are not waterproof.
How long does it last before you have to reapply it?
It depends upon several factors. How much do you sweat? Your personal body chemistry can affect how long it lasts. Were you in the water? If the black flies start to bother you just reapply it.
Do I need to use both the soap and the spray?
No. But it's best if you do. Shoofly Soap puts a higher concentration of ingredients on your skin than the spray. Use the spray on your hat, the ends of your sleeves, and around your socks. Having said that, a lot of people use the spray only and are completely happy. But from my own experience, if I had to have one or the other, I would want the soap.
Are some people bothered by black flies more than others?
Absolutely. You can have four people standing on a golf course and have one constantly being bitten by black flies while the others are not. It's a matter of body chemistry. Fortunately Shoofly Soap and Spray work extremely well for the vast majority of people with that "oh so special" body chemistry.
What else can I do to help keep black flies from bothering me?
Avoid dark colored clothing like dark blue or black.
Does Shoofly Soap and Spray smell bad?
No. I've only had two or three complaints about the fragrance. Most people actually like it. But no... you're not going to smell like insecticide. All the ingredients in Shoofly Soap and Spray can be found in most kitchens.
Can Shoofly be used on dogs?
Yes! It works great for dogs... and horses too!
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Aggregate Rating: 4.6 / 5
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55 / 5 Stars Great for Maine...
"Great for Maine Northwoods!" Shelby T., Bangor, ME
55 / 5 Stars Keeps the yellow flies away...completely 100%.
"Shoofly is the ONLY product we have ever found that keeps the yellow flies away...completely 100%" Jenefer S., Theodore, AL
55 / 5 Stars I use this product while golfing and so far am happy with the results.
"I am very satisfied with this product. I am an avid golfer and I am very affected by a horsefly (those little, persistent, speckled triangular winged, s.o.b.'s) bite. I use this product while golfing and so far am happy with the results.
I kept the details of my first order of several years ago, on hand, so that I could order again when needed. My first order was by phone, and the rep. was VERY helpful and cordial. I placed my second order in April of 2017, so that my stash is never depleted. The container is a good size to keep in my golf bag. I have kept the last order details as well, and I plan to replenish my stock once the last bottle is almost gone. " Pamela R., Norwich, NY
55 / 5 Stars Great for keeping black flies and mosquitos away!
"The shoofly soaps and sprays are great for keeping blackflies and mosquitos away! I like that they are all natural." Kathy D., Saranac, NY
55 / 5 Stars The spray and soap are the only things I have found to keep the Deer Flies away...
"Your products are fantastic. They keep the Deer flies and Mosquitoes from biting. The spray and soap are the only things I have found to keep the Deer Flies away." John T., Hampstead, NC
55 / 5 Stars This product gave me my summer back!
"This product gave me my summer back! I used to live in the country in MN and between the mosquitoes and deer fly I had to stay indoors - I am a mosquito magnet! I have tried EVERYTHING out there to no avail. I just happened on this product by mistake while researching on the internet and decided to try it. It is wonderful! It has a nice scent and doesn't irritate the skin. I spray it on my grandchildren and my dog too! I have told many other "mosquito magnet" people about the product and they too say it's the only product that actually works - and is all natural! A bonus - if you do happen to get bit or stung by anything (only because you didn't reapply after several hours), spray this on the site and it immediately takes the sting away and you don't swell up. There is NOTHING that even comes close to how well this repellant works! I love it! Thank you for letting me enjoy the outdoors again." Janet F., Hendersonville, NC
55 / 5 Stars Shoofly Soap is very effective in repelling yellow flies and mosquitoes...
"The blackberry soap is very effective in repelling yellow flies and mosquitoes here in SW Florida. I'm not crazy about the feeling of soaping up and letting it dry on my skin... but that is a small sacrifice to pay for relief from these biting pests." Pamela G., Bonita Springs, FL
55 / 5 Stars I use the Shoofly Spray each time I walk the dog...
"Pleasant fragrance and the product keeps the deer flies away from my dog. I use the Shoofly Spray each time I walk the dog." Charlie N., Saratoga Springs, NY
55 / 5 Stars I would definitely buy more...
"The spray for mosquitoes and even deer ticks works really well. I would definitely buy more." Darlene W., Cross, SC
44 / 5 Stars Shoofly is an effective product...
"Shoofly is an effective product.
I walk dogs for a living… sometimes through the woods. Your shoofly products stop the biting flies that come in July and August. I am very pleased. As a matter of fact I recommended your products to a friend of mine already! " Mike D., Madison, CT
55 / 5 Stars Highly recommend and will be ordering every year...
"I hike extensively all year round and these products work really well to deter ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests. I even spray the spray on my dog. They smell absolutely delicious. Highly recommend and will be ordering every year." Barbara R., Middleburg, VA
55 / 5 Stars Works very well...
"Works very well. As hot and humid as it is here you need to apply the spray more often due to sweating it off . Also smells good." Ken L., St. Cloud, FL
55 / 5 Stars Worked for deer flies...
"Only got to use it once while fishing when the deer flies were terrible...it worked. Cant wait to see how it works next year as I will have it when they 1st come out this year!" Allan R., Sufolk, VA
55 / 5 Stars Shoofly Spray works very well...
"The Shoofly Spray works very well... I even use it on my dog to keep the deer flies from biting her when we go walking in the summer. My husband really likes the Unscented lotion for his dry skin and eczema...he says that it moisturizes without being greasy." Kitty S., Sanford, ME
55 / 5 Stars Shoofly Soap and Spray both work...
"The shoofly soap and spray both work and they smell good" Bill S., Milan, IL
55 / 5 Stars I love that it’s all natural and has a pleasant smell...
"The shoofly spray works great against deer flies and mosquitoes. I love that it’s all natural and has a pleasant smell. I’ve used it on my dogs for keeping flies and mosquitoes off of them as well. And I know it’s safe to use on my 2 year old granddaughter." Rhonda L., Castle Rock, CO
55 / 5 Stars Kept the may flies and deer flies away from me...
"This Shoofly spray all natural bug repellant kept the may flies and deer flies away from me as stated on the bottle." Donald C., Windsor, VA
55 / 5 Stars Shoofly Soap and Spray are absolutely amazing!
"The Blackberry Creek Shoofly Soap and Spray are absolutely amazing! Where I live there is a season called "Black Fly Season". Mosquitoes get me and I have a really bad reaction to black flies... I swell like a melon. I even ended up in our local E.R. and had to have antibiotic infusions (two in one day) because a bite on my elbow swelled all the way down to my wrist and all the way up to my shoulder... the itching was so bad I ended up with cellulitis which can be very dangerous. Since I started using these products I don't get bitten at all! After a shower I lather up the soap and put it all over my skin. It really feels nice...not drying. Before I go outside I use a few pumps of the spray on my clothing and exposed skin areas. I stay bite free all day. A friend of mine who raises chickens showed me how badly the black flies & mosquitoes had bitten her arms and legs so I gave her some as a gift. When I saw her again about a month later, her arms and legs were completely cleared up and she just loves this stuff as well. Thank you, thank you! I hope you will continue to make this stuff. I know of at least two people who will be lifetime customers!!" Valerie H., Lyndonville, VT
55 / 5 Stars Shoofly by far has been both the most effective and safest product I use on myself and my dog.
"Shoofly by far has been both the most effective and safest product I use on myself and my dog. We walk 3 miles a day on trails and in the woods. Mosquitoes try to bite but are deterred. I have already purchased 2 large bottles for the 2018 summer!" Susan H., Davisburg, MI
55 / 5 Stars The results were amazing. We got immediate relief!
"Before my annual Canadian fly in fishing trip (10 years running), I was warned about the black flies and mosquito overpopulation due to the wet spring. In searching on the Internet I discovered the Blackberry Creek Shoofly Soap and ordered three bars. Every night I showered with the Shoofly soap and had no problems with mosquitoes or flies on me during the night. In my dry bag I carried one of the bars with me when we (10 of us) had our shore lunch. The black flies, deer flies, and mosquitoes were horrible even though we were on a point, trying to enjoy our meal after our morning catch. The rest of the group had various mosquito sprays along with ThermaCELL, but all were having no effect. I reached into my dry bag and laughingly told the group to use some of the soap, leaving some of the residue on them. The results were amazing. We got immediate relief! The bugs would hover around our hats, but would not bite. I have ordered an additional 10 bars to give as gifts, as we have a mosquito problem here in Louisiana. I have yet to try the Shoofly Spray, but I heartily recommend the soap. Thanks again for your wonderful product!!" William (Bill) H., Shreveport, LA
55 / 5 Stars
"Excellent when cutting the grass and doing outside gardening."
Mary D., Monastery, NS Canada 06/27/13
33 / 5 Stars
"The soap works better than the spray. I used the soap twice to mow my lawn for about 1 1/2 hours at a time. I am in the woods every 2 to 3 days doing wildlife research. I have not tried the soap in the woods but tried the spray. The spray was not as effective and I had to keep applying it every hour or less. The black flies still dive in and go up the nose and into the eyes. A Vanilla spray from Walgreen's seems to be more effective. Believe this, if you could come up with a repellent that keeps the black flies out away from the face it would be worth a million. The black flies are far more aggressive than mosquitoes and are terrible to deal with. Used both Shoofly Soap and Spray for Black Flies. I like the shampoo soap and I will try the Shoofly soap in the woods to see if it lasts longer than the spray."
Brian B., Morrison, IL 06/27/13
55 / 5 Stars
(Uses Shoofly Spray to repel Mosquitoes and Yellow Flies.)
James H., Maxville, FL 06/25/13
44 / 5 Stars
"Bought the spar mainly for our dog since it is all natural and safe. The spray and the soap work pretty well!"
Carla W., Ishpeming, MI 06/24/13
55 / 5 Stars
"No additional comments." (Uses Shoofly Spray for Black Flies, Deer Flies and Mosquitoes.) Stacy N., Coral Springs, FL 06/19/13
55 / 5 Stars
"I love the scent! At first the spray was pretty strong smelling but it quickly dissipated to a lovely scent reminiscent of cedar. Much better than commercial sprays. And it doesn't dissolve nail polish!" (Uses Shoofly Soap and Spray for Black Flies and Mosquitoes.) Theresa B., Carp, ON Canada 06/18/13
44 / 5 Stars
"The Shoofly Spray was very effective against black flies. I love that it is all natural with no DEET." Julie H., Kirkland Lake, ON Canada 6/14/13
44 / 5 Stars
"First, your Shoofly products. I purchased the soap and the spray. I live on 65 acres of woodlands which include wetlands. We have had generous rain this past month. Ideal breeding conditions for all our buggy friends. And they have been fruitful and multiplied! Ideal conditions to test your products.
I had been using a similar product, using a different combination of oils. This gave me a chance to compare the two. Both theirs and yours do very well overall. Differences in terrain, weather and body chemistry may make someone else's results vary, but here's what I found. The Shoofly products excel in these areas - aroma, going on lightly and with no greasy feel afterward, and in keeping away black flies and deer flies. With mosquitoes, the difference is minimal. In the course of a week or two, I may get one or two more bites with the Shoofly than the other product, but that's a very slim margin. With the abundance of bugs out there, both products score well into the 90's.
I find the Shoofly spray has a slightly better aroma than the soap, but both kinds are equally effective.
I also purchased the Tropical Coconut soap, but I haven't used it much yet. " Mark N., Windsor, ME 6/14/13
55 / 5 Stars
"The black flies in Maine are evil! We enjoy working in the garden and wouldn't think of going out without Shoofly spray. It really works! Our next test will be to try it on the deer flies. We'll keep you posted!" (Uses Shoofly Spray.)
Liz P., Surry, ME 6/14/13
55 / 5 Stars
"My son and I went on a fishing trip to New Hampshire - where the black flies are awful. We didn't have any problems, due to the excellent product - Shoofly Spray. Black flies, mosquitoes and gnats came by but did not stay! Thank you for an awesome product that truly works !!" (Uses Shoofly Spray to repel Black Flies, Mosquitoes and Gnats.) John F., Warwick, RI 6/13/13
55 / 5 Stars
"Shoofly is the best bug spray I have ever used!" (Uses both Shoofly Soap and Shoofly Spray for Black Flies, Deer Flies, Mosquitoes, No-see-ums.)Michelle K., Indian Purchase Twp., ME 06/12/13
33 / 5 Stars
(Used both Shoofly Soap and Shoofly Spray for Black Flies, Mosquitoes, No-see-ums.) Thelma W., Lakefield, ON Canada 06/12/13
55 / 5 Stars
"My kids did not want me to put it on them in the morning before school. Then my 8 year old daughter came home from school and said the other kids wanted to know why the flies were not going near her! She was all for letting me put the soap on in the morning after that." (Uses Shoofly Soap for Black Flies. Gnats, Mosquitoes, and No-see-ums.) Matt W., New Hampton, NH 06/12/13