It doesn't matter if I've just washed, smell like goat, smell like nothing, clean, dirty, dry.. etc. But those !@#$% FLIES! You know.. the ones that bite something fierce. They aren't horseflies but not houseflies, though they're similar in size except kind of glossy brown/gold colored. They NEVER leave me alone. I swear all I do when I'm outside is stand around slapping myself! Makes me feel like cattle. I guess they like the color of my hair? I don't know WHERE they come from, I can be out in the garden, busy around home, in the woods, in town, anywhere and they show up. They are SO annoying!! I deliberately hide under low hanging branches. I run around contorted in zig-zag motions with my head as low to the ground as possible to try and avoid them. I swing my head around in circles, let my hair loose and start headbanging and doing windmills The only time that I can seem to actually slap and KILL any is when two get together and decide that the top of my head is the perfect breeding ground. I mean REALLY? MY HEAD? If you see someone slapping themselves and dancing around like they're listening to 'I Whip My Hair Back and Forth', it might be me.