Commercial bug sprays smell awful and feel greasy on my skin. More importantly, they are loaded with chemicals, which are toxic to our bodies and have a negative impact on the environment. By making my own bug repellent with all natural ingredients, it is not only healthier for myself, but it is much kinder to the environment, in turn being a better option for everyone.
To repel the bugs, I use a blend of essential oils which helps to deter them (this mix primary focuses on mosquitoes). Please be aware that essential oils are volatile organic compounds with medicinal properties. As with any medicine, be cautious when using them. In addition to the oils, I use distilled water, witch hazel, and vegetable glycerin. Witch hazel helps the oils combine with the water more efficiently. Vegetable glycerin is helpful for assisting the mixture in adhering to the skin more efficiently.
Stay Away Bug Spray
- 20 drops of Eucalyptus
- 20 drops of Lemon
- 15 drops of Lavender
- 15 drops of Rosemary
- 10 drops Cedarwood
- 10 drops of Rose Geranium
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 2 Tablespoons witch hazel
- 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin
Pour water, witch hazel, and vegetable glycerin into a 4 oz spray bottle. Add drops of oil. Shake well. Spray on and reapply each hour. Watch the bugs stay away!
Note: It is best to use dark colored glass bottles to store oils/oil mixture in. This helps to filter out UV rays and prevent the oils from oxidation.