Being so sweet [cough cough] has its disadvantages. Whenever there’s a mosquito within a million yards of me, I get eaten alive. 4th of July was going to be torture unless I could come up with something to keep the skeeters away!
A little bit of research helped me piece together the ingredients to make my own bug spray. It kept the critters away, doesn’t have any weird chemicals, and was approved by the boys as “sufficiently manly-smelling” (i.e., it doesn’t smell like Skin-so-Soft).
Extra bonus: the essential oils are not expensive and can be used around the house in many ways. So it’s cheaper than store-bought bug spray too!
Empty spray bottle (Figure out the volume before mixing so you don’t end up with more spray than will fit.)
1/2 c (4 oz) witch hazel
8 drops citronella essential oil
8 drops lemongrass essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
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Put all ingredients in your spray bottle and shake to combine. I gave it a good shake before each application, although I’m not sure it was absolutely necessary.
You could also add tea tree essential oil, but I think it smells too much like Pine-Sol to spray on my body. Or does the Pine-Sol smell like tea tree…?!? That’s a debate for another day.
How do you keep the bugs away? Any other oils/mixtures you recommend? Tell us in the comments!