September 2, 2014

DIY: all natural mosquito repellent

Hope everyone had a fantastico Labor Day weekend!  Although summer is winding down I plan to milk the warm weather for as long as possible.  I really love being outside (unless I'm melting away in 100 degree weather) but I'm a major mosquito magnet.  Whether it's the scent of my skin or hormones or whatever other unlucky reason, mosquitos basically swarm me any chance they get.  I'm the type that gets bit through leggings even (aggressive little suckers)!  So as you can imagine bug sprays and wipes are a must for me in the mornings and evenings when I happen to be outside.  

Instead of dousing myself in harsh chemicals (not to mention the ill effects of inhaling that stuff), I decided I needed a more natural way to repel mosquitos.  This little potion I made was really easy and actually worked!  It uses essential oils to keep the insects and bugs away so it smells heavenly and turns you into a walking aromatherapy vessel at the same time.  Smell better while repelling mosquitos?  Uh, yeaaaaahhhhh!

Mix the below ingredients together in a glass spray bottle.  Pure essential oils can deteriorate or permeate other materials so you'll want to use glass.  I used a 4oz bottle, Amazon: $4.89.

- Fill 1/2 of the bottle with distilled water or boiled water.

- Fill the rest of the bottle (almost to the top) with Witch Hazel.  This helps the ingredients mix together since oil and water will separate.  I got mine at Target: $1.99.

- Add 1/4 tsp. of vegetable glycerin.  This helps the mixture adhere to your skin.  I bought a large size for some upcoming projects (stay tuned!), Amazon: $12.59.

- 15-25 drops of essential oils.  You can use a mixture of different essential oils including peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, clove, lemongrass, lavender, rosemary, tea tree.  I bought an essential oils sampler kit so I'd have a variety to choose from, Amazon: $18.99.

Happy frolicking outdoors!
xoxo, NB

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