Don’t like the chemicals…makes my skin LITERALLY crawl!! This is a great recipe to make ~ I used the witch hazel to make mine with a little oil to give it ‘staying power’… works great!
Natural insect repellent recipe
10 – 20 drops of citronella essential oil
10 – 20 drops of lemon essential oil
10 – 20 drops of lavender essential oil
5 mls of carrier oil. Choose from Wheat germ, Vitamin E, avocado, calendula, borage or apricot kernel.
One small spray bottle or jar for storing the mix.
Add five mls of your chosen carrier oil to the storage jar and then add the oils. The more oils added, the stronger the scent will be. Screw up the lid and shake well to mix. The blend can be massaged onto the skin when needed.
If the oil mix is too greasy, then add the oils to a base of distilled witch hazel – you’ll need 3-5 teaspoons.
An alternative way of applying the mix would be too melt 10gs (0.35oz) of Shea butter in a pan and stir in the oils. Once the mix has set and cooled it can be massaged onto the skin in a solid bar form.
The essential oils can also be used individually or alternatively tea tree oil can also be used on its own or in combination with any of the other essential oils listed. However, the scent of tea tree can be rather strong so may not be suited to everyone.