With summer and warmer weather, comes one little nuisance that can seriously hinder a great day in the outdoors: mosquitoes. If you're skeptical about dousing yourself in harsh chemicals to keep these buggers away, we have an all natural DIY solution for you!
Read on for a how-to guide to make natural bug repellent that's not harmful to your precious body — and it smells absolutely wonderful.
- Witch hazel
- Mixture of essential oils: Choose from rosemary, thyme, mint, cedar, lavender, catnip, citronella, tea tree, and lemongrass — citrusy and minty scents work best
- Distilled water
- Vegetable glycerin
- Fill an 8-oz glass spray bottle halfway with distilled water (plastic bottles may possibly be harmed over time due to the essential oils).
- Fill almost to the top with witch hazel.
- Add in 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin, which will help the bug spray stay on your skin.
- If you don’t have glycerin, it will still work without it.
- Add in your mixture of essential oils — about 25-50 drops. The more drops you add, the more effective the spray will be.
- Screw on the top. Shake. You’re ready for use!