Natural Homemade Bug Spray

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creative gal!

You’ve landed on a post I wrote a few years ago -
back when I was known as The Dabblist and was exploring all sorts of ways I could create beautiful things with my hands. It was a powerful time for me — awakening my creativity after suppressing it for so long — but this space has since evolved to reflect the woman I’m becoming.

Natural Homemade Bug Spray

Let’s talk a bit more about natural bug repellants, shall we?

As you may know already, conventional bug sprays contain some nasty toxic things like DEET, which is linked to skin irritation, neurological impacts, and is known to spread to other animals and in our water supply.

But here’s the thing, DEET-based bug sprays aren’t the only way to keep bugs from biting you. It’s true, conventional and toxic doesn’t always mean it’s the only effective solution.

I’ve been dabbling in making natural bug sprays over the last few years, and recently came across a formulation I really like. It smells good and totally works, though I admit I need to reapply throughout the day.

The ingredients include lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, and lemon essential oils for natural bug repelling properties, vanilla extract (also known for keeping fruit flies away), and vegetable glycerin to be gentle on the skin.

Natural Homemade Bug Spray

Natural Bug Spray

  • 1 4-oz glass spray bottle (I like to get mine from Specialty Bottle)
  • Filtered water
  • Witch Hazel
  • 1 tbsp vegetable glycerin (like this)
  • 5 drops vanilla extract
  • 5 drops tea tree essential oil (like this)
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil (like this)
  • 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil (like this)
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil (like this)

Fill your glass bottle halfway with water, then a quarter-way more with witch hazel (leaving a quarter left). Spoon in the vegetable glycerin, followed by the vanilla extract and essential oils (use a dropper to measure out the vanilla - use too much and you’ll feel sticky and smell like a cookie). Screw on spray cap and shake to mix thoroughly.

Spray on skin before going into buggy territory.

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