I am loved by mosquitoes. No matter what I put or smear on, I get bit. Siena does too, so we share some of the bites.
So, I searched for a recipe (we’ve never made repellent before) and I found some great information on the post by Andrea over at Frugally Sustainable. And I decided to give this recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs a try.
It wasn’t that difficult. I just had to order some of the supplies.
It’s worked alright so far, I think. We’ll keep trying it this summer.
UPDATE 8/20/2013: Thanks to Erin from Mountain Rose I’m able to share with you the recipe for this awesome bug repellent, with their permission. I need to add, that we’ve tried the repellent for a couple of weeks, and last weekend being by the lake with lots of mosquitoes, I’d say, the repellent worked great, and it smells good as most people say.
We bought all the supplies at Mountain Rose, and I need to say that the catnip hydrosol comes in a glass spray bottle that we used for the repellent. It was perfect. No need to buy another container. So, here’s the recipe:
SUMMER REPELLENT SPRAY
20 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
20 drops organic Lavender essential oil
10 drops organic Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops organic Lemon essential oil
Slowly drip each essential oil into the hydrosol, counting with care as you go. Mix all ingredients in the bottle by shaking vigorously. Shake well before each use and reapply as often as needed.
You should try it and see what you think.