Essential oils insect Repellant

With Summer comes warm weather and Bugs. This DYI includes my Insect Repellent Essential Oil Blend - which can be added to any unscented lotion, cream, aloe vera gel or the recipes I have below - one for a simple bug spray and one for a Insect repellent lotion bar.

Insect Repellent Essential Oil Blend

25 drops lemon eucalyptus

15 drops citronella

10 drops tea tree

10 drops lemongrass

10 drops lavender

5 drops peppermint

5 drops geranium

5 drops rosemary

To get these essential oil click here

My personal favorite is the lotion bar for 3 reasons - (1) It is mess free. I put mine in a deodorant stick applicator so that I can apply it without getting it on my hands and because its a solid (unless its really hot) I can throw it in a beach bag or overnight bag without worrying about it leaking. (2) Safety - I can apply to my kids faces without worrying about getting it in their eyes. (3) Skin Moisturizer. The carrier ingredients in this lotion bar are all great for the skin!

Bug Spray

4 oz spray bottle

40-50 drops Insect Repellent Essential Oil Blend for adults and 20-25 drops for kids ages 3-10.

Light carrier oil (Such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, Almond Oil or Jojoba oil)

Add essential oils to spray bottle and top off with carrier oil. Replace spray top on bottle, give the mixture a shake and it is ready to use.

Bug Off Lotion Stick


40-50 drops Insect Repellent Essential Oil Blend for adults and 20-25 drops for kids ages 3-10.

20 grams Beeswax

20 grams Cocoa Butter

20 grams Avocado Oil

Deodorant tube


1.) Weigh out and combine the beeswax, cocoa butter and avocado oil into a heat resistant measuring cup.

2.) Place measuring cup into a heat bath until all ingredients are melted through (about 20 min)

3.) Remove mixture from heat bath and allow to cool until mixture is a gel like consistency ( you can place mixture into a cold bath to speed up this process). Stir in essential oils.

4.) Pour into deodorant or stick tube applicator and allow to set

Once lotion stick is set, just rub across your skin to apply. Best practice is to reapply at least ever 2.5 hours.


Heather Kew, RMT

Heather Kew is a Massage Therapist and Medical Aesthetician with more than 15 years experience. When not in her practice with her patients, Heather teaches other health professionals how to advance their practices with advanced techniques.

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