Bionic Homemade: DIY shoo-fly bug repellent

by Bionic Beauty on 08.Nov.2010

After a few weeks hiatus, I’m back with another installment of Bionic Beauty Homemade with Joycey Couture!

Shoo fly, don’t bother me with this homemade, and all-natural, Bug Repellent spray!
After spending two long summers in muggy Charleston, I’ve come to cherish my insect repellents – at least the ones that have held their own against the mighty strength of the Southern bugs!

Make your own bug and insect repellent with this recipe from the Bionic Beauty blog

Joycey Couture gives you an easy way to make your own all natural bug repellent!

I’ll be honest, this do-it-yourself recipe isn’t the simplest due to the amount of ingredients, but it was quite fun creating the mixture and then realizing it actually works. And works well! It also smells great, and is safe for 2-legged kids and 4-legged fur-kids (i.e. your pets) to use. I know Jami has some mixed up especially for her Amazing Woo!

There are specific essential oils that will need to be bought for the recipe to work for you. You can find these essential oils at your local natural food market or on Amazon: $3.98 for 10ml of Peppermint OilBuy 100% therapeutic grade Peppermint Oil on Amazon, $2.95 for 10ml of pure Eucalyptus OilBuy 100% therapeutic grade Eucalyptus Oil on Amazon, and $3.15 for 10ml of Citronella 100% Pure Essential OilBuy 100% therapeutic grade Citronella Oil on Amazon.

As most of you have probably heard- eucalyptus and citronella have natural bug repelling quality; peppermint is also known for its bug-off properties. Peppermint has proven to be very effective against mosquitoes and other winged critters. And bonus- it’s smells delicious!
See ya later bug bites! You can buzz off!

Gather your ingredients…

  • 1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 cup rubbing alcohol or (yes, I’m going there) plain vodka. Just be sure to not use any fruit flavored vodkas!
  • 1/8 cup distilled water or reverse osmosis (RO) water
  • 25 drops eucalyptus essential oil (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 25 drops citronella essential oil (about 1/4 teaspoon)
  • 50 drops peppermint essential oil (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • Small spray bottle

Mix ’em up directions…
Pour everything into the spray bottle and shake well. Make sure to shake it up before each use.

Stay Bionic,
Joycey Couture - contributing author of the Bionic Beauty blog

P.S. Not up to making your own natural insect repellent? Stay tuned to Bionic Beauty! On Tuesday, November 16 I’ll be posting a review of an all-natural bug spray that’s super affordable!

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