Making bug-repelling lotion is a bit difficult to make, let alone perfect, but it has seemed to last longer than the spray, and I prefer it for my every day outings. If I am going on a longer walk or spending more time outside, then I like the easy reapplication of the spray!
For convenience, I linked the exact items I’ve been using, but there are tons of other options out there.
- 1/3 cup fractionated coconut oil
- 2 tbsp shea butter or mango butter or cocoa butter
- 1 oz beeswax (I like this because it comes in 1 oz bars)
- 1 tsp vitamin e oil
- 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil – Once again, the more you buy, the cheaper this is. You can also find it at any grocery store!
- Essential oils – 60 ish drops (see guide at bottom of page for which oils to use)
- Jar – There are so many possibilities for jars. It’s helpful to have one that comes with a lid. I made two mini jars with this recipe, but I think it probably would fill an 8 oz. jar, which is your standard mason jar. Honestly, I got my jars at a local goodwill, and they were less than a dollar. Some of the jars you find online come in packs of 12 or 24, which is great if you’re making a ton, but who needs 23 extra jars laying around.
I prefer to use the stove, rather than the microwave, so I can keep a close eye on the progress.
1. Add fractionated coconut oil, shea butter (or alt.), beeswax, vitamin e oil, and extra virgin coconut oil to a pan over low to medium heat. Stir occasionally. I kind of had to chop up the beeswax because it took a lot longer than the other ingredients. Once everything is melted, it will look like liquid butter … or pee in a cup honestly.
2. Now it’s time to add your essential oils, but you don’t want to do this when it’s super hot, because it could take away some of the benefits. I let it sit off the burner for a few minutes, keeping a close eye on it so it wouldn’t harden, before I added the oils. I think you just want it to be “warm” enough.
3. Pour into your jar or jars. I let mine cool without the lid, just because I thought it might be a quicker process this way.
You will definitely want to see which oils work the best for you and your living conditions. Just as a helpful starting guide, the most commonly used oils to repel bugs are citronella, peppermint, basil, lemon, lavender, eucalyptus, clove, thyme, lemongrass, and geranium.
ALSO – not all essential oils are created equal. The brand that I linked above has a great reputation for many reasons. There are many good choices out there, just be sure to do your research!
Remember, if all natural bug repellent sounds great but making it sounds not so great, you can find some on my etsy shop here.