These bug repellent lotion bars are perfect for summer time. While moisturizing your skin with all natural ingredients: you will also be keeping bugs at bay. Safe for all ages!
Last winter I made lotion bars and absolutely loved them. In fact, I made such a large batch we still have a couple left. So while I was getting ready to whip up another batch, I thought why not add in some bug repellent essential oils?
Instead of adding lavender essential oil, like I did before, why not use bug repellent oils? Now when we rub these on, not only will we receive the moisturizing benefits, but now we will be bug free too!
After making these I realized just how great they were for kids. I didn’t have to risk the bug spray getting in their eyes and I can rub this directly on their faces.
If you prefer spray, check out my bug and tick repellent HERE.
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WHY ESSENTIAL OILS?
Essential oils can be very effective in deterring bugs of all kinds. I have so many stories to prove it! Essential oils are very concentrated and give off a powerful smell. Bugs don’t like these smells and flee from them.
Once we had ants in our house. We tried a few different remedies and until I broke out my peppermint oil, they weren’t leaving.
I mixed 30 drops of peppermint essential oil with 8 ounces of water and sprayed the door frames, windows, and any area they were in. By golly we were ant free the next day and they stayed away!
Recently, we had a major gnat issue going on in our chicken coop. So bad in fact they killed several of our hens. Again, we tried everything! This time we even bought a bug spray online that was specifically for gnats. Guess what? It didn’t work!
I did some research and made a spray with vanilla, lemongrass essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. We sprayed the entire coop and it worked! In fact, we joked saying that we were going to start hanging out in the coop to get away from the gnats in our yard. It was the only gnat free area on the whole property.
The best part about essential oils, other than the fact that they work, is that they are all natural. I love that I can spray my house and my kids without worrying about the chemicals going into the air. With kids toddling around I don’t want chemicals lurking in my home, on my walls, floors, or in the air.
WHAT ESSENTIAL OILS WORK BEST FOR BUG REPELLENT?
Several essential oils can be used for bug repellent and certain ones work better for certain bugs. I like to add a little of everything to keep all the flying, crawling, biting things away.
PEPPERMINT & EUCALYPTUS
Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils are excellent natural bug repellents for aphids, squash bugs, white flies, ants, beetles, spiders and fleas.
Lemongrass can repel flying and crawling pest without harming plants, animals or skin. This one is great for gnats.
A potent repellent for many types of insects including flies, fleas and mosquitoes.
Rosemary is also great for garden plants because it can deter insect larvae that can easily destroy entire crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, and even some root veggies if left undisturbed.
CLOVE & THYME
Clove and thyme work well together for flying and biting insects: like chiggers, ticks, roaches, and flies.
Cedarwood is excellent for repelling ticks. I always add cedarwood into my bug repellants because we have lots of woods near our house and we visit my parents farm every weekend.
This oil is great for dogs too. We soak our dog collars in a cedarwood water mixture during spring and summer to keep ticks off of them. It helps so much!
Tea tree is another great oil for repelling insects of all kinds, especially mosquitos. If you already have bug bites, tea tree would be a good essential oil to apply to the area. It has cleansing and purifying properties that will help soothe the skin.
WHAT ABOUT CONVENTIONAL BUG SPRAY?
Conventional bug sprays are filled with toxins and chemicals. I prefer not to spray these on my skin or into the air I am breathing.
In hopes of deterring bugs most people run to products that contains DEET. DEET has been used for many years and research is now saying that it can have harmful side effects for the skin, brain and cells.
HOW IMPORTANT IS BUG SPRAY?
If you are going to be outside during the warmer months, bugs are going to be a problem. You will most likely get bit by something at some point. Most bug bites won’t require any medical attention and will go away on their own.
However, they can be very annoying, itchy, and can cause swelling. In some cases, you could contract a disease or have an allergic reaction. Though these things aren’t extremely likely, it is always best to prevent as much as possible.
I keep my homemade bug repellent lotion bars by the back door to rub on my kid’s before going out for the day. I keep my bug spray in my diaper bag to spray everyone’s legs and clothing when we are out and about.
If you do get bug bites you can apply a blend of lavender, tea tree, and frankincense on the area of concern. Get the full roller bottle recipe HERE.
HOW TO MAKE BUG REPELLENT LOTION BARS
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- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup cocoa butter or shea butter (or you can use a combination of the two)
- 1 cup beeswax
- 30 drops of bug repellent essential oils (pick one or multiple oils from the list above)
- Silicone molds or metal tins
- Melt all the ingredients, except the essential oils, in a double boiler. You can make your own double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a medium size sauce pan.
- Bring the water to a boil until the ingredients are melted.
- Once ingredients are melted, remove the bowl from the heat. Let mixture cool slightly and then add in essential oils.
- Stir well until combined.
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds or metal tins.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely and then pop the bars out of the molds.
- Store in an air tight container for up to one year.
HOW TO APPLY BUG REPELLENT LOTION BARS
Rub the lotion bar onto the skin where you want to use it. It is best to apply to any exposed skin. When you rub it on the warm skin it will melt slightly, making it easy to apply. Massage into the skin.
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Bug Repellent Lotion Bars
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup cocoa butter or shea butter (or use a combination of the two)
- 1 cup beeswax
- 30 drops bug repellant essential oils (pick from the list above)
- Silicone molds
Melt all the ingredients, expect the essential oils, in a double boiler. You can make your own double boiler by placing a glass bowl over a medium size sauce pan.
Bring the water to a boil until the ingredients are melted. Once ingredients are melted, remove the bowl from the heat.
Let mixture cool slightly and then add in essential oils. Stir well until combined.
Pour the mixture into silicone molds or metal tins.
Allow the mixture to cool completely and then pop the bars out of the molds.
Store in an air tight container for up to one year.