Natural Insect-Repellent Spray

READY IN: 5mins
Recipe by Cynna

This is a great, chemical-free way to keep the bugs at bay this summer.

Top Review by atlfitgirl

I just wanted to say that this is a wonderful way to use the properties of essential oils to repel bugs (especially mosquitoes) BUT be very careful with the dilution that they are used at. PLEASE do not use the 1/4 oz or 1/2 oz measurements for the essential oils... it is way too high! 1/4 oz is roughly equal to 150 drops!!! The 5 drops and 8-10 drops are a much safer concentration for the 2 oz of witch hazel. I sometimes like to mix the essential oils into a light carrier oil ( sweet almond oil) and blend the essential oils into that and apply... works wonders also! I don't know if the Zaar computer won't let just enter drops as measurements and you had to enter a X amount of oz or not, but I just wanted to caution all who wish to try this recipe... Thanks for posting!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 ounce patchouli oil (5 drops)
  • 2 ounces witch hazel
  • 12 ounce cedarwood essential oil (8-10 drops)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle.
  2. Apply frequently.

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