Summer is finally upon us. Well, apparently (for my north west coast folks, you know what I am talking about!). Warm weather or not, mosquitoes have to come out to play. My blood must taste extra sweet because I seem to attract every mosquito within a 20km radius! In the past I have always resorted to heavily concentrated Deet to steer away mosquitoes. In the military we were given Deet that had such a high concentration that we were instructed not to put the Deet onto our skin. After spending a summer on a base in north eastern Ontario, the Deet had eaten through the plastic face of my watch. I can only imagine what damage it had done to my body that summer. Many studies have been conducted to determine what exactly it is about Deet that seems to deter mosquitoes so well. Some studies have said it confuses the smell that mosquitoes pick up on, and some have said they just plain don’t like the smell. Can you blame them? Deet does stink, nothing ruins a good outdoor dinner then the fresh smell of Deet!
So, lets make an all natural, super cheap, fragrant insect repellent. The star ingredient in this repellent is coconut oil! There are many benefits that come from putting coconut oil on the skin. Why not soften your skin, and repel those nasty mosquitoes at the same time. Were all busy caveman in a crazy modern world so why not kill 2 birds with one stone.
Here is the ingredients I used:
Take the coconut oil and heat on a low setting. Once your coconut oil had become liquid, add the drops of the citronella and peppermint to the coconut oil. Stir with spoon. Pour into container and cool down in fridge.
It really is that simple. You will come away with a liquid substance. Once cooled, pour into a spray bottle. Voila! You have your very own, super simple, cheap mosquito repellent. You can even get creative and make a larger batch and bottle for friends and family! If you are having an outdoor party, you can keep a basket of all natural sprays for your guests. The repellent will become solid, so I do recommend taking some of your batch and storing it in a container wide enough so you can scoop out, as the spray bottles are only optimal for sunny days when the oil can heat up. Keep them happy and keep it smelling good!
Have fun, make your own scent and let us know how it worked for you!
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