Aloe & Essential Oils DIY Bug Repellant - Lily of the Desert

Aloe & Essential Oils DIY Bug Repellant

Summer is almost here, and the rising temperatures have many of us heading outdoors to pursue our favorite pastimes. Calendars are quickly filling up with softball leagues, road trips, picnics, day camps, and family reunions. So whether you’re at a local park, the lake, or relaxing in your backyard, remember insects are on the move too, planning their strategy for spoiling your summertime fun! 

Take an offensive approach and be ready to defend your skin with our new DIY bug repellant recipe! Commercially produced repellants can contain harmful ingredients. This DIY option is a great alternative, especially if you have young children, allergies, or sensitive skin. 

We’ve combined our 99% Aloe Gelly with the power of essential oils so you and your family can enjoy the season without being bugged! 

Our Easy Recipe

Several potent and fragrant essential oils deter insects, including those recommended below. They can ward off a variety of pests, including harmful mosquitos, and invigorate your senses simultaneously! 

  • 99% Aloe Vera Gelly (2-4 tbsp)
  • Peppermint Oil (3 drops)
  • Lavender Oil (3 drops)
  • Optional Oils: Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus

Note: If you need more repellant, to make 4 ounces, use ½ cup of Gelly and 6 drops of essential oils.

Items You’ll Need

  • Glass mixing bowl
  • Funnel
  • Plastic squeeze bottle with a cap or a jar with a tight-fitting lid

Making Your DIY Bug Repellant

Start with a clean glass bowl. Add the aloe vera Gelly and your choice of essential oils. Mix thoroughly. Using the funnel, add the mixture to the squeeze bottle or pour it directly into a jar. The gel should stay fresh for about 4 weeks when stored in the refrigerator.

Time To Head Outside!

To protect yourself from pestering bugs and bites, apply a thin layer of the repellant to exposed skin (don’t forget your ears!) before heading outside. Plan to re-apply gel every 30-60 minutes or as needed. While your’re outside (or on the go!), make sure to keep the gel in a cooler to maintain freshness. Your skin will really appreciate this refreshing treatment on a hot day!

Enjoying The Great Outdoors With Lily!

Did you know that our 99% Aloe Gelly is available in a 16-ounce size with a convenient pump dispenser? With so many self-care uses for this soothing and moisturizing gel, make sure you have plenty on hand this summer. You can find our products at most major grocers and health food stores. Use our handy store locator to find a retailer in your area or shop online at Amazon, Vitacost, and Swanson’s Vitamins.

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