• Easy DIY Mosquito Repellant

    February 19, 2019 • BEAUTY, DIY RECIPES

    Avoid harmful chemicals like DEET and deter mosquitoes and biting insects naturally with our easy DIY mosquito repellant recipe. Combining apple cider vinegar and a blend of essential oils that mosquitoes and sandflies just hate, you can enjoy your picnic or hike in the bush without pesky mozzies buzzing around or harmful chemicals on your skin!

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    Make Your Own Easy DIY Mosquito Repellant


    • Raw apple cider vinegar
    • Distilled water
    • Essential oils – the essential oils that mozzies dislike most are tea tree, spearmint, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, clove, citronella and eucalyptus. In this recipe we used 5 drops each of citronella, lavender and lemongrass.
    • Glass spray bottle


    Fill your spray bottle with half distilled water and half apple cider vinegar. Then add your chosen mix of essential oils and shake to have now your own organic insect repellent.

    How To Use

    It is important to shake well before use to ensure the effectiveness of the spray, and that the oils and the vinegar are mixed together and you avoid spraying undiluted essential oils on your skin. Spray liberally over skin needing protection.

    Avoid open wounds, eyes and mouth. Not suitable for use on children under the age of 3. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

    Store out of sunlight and use within 6 months.

    Helpful tips to help soothe your skin if you’ve already been bitten

    Apple Cider Vinegar – Dab a drop of apple cider vinegar on the bite to disinfect and help reduce the stinging sensation. You could also soak a face washer in cold water and vinegar and apply to the bite. For many bites all over the body, dilute 2 cups of vinegar in a tepid (not a hot bath, this may make itching worse), and soak for 20 minutes. If irritation occurs, stop this treatment.

    Witch hazel – Witch hazel is a natural astringent which can help reduce inflammation, soothe the burning and irritation and help speed up healing. Apply a small amount of witch hazel to a cotton pad and gently dab over the bite.

    Chamomile tea – Steep a teabag filled with dried chamomile flowers in water in the fridge for 30 minutes. Squeeze any excess water from the tea bag and apply directly to the bite. Let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping with a damp cloth. You can keep the tea bag in the fridge for later applications. When applied to the skin, chamomile can reduce inflammation, ease skin irritation and speed up healing.

    Recipe and information adapted from healthline.com


    As with all our DIY recipes, you can experiment to suit your preferences. Many factors can change the end result, including temperature, humidity, light, ingredient quality. Some DIYs can be amended by remelting or adding ingredients, but some cannot. Please read the whole recipe before beginning and remember to have fun!

    Biome cannot issue a refund if the DIY skin care product, DIY hair care product or DIY body care product you make using our raw DIY ingredients do not perform as you’d hoped. We will, however, offer a refund if the raw DIY ingredient packaging is broken or leaking, or the ingredient itself appears to be ‘off’.

    Before using any raw DIY ingredient for the first time, please first research that ingredient’s potential benefits as well as safety precautions and possible side effects. Check with your medical professional if you have any concerns.

    If you have severe acne, very sensitive skin, or another skin concern or health condition, we recommend seeking medical advice before using any new product on your skin, whether that be a raw ingredient, a DIY product you’ve made yourself, or a commercially formulated product.

    Please exercise caution when using essential oils. If you are pregnant or have any kind of health or skin condition, we recommend you speak to your doctor before use. Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids, so use in moderation. Pure essential oils should never be used directly on the skin and should never be ingested. When using an essential oil for the first time, do a skin patch test. Each essential oil is unique and may not be suited to everyone. Please research potential benefits as well as safety precautions before using any essential oil. Some essential oils may interfere with medication. Check with your medical professional if you have any concerns.

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