• Make Your Own Mozzie Repellent & Soothing Calamine Lotion

    February 20, 2020 • BEAUTY, DIY RECIPES, ECO HOME, LIFE

    The mozzies are out, so this week we have two great DIY recipes for you to keep on hand. One to keep mozzies at bay and another to soothe bites if you are bitten. Both are 100% natural, easy to make, gentle, yet effective.

    Natural ways to deter mozzies and insects

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    Burning sandalwood incense or sandalwood powder has been scientifically proven to deter mosquitoesTopical balms and sprays are another way. Read on as we share an easy DIY mosquito repellent you might like to try.

    Make your own easy DIY mosquito repellent

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    • 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.

    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.

    Natural ways to soothe mozzie bites

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    Tamanu oil, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel and cold chamomile tea are all effective ways to soothe insect bites naturally. We also love a soothing calendula based balm like this one.  Alternatively, why not make your own soothing calamine lotion. We share the recipe below.

    Soothe insect bites with our DIY calamine lotion

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    1. In a glass bowl using a wooden spoon, mix together the bi-carb soda, Tasmanian sea salt and bentonite clay. It is important not to use a metal utensil or bowl when working with clay.
    2. Add the filtered water slowly, stirring constantly until a paste forms. Continue to add water until you have reached a thick but smooth consistency.
    3. Add the lavender essential oil and glycerin (if using) and stir until blended.
    4. Transfer to a 120ml glass jar and store away from sunlight.

    How to use:

    This recipe makes enough to approximately fill 1 x 120ml glass jar.

    Use this homemade calamine lotion to soothe insect bites, rashes, chicken pox, nappy rash, and to relieve itching caused by plants such as poison ivy.

    It will keep for up to two months in the fridge.

    NOTE: If you are allergic to any kind of insect bites, it’s important to seek immediate medical attention.


    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.