Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe

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Don’t let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which have been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

With incidents of Lyme disease becoming more common, protection against ticks in wooded and rural areas where ticks prosper is super important. The Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, causing the spread of the disease in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central United States. The western blacklegged tick spreads the disease on the Pacific Coast. (Find more information on the CDC website here.)

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has been shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites and is a common ingredient in some commercial mosquito repellents. According to WebMD, when applying a specific 30% lemon eucalyptus oil extract called Citriodiol three times daily you can also significantly decrease the number of tick attachments if you live in tick-infested area. (Learn what Citriodiol is here.) This extract is used in commercial products such as Mosi-guard and Repel Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

For my insect repellent body butter recipe, I use lemon eucalyptus essential oil at just under 5% – the maximum for a skin safe application.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Insect Repellent Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.25 oz. emulsifying wax
2 oz. babassu oil
1 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. camellia (tea seed) oil
.1 oz. 100% neem oil
.1 oz. isopropyl myristate
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil
6 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops tea tree essential oil

 Instructions:

You will need a digital scale to weigh the ingredients for my insect repellent body butter recipe. Additionally, substitutions can be made for this recipe. While I have not tested substitutions for this formula, these are my closest approximations that I believe would work.

Babassu oil and camellia oil were chosen not only for their benefits to skin, but also because they don’t feel oily or greasy when used in cosmetic applications. Babassu oil has a slightly higher melt point than regular coconut oil, however refined coconut oil can be substituted if desired. You will need to increase the amount of wax used, however, to compensate for the difference in the melt point. Fractionated coconut oil can be used in place of the camellia oil.

In addition, the shea butter can be subbed with sal butter or mango butter and the cocoa butter with another hard butter like kokum butter. The isopropyl myristate can be substituted with Cyclomethicone. Both of these products keep the end product from feeling greasy. Alternately, it can be omitted entirely.

This is a soft butter and may not remain in solid form in hot areas or outside of a temperature controlled environment. In this case I recommend increasing the emulsifying wax as needed – I chose to use emulsifying wax as it also keeps the insect repellent body butter from feeling greasy on skin as well – or substitute it with beeswax for an end product closer to a salve. You can also try 1/2 the amount of wax called for in the recipe with carnauba wax, which is vegan. In addition you can also keep my insect repellent body butter recipe as is and try adding .05 oz. of arrowroot powder.

To make this insect repellent body butter, begin by weighing out the emulsifying wax, babassu oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. Heat in the microwave at 40-50% power until melted or melt in a double boiler.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Weigh out the carrier oils and stir into the melted wax and butters.

Next weigh out the isopropyl myristate and stir into the insect repellent body butter mixture.

Now weigh out the lemon eucalyptus essential oil and mix into your melted product. Using a dropper, follow with the remaining essential oils. Mix well.

Don't let bugs ruin your summer fun! Repel mosquitoes and deer ticks with this non-greasy insect repellent body butter recipe made with natural essential oils! This insect repellent body butter is crafted with a blend of natural essential oils including lemon eucalyptus essential oil which has been shown to not only repel biting insects, but deer ticks as well.

Evenly pour the body butter into two 2.3 oz. clear glass thick wall cosmetic jars with black lined caps. (I got my jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging here.)

Allow to cool completely, then screw on the lids. You can place your insect repellent body butter in the fridge to speed up the cooling process. As this recipe yields a soft, velvety butter it may take 24-48 hours to fully solidify and reach its final consistency.

To use apply the insect repellent body butter to exposed areas of skin and massage in. This body butter smells really strong at first, but the scent will mellow after about 5-10 minutes. Reapply every few hours as needed to aid in repelling biting insects.

Love your locks with these leave in coffee hair conditioner & shine spray recipes! Formulated especially for dry or damaged hair, these recipes both utilize the power of camellia seed oil and babassu oil. Both of these oils have similar properties in hair and skincare as coconut oil making them especially suited for those sensitive to or allergic to coconut oil.

To learn more about babassu oil and camellia oil and for more recipes you can use these ingredients in, be sure to check out my Leave In Coffee Hair Conditioner & Shine Spray Recipes. You can also follow my boards on Pinterest for even more great skincare recipes and beauty DIY’s.

Organic lemongrass citronella insect repellent spray from Pure Palette. This natural insect and mosquito repellent spray contains a blend of lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, citronella, patchouli and catnip essential oils. It is 100% natural, hand blended in a small batches, DEET Free and has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. It repels mosquitoes and many other bugs including No See Um.

If you’re looking to buy a natural insect repellent you may like this organic lemongrass citronella insect repellent spray from Pure Palette. This natural insect and mosquito repellent spray contains a blend of lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, eucalyptus, citronella, patchouli and catnip essential oils. It is 100% natural, hand blended in a small batches, DEET Free and has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. It repels mosquitoes and many other bugs including No See Um. You can buy it online here.

Pure Palette also sells hand poured citronella outdoor candles to help deter biting insects when you’re enjoying time outdoors on your patio or deck. I just bought three of these for an upcoming cookout I’m hosting in May. You can purchase them here.

You may also be interested in the organic insect repellent stick with lemon eucalyptus essential oil from SunnyBrae Buzz. It’s formulated with essential oils that are known to repel mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, and flies and also comes in three formulations – for babies 6 months to 23 months, for kids 2 years to 15 years and for ages 16 to adult. You can buy it online here.

Additionally, Turtle Moon Health also sells a non-greasy, natural insect repellent spray with lemon eucalyptus essential oil called Nature’s Cloak Mosquite & Tick Repellent. It’s non-staining and kid friendly! You can buy it online here.

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How to Make an Easy Bug Repellent Recipe

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Natural Homemade Easy Bug Repellent Recipe - Effective and requires as few as TWO ingredients!

Do you need an easy mosquito repellent recipe to help combat biting insects this summer? This simple, yet effective natural homemade bug repellent recipe needs as few as two ingredients and won’t require you to buy a lot of expensive essential oils. Here’s what you’ll need and how to make it.

How to Make a Natural Easy Bug Repellent Recipe to Keep Mosquitoes and Other Biting Insects Away This Summer

Natural Homemade Bug Repellent Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.com

Ingredients:

2 oz. distilled water
2 oz. witch hazel
2.5 ml Bug Off Synergy Essential Oil Blend

Instructions:

If you don’t have witch hazel you can use all distilled water and vice versa. Simple combine all ingredients in a glass bottle with a fingertip mister and shake well. (Use a graduated plastic transfer pipette to measure out the essential oil.) To use simply shake before using then spray liberally onto skin and clothing.

To create a smaller batch simply use 12 drops of the essential oil blend per 1 ounce of liquid. For larger recipes, 20 drops is equal to 1 millimeter.

If you like this recipe, you may also like my natural homemade dry shampoo recipe. There are no food ingredients like you find in other homemade dry shampoo recipes that can attract bugs – no one wants those at a festival or out camping! – and the dry shampoo not only smells fantastic, but it also helps to repel biting insects as well! For more recipes like this one be sure to follow my DIY Lifestyle Tips board on Pinterest and my DIY Bath and Body board for more health, beauty and skin care recipes.

Natural Bug Repellent and Bug Bite Relief Stick Recipes

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DIY Natural Homemade Bug Repellent RecipeSummer is here and that also means fleas, mosquitoes, flies and ticks are looming about. And seeing as how the mosquitoes in my own yard already think I’m dinner, I want to to head to Floyd Fest – for four days and three nights of camping in the woods – completely prepared. One staple that I’ll be including in my backpack along with my natural dry shampoo will be a homemade insect repellent.

Crafting your own homemade bug repellent is rather simple and you don’t really need to follow any one recipe exactly to get the results you want as long you use a combination of essential oils known for their bug repelling properties. This year I tweaked a recipe I found on Live In Art blog, and combined one ounce each of witch hazel and grape seed oil, then added a blend of essential oils. I used equal parts citronella and lemongrass, slightly less of eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary and geranium essential oils as well as just a touch of clove and patchouli essential oils. It smells heavenly and even my boyfriend let me hit him with an all over test spray. (Just be sure to shake vigorously before each use.)

If you’re looking for something a little more exact, you can follow the recipe at Live In Blog, but don’t be afraid to substitute essential oils that not only do the job but suit your preference. Alternately you can also purchase a natural citronella/lemongrass bug repellent from Mountain Rose Herbs. It’s made from water, essential oils and a natural soy emulsifier to keep the ingredients blended.

Natural Bug Bite Relief Stick DIY - This recipe helps to soothe itchy bug bites and is packaged in lip balm tube form for ease of carrying when traveling out in the wildIf you already have bug bites – or know you’re destined to get them regardless of what you try – you can at least help to soothe the itch. Nicole, of Live In Art, offers five natural ways other than anti-histamines or calamine lotion to help soothe your bug bites on her blog. She also serves up a fabulous recipe for crafting a natural bug bite relief stick! You can use this recipe to fill empty lip balm tubes which allows you to easily carry this remedy wherever you go – in your purse or your pocket! It’s made with an herb infused olive oil, beeswax, shea and cocoa butters, as well as a blend of neem oil and other essential oils. Simply visit Live In Art for the recipe.

Natural Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

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DIY Beauty and Skin Care Recipe - Homemade Natural Lemon Basil Lotion Bar Recipe

I originally shared this natural solid lotion bar recipe on Kanelstrand blog back in November of 2012. But just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it here as well. After all, the natural fragrance of this homemade solid lotion bar is just perfect for summer! And we all know keeping our feet moisturized and looking great is a priority if we’re going to sport sandals or hit the beach! This simple solid lotion bar recipe yields one 3 oz. lotion bar, although it can easily be increased by simply doubling the recipe once, twice, or more!

DIY Handmade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. beeswax
1 oz. refined shea butter
1 oz. olive oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
15 drops basil essential oil

Directions:

You will need to use a mold for this solid lotion bar recipe. I chose to use an empty 3.6 oz. container of my favorite ice cream – Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino – that I simply washed out and allowed to dry. However, you can also use a silicone muffin cups or these super cute flower shaped silicone baking cups. You’ll also need a digital kitchen scale, a glass measuring cup, a metal or plastic utensil, and your microwave.

How to Make Solid Lotion Bars - Easy DIY Homemade Lemon Basil Solid Lotion Bar RecipeStart by weighing out the beeswax and shea butter. Place in a glass measuring cup, then melt at reduced power in your microwave and stir. Next, weigh out the olive oil and stir into the beeswax and shea butter mixture. Now simply add 15 drops each of the lemongrass and basil essential oils and stir. Pour the liquid lotion mixture into your mold and set aside to cool. You can quickly speed up this process by placing the filled mold in the refrigerator or freezer.

How to Make a Natural Solid Lotion Bar from ScratchOnce your lotion bar has cooled and completely solidified it’s ready to be removed from the mold. I popped my upcycled ice cream container mold in the freezer for a minute or two. As the ice cream mold is wax lined, my solid lotion bar slid right out once I was ready to remove it from the mold! If you used a silicone mold, simply turn the lotion bar out of the mold used.

Beauty DIY - How to Make Solid Lotion Bars - Handmade Natural Lemon Basil Lotion Bar RecipeNow all that’s left is to package your lotion bar to your liking. A 4 oz. plastic jar is perfect for this. To use, simply rub onto skin and massage in. As this is scented with natural essential oils, you can also use this product on your lips.

Did you know that basil essential oil is antibacterial? And, like lemongrass essential oil, it can help to repel biting insects!

Prefer to craft an herbal vapor rub salve for chest congestion and coughs?

Simply substitute the lemongrass and basil essential oils for 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 15 drops of camphor essential oil. Rub onto chest as needed to help relieve symptoms.

For more homemade bath & beauty recipes as well as soapmaking DIY’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

Natural Handmade Summer Festival Soap Recipe

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DIY Homemade Cold Process Soap Recipe - Homemade Summer Festival Soap Made with Natural Essential Oils Known for Their Bug Repelling PropertiesSummertime is also festival time, and if you’re like me the insects eat you alive if you don’t take measures to keep them away. As I’m heading off to Floyd Fest – for the first time EVER! – at the end of July, I decided to craft a special festival soap to take with me just for this very occasion. After all, it can become rather unpleasant being in the woods for four straight days with dozens of mosquito bites. Despite soap being a wash off product, if made with the right essential oils, it can still repel those biting buggers. In fact I used to make a straight lemongrass soap that my brother would request every year before his own camping trips and it worked out just fine. Because I’m such a sweet girl, however – wink – I’ll also be mixing up an essential oil blend with some witch hazel in a spray bottle to mist my clothes and ankles as the July heat does it’s best to turn me into a puddle. I also added some skin conditioning oils to this recipe in case the sun does a number and dries it out.

Natural Handmade Summer Festival Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients (x2):

5.4 oz. 76° melt point coconut oil
9 oz. palm oil
9 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. soybean oil
1.8 oz. grapeseed oil
3.6 oz. shea butter
3.6 oz. cocoa butter

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)

At trace Batch A:

.85 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. lemon eucalyptus essential oil
.05 oz. tea tree oil
.05 oz. lavender flowers
lavender ultramarine pigment or mica powder, to suit

At trace Batch B:

1 oz. lemongrass essential oil
.15 oz. peppermint essential oil

Directions:

You’ll need to make two batches of soap in separate pots for this summer festival soap recipe. The final festival soap recipe will fill two of my wooden soapmaking molds. Combine equal amounts of all soapmaking oils into each pot and prepare two containers of lye-water. (Each pot should have 5.4 oz. coconut oil, 9 oz. palm oil, 9 oz. rice bran oil, 3.6 oz. soybean oil, 1.8 oz. grape seed oil, 3.6 oz. shea butter and 3.6 oz. cocoa butter. Then each container of lye-water should contain 12 oz. distilled water and 4.8 oz. of lye.) Prepare according to your basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Once each container of lye-water and oils have cooled, you are ready to mix your soap. Start by mixing one container of lye-water into one pot of soapmaking oils. At a light trace, weigh out and stir in the ingredients listed for Batch A – the lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils, lavender flowers and the pigment powder. Mix well using your immersion blender. Once it reaches a thick trace pour the soap evenly into the bottom of BOTH of your lined molds.

Now mix your second batch of soapmaking oils and lye-water together, weighing and adding the ingredients for Batch B – the lemongrass and peppermint essential oils – at trace. As lemongrass essential oil turns the soap a lovely shade of yellow, you won’t need to use a colorant for this layer. Once ready, pour the soap from this batch evenly into the two soap molds over top of the lavender fragrance/colored soap. Cover and insulate for 24 hours, then unmold and cut your festival soap into bars. Allow to cure for a minimum of three weeks before use.

This recipe will yield 20-24 bars depending on how you cut them.

For more cold process soapmaking recipes as well as other bath and beauty diy’s be sure to follow me on Pinterest. You can also join my Google+ community, Soapmaking with Rebecca, to share your ideas and recipes and ask for advice.