Combine all the essntial oils and water in small sized spray bottle. Tinted glass is ideal to prevent breakdown of active ingredients. Store somewhere cool, dark, and dry between uses.Shake the bottle before each use. Spray liberally over the body, especially any areas of exposed skin. Rub in. Spray into hands and then gently apply to face to avoid getting it in your eyes.You will need to reapply more often than a conventional insect repellent, so keep it handy.
If you don't have these oils, and aren't sure you want to buy them, Plant Therapy offers a pre-made blend targeted to insect repellent. I've used it, and it works well! (Ingredients are similar to this recipe.)Here's the regular version: Shield MeAnd here's the kidsafe version: Nature Shield*Safety note: Citronella, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils are not recommended for use while pregnant by some sources. Check with a professional and always exercise caution.†Safety note: Peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil are not recommended for use on children under 6 years old. For older children, the essential oils should be diluted twice as much.