If skipping essential oils compensate amounts
For the base:
2oz Pure Witch Hazel
1oz Rubbing alcohol – The 70% Isopropyl is ideal but the 50% will work as well.
1oz Distilled Water – if not available use boiled waiter
13-16 drops of Essential oil of Citronella
11-14 drops of Essential oil of Lemongrass
12-16 drops of Essential oil of Peppermint
11-14 drops of Essential oil of Grapefruit or Lemon
10-14 drops of Essential oil of Rosemary
10-14 drops of Essential oil of Eucalyptus
6-10 drops of Essential oil of Lavender
Glass or metal spray bottle to dispense
A glass jar with a lid to store all your repellent
NOTE: essential and fragrance oils are not the same. You’ll need essential oils to make this recipe. Though a bit more expensive than regular, I prefer organic essential oils.
Plants are grown without pesticides and I found organic oils to be better quality. There are many brands out there but in my experience not all are the same! When available, I buy Aura Cacia.
Optional oils & essential oils
Tea Tree oil
Jojoba oil (preferred), almond oil, or grape seed oil.
As for the oils, it is ok to skip some though I found that combining them works better. Mosquitoes in certain areas seem to be immune to particular oils that otherwise work well in others.
TIP: If you can’t find witch hazel use distilled or boiled water instead, and adjust amounts accordingly.
You’ll also need a scale and a glass container with a closed lid to store your repellent-hard plastic is ok, but not ideal-and a scale to measure your base mix.
Let’s get started!