3 Ingredient Insect Repellent

natural diy insect repellent spray

With girls camp, family camping, cub scout day camp, lake time, outdoor volleyball, fishing and hiking in full force this summer we have been taking advantage of this beautiful bug repellent. I am so glad that I found this amazing natural solution to protect me and my family from the mosquito’s and the ticks. I do not have to inhale any nasty chemicals and we all smell good with our bug repellent.

But do you remember what Bug Spray smells like?  It’s nasty.  It’s also not safe for little ones. So, instead of asking yourself which is worse, West Nile Virus (Becky’s had it- it’s nasty – trust us – you don’t EVER want it) or spraying your kids and dog with a poison, why not try a more natural approach?


essential oil, witch hazel, and water for bug repellent spray

With just three ingredients, and less than 2 minutes, you can make yourself your own chemical free bug repellent.


  • 30 Drops of Outdoor Blend Essential Oil
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) of Witch Hazel (Look for Try Me Free Rebates)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) of water (distilled or boiled)

Spray Bottle: Mix it all up into a glass spray container, and apply before exposure to bugs.  If you are going into the deep woods, where ticks are exceptionally bad, you can increase the Outdoor Blend to 45 or even 60 drops. Shake well before use, but that’s it.

Roller Bottle:  If you have real little ones (less than a year) I’d recommend putting it in a roller bottle and applying it that way. You can also do 30 drops and then dilute with fractionated coconut oil by filling the rest of the bottle with the coconut oil.

The Outdoor Blend oil, Witch Hazel, coconut oil and  water are all safe for babies and the elderly.  You can test it on a small patch of skin, just to be sure you do not have allergies. Be very careful about the use of oils.  Many have fillers and other products that make them unsafe, so when picking your essential oils, pick a top quality brand, and remember you ALWAYS get what you pay for when it comes to essential oils! And keep it out of reach of little hands.

essential oil in a roller bottle for natural bug repellent spray

See the liquid in the blue bottle?  That’s 30 drops!  It sure doesn’t take much to make an awesome insect repellent!

The Price:

I think my favorite part (besides not spraying nasty chemicals on myself or my kids) is the cost.  The wholesale price for the brand of Outdoor Blend we love is $9.50 a 15 ml bottle.   Each bottle has 250 drops in it.  So we are talking less than $.04 per drop.  The 30 drops is only $1.14!  Need the Deep Woods version?  That’s less than $2.30 for the oil.  Witch Hazel is between $0 and $10 for 16 oz.  Be sure to watch for Try Me Free Rebates on the bottles, coupons, and register rewards (or other drug store rewards money) to get it for FREE.  The 16 oz bottle makes 4 bottles of bug spray, so even if you pay $4.99 for it (everyday price at Fred Meyer/Kroger stores), that’s still only $1.25 per bottle.  If you buy distilled water, instead of boiling it, it’s about $0.98 per gallon. 32 bottles of bug repellent can be made with a single gallon of water!

The Math:

Outdoor Blend – 30 Drops – $1.14
Witch Hazel 4 oz – $1.25 (or less)
Distilled Water 4 oz- $0.03
Total cost of 8 oz of Bug Repellent – $2.42

So, by not spraying my family with nasty chemicals, I’m saving at least half, and probably closer to 75%?  Sounds like an amazing plan to me!  What are your favorite ways to use the Outdoor Blend?

Bonus: The High Quality Outdoor Blend of essential oils we recommend is safe for dogs!!  Just spray it on your furry friend (being careful not to get it into their eyes or mouth) and provide them the same great protection!  Plus you don’t have to worry about what happens if they lick themselves.  It’s no big deal. They won’t have enough of the oil on them to even give it a second thought.

Email me at seekingwellness {at} fabulesslyfrugal {dot} com or text me at 208-907-OILS and I would be happy to tell you more about our favorite essential oils.

natural homemade DIY bug insect repellent spray

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