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Buying Recipe Ingredients

Mountain Rose Herbs is one of my favorite suppliers.

Here's some quick links for buying ingredients.

Emulsifying wax

Stearic acid

Grapeseed oil

Vitamin E oil

Grapefruit seed extract

Lavender hydrosol

Rose hydrosol

Citronella essential oil

Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil

Lemongrass essential oil

Glass bottles

Homemade Bug Repellent Lotion Recipe

Make your own homemade insect repellent for natural, lasting protection

This fun homemade bug repellent body lotion recipe makes a light, lasting moisturizer that repels mosquitos and black flies while soothing your skin.

Think about this: the reason plants produce essential oils is to protect them from insects and other predators. So when you use essential oils to protect your skin from bugs, you're using a completely natural, effective approach. Without harmful chemicals!

This homemade insect repellent has a fresh, light citrus scent that keeps you smiling while also keeping the bugs away.

Homemade Bug Repellent Body Lotion Recipe


2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons (8 to 10g) Emulsifying wax (depending on how thick you want it)

1/2 teaspoon (2g) Stearic Acid (plant based stabilizer)

1/3 cup (75ml) Grapeseed oil

1/2 cup (125ml) distilled Water or Lavender Hydrosol (lavender floral water)

1 teaspoon (5ml) Vitamin E

10 drops Grapefruit Seed extract (natural preservative)

10 drops Citronella essential oil

10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops Lemongrass essential oil


  1. Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and stearic acid in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until the wax is completely melted. Remove from heat and pour in the Vitamin E.
  2. In a separate pot on the stove, gently warm the water/hydrosol just until lukewarm.
  3. Slowly pour the water/hydrosol into the oil, stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the mixture is thick, cream-colored and smooth. Let cool slightly.
  4. Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract. Pour the homemade bug repellent lotion into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle and allow it to cool before putting the lid on.
  5. Shake the bottle occasionally as the lotion cools to prevent the ingredients from separating. Store in a cool, dark place.

This homemade insect repellent recipe makes approximately 8oz (250ml) bug repellent lotion.

Where to Buy Homemade Body Lotion Ingredients

If you live in the USA, I recommend buying your aromatherapy recipe ingredients from Mountain Rose Herbs. Their quality is great and their prices and staff are excellent. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this homemade bug repellent recipe...

If you live outside of the States, I suggest shopping at Amazon for ingredients. You're sure to find what you need, and there's a good range of prices and sizes. Happy shopping!

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