DIY MOSQUITO REPELLENT ~ SAFER INGREDIENTS

A couple years ago when I was trying to find the right mosquito repellent for my family, I was a little overwhelmed on which ingredients were safe. I decided to do a little research on the topic so I made the right decision. Half of the articles I read warned that DEET was dangerous for children and the other half said it was perfectly safe. In addition to DEET, there are other ingredients being included that can be a concern, such as perfumes, aerosol type ingredients and parabens.

Because of the possibly toxic ingredients, I decided to make my own bug spray for my family. The only drawback to a completely natural mosquito repellent is that it does need to be re-applied about every 20-30 minutes. Thankfully, the kids do not mind because they really do like the scent.

If you do prefer an over-the-counter repellent, I would suggest getting one with a lower percentage of DEET (if you prefer DEET) and to find one that is in a spritz form vs. aerosol, so as to not be inhaling the ingredients as much. Below is my favorite DIY Mosquito/Bug Repellent Spritz for the family.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons witch hazel
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1-2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin (this helps the mixture stick to the skin)

Essential Oils:
5-10 drops citronella
2-3 drops peppermint
2 drops tea tree

Optional (Additional) Essential Oils:
2 drops lavender
2 drops lemongrass
2 drops geranium

Combine the above ingredients and place into a glass spritz/spray bottle. Spritz all over the body. Shake slightly before each use. Repeat every 20-30 minutes, if needed. Do no use on the elderly or infants, especially if they have a sensitivity to essential oils.

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DIY Coffee Body Scrub

Coffee is one of my favorite ingredients for a body scrub.  The caffeine in coffee has been known to diminish the appearance of cellulite and tighten and tone your skin. The coffee grounds can also act as an excellent exfoliant when gently rolled over the skin. Get your skin glowing for summer with this simple coffee scrub!

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup unused ground coffee
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsps *apricot, grapeseed, almond or olive oil

*Apricot is my favorite.

While in shower, gently roll scrub over skin. If possible let the scrub sit on the skin for a minute or so. Rinse thoroughly. Be careful as the oil in the scrub can make the surface of your tub slippery. Another word of caution – A LOT of coffee grounds have to go down the drain and the coffee grains get EVERYWHERE. Totally worth it but be prepared!

Never use a scrub on damaged or irritated skin.

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