Homemade Insect Repellent

Homemade Insect Repellent

One of the most common reasons for people making the switch to homemade insect repellent sprays, other than to save money, is they have sensitive skin, and commercial bug spray causes them to develop a rash or a reaction of sorts.

This explains why, more recently, homemade insect repellent have started to become more popular than the heavy chemical insect repellents which have been popular for years and society appears to be going back to our herblore roots by using more essential oils. 

There are hundreds of recipes available online and in libraries, but which recipe works best?

We’ve tried several concoctions of well known insect repelling essential oils and we have found that the detailed recipe below works best. Better still, it is incredibly easy to create your very own homemade insect repellents that is kind to the skin and a safe alternative to using commercial brand name bug sprays that can be irritating to your skin and possibly harmful to the environment. 

The recipe is purposefully written to fill a 50ml Amber Glass Spray Bottle, but feel free to scale up the recipe if you are making larger quantities. 


Ingredients & Equipment​


Add essential oils to the 50ml amber glass spray bottle and add 1 teaspoon of either vodka or rubbing alcohol.

Shake well in order to mix the oils with the alcohol.

Add 1 teaspoon of witch hazel and shake well to mix the two.

Once everything is mixed well, add distilled water to the bottle until almost full. You should leave enough room for the spray to be inserted without spilling any liquid.

Shake well before each use to ensure the oils and water are mixed and apply to skin in a light mist


Store in a cool dry place for up to 12 months. 

Shake well before use.

Safety Precautions

Do not attempt this recipe if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. Cease use immediately and seek medical advice should you experience any ill side effects of this recipe. 

Essential oils are highly concentrated oils and may cause burns or ill health when ingested. Always check the Safety Data Sheets before use. If using recipes for children, it is best to cut essential oil drops in half.

Seek medical attention in the event of any ingestion of essential oils.