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Whip Up Your Own All-Natural Bug Balm: Safe, Effective, and DEET-Free

Whip Up Your Own All-Natural Bug Balm: Safe, Effective, and DEET-Free

"Whip Up Your Own All-Natural Bug Balm: Safe, Effective, and DEET-Free!"

Hello, eco-conscious readers! Today, we're diving into the world of DIY natural solutions with a recipe for an all-natural, non-toxic insect repellent. Say goodbye to those pesky bugs without worrying about harmful chemicals like DEET. Our recipe uses the power of essential oils to keep you bug-free while smelling great!

Why Go Natural?

Commercial bug repellents often contain DEET and other chemicals that can be harsh on the skin and respiratory system. By choosing natural ingredients, you not only protect your skin but also enjoy a fresh, herbaceous scent. Remember, natural repellents require more frequent application, but they're kinder to your body and the environment.

The Power of Essential Oils:

Our recipe harnesses the bug-repelling properties of several essential oils:

  • Citronella
  • Rosemary
  • Cedarwood
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus or Tea Tree

Note: Be cautious with citrus oils due to phototoxicity. If using them, ensure your skin is covered to prevent UV exposure.

DIY Bug Balm Recipe:

This recipe yields about 4 oz of bug balm, perfect for portable jars. Adjust the beeswax amount for desired consistency.


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup shea butter
  • 4 tsp. beeswax granules
  • 12 drops citronella essential oil
  • 8 drops each of rosemary, cedarwood, lemongrass, and eucalyptus or tea tree essential oils


  • Double boiler
  • Metal whisk
  • Metal spoon
  • Jars for storage


  1. Melt coconut oil and shea butter in the double boiler, whisking them together.
  2. Add beeswax granules, whisking until fully melted.
  3. Test texture with a cooled metal spoon. Adjust with more beeswax or shea butter if needed.
  4. Remove from heat, cool for 3-5 minutes, then whisk in essential oils.
  5. Pour into jars and let it cool at room temperature before capping.

Usage Tips:

  • Apply the balm liberally to exposed skin.
  • Reapply frequently, especially if spending prolonged periods outdoors.
  • Store at room temperature. Be cautious in extreme heat as the balm may soften or melt.

Closing Thoughts:

By creating this simple, natural bug balm, you're taking a step towards a more sustainable, health-conscious lifestyle. It's perfect for outdoor adventures, camping trips, or just enjoying an evening in your backyard. Try it out and let nature's own ingredients keep those bugs at bay!

This DIY project is not just a craft but a step towards healthier, environmentally-friendly living. Enjoy making and using your natural bug balm!

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  • Danielle Lasit