Natural Mosquito Repellent {with essential oils}

Clean Bug Spray

Growing up in Florida and then spending nearly 4 years in Minnesota, I know all about mosquitoes and how to keep them away (for the most part). I spent my fair share of time and money on chemical-laden bug sprays, not realizing I was basically dousing myself and my children in poison. I know, hindsight can be depressing.

Now that we live in Colorado, we don’t see nearly as many mosquitoes as we did in our Minnesota days, so I haven’t had much need for a good bug spray. Until recently. I spent a week in Wyoming with my 12-year-old daughter and about 150 other teen girls and leaders at a girls camp with our church. This particular area is known for their horrendous mosquitoes during the dusk hours in the summer months.

Natural Mosquito Repellent {with essential oils}

Essential Oil Bug Repellent

I knew I didn’t want to douse myself and my daughter in chemicals, so I set out to see what the most effective mosquito-repelling essential oils were. Turns out, I had all but one on hand already, and I came up with a concoction that I hoped and prayed would actually work because I was not bringing a chemical-spray backup with me on the trip.

The base of this mosquito repellent is witch hazel, my absolute favorite facial toner. With the addition of this blend of essential oils, this “bug spray” worked incredibly well and I actually got requests from the other girls at the camp to use my spray instead of theirs because they loved the smell of it (and it kept the bites away).

Natural Mosquito Repellent {with essential oils}

The only downside, in my opinion, is that it must be kept in a glass bottle because of the essential oils, and I always worry about it breaking. But the bottles (I brought 3 with me) all survived being thrown around in bags during camp all week, plus I keep one in my purse and have yet to have any casualties. So I guess it’s not really a downside at all.

I tend to use essential oils from a variety of companies, but if you have a favorite brand, definitely go with that. The brand I link to in the recipe is just my suggestion, not a requirement for an effective mosquito repellent.

Natural Mosquito Repellent {with essential oils}



Natural Mosquito Repellent {with essential oils}

Natural Mosquito Repellent {with essential oils}

Author Kendra Benson


  • Combine witch hazel and all essential oils in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid (I like to use a Ball canning jar). Twist the lid on tightly and shake vigorously to combine all the oils together.
  • Place the funnel in the opening of one of the 2 oz glass bottles and pour in the mosquito repellent almost to the top, leaving room for the tub on the sprayer top. Twist the cap on the spray bottle on tightly. Repeat with the remaining 2 bottles. Store in a cool dark place until ready to use.
  • Shake gently before use and spray liberally on all exposed skin and on clothing to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
Stop spraying poison on your most delicate organ (your skin!) and use this all-natural, kid-safe, mother-approved mosquito repellent that uses essential oils to keep the bugs at bay.

Last Updated 03/04/2019

One Response to “Natural Mosquito Repellent {with essential oils}”

  1. Any thoughts on “duck repellent” using essential oils? To be kind to both the ducks and the plants!
    Thank you!


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