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Fragrance Description: A blend of essential oils that keeps away the insects.
Ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Citronella Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, Catnip Oil, Peppermint Oil, Orange Oil, Litsea Cubea Oil, Menthol
Additional Information: Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus, steam distilled grass, Java Type, China) Slightly sweet, powerful and lemony scent. Its most useful quality seems to be as an insect repellant and may also help pets get rid of fleas. Also known to clear the mind .Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuous stapf/citrates, Guatemala) Sweet, herbaceous, smoky and lemony aroma. Stimulates the mind, lifts the spirit, clears the head. Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus, steam distilled leaf, China) Commonly known as blue gum. Its scent is camphorous with a woody sweet undertone. Aids concentration. Catnip (Nepeta cataria USA) Catnip, is an effective insect repellent, according to Iowa State University scientists. Nepetalactone, which gives catnip its odor, was found to be 10 times more effective than the popular insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET). DEET is a chemical that some users find causes rashes, swelling and eye irritation. Peppermint (Mentha piperita, steam distilled leaf, U.S.A.). Strongly piercing, refreshing, minty, very herbaceous aroma. Helps people become clear headed and refreshes the spirits. Orange (Citrus sinensis var. dulcis, cold pressed peel, U.S.A.). Sweet Orange essential oil has a sweet citrus fragrance. It is calming. Litsea Cubea (a/k/a May Chang, Litsea citrata and tropical verbena, steam distilled fruit, China) Despite these names, it is not related to lemon verbena but belongs to the same family as the rosewood or cinnamon tree. Sweet, spicy and citrus fragrance with vegetative notes. Insecticide. Very uplifting and stimulating. Menthol (Mentha arvensis, steam distilled) These are clear, colorless, needle-like crystals with odor resembling that of peppermint. Menthol is the solid constituent of oil of peppermint, and was formerly known as peppermint camphor.
Lailoken wrote:I wouldn't recommend using lemon oil in a bug repellent as photosensitization can occur. Besides, it's not a known insecticide as far as I know, although using it or Orange oil in water to wash floors keeps bugs away. Lemongrass would be a better choice. When you start combining a large amount of oils, many tend to counteract others, while some have the same properties, giving your blend overkill (and not in an effective way). The use of 3 oils (4 tops) will give you the results you want.
15mL carrier oil (I like Almond oil)
2 drops Tea-Tree
2 drops White Camphor - may anti-dote homeopathic remedies
1 drop Clove Bud
Because you would be using this on your face as well as your body, and would reapply throughout the day (assuming you'd be outside most of the day) the amount of oils in this blend are suitable for a face cream treatment. I'm basically erring on the side of caution. It may or may not be potent enough for you. If that's the case, you can double the amounts of the essential oils while keeping the amount of carrier oil the same.
If you are using homeopathic remedies or encounter sensitivity to White Camphor, you can substitute with 3 drops Lemongrass
I read a study suggesting mosquitoes are attracted to people that are vitamin E deficient. If this is indeed true, I wonder if adding vitamin E oil to the blend would give it an added boost. If you want to experiment, you can add 5mL of vitamin E oil to the blend.
Important note - this blend is not suitable for children under the age of 8.
Almost forgot - once you find the blend that works best for you, you can make a large batch. Just make sure your jar is amber or cobalt blue glass and store in a cool, dry place.
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