Many moons ago after sitting in our front yard and mosquitoes swarming my face, I dug a can of bug spray out of the depths of our bathroom closet. I never outgrew my distaste of bugspray residue on my skin so I opted to spray the grass around my chair. The next day, there was a ring of brown dead grass around that very same chair. The bugspray killed the grass. Dead. Needless to say, now I don't touch commercial bugspray with a ten-foot pole. I haven't even googled the stuff. I choose to trust my judgement. It's bad.
Basically, I am okay with a few bites and if the bugs are bad enough, I go inside. The inside and I are bff's. After all, you still get bit even if you are coated with OFF! from head to toe.
But, you know, good mamas use sunscreen (sparingly) and good mamas should at least own a bottle of bugspray for her outside loving kids. Last summer I bought Herbal Armour repellant for Henry. I liked the natural ingredients and the price. And, even though I approved of the stuff, I didn't like the feeling it left on his skin and the way I felt like he needed a bath before bed after a good spray down of the stuff. After a few bugspray battles, I gave up. He didn't like the stuff. And, honestly, I probably didn't feel like giving him a bath anyway.
So this summer, I was ready to do something different. I googled around and found the perfect solution to my distaste of all things bugspray-- essential oils and a carrier.
The CDC's list of approved insect-repellant ingredients included lemon eucalyptus oil so I knew that was a must-have. Common sense told me citronella should be included and Rose Mountain Herbs thoughtfully added lavendar to the mix.
I'm not going to proclaim my homemade bugspray to be super child-friendly for the sheer fact that both of my kids fuss about having anything done to them and this safe and clean repellant is no different.
But, it is natural.
It is effective.
It doesn't leave me feeling like I need to give my kids a bath.
And, I like it a lot.