DIY bug spray is all natural, smells great and so easy to make!
Excited about today’s post – so much good stuff!
It is FINALLY warming up in New York and we FINALLY have our backyard in decent shape. We had so much work to do on this house when we moved in three years ago that the front and back yards were the last to get our attention. But we have grass, we cleaned up our patio furniture, we’ve set up the badminton net and are enjoying our little piece of nature.
I appreciate this now more than ever, not only because we waited so long to be able to use our yard, but because we have been confined now for several months like the rest of the world. I feel so lucky to be able to open my door and plant my feet in the grass.
Of course, with the warm weather comes the bugs. And the bugs LOVE ME TO PIECES. Seriously, we could be in a crowd of 20 people and they will find me every time. And while I know commercial repellents are effective I hate the thought of spraying those chemicals onto my skin – I mean, any product that instructs you to wash it off the minute you’re back indoors can’t be good.
Well as it turns out, there’s an oil for that!
Four, actually, and combined they make up this all-natural, lovely smelling and effective bug spray!
I’ve got the recipe here but I thought it would be fun to also do a little giveaway, and highlight another small business during this time.
Let’s make some bug spray!
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Place the essential oils into your spray bottle and swirl to blend. Add the witch hazel and swirl again. Fill with distilled water, close the bottle and give it a shake prior to each use.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver
I’ve got 3 pretty green glass bottles – with the oils and witch hazel – to give away today! And if you’re local I will also deliver a gorgeous potted lavender plant by the talented Tracee of The Garden Room (all images courtesy of Tracee Neumann).
I’ve been a fan of Tracee’s for years – her work is beautiful, chic and a little different. I’ve come to rely on her when I need a non-food gift – she can make even the most petite pot of oregano look special.
I’m focusing on a strictly local business today to encourage you all to take a look at similar shops in your area. Being a small business is unbelievably challenging during this time, and doubly so when your “product” can’t be shipped. Father’s Day, graduation and end-of-the-school-year are all perfect opportunities for giving – so take a look at your local small businesses and show them some love!
But don’t worry if you are not local and still want to enter – I’ll also send 3 “not so local” winners the glass bottle/oils/witch hazel to make the bug spray, along with this sweet little wool ball car diffuser and a sample of Lavender oil. Simply clip the diffuser onto your car vent, drop some oil onto the wool balls, and make sitting in traffic feel just a little more chill!
To enter, leave a comment below. I’m switching things up a bit today, and I want your questions! Specifically about essential oils and toxic-free products. I’ve gotten a bunch so far and want to put them together with your comments in an upcoming post – so hit me! What do you want to know? What makes you say “no way” or “maybe but……” – I want to hear! Be sure to include your e-mail address if it’s not already linked to your comment.
The contest will run till 11:00 p.m. EST; the winner will be chosen at random and announced on Thursday, May 28th. Good luck!
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