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withSimplicity | Updated May 18, 2023


nighttime skincare routine order

Bug bite season is upon us, and the last thing we want to think about is spraying our skin with nasty, sticky toxins to keep the bugs away.

Luckily, there are many natural alternatives to bug spray that you can make right at home that a) don't break the bank, and b) use ingredients that you probably already have sitting around.

Why Should You Use an All-Natural Bug Spray?

When it comes to protecting ourselves from insects, it's essential to choose a bug spray that is both effective and safe for our health and the environment. Traditional bug sprays often contain harsh chemicals like DEET, which can have adverse effects on our skin and overall well-being. By opting for all-natural alternatives, we can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about the negative consequences of chemical exposure.

DEET, or N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, is a widely used chemical insect repellent. While DEET is considered safe for most individuals when used as directed, there are some potential negative effects on the skin that should be considered such as:

  • Skin Irritation
  • Eye & Mucous Membrane Irritation
  • Enhanced Sun Sensitivity (more likely to burn)
  • Dryness & Discomfort

Go Natural with your Bug Spray. Nature provides us with a wealth of ingredients that possess natural bug-repelling properties. These ingredients not only ward off insects but also offer additional benefits for our skin and overall health!

All-Natural Bug Spray Recipe


  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 1/2 cup of witch hazel
  • 15-20 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil

Recipe Instructions

  • In a spray bottle, combine the distilled water and witch hazel.
  • Add the essential oils one by one, ensuring they are well mixed.
  • Shake the bottle gently to blend all the ingredients.
  • Your all-natural bug spray is now ready to use!

How to Use and Store your Natural Bug Spray

  • Apply the spray to exposed skin areas and clothing before heading outdoors.
  • Reapply the bug spray every two to three hours or as needed, especially if you're sweating or swimming.
  • Store the bug spray in a cool, dark place to maintain its potency. Consider using a tinted glass bottle to protect the oils from light exposure.

Something to be aware of is that since these are pure essential oils, you will want to reapply the spray more often than commercial bug spray due to the oils acting differently on your skin than normal bug spray. 

Now go and enjoy the beautiful, Great Outdoors without worrying about bug bites nor nasty, toxic ingredients absorbing into your skin!