I spend a lot of time abroad, a big part of it in the tropics.
Hot sunny weather, jungle, beach and palm trees? Yes please.
Unfortunately these places often come with something I enjoy less: mosquitoes and other insects.
In the past I used to be safe; while my boyfriend would have bites all over his body, mosquitos didn’t bother me much. It seemed as if they didn’t like my blood so much as his. Lucky me.
Well, those happy days are over now. I don’t know how flattered I should feel about it, but I am back in favor, so I really had to find something to protect myself with. This DIY essential oil insect repellent with coconut oil makes a big difference. It helps keeps bugs at a distance as they don’t seem to like the smell of it.
Earlier this year we spent a month on the beautiful coconut island Koh Samui in Thailand.
We stayed in the mountains overlooking the ocean, surrounded by jungle.
My work space was an open air terrace with magnificent views. It was truly amazing.
The only downside to it was that there were tons of bugs.
I never really had to worry about them in the past, but now I suddenly found several bites all over my body.
As you know I avoid using synthetic products as much as I can and am all about toxin-free living.
Luckily there are many natural alternatives to most mainstream beauty and household products.
If you want to keep mosquitoes at a distance without the harsh ingredients from many store-bought insect repellents, this natural alternative is a great option.
It contains coconut oil which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-viral properties. Scientific research has even shown that coconut oil compounds are more effective at repelling insects than DEET.
At the same time it is very gentle on the skin.
DIY essential oil insect repellent with coconut oil
1 cup coconut oil
50 drops of essential oil
Use coconut oil in liquid consistency as a carrier oil.
Virgin coconut oil is always the best option, but in this case a good quality organic refined oil (make sure it’s expeller pressed) will do just fine.
Mix the coconut oil with your choice of essential oils.
Strong smelling oils such as citronella, eucalyptus, rosemary and clove are good options.
Pour the mix in a spray bottle or other container and apply it to your skin before and whenever you are exposed to bugs.
Reapply after swimming or when you sweat a lot.
Note: this recipe is made for warm temperatures, which naturally keep the coconut oil liquid.
It will get solid in colder climates. This is ok, because it has the same efficiency, but you will need a different container for it.