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Old 07-31-2006, 08:20 PM   #1
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Bug repellent

I know this has been discussed but I can't seem to find the info.

What natural bug repellents do you use? What is safe for an 11 month old? I don't mind making something myself if someone has a natural recipe. Thanks


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Old 07-31-2006, 08:36 PM   #2
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Re: Bug repellent

Hey Mama,
I like Burts Bee bug repellent or has repellent I love all of her products a little pricey for some but if you can afford it well worth it. The website is very good. And here is a homemade recipe if you want that.
2 tablespoon vegetable oil or your choice of oil carrier
5 drops Cedarwood essential oil
4 drops Lemon essential oil
2 drops Geranium essential oil
1 drop Citronella essential oil

I was thinking with the lemon oil it can increase sun sensitivity o yea here it is it says you can use lemongrass, rosemary or eucalyptus instead if you are going to be in direct sunlight. I would maybe get a spray bottle to put the homemade mixture in so it is a light coating versus thick don't want little one getting in eyes.

Another tip with the homemade recipe is putting on clothes/hat/sleeping bag etc versus skin because the bugs are so sensitive to it

I hope this helps.
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Old 07-31-2006, 09:09 PM   #3
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Re: Bug repellent

I have heard good things about the insect armour stuff, but personally have used the burts bees. I like it b/c dd did not get stung or bit, but its very greasy imo. I like northern essences bug away stick it works great but the smell (which is what is repellent) fades and needs to be re applied frequently.
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