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If it is mosquito season I am GOING to find them the moment I step outside. One accidentally gets in the house. You know it will be on me in a minute. It’s like one of the most annoying creatures in the whole world has Allison-dar. Like radar but just for finding me.
I’ve been told it’s because I eat too much sugar and so my blood is sweet and I’m essentially a walking mosquito dessert buffet but I don’t know about all of that.
I don’t really like wearing mosquito spray because, yuck. It can be greasy and stain your clothes. Don’t get me wrong… it’s great for a hike or outdoor activities but if I’m just walking nearby a resaca I really, really don’t want to have to spray up. So I decided to make a pretty and totally amazingly helpful mosquito repelling necklace.
So I found these essential oil pendants at Amazon and I spent ages, literally ages picking out my favorite one. In the end I went with this Rose Gold Flower of Life Essential Oil Pendant and I LOVE it. It is really, really pretty. And then I went about trying to find an essential oil blend for mosquito repellent when I found this set of 3 by Now that looked pretty fab. But I had no clue how I should mix this stuff up to be effective. Luckily I know of somebody who does. Lo and behold in the comments somebody mentioned Amy Renea having a good recipe. Now Amy blogs over at A Nest for All Seasons and she is the author of the ab fab Crafting with Nature book that I LOVE and you probably will too.
Now Amy made bug repellent like a lotion which is amazing but I just wanted a blend for my new diffuser necklace so I just borrowed her proportions for my custom mosquito repellent essential oil blend and it works super well. Be sure to go over and see how to make that bug repelling lotion by Amy at A Nest for All Seasons, though. I haven’t made it yet but I totally will because it’s going on vacation with me!
For this project you will need:
- Essential oils in Lemongrass, Grapefruit & Citronella (I bought them as a mosquito repellent essential oil set here)
- Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace
- Essential oil vial (I’m linking to an add on item because the price is a steal – buy when you get your oils and necklace so it will ship for free with them)
So here are our essential oils. Borrowing from Amy we’re going with a 1 part grapefruit to 2 parts citronella to 3 parts lemongrass recipe.
And we’re going to put our custom blend into a glass vial with an eye dropper lid so that we can easily dose our pendant and go each day.
However you decide to measure out your oils you’ll add 1 part of grapefruit oil, 2 parts citronella oil and 3 parts lemongrass oil. I achieved that with 3 eye droppers. I put one in each of my oils and then sucked up some oil into all 3. When I was sure that the amount sucked into each was pretty much identical after a few attempts I used an “eyedropper full” as my unit of measure.
To keep it as simple as I could work it out I worked left to right with my oils in order graperfruit, citronella, lemongrass counting out dropper-fulls as I went. Grapefruit, 1. Citronella, 1, 2. Lemongrass, 1, 2, 3.
Boom! Get back you evil skeeters!
Now I’m still playing with the proportions but right now I feel like 3 drops is perfect. It’s not a super strong scent to where people think you’re smuggling citronella candles in your pockets (not the word that my mind came up with first, but far more appropriate) but it still seems to be strong enough that you don’t get pestered. I’ll update this if needed but right now my suggestion is 3 drops every other day on the felt pad inside of your diffuser locket.
Isn’t it pretty? It comes with several felt pads of different colors so you can change them out to match your outfit. Cool, right? I just LOVE this green inside of the rose gold. In some lights it looks more red and others more yellow but no matter the light I think it is gorgeous. And so far, highly effective. Huzzah!
Now I may not have my own pier to sit on while I wear this sucker but at least the experience helped me come up with my new natural essential oil mosquito infused locket that is both gorgeous and functional. It’s not coffee in the morning underneath trees watching egrets fish in the water a few feet away, but not getting eaten alive by skeeters is something close, right? :)