Monday, June 25, 2012

I Smell Like a Baked Good

It's Monday already?  Blink of an eye, I tell you!  It was a full weekend.  I was up bright and early to meet the board president of the Tomball Farmers Market.  I'm officially the new Facebook page moderator!  (The former is moving to Peru.  How cool is that?)  I've been on Facebook since it was The Facebook and it was only available to universities and colleges.  I'd say I'm well-versed in Facebook and how much I despise the timeline.  More than anything, I'm looking forward to getting to know the board members and vendors and learning as much as possible about local farming and seasonal produce.

After that, the ball of productivity began its roll -- new sandals, new dresser, lunch outing, completed our vehicle inspections, embarked on a Sunday morning cleaning frenzy, and prepared for another work week (musical theatre indulgence of watching "Into the Woods" included).

I got a lot of comments about the bug repellent tip I shared on Friday!  It seems I'm not the only one trying to fight off mosquitoes.  Applying vanilla extract directly to my skin has worked, but it might be more potent than necessary, so I made some homemade bug repellent!  If you have "sweet blood" like me, I suggest you give this a try.

Homemade Natural Bug Repellent

Fill 1/2 of an 8 oz. spray bottle with distilled or boiled water.

Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  (Insects dislike the scent of vanilla.)

Fill the rest of the bottle with witch hazel.  (Witch hazel acts as the "carrier" of the vanilla scent.)

Optional: 10-20 drops of essential oils that deter insects like eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass, citronella, or lavender.  (I skipped this, but I'll add eucalyptus or peppermint if I need to increase the strength.  Until then, I'll continue to smell like a baked good.  Yum!)

Do keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another.  Play around with the recipe, or try another one altogether.  There are so many on the internet.  Most importantly, this bug repellent does not contain DEET which is toxic to animals and can cause rashes and blisters.  (Gross.)

ADDED: Emily asked about a strong bug repellent for camping.  If you're looking for something hardcore, try Wellness Mama's Vinegar of the Four Thieves!

So while you're smelling like a delicious baked good, pat yourself on the back for being kind to the environment too!


Little Miss Alizzi said...

HI! Just found your blog & love it! Thanks so much for this recipe!! I'm so trying it out =D

Angie said...

Thanks for sharing, totally jotting this recipe down :)

Emily @ Emmy June said...

You're awesome! Can you have a word with my hubby who has coated himself in chemicals non-stop since getting 5 bug bites in transit to Vietnam?!?!?

Laura said...

Love this! Going to have to whip up a batch for my week at the lake!!

Empirically Erin said...

Thanks for sharing this! My husband will be very thankful! :)

Unknown said...

Excellent idea! I'm definitely going to try this out! This is probably cheaper than buying Off and better smelling! Yesssss! Thank you (:

xo Kayla

Jess said...

YAY. So glad that you shared this because the misquotes during Florida summer are BRUTAL.

I am currently covered in bites and guess's not really a good look!

But I HATE the smell/texture of bug spray so I usually just suck it up.

Look at you - taking care of little sister ;)


Crystal said...

I love this idea, will be giving it a try!

Darby Hawley said...

This is super awesome! I've got to pin this!

Emily said...

I am going to try this next time I am camping. To keep the mosquitoes at bay. I hate bug spray - but it's so necessary in the woods. I'd enjoy a natural product.

However I am not sure this works on deer flies? I am assuming DEET will only get that job done. I hate deer flies.

Artista said...

thanks for the tip!

La Mode by Marianne said...

GENIUS! I currently have FIVE mosquito bites on my left foot alone. How does that even happen? But I hate the smell of the chemical sprays so I'm definitely going to give this a shot, thanks!

Sam said...

I am going to have to try this because I am the worst about getting all bit up!

Nathalie said...

I'm not sure as to how efficient vanilla is on its own.
Also it appeared weird to me that islands producing vanilla but having mosquito problems wouldn't promote it more as a natural solution. It's not useless tho if you read the link.

xix said...

Ah, that's such a good idea. I will have to try this out, since I get attacked during the summer.
Just found your blog, and am loving it! :)
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Devon said...

We are road tripping across the country in August and I know I'm going to get lit up by the bugs, but I don't want to use chemicals to keep them away. Lindsay to the rescue! I am absolutely making this for our trip. Thanks!

Katie Price said...

I've gota my skeptical face on, but I think I'll give it a shot! The mosquitos here are gnarly. I've heard that Bay leaf is also a natural repellent.

Nadine said...

I'd be really interested in trying this. I worked at a summer camp the summer after college and DEET really freaked me out. Someone told me that the chemicals in DEET show up in your spinal fluid within a minute. I have no idea if it's true but I've tried to avoid it ever since. Thanks for sharing this!

deertale said...

I love the bug repellent recipe! I despise bug spray so i'll be trying this soon! And facebook moderator for a farm, how cool!!

Patty said...

Yep! I'm going to need to try this ASAP.

Thanks for sharing. Just in time!

Devon said...

I'm am making this right now! You're awesome for sharing this.