I was out surveying my garden today, and there were some little flies buzzing around my face, driving me absolutely crazy. So I decided to get out my essential oil repellent blend, and apply some to myself.
First of all, I’ve bought a lot of “natural” bug repellents, and most of them smelled strongly unpleasant, but I continued to use them because I hate DEET. It causes neurological damage, especially to small children.
But this oil blend smells AMAZING! I was happy to slather myself in it, and I enjoyed smelling it while I was outside.
*Update October 1, 2011*
I have found that this works well for mosquitoes if applied straight. I buy sprayer top lids from AromaTools to spray on straight from the bottle. So I just buy a couple bottles in the spring for summer camping and outdoor activities. We love it!