Fall might be right around the corner, but around here mosquito season feels like it has no end in sight. Thanks to an unnaturally warm winter, the bugs have been out of control this year! I can't take the dog out back to play without getting covered in bites. Blech! That's why I was thrilled to run across this all natural mosquito repellent from Eco Etsian Aquarian Bath.
Commercial mosquito repellents are bad news. They're loaded full of mystery chemicals and fragrances, some of which are even carcinogenic! No, thank you!
Aquarian Bath's repellent is a balm, rather than a spray, so you massage it onto your skin. She makes her balms out of totally natural, plant-based oils and wax, so really it can double as a (strong-smelling) lotion. So, what's keeping the mosquitoes at bay, if there's no DEET in this tin? The balm contains a blend of essential oils that smell nice to people and terrible to bugs: lemongrass, spearmint, rosemary, and catnip. Pretty cool, right?
Because it's oil-based and you rub it into your skin instead of spraying it on the surface, this natural mosquito repellent also lasts longer than conventional bug sprays. The $12 price tag might seem on the hefty side, but since you don't have to reapply, you end up using less to do more.
Have you bought or made a natural mosquito repellent that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!