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Best Natural Bug Repellents, DIY Recipe, & Giveaway

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Okay, so this is my last post in the summer essentials series and it is going to be over bug repellents.

Where, I live bugs are a huge problem during the summer. We have tons of mosquitoes and other flying biting insects as well as ticks and other nasties. I don’t want to put toxic chemicals all over myself and my children to keep them away, so what options are out there?

Lafes Organic Baby Insect Repellent– Ingredients:   Aqua (Water), Essential oils of: *Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium), *Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood), *Eucalptus globulus (Eucalyptus), *Citrus medica limonum (Lemon), *Lavandula officinalis (Lavender), Prunus amygdalus dulcis (essential oildispersant from Sweet Almond Oil) * Certified Organic


Loving Naturals Insect Repellent Spray– Ingredients: Organic Witch Hazel Extract, Organic Citronella Oil, Organic Neem Seed Oil, Organic Lemongrass Oil, Organic Cedarwood Oil, Catnip Oil, Organic Geranium Oil, Organic Rosemary Oil, Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Soy Lecithin, Water, Sea Salt


Badger Anti-Bug Shake & Spray- Active Ingredients: 23% *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, 10% *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, and Essential Oils of 4% *Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella), 2% *Cedrus Atlantica (Cedar), 2% *Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass), 1.5% *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), 1% *Pelagonium Graveolens (Geranium), and 1% *Mentha Piperita (Peppermint). Inactive Ingredients: Water and 0.5% *Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen). * = Certified Organic

Buzz Free Zone Personal Spray- Ingredients: Certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, aqua (purified water), certified organic cymbopogon nardus (citronella) essential oil, leptospermum liversidgei (olive tea tree) essential oil, certified organic melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil, certified organic leptospermum petersonii (lemon scented tea tree) essential oil, azadirachta indica (neem) extract , citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) fruit extract, sclerotium rolfsii gum   Now for my DIY recipe.


32 oz Witch Hazel

1 oz Neem Oil (optional this stuff stinks but works very well)

15 drops Lavender EO

15 drops Citronella EO

15 Drops Lemongrass EO

15 Drops Peppermint EO

15 Drops Geranium EO

10 Drops Cedar EO

Dump all these contents in a spray bottle. I get amber glass ones from here and you can get  amber PET ones from here.

Shake well before each use and lightly mist over skin. Reapply every two hours outside or if you go into water.



Shampoo Bar Recipe

shampoo barsAlright ya’ll this is a request from Erin from over at Home & Grace. She did a great post about the no-poo method to wash your hair. Sometimes though that just doesn’t get out all the goop and nasties, especially if you have had a long, hot, hard, messy day outside. So I said I would share my Shampoo bar recipe. Please not this is not a soap making tutorial this is just a recipe.

To find out more about soap making go here and here.

I get my lye and some of my oils and essential oils at Essential Depot and for just about everything else I use Mountain Rose Herbs. Essential Depot has quite a few certified organic ingredients and almost all of Mountain Rose Herbs ingredients are certified organic through Oregon Tilth and the USDA when possible and many are even wild harvested. MRH also has great teas if you like tea (which I do, I absolutely love their teas, but that isn’t what this post is about…but if you like tea then you should totally try theirs). Anyways enough of tea, back on to the shampoo bar. Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Beeswax
  • 6 oz Coconut Oil
  • 15 oz Olive Oil
  • 3 0z Jojoba Oil
  • 4 oz Sweet Almond Oil
  • .5 oz Essential Oils at trace
  •  Lye
  • Frozen/Slushy Coconut Milk (in place of water)

You’ll notice that I did not include the amount of lye  or coconut milk, that is because it is good soaping practice to ALWAYS run every soap you plan on making through a Lye Calculator. Even if you already have the amounts you still need to run it through a lye calculator because there could have been a mistake.

When running this recipe through a lye calculator you need to decide on the amount of superfat you want I do mine at 7% usually, but it depends on your hair type, you may need to make a few batches and see what works best for you.

Okay now that I am done with that I will give you basic instructions for making this soap. Melt your oils. While they are melting take your frozen/slushy coconut milk and add a little bit of lye to it at a time making sure it does not over heat and cause the coconut milk to burn. Remember to always add lye to your liquid, never add liquid to lye it could cause a bubbly lye volcano of doom! Once you have finished incorporating your lye into the coconut milk continue like you would making any other soap using either the hot process or cold process method.

Essential Oils: Choose whatever you like either for scent or their properties. Two combinations that I always like are Lavender & Tea Tree and Rosemary & Mint.

After you use your shampoo bar you may want to do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to condition your hair, just add 1 tablespoon ACV to one cup water and squirt or pour over your hair and then rinse it out. You can also do a conditioning masque or hot oil hair treatment before you hop in the shower to condition your hair.


If you try this recipe or have a shampoo bar recipe that you really like let me know! If you have any questions about this recipe feel free to ask in the comments.

If you have never used shampoo bars before Sherri at Overthrow Martha has a great post about them.

Summer Essentials Pet Post

petpost2I love any and all animals. My house is full of them, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and a horse. Okay, the horse doesn’t stay in the house but I would totally let her if she could.

Now that it is hot outside (happy dance) those lovely little pests are out. Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and flies lots and lots of flies. I think the flies may be the worst. Now I know many of you are probably thinking ‘what flies the worst?’ Well if you have never had a horse then you will probably not know all the flies of the biting stinging variety. There are horse flies, and deer flies. Then there are bot flies and sweat bees (not a fly I know). I could keep going on but I will stop here. Needless to stay anything with wings is pretty much guaranteed to be on my S list.

If you are like me you have a problem using all those nasty chemical flea and tick repellents and fly sprays. Because really if it is dangerous to get on your own skin why would you want to be putting it on your pets (which are pretty much like family/kids)?

The number one thing to do with an animal that is infested with pests, especially fleas, is to check their nutrition and health. Pests do not thrive on healthy pets, sure they may have the occasional flea or tick but they will not be covered in them. I recommend talking to both your vet and a certified animal nutritionist to build a healthy diet for your pet.

Now if you are just looking for something you can buy and use on your pets I love Only Natural Pet products I love their diaotomaceous earth product and cedar spray.


Now for a few DIY pet spray recipes.


For Dogs and Horses

32 oz Witch Hazel

15 drops Lavender EO

15 drops Citronella EO

15 Drops Lemongrass EO

15 Drops Peppermint EO

15 Drops Geranium EO

Mix it all up in a spray bottle and mist your pets with this mixture once every couple of days.


For Cats

When using essential oils on cats please watch for any changes in their behavior and stop use immediately if something changes.

14 oz Witch Hazel

10 Drops Lavender EO

10 Drops Geranium EO

10 Drops Rosemary EO

Mix all this up and mist your cat only when necessary.


Be sure and get good quality essential oils. I get most of mine from Mountain Rose Herbs I like their openness about their products. I have heard great things about Young Living essential oils as well but have only tried a few of them.

If you try out one of these sprays let me know how it works for you!

Do you have any insect repelling tricks that you use on your pets?

Watch out for my next Summer Essentials post, bug spray for humans & a giveaway! Also coming soon will be my soap recipe series! Let me know if there are any soap recipes you would really like to have.

DIY Sunburn Spray




What You Need

  • 1/2 boiling cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (you can really use any type but this is my favorite)
  • 4 tablespoons pure aloe vera gel
  • 1 bag peppermint tea (or 15 drops peppermint essential oil)
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil



Put the tea bags in the boiling water and let them steep until the water has cooled down. Then add the water and the remaining ingredients together in a spray bottle and shake to combine.

I usually put mine in the fridge so it gets nice and cool then spritz it over the burned areas. This is great too if you have been tanning to heal any sun damage and hydrate and refresh your skin.

I also use this spray when I come in from working outside and am really it hot, it helps me cool down much faster.



Why these ingredients?

Apple Cider Vinegar: It relieves pain, cools skin, and balances pH to promote healing.

Aloe Vera Gel: has anti-inflammatory properties and helps skin cells regenerate faster.

Peppermint Tea/EO: Soothes and cools skin.

Green Tea: Has anti-inflammatory properties and other ingredients that help protect skin from UV radiation damage.

Lavender EO: Contains ingredients that local analgesic and aesthetic effects. It has anti-bacterial properties. It also helps increase new cell growth.


You can pick and choose which ingredients to use to match what you have on hand as long as you keep the base of water and vinegar.

I hope ya’ll like this spray! Do you have any favorite DIY sunburn remedies?

DIY Pineapple Face Mask and Exfoliator

pineapple2This is a great recipe for those with acne prone or dry peeling skin. Pineapple is high in salicylic acid and other enzymes that help exfoliate your skin and break down dead skin cells. It almost acts as a light skin peel and moisturizes your skin too. I use this mask once a week and it has helped my skin so much, it has almost completely stopped my breakouts!

Here is what you’ll need.

1/2 Pineapple cubed

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until it forms a runny paste. Apply to clean damp skin and let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes and then rinse off.

Your skin will feel so soft after this.

DIY At Home Spa Day

aromatherapy-massage-spa-fashion-health-free_408857  So we had a bunch of snow here a few weeks ago and I was stuck in the house for the week with my husband and babies. I decided that since he was going to be home, I could take a day and treat myself while he watched the kids.

I started off with a nice hot oil hair treatment.

After that I did a great facial steam using essential oils.

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DIY Toothpaste and Why Regular Toothpaste is Bad

toothpasteSo today we are going to talk about a simple homemade toothpaste recipe. Generic store bought toothpaste has many toxins in it. I encourage all of you to go research each ingredient that is put into your toothpaste and see for yourself what it is you are putting into your mouth and body.

Many toothpastes are also very abrasive and actually damage your teeth.  Look to see how abrasive your toothpaste is here.

Have you ever read the toothpaste warning saying that if it is ingested to contact a poison control center? Ever wonder why that was there? It is there because of fluoride. Fluoride is actually a poison and if ingested it can make you severely sick and even kill. One tube of toothpaste has enough fluoride in it to kill a child weighing less than 66 pounds (30kg). Yet they make it in those yummy flavors like bubblegum and berry that make kids just want to eat it. Read more about the dangers of fluoride here.

There is also lots of doubt as to the effectiveness of fluoride read more about it here.

Now that we’ve talked about why I personally don’t like toothpaste lets talk about a simple recipe to make toothpaste at home.

What You Need

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Stevia to sweeten to taste if wanted


Mix all the ingredients together. You can melt the coconut oil some in the microwave or on a double boiler if needed, it does not need to be liquid just soft and easily stirred. Then store it in a small jar and put a small amount on your toothbrush. I use a small silver spoon to scoop out my toothpaste. Since silver is antibacterial I don’t have to worry about adding bad bacteria to my toothpaste.

I am working on making another toothpaste with a few more ingredients but when I get it right, I will be sure and share it.