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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.

Ingredients:

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.

 

Safe Summer Fun in the Sun For Kids

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So I had started another blog focusing on children but have found that one of my blogs always gets ignored so I will be slowly combining the two and expanding the content area of this blog. I always have a million ideas for posts and they are not always skin care centered, but they are always naturally focused. I will still be posting tons of skin care tips, tricks, and DIY’s but there is just so much more that I am passionate about and want to share with ya’ll!

It is time for summer fun and you know what that means; outdoors, fresh 13430-Reflect2air, water, and sun, lots and lots of sun! But choosing what products to use on your little ones skin can be difficult.

So many products out there nowadays are packed with harmful chemicals. So here is a list of products that are safe and natural for your little ones.

Badger Sunscreens are my absolute favorite. They have daily sunscreens with minimal whitening effect and thick sunscreens for swimming or working/being outside all day. They use non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide as theif SPF.

Miessence, now this a product you can feel good about putting on your kids. They are an Australian based company with food grade certified organic skin care products. That is some seriously riggorus testing to be certified organic. This is a lower SPF though at 15 (others tested it at 29.5) 2 Moms Natural Skin Care is now carrying Miessence products!

Green Beaver– This is another ceritified organic sunscreen and it is spray on! SPF 32

Loving Naturals Clear Sunscreen– This is a great sunscreen that goes on clear so no ghost look. It is made with all natural ingredients and non-nano zinc oxide. SPF 30+

 

So how about those days playing in the park, hiking and camping in the woods? You’ll want something to repell all those nasty bugs like mosquitos and ticks but without all those harsh bug repelling chemicals. Here’s what I would recommend.

Warning: Many of these products contain essential oils, certain essential oils can interefere with some medicine and medical conditions please consult with a qualified person before using.

Badger-Bug-Spray1-142x300Lafes Organic Baby Insect Repellent– I use this all the time and love it. It is USDA certified organic so you can feel safe putting it on you kids.

Loving Naturals Insect Repellent Spray– This is great just like their sunscreen it is also Vegan!

Badger Anti-Bug Shake & Spray- This is another one of my favorites, it lasts for a while and is super safe.

Buzz Free Zone Personal Spray- This is another Miessence product that I absolutely love and have no qualms about using it on my babies!

 

UB2 BonnetAnother great thing for the sun is a baby bonnet or hats. I absolutely love UB2 Urban Baby Bonnets. They have styles for both boys and girls and some are even organic.

 

 

You also might want to invest in a washable swim diaper. I love the ones from Apple Cheecks Cloth Diapers. Sweet BottomsCute-Baby-in-Swim-Diaper-colour-Bonfire Baby has a great selection of cloth swim diapers to choose from.

 

DIY Sunburn Spray

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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

 

Directions

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?

Summer Essentials- Sun Protection

sunprotection2Protecting your skin from the sun is very important. The sun can damage and prematurely age your skin as well as cause cancer. It is important to not only wear suncreen but protective clothing and gear like hats and glasses.

Picking a sunscreen can be hard, especially since so many of them are full of harsh chemicals. So what are the best and most natural options available?

Badger Balm– This is one of my all time favorites. They use non-nano particle zinc oxide and have SPF’s ranging from 15 to 35. They even have a bug repellent sun screen!

Miessence– This is a great sunscreen with a lower SPF at 15 (third parties rated it at 29.5 though). It uses at least 70% certified organic ingredients and the rest are naturally produced minerals it contains no synthetic chemicals or GMO’s.

Green Beaver- Here is another certified organic sunscreen. They have a face, and spray version available!

Be sure and get a good pair of sunglasses, here is what the EWG’s Sun Safety Campaign has to say about how to pick the best sunglasses.

  1. Buy a good pair of general-purpose medium to dark sunglasses with large lenses and wraparound design (Health Canada 2010). UV can enter the eyes from the side. As well, light shining from a source behind the head can be reflected off the inner surface of sunglasses and into the eyes, making the shape of the curved sunglasses particularly important (Behar-Cohen 2014). Daily-use outdoor sunglasses should block 60 to 92 percent of visible light and UVA rays and 95 to 99 percent of UVB rays.
  2. Wear sunglasses from morning to night.
  3. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or visor and avoid bright midday sunlight.
  4. Don’t wear lightly-tinted “cosmetic” sunglasses when outdoors. They do not protect the eyes sufficiently.
  5. Don’t wear sunglasses made for prolonged sun exposure for driving because they are deeply tinted and can block up to 97 percent of visible light, 98.5 percent of UVA rays and at least 99 percent of UVB rays. Overly dark lenses interfere with the driver’s view of traffic signs and signals.

 

Have fun and be safe in the sun!

 

Look out for the next part of our Summer Essentials Series “DIY Sunburn Spray”.