Every year it's the same: as soon as my limbs are freed from winter's endless layers, they are attacked by all manner of insects, and I spend the rest of the summer with itchy welts. I always buy bug spray, but I hate the way it smells and feels, so I don't use it as often as I should. This year, however, I shall be protecting myself with one—or all—of these wonderfully scented DIY repellents.
Sprays & Salves
This spray utilizes ready-made bug repellent oil and delicious-smelling vanilla extract, which bugs apparently hate.
This beeswax- and olive oil-based salve creates "a force field of rosemary, catnip, lavender, and lemon."
This cleverly combines citronella, lemongrass, and grapefruit oils with soothing coconut oil.
This repellent earns points for only requiring one essential oil—tea tree—unlike many of the others.
Of all of the scents used in these remedies, basil is the one I would most like to smell like.
Burnables & Bouquets
Ban bugs and make use of the cute bottles you don't know what to do with but can't bear to recycle.
I hope you've been saving pretty jars, too! These citronella, cedar, and eucalyptus oil-infused candles are perfect to take on a picnic.
These petite versions that utilize lavender, geranium, and rosemary essential oils would be sweet scattered on a dinner table.
If you don't want to bother melting beeswax, make luminaries with fresh herbs and citrus.
Effective and pretty! Adorn your table with an arrangement of fresh basil, chives, rosemary, and thyme.