Bug Spray for Babies

My ineffective bug spray

My ineffective bug spray

Since you’ve all been so helpful with recommendations for other summer products, I have another item to ask about.

I’m a bug magnet. If you’re looking for a chemical-free bug spray, just stand next to me. It’s yet to be seen if Franci inherited my bug-loving composition, but I figure I should have some baby-friendly bug spray on hand just in case.

Even with essential oil insect repellents,  I’m worried Frances will ingest more than her share (her hands and clothes spend more time in her mouth than out these days). My home-made spray contains the following oils: citronella, cedar, peppermint and lemongrass. Not only is the smell overwhelming, but it doesn’t even work!

What baby-safe insect repellent do you recommend? If you make your own, what oils work best?


  1. Hi Michele –

    I’m a new reader of the GreenBabyGuide, but I’m loving it so far! I ran across this recipe for bugspray on another blog – check out the ingredients of their EO blend (http://essentialoilblogging.com/2013/06/10/diy-all-natural-bug-off-spray/). You may want to think about diluting further with witch hazel as well. The mosquitos are TERRIBLE this year, good luck!

  2. Thanks, Kate! I like the idea of using witch hazel to dilute the mix, and I think I can easily replicate their Bug-Off Synergy mix.

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