Bug Repellent Lotion Bar

Bug Repellent Lotion Bar

In Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, we know mosquitoes! And two of my children have very bad reactions to mosquito bites.  So after seeing some homemade bug repellant recipes on-line I decided to try making my own in a lotion bar form for my family.   If you’ve never heard of a lotion bar (a pretty new concept to me too!) it just what it sounds like.  It looks like a bar of soap and you rub it into your skin where you need extra moisture.  The recipes I found used bees-wax too which really helps add protection to the skin as well as moisture.  And since you can use whatever essential oils you want in a lotion bar, I thought I’d use the essential oils that will {hopefully} repel mosquitos.

So here’s the basic lotion bar recipe:  (ANOTHER POSSIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!! See other Christmas in July posts)

  • 1 part beeswax
  • 1 part cocoa or shea butter (I used a combo of both)
  • 1 part oil (jojoba, sweet almond, avocado, or I used a combo of olive oil and coconut, mostly olive oil)
  • Vitamin E gel caps (optional)
  • Essential oils (optional)

**To make this lotion bar with bug repelling power using a combination of these essential oils: citronella, lemongrass, cedarwood, lavender

1. Use a scale and weigh equal parts beeswax and cocoa/shea butter. (Definitely go by weight rather than volume!)

2. Use a liquid measuring cup to measure the same amount of oil.

3.  On low heat (or using a double boiler) gently melt wax, butter, and oil together. 

4.  If you’re using Vitamin E, poke a hole in a gel cap and squeeze the oil into each mold shape (I used a silicon muffin pan, but you can use candy or soap molds or metal muffin pans too!)  Add drops of essential oils in each mold shape too if you want different scents for each bar.  If you want one batch of the same scent just stir the essential oils into the melted wax after it’s taken off the heat.  Pour melted mixture of wax and butters into the mold and stir each one.  Let them sit for several hours until cooled and hardened.  (You can put in the fridge if  you’re in a hurry, but don’t use the freezer.  From what I read it may crack the lotion bars.)

5.  To use simply rub the lotion bar on your skin.  It might feel a little greasy at first but it will quickly be absorbed.

For my first batch I tried a variety of essential oils…a different combination in each mold opening!  I used 3 oz of each: wax, butter, oil and my silicone muffin pan holds six bars. 

 

Heart-Shaped Lotion bars!

 

And now we’ll be testing to see if this really keeps the bugs away!   There will be plenty of opportunities around here!  Check back in and I’ll let you know how effective it is!  (And if nothing else, at least our skin will be silky smooth!)  😉

Note:  You can also make a liquid insect repellant spray with the same essential oils, witch hazel, and water.

Other posts you may like:

DIY lotion

DIY face wash

DIY  lemon sugar scrub

You can buy carrier oils, essential oils, beeswax pastilles, and different butters at Moutain Rose Herbs.

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