As any nature-lover knows, there are few things more annoying than being bugged by bugs! It is summer again and whether you’re trying to enjoy a picnic or simply taking a walk in the woods, insects can quickly ruin your day. Especially for children or those that are sensitive to mosquito bites may feel that avoiding insects and keeping pest free is a top priority. Fortunately, there is a simple solution that repels insects: all natural bug spray.
If you’re looking for natural insect control or mosquito repellents that are truly effective at repelling bugs, you’ve come to the right place. For many years now, Utama Spice has been busy making some of the best all natural products for beauty and skin care on the market. One of our very first products and perhaps one of our best known creations, Begone Bug natural bug spray, has enjoyed great popularity and been used in Indonesia and all over the world since the very beginning.
As you very well know, bugs are pesky creatures that are attracted to the sweet smell of human skin. Fortunately, there are a few simple ingredients that are relatively widely available that you can mix to create your own bug spray with 100% natural ingredients.
Why you need to use all natural bug spray
All natural bug spray is effective at repelling bugs because it contains essential oils that bugs don’t like. Essential oils are also generally very safe for humans and pets, so you can feel good about using them around your home. Our Utama Spice bug spray is made with a blend of essential oils that have been proven to repel pests. Citrus oils like Lemon and long-time favorites such as eucalyptus and peppermint oil can be effective at controlling insects, but we believe the best formula is a combo of clove oil, cajeput, and citronella. And the best part is that you can use our bug spray on your body, clothing, or in your home to keep help get rid of bugs fast.
Harsh Chemicals can be Harmful To Your Body
Currently DEET is the most popular and effective method to repel bugs on the market. However, while it is effective at repelling mosquitoes, it is also toxic to humans and animals. DEET can cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, and seizures. It can also be absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream. In high concentrations, DEET can be lethal. As a result, DEET-based insecticides should only be used as a last resort, if at all. All natural bug spray, on the other hand, is safe for humans and animals and really work! These sprays typically use essential oils like citronella or lemongrass to repel insects. While they may not be as effective as DEET-based sprays, they are much safer and can be used without fear of side effects.
Research Has Proved Essential Oils are Effective
The New England Journal of Medicine did a study on the effectiveness of different essential oils against mosquitoes. They found that a number of essential oils, including lemon eucalyptus oil, and others, were effective at repelling mosquitoes for up to 20 minutes and longer. They also found that some essential oils were more effective than others. Lemongrass, eucalyptus, cinnamon oil, citronella and even catnip oil are often thought of as the most effective oils at repelling mosquitoes. However, in our experience clove and cajeput are also extremely useful and quite underrated as well. Oils derived from fresh herbs, plants and their natural by-products have remarkable effectiveness and without any physical detriment to your body.
A Bug Spray that is made with Organic Ingredients
In recent years, essential oils have become popular as a natural way to repel insects. While there is still some debate as to how effective they are, research studies have shown that certain essential oils can be quite effective at repelling mosquitos and other insects. One theory is that the strong scent of the oils confuses insects, making it difficult for them to locate their prey. Additionally, the oils may interfere with the insects’ ability to sense carbon dioxide, which is one of the cues they use to find their prey. Some research also suggests that a certain essential oil blend may have toxicity effects on insects, although more research is needed in this area. Overall, while there is still some debate as to how exactly they work, research studies have shown that essential oil mixtures can be an effective way to repel unwanted insects.
We think our customers will agree!
How to make natural bug spray
Homemade bug sprays are easy to make and just as effective as the store-bought kind, especially those with harsh chemicals! In fact, you might already have everything you need to make it in your pantry!
Most commercial bug sprays are full of toxic chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family. But don’t worry, there are plenty of natural ingredients that bugs hate just as much as they hate the chemicals.
The best part about making your own bug spray is that you can customize it to your own liking. If you don’t like the smell of one essential oil, you can always swap it out for another. Don’t like carrying a spray bottle around with you? You can make a lotion instead! Wish to add something you personally like or enjoy? Feel free!
What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup distilled water
1/2 cup witch hazel / or in a combination with organic, natural grain alcohol
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin (optional)
30-50 drops of essential oils (see below for suggested oils)
- Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.
- To use, simply spray on exposed skin as needed, being careful to avoid the eyes and mouth.
- Reapply often and as needed, especially after swimming or sweating.
- Store in a cool, dark place when not in use.
In addition, you can mix in other useful additives that you like, such as :
– Aloe vera juice: Soothes the skin and provides anti-inflammatory properties
– Apple cider vinegar: Deters insects and can be used as a natural disinfectant
– Coconut oil: Nourishes the skin and provides protection against harmful UV rays
– Vitamin E oil: Soothes the skin and provides antioxidant benefits
Some have suggested neem oil as a useful additive, but we believe it to have a unpleasant odor that the user may find offputting. In addition, vinegar can also be added and is useful as well, but naturally the aroma is not pleasant.
At Utama Spice we use agar as a type of natural stabilizer with strong gelling properties that is great for long shelf life and that gives the spray a clean, distinctive and professional feel when used in mosquito repellent. This can also be purchased online.
Also, you can try using our Utama Spice Witch Hazel in your homemade bug spray. Witch hazel is a natural astringent and may be more gentle on certain skin types who have a sensitivity to alcohol.
Its worth mentioning that we don’t believe that any old wives tales like eating garlic or using dryer sheets will be useful against bugs.
Regardless of the situation, do a patch test on your skin before using any new product, especially if you have sensitive skin, prone to allergic reactions or skin irritation. While Begone Bug is gentle enough for babies or even pregnant women, the best defense against bug bites is to avoid compromising outdoor scenarios where you may be attacked by insects.
In any case, if you’re looking for an all-natural way to keep bugs at bay, our bug spray is the perfect solution. With only natural ingredients it’s safe to use around children and pets, and it’s perfect to use directly on your skin.