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3 Essential Oils For Your Next Outdoor Adventure

With summertime coming in, it is finally time for you and your family to embrace the outdoors.

But with the nice summer breeze and warm weather, bugs also come out to play. This can certainly put a damper on your holiday mood when you are having to deal with buzzing insects or bug bites. Whether it’s camping, hiking, or just lounging by the pool, we have the perfect solution to keep you carefree and cheerful for the summer. Our Outdoor Essentials Collection is exactly what you need to keep bugs away and keep you and your kids protected. Use these essential oils to make your very own bug spray and bug repellent and enjoy your outdoor adventures to the max this summer season!

3 Essential Oils To Keep Bugs Away During Your Outdoor Adventures

Bug Away Blend

Made using completely natural ingredients, our Outdoor Essentials Collection doesn’t contain any artificial chemicals making our oils perfect for kids, people with skin sensitivities, and people who want to stick to an all-natural lifestyle. Our oils will not only protect you from bugs but will also help you relax and enjoy the peaceful summertime vibes during your outdoor adventures. 

Here are some of the best essential oils that will help you keep the bugs away and your family protected during your outdoor fun. 

1. Bug Away Blend

Fresh, citrusy scent; repels bugs, no harsh chemicals.

Our specialized insect deterrent blend is both safe and effective at keeping away insects and protecting you from bug bites during outdoor adventures. 

Our best-selling formula comes in a 15ml Neat blend and a Roll-On, so you have the option of taking your Bug Away with you wherever you go. Bug Away combines a mixture of Citronella, Cedarwood Atlas, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Thyme ingredients to create a natural, powerful, and effective blend.

As part of our Kids Collection, our Bug Away Roll-On is specifically designed for topical applications, so you can feel perfectly comfortable and secure when using it with your kids. The Bug Away Roll-On comes pre-diluted in a base of 98% Fractionated Coconut Oil for a quick and easy application.

Diffuse 5-10 drops of our 15ml Bug Away Neat blend to naturally deter bugs while outside or indoors. When on-the-go, bring along our Bug Away Roll-On for a ready-to-go topical application, safe for children 2 and up.

You can also try our Basic Bug Repellent Spray recipe and spray the mixture directly onto clothes or exposed skin before you go outside.

Citronella Essential Oil

Bye Bye Bug Spray

  • 4oz spray bottle
  • 2oz of a base such as witch hazel, vodka, distilled water
  • 1 teaspoon of a carrier (Jojoba, FCO, or Aloe Vera Gel)
  • 45 drops of Bug Away

Add the base, carrier oil, and Bug Away to the spray bottle. Shake well before each use. To use, spray the mixture directly onto clothes and exposed skin to repel insects.

*This is a water-based recipe with no added preservatives so we recommend creating small batches as needed as the shelf life is between 1-2 weeks. Keep in a refrigerator when not in use.

2. Citronella Essential Oil

Bright herbal fragrance to repel insects; may help with Athlete’s Foot

Citronella offers a sweet, lemony aroma, presenting freshness with every drop. It is also a well-known bug repellent and may be used topically or diffused into the air. The essential oil is known to work well when incorporated into skincare regimens, and works especially great for those with oily skin, making it the perfect thing to apply in the morning before going out to keep bugs away.

Here are two DIY bug repellent recipes utilizing safe and natural ingredients to protect yourself from bugs this summer:

Lavender Essential Oil

Mosquito Free Balm

  • 15 drops Citronella
  • 10 drops Cedarwood
  • 5 drops Patchouli
  • 4 drops Bergamot FCF
  • ¼ cup Shea Butter
  • 1 tablespoon FCO

Melt Shea Butter to just barely melted. Remove from heat and blend all ingredients together. Apply to exposed skin before heading outside.

Bugs Be Gone DIY Bug Spray

3. Lavender Essential Oil

Gentle floral aroma; calming, enhances sleep & great for the skin.

One of the best multipurpose essential oils, it is always good to have Lavender oil around. Whether you are out camping, relaxing by the beach, or reading a book on your porch, Lavender is the perfect oil to have by your side. Known for reducing discomfort from cuts, scrapes, and bruises, the essential oil is a definite must-have for any outdoor adventure. Although it isn't specialized in repelling insects, Lavender is powerful in helping soothe bug bites and calm down skin irritations. Applying the essential oil to bug bites can help ease itchiness and support a quick recovery.

Its calming and soothing properties will help you feel relaxed and allow you to be able to connect with the nature around you. The essential oil can be used to ease tension and stress, and soothe stiff muscles and joints. Lavender can be diffused or applied topically. You can try our 15 ml, 5ml, or Roll-On, and take Lavender on the go with you, anytime, anywhere!

Try these recipes to help you relax after a long day outside:

Skin Soothing Seaweed Wrap

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons Almond Oil
  • 8 ounces concentrated, dried, micronized seaweed powder

Mix the seaweed powder with a little warm water and make a paste. Add the essential oils to the almond oil, then stir this mixture into the seaweed paste.

Take a warm shower and exfoliate your skin using a loofah or body scrubber to aid absorption of the seaweed minerals. Apply the seaweed paste to your whole body, starting from your feet. Ask someone to apply it to your back and other areas you cannot reach. Cover yourself in plastic wrap and lie in a warm place for 20 – 30 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and rinse off seaweed paste with a warm shower.

Hot and Bothered Feet

Use in one of the following ways:

  1. Dissolve baking soda into a foot basin or pail of tepid water. Add the essential oils, sit down, and soak your feet. This will not only make your feet feel better, but the aroma of the essential oils will make you feel more energetic.
  2. When you have neither the time nor the interest to soak your feet, put the above ingredients into a spray bottle with 1 cup water. Shake the bottle and spray your feet. Allow them to air dry.