A few weeks ago I was lucky enough hang out on Michigan's side of the Lake with some friends. We floated on the river, swam in the lake, cooked over campfires, and spent as much time as possible outside. It was a blast except that once the sun went down, the mosquitoes would come out to play. I brought along a bottle of this homemade insect repellent, and I have to admit that though it worked (and smelled great) during the mosquitoes' early evening warm up rounds, it failed during their nighttime feeding frenzies. If you are in a serious cloud of hungry bugs, then this is not gonna cut it!
Blend together in a small glass or plastic spray bottle (about 2 ounces) the following:
10 drops citronella
10 drops lemongrass
5 drops rosemary
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops cedarwood
Apply generously and savor these last weeks of summer. Cheers!