Simple, Effective DIY Buzz Off Spray

Why you need buzz off spray…

  1. You want to enjoy the outdoors, but there are a lot of creepers out there looking at you for their next meal.
  2. You don’t want to put more toxic chemicals on your body.  (Studies at Duke University showed that prolonged exposure to DEET in rats led to diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes – according to Scientific American)

Ready to make the switch…

Now that you have made up your mind, let’s take a lesson from Creation and learn how it avoid annoyances. If you are a gardener, you have probably been told at some point to plant marigolds in your garden to ward off bugs.  That is because the smell of marigolds acts as a repellent to some bugs and other pests.

And how can we use that same plant defense on our own bodies?

ESSENTIAL OILS, my friends!

Essential oils are the “aromatic volatile liquids distilled from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds.”  (Young, 2003)  Essential oils are very concentrated and very potent.

There are a lot of essential oils that will serve the purpose here, but I like to stick with core essential oils that I use for lots of things, as opposed to buying one just for a single recipe.  Here is my recipe, that I have used all over the country and found to be effective.  I have shared it with plenty of friends who love it too!  In the recipe, I am putting direct links to the products that I use and love.

Buzz Off Spray Recipe & Instructions

  • 1 (4 oz.) Spray bottle (yes, you want glass and yes, you want cobalt or amber)
  • a little less than ½ of said spray bottle in Apple Cider Vinegar (or Witch Hazel)
  • a little less than ½ of said spray bottle in distilled water (can be found at your local grocery store)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Essential Oil drops: 10 thieves, 10 lavender, 10 eucalyptus, 5 geranium, 5 citronella

Pour all ingredients in to the spray bottle and spray away!  Be sure to avoid your eyes.

Here are other essential oils that work well:  purification, tea tree, rosemary, lemongrass, cajeput, cedar, catnip and mint.

What to expect…

This spray actually smells good to me.  Vinegary at first, and then the thieves oil stands out to me, which I LOVE.  If you hate the smell of vinegar, just substitute the witch hazel in its place.  I have tried both, and I think the vinegar is more effective.  Most of the ingredients in this recipe are also beneficial to your skin, so the spray has a very nice feel to it.  I have used this recipe for several years in Pennsylvania with great success, and now we have used it in over 30 states as fulltime RVers, and it has proven itself effective throughout our travels as well.

I hope you get a chance to make this spray and love it as much as we do.  Always use caution with essential oils, especially if you have sensitive skin.  Additionally, you can change up the essential oils in this recipe to meet your specific needs.  As you become more comfortable with making your own diy products and using essential oils, you will be able to experiment for yourself.

Ready for more simple, effective DIY?  Try my deodorant, toothpaste and salve recipes!


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About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

4 comments on “Simple, Effective DIY Buzz Off Spray

  1. It’s not said or mentioned what size, ounce wise, is the bottle for the bug spray. Would appreciate knowing.

    • Hi, Candy! Thanks for mentioning that, so I could update the post. I use a 4 oz. bottle.

  2. Thanks for this video I’m trying to eat, live and get chemicals out. It can be overwhelming so I started w food first. Quick question does this bug spray have a shelf life and does it need refrigerated? Just wondered since using apple cider vinegar.

    • Hi, Lezli! I know what you mean, but persevere – it is so worth it! The best way that I have found to simplify eliminating the toxins is by using essential oils. I joined Young Living, because they are the world leader in essential oils, and they have an incredible non-toxic, plant based cleaner with Thieves essential oil – I use it to clean pretty much everything. That was a life changer for me and my routine. For the spray, no need to refrigerate. It will last at least a year, maybe even longer – I typically use it up before that time. Best wishes to you on your wellness journey! -Jen

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