Update: Just made another batch using these super cute molds I had on hand to make the kids fruit gummy snacks. This way they are a reasonable size to give away for others to try. Made 17 of these small ones with a bit left over I tossed into some mini muffin tins.
I have done two different things for bug repellent. Living in the tropics we neeeed bug repellent and I am not interested in spraying DEET on myself or kids. One was bug repellent bars that I like to give out as gifts and one was just some simple bug spray. I feel like both work well. Living in a military community we have people move in and out a lot in our neighborhood. When people move in, in addition to some homemade treats like pineapple macadamia nut bread and Apple Ginger Jam, I like to give some of the bug repellent bars and a lemongrass plant (they are going to need them here.) Just rub the lotion bar on your skin when you are going to be out and you are good to go. I will write a post for the bug spray tomorrow. Sorry I do not have step by step pictures for the bug repellent bars. I had taken a break from blogging when I made them. The next time I make them, I will post pics. :) For this picture I had one bar left and tossed the ingredients in a double boiler, do not have time to actually make them right now though.
Bug Repellent Bars
I got this recipe from My Buttered Life Summer Edition E-Book.
Beeswax - 3 1/2 oz,
Shea Butter - 1/3 cup (3 oz.),
Coconut Oil - 1/3 cup (3 oz.),
Citronella essential oil - 4 1/2 tsp (0.6 oz).
Makes 3 bars of 3 oz each
Other essential oils you can use instead of Citronella or in addition too are Lemon, Eucalyptus, Clove, Cedarwood, Neem, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, or Lemongrass. If you use them in addition too, just make sure you adjust the amounts you are putting in. You should only have a total of 4 1/2 teaspoons of essential oil. The Citronella is a pretty strong scent so you might want to put part Citronella and part Lavender. Again since you are putting it on and rubbing it in your skin, I would use a high quality brand essential oil. I recommend doTerra, Native American Nutritionals, Young Living or Mountain Rose Herbs.
1. Place beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil in double boiler (if you do not have a double boiler you can use a glass pyrex bowl set in a pot of boiling water.
2. Melt and stir with wooden skewer
3. Remove from heat, wait a few minutes, and add essential oil.
4. Stir with wooden skewer, pour into molds, and let set.
Tips - if you do not have specified molds you want to use, instead of buying them you can just put in muffin or mini muffin pan, or make smaller bars and put in ice cube tray. If bars won't pop out, put in freezer for 30 minutes then pop out. I used a tray I had for baking homemade twinkies (the twinkies were never a hit but now I use the pan for these bars.) :)
When I used the cute molds pictured above I had some left over so tossed them in a mini-muffin pan which is actually a good size to give out as gifts.
I got the shea butter on Amazon but you can also get it on, Aromatics International, Native American Nutritionals, or Mountain Rose Herbs. The beeswax pellets I got from my local craft store but you can also get it on Amazon, Aromatics International or Mountain Rose Herbs.