Within minutes you can make a homemade DIY bug repellent that will help keep the bugs away when you are out enjoying all things nature. This DIY insect repellent is safe for kids and adults and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. A homemade bug spray that will work great at keeping those pesky unwanted insects away, so you can enjoy your time outdoors. 

Can you believe that we are getting closer to spring? I am so excited to see flower buds ready to bloom, and the weather is getting a little warmer each day. There is nothing I love more than being outside. Whether it is time at the park, swimming, having a picnic at the beach, or working in the garden. 

DIY Insect repellent with free printable label

Easy Homemade Bug Repellent 

But there is one area of the great outdoors I am not a huge fan of. BUGS! Bugs can truly be a damper to a good day. A few years ago we had an infestation of mosquitos, and you rarely wanted to step outdoors because you would get attacked within seconds. When we were getting hit hard with mosquitos and other bugs, I went to work on creating a homemade insect repellent that was loaded with natural essential oils. 

These essential oils work really well in naturally repelling bugs. From flies, gnats, mosquitos, chiggers and more. Spread this vegan-friendly natural insect repellent on, and go out and enjoy your day. 

How to make a homemade bug repellent.

When to use this DIY Bug Repellent 

  • At the park
  • Working in the Garden 
  • Outside at events
  • BBQ’s and Parties 
  • At the lake or pool 
  • Playing in the yard with kids
  • Or any other time you are going to be outdoors for an extended time frame

What Is Going On With DEET 

Here is the thing. If you use bug sprays I am sure you have heard of DEET. Some say stay away from DEET and others say you need a bug spray that has to have it. But there are mixed reviews on the safety of using any bug spray that contains DEET. 

For us in our home, we are careful what chemicals we are spraying and rubbing on our body. If I can make a homemade bug spray that keeps the bugs away using some oils why not? I mean the goal here is to keep bugs away right?!

I have played with some of my favorite essential oils to come up with a beautiful mix that really helps keep those insects away as you play. 

How to make a natural bug repellent at home.

What Essential Oils Keep Bugs Away

There are so many essential oils you can buy that will work great at naturally repelling bugs. I have found those below to work really well at protecting me and my family.

Click on the links to purchase these essential oils:

I also want to recommend the quality of the essential oils you are choosing to use. Reach for a well-known and trusted brand that sells quality essential oils. The essential oils each hold unique properties, and if they are quality they will work together better for a natural bug repellent spray. 

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The 5 Minute DIY Insect Repellent 

This recipe is truly one that can be made in minutes. Yes, minutes! Keep it handy and apply when you want to go outdoors. It also works great for small rashes and bug bites. The natural essential oils work together to help relieve the itch in case you do get a bite or two. 

Benefits of Ingredients to Your Skin 

Coconut Oil | Coconut oil will work wonders on your skin. From helping soothe and relieve dry skin, to reducing any inflammation you might be experiencing. Coconut oil also helps to keep your skin hydrated. 

Safflower Oil  | Loaded with vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids. This oil is wonderful for your skin. Just like coconut oil, you will find this oil will help to hydrate and protect your skin. 

Beeswax | Will give your skin a layer of protection but will also allow it to breathe. If you were to get bit and need this mixture to help soothe your itchy or achy skin, the beeswax can help reduce any inflammation you might have. 

Essential Oils | You will see I use a handful of essential oils for this bug repellent. Each one of these oils works together to help build up layers of protection. So when you combine them all, it creates a powerhouse natural bug repellent to help keep any bug around you away. 

How to Make Your Natural Bug Repellent

You can find the printable and pinnable recipe card below. 

Step 1: In a medium size microwave safe bowl, add coconut oil. Place in microwave for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Add beeswax or soy wax to the bowl and return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir and continue to melt at 30-second intervals until mixture is liquid.

Step 3: Add safflower and raspberry oil to bowl and mix.

Step 4: Add the essential oils to the bowl and mix everything together thoroughly.

Step 5: Pour mixture into small containers with an airtight lid.

Et voila! you have your very own safe and natural homemade insect repellent.

See the full homemade bug repellent recipe below. And download your free label printable here.

DIY Bug Repellent Recipe

DIY Bug Repellent Recipe

Looking for a healthier version of traditional bug repellents? This DIY Insect Repellent is super easy to whip up and it works without the need for nasty chemicals!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • ¼ cup beeswax or soy wax
  • 2-3 drops raspberry oil
  • 5-10 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 5-10 drops clove essential oil
  • 5-10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5-10 drops lemon essential oil
  • Small airtight containers


  1. In a medium size microwave safe bowl, add coconut oil. Place in microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Add beeswax or soy wax to bowl and return to microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir and continue to melt at 30 second intervals until mixture is liquid.
  3. Add safflower and raspberry oil to bowl and mix.
  4. Add other essential oils to bowl and mix everything together thoroughly.
  5. Pour mixture into small containers with an airtight lid.


Use on bug bites, small rashes or any minor itches.

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