Homemade Hippie Bug Spray

In Michigan we are surrounded by water, which causes lots of humidity, which causes mosquitos the size of pterodactyls. For some reason mosquitos love me. Maybe because I am an extremely white, white girl and you can see every vein in my body, which to a mosquito must look like the best all you can eat lunch buffet in town. I also get welts the size of a quarter every time I get bit, so I spend  most of the summer looking like a victim of scabies. They have hatched really early this year, because of the crazy warm weather, so it’s time to get out the arsenal and try to fend them off before they start carrying away small children.

The best natural bug repellant I’ve ever used is Bite Blocker by Homs LLC. I have tried several different kinds, but they all seem to wear off after a few minutes. Bite Blocker really works for hours, and doesn’t smell nasty at all. I decided to make my own version of Bite Blocker at home, because the ingredients list is pretty simple.

If you don’t want to  make your own it can be purcased HERE. If you use the coupon code HIF798 you will receive a $10 discount and free shipping.

Homemade Hippie Buy Spray

1/4 cup olive oil (or any cheap liquid oil you have laying around)

2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin

1 Tbsp Citric Acid

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp homemade vanilla extract

6 drops Lavender essential oil

6 drops Tea Tree essential oil

6 drops Clove Bud essential oil

6 drops Peppermint essential oil

6 drops Rosemary essential oil

6 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

10 drops Geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use. Reapply after 2-3 hours. You can use any strong mixture of essential oils that you prefer, this is just what I had a lot of in the house. I would make sure to use the Geranium oil, because that is the main active ingredient in Bite Blocker. The others I’m sure you could play with and have good results. Let me know what you use!

I have used this a few times so far and it does work very well. Rob and I went to a terribly overgrown area to chop down some dead trees for fire wood. It was way back in the shade, and next to a small creek. Every step we took sent up swarms of mosquitos and I thought for sure we’d be covered in welts. I got one nasty bite on my ankle, through my sock and Rob got zero bites. Considering that we were outside for 2 1/2 hours hauling firewood and sweating profusely I think that is pretty darn good don’t you?

This also smells good, and isn’t offensive to Rob’s manly nostrils, as he doesn’t like to “smell like a flower”.

Related Posts:

Homemade Hippie Wrinkle Cream

Homemade Hippie Mouthwash

Homemade Hippie Face Wash

Homemade Hippie Hand Lotion

Homemade Hippie Lip Balm

Homemade Hippie Hair Spray

Homemade Hippie Body Wash

Homemade Hippie Tooth Paste

Homemade Hippie Body Lotion





  1. May 31, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Love it! I think we have most of that stuff on hand too. First the sunscreen and now the bug spray. Your blog rocks. 🙂

    • May 31, 2012 at 10:02 AM

      Why thank you. So far it’s still working really well. We went out on the canoe at dusk the other day, and i came home with zero bites. I don’t know why I haven’t made this before, I guess I just didn’t think of it…

      • May 31, 2012 at 11:20 PM

        In the summer, we love to get out in our banged-up little aluminum fishing boat and the mosquitoes do get terrible at dusk. I sent the link to this post to my husband. He’s the chemist around here, from glass cleaner to toothpaste. Although… the toothpaste is terrible, Heather. Really terrible. I used it for 3 weeks. I got used to the taste, but I never feel that “clean” feeling that commercial toothpaste leaves in your mouth. Lately I have been using a contraband tube of Colgate I squirreled away in a hidey hole in the bathroom. Oh boy. I hope he doesn’t read the comments when he visits your post…

      • June 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        oh thats so funny. Contraband colgate…hilarious. You would hate my latest toothpaste. I’m brushing with bentonite clay, so it tastes and looks exactly like mud. Well, it is mud!

  2. May 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    I love the sound of all of your “hippie” products. My mom called me a hippie the other day.. even though I was actually born the weekend of Woodstock, so couldnt possibly be one.. and she should know – she was with me!

    • June 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      I get called a hippie all the time. I think of it as a compliment 🙂

      • June 5, 2012 at 6:13 AM

        Same here. I think the dreadies give me away though. LOL! I’ll have to try this recipe for sure. Florida gets those vampire buggers real bad too.

  3. June 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    They love me too. For a while I was able to keep them away with just lavender oil but now that doesn’t work. I made some bug salve this year, lets both pray they leave us alone! 🙂 PS Dang hippie 😉

  4. christine said,

    July 26, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Try using grapes or jojoba oil if you tend to get clogged pores and break outs!
    An Esthetician-

    • christine said,

      July 26, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      I meant grapeseed oil!

  5. aceblade said,

    March 14, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    You could also try Carbolic Soap. I use it mostly to keep breakouts down on my face, but I read once that people who visit bug populated areas like to stock up on the stuff to use all over. Supposedly, helps keeps the bugs away. Worth a shot, right? 🙂

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    • Marsha said,

      August 22, 2015 at 5:12 PM

      I made the hippie bug spray I used basil because I didn’t have rosemary, I also used store bought vanilla do you still have recipe for the homemade? I have only used it once but it seemed to work.

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