The weather has been looking up around these parts, and this time of year we move outside. Summer in the PNW is a glorious time, but it is fleeting, so we spend as much time as we can out of doors.
That being said, a good insect repellent is in order, and I don’t mean one with DEET…
DEET, (chemical name, N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is classified as a pesticide and according to the EPA is *only* a Category III, being “slightly toxic.”
No thanks. You can keep your “probably safe in moderation” toxic chemicals to yourself. I can make a safe-for-the-whole-family bug repellent that is super moisturizing, smells delightful, and is an authority on insect repelling. With just a few ingredients and an essential oil arsenal, I created a solid lotion bar that acts tough, yet softens.
The recipe is simple: equal parts of coconut oil, nut butter and beeswax. I used a half-ounce of each and poured it all into one cup of my silicone muffin pan, and the result was one sweet little travel bar, that fit perfectly into my tin :) (Why can’t life always be that easy?)
Buzz Off! Solid Lotion Bar
For this Buzz Off! Bar, I used:
*Use any combination of bug repelling oils you have on hand.
In a small double boiler, I used a mason jar in a pot of water, melt the beeswax and coconut oil. Then melt the shea butter. I usually try to melt my shea butter last, for she is a fickle one. Remove from heat and pour into your silicone mold. Allow to cool just slightly before stirring in your essential oils. (I waited a bit too long here–matter of minutes– and almost was unable to stir in the oils because the bar had started to set up. It worked out fine, but you’ve been warned
The impatient part of me put this in the fridge to cool, and when it was thoroughly cooled, popped it out of the mold and rubbed it on!
Bugs, I defy you.
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I can attest that that statement is true! In May, Kate sent me some of her solid lotion bars to try and I am in LOVE with them! They are super moisturizing and smell amazing! My favorite is the Acai Berry There is a similar amount of scent that you would find in a scented lotion. Not too over-powering, but scented enough to smell like a perfume when applied. Don’t worry; if perfume’s not your thing, Kate has unscented options as well. :) I really like the travel tin size, and I carry it around in my purse. In a pinch, I have used the solid lotion as deodorant and lip balm. (It actually worked great as a deodorant!)
If you are interested in a solid lotion bar, but aren’t up for making one yourself , let Kate send you one of hers to try. Although she doesn’t have a bug repelling option, (if you want ultimate bug protection you’ll have to make one following the recipe above), she does offer a lavender bar which should help you out a bite, err, I mean bit…
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I was provided solid lotion bars by the sponsor, Sheaberry, to sample for myself. Opinions expressed about the product are my own and are no way influenced by the sponsor.