To make a spray, add 2 teaspoons of any of the above, or a combination, to a cup of vodka. The alcohol dissolves the oil, allowing it to disperse in the solution. Then it quickly evaporates from your skin. Put in a spray bottle and apply at will.
Other good repellents are neem oil and castor oil.
The spray works for some, but I need something stronger. My solution is an oil applied directly to the skin, rather than a spray. Combine:
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of essential oils (clove and cinnamon are my favorites -- use what you like, but if you haven't use an oil before, test a drop diluted with carrier oil on your skin)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons neem oil
- 1/ 1/2 teaspoons castor oil
- with 1 cup of jojoba oil (you could use another, less expensive oil -- even a very light olive oil)
and apply liberally to skin as needed.