Bug Off Woods & Camp Spray

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What really keeps the mosquitos away?

When people think insect repelling natural essential oils, most often Citronella is the first thing that comes to mind.

Citronella is the big go-to of essential oils and candles for everything insect repellant, it gets put into everything but it’s not actually the strongest. At best, it’s on par with the same strength as regular eucalyptus and lavender essential oils for keeping bugs away.

Research has shown that the strongest bug and mosquito repelling natural essential oil is actually Lemon Eucalyptus!

lemon eucalyptus branch

Learn more about the properties of Lemon Eucalyptus from www.aromaweb.com

Lemon Eucalyptus is the number one ingredient you can put in any spray or lotion for human and animal insect repellant. When properly diluted it is wonderful to use as insect repellant for us and our furry friends.

When we blend our Bug Off recipe we make sure to include all the natural repellants together, particularly the nice smelling ones. We combine Lemon Eucalyptus with Geranium, which is a wonderful deterrent of pests in the garden and also on you wonderful humans. When combined with Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citronella, and Litsea, it smells delicious, it’s inviting (not to the pests), easy to use, and keeps a wide variety of bugs away.


The Healing Muse Custom Blends

bug off all natural insect repellent

Another note to keep in mind is that the blends are not all created equal. Using good quality essential oils is a great start, but what they’re blended in as a base is important as well. At The Healing Muse Apothecary, we give you the option between Lotion and Spray.

We blend our Bug Off blend into our olive oil base lotion and also into a floral water hydrosol spray.Why do we make two different options? Because our skin absorbs them differently!


The Bug Off Lotion can be absorbed into the skin, evaporating much slower while deeply moisturizing. Because it evaporates slower, it also lasts longer. While a fantastic option, the one downside is that it can not be used on clothing or in your hair, this is why we created the Bug Off Spray!



We offer the Bug Off Spray option because it’s quick and easy to apply to clothing surfaces, hair and face, socks and shoes, it can really be sprayed anywhere! The only challenge with the spray is that it breaks down much faster than a lotion. It’s best to reapply the spray every 1-2 hours if you’re outdoors in a heavily wooded area, camping, or at the cottage.

Both versions are wonderful to use, but they can be used in two different scenarios! Ideally, especially for the outdoor lovers, those who go to a cottage or spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s good to have both on hand. The spray is quick and easy and the lotion lasts longer while moisturizing the skin.


We have a special promotion for our Bug Off Blends!

Purchase either the 200ml Bug Off Spray OR 200ml Bug Off Lotion and receive a BONUS travel sized Bug Off Spray AND Lotion!

The perfect gift for you if you can’t decide between the two or just love having on-the-go insect protection!

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