Make those bugs go coco
Do you camp? I can’t blame you I like having a bed and bathroom myself, but you can’t deny that when it comes to those gorgeous summer months, you don’t mind spending as much time as you can on your porch, drinking mimosa and shooting back laughs with your friends. Some friend are probably unwanted, like those pesky bugs that like to present themselves and cause all kinds of bites and itches. So how about a bug balm! Get those suckers before they get you! This means war damnit!
Here is a natural coconut based bug balm hopefully you’ll all enjoy! I know I can’t wait to test it out this summer!
What you’ll need!
¼ cup coconut oil
1/8 cup shea butter
4 tsp beeswax granules
12 drops citronella essential oil
8 drops rosemary essential oil
8 drops cedarwood essential oil
8 drops lemongrass essential oil
8 drops eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil
So here’s what you do!
Boil that water in the double boiler, then lower to medium-low, after you will put that coconut oil and shea butter on top to melt it up. Whisking it with that fancy metal whisk, then add the beeswax until it is all completely melted.
Test the mixture for texture by taking the back of a metal spoon, dipping it in the liquid. Let the spoon cool until the mixture sets up. Test a small bit on your skin to see if you are happy with the texture. (If you want it a little firmer, you can add a little more beeswax (add 1/2 tsp. at a time). If you want it softer, you can add a little more shea butter (add 1/2 tsp. at a time).)
Once all that is settled, you perfectionist you, remove the pan from the heat. Let the liquid cool for 3-5 minutes and whisk in the essential oils.
Pour the liquid into your fancy little jars and let it all cool.