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DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

Mosquito season has arrived here in Central Texas and I’m on to my next ditch and switch. I’ve seen plenty of recipes for DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent and I’ve taken what I’ve learned and applied it to my own blend of essential oils (all of which are know for repelling mosquitos).

Watch the video below to learn how to make this homemade, non toxic, and super safe mosquito repellent with me. Instruction are below the video if videos aren’t your thing or if you’re at work and supposed to be working or whatever and a video kinda ruins the secret.

Also for the record I used this after making the video and while everyone was getting mosquito bite after mosquito bite, I didn’t come home with a single one. It totally worked for me.



What you’ll need

4 ounce Glass Spray Bottle - I got mine on Amazon. You can find a link at the end of this blog post.

2 oz Witch Hazel - I actually used just under 2 oz. I used Thayers but any witch hazel brand will do. Word on the street is you can even sub with vodka so if you’ve got that laying around and you’re open to not drinking it, you can use that too.

2 oz Water - I actually used just under 2 oz.

Essential Oils (5 drops each) - Geranium, Citronella, Eucaluptus, Lavender, Lemongrass

Measuring Cup with ounces listed

Small Funnel - optional

Directions

Mix water, witch hazel, and 5 drops of each essential oil together in your 4 ounce bottle and give it a little shake. Use a funnel to pour if needed. Be sure to shake your bottle before each use.

This is safe to be applied to clothing or skin for the whole family (except very young infants. I always would suggest talking to your doctor about essential oil use when pregnant, breastfeeding or on infants).


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Feel free to comment and let me know how this works for you or if you have a blend of oils you absolutely love for a bug repellent.

-Monica

My Top 4 Monat Favorites

It's my first time to talk about Monat on the blog so let me start by saying that I started using these products back in October after being introduced to them by a friend.  So I've been using them for about 9 months.  At the time I really didn't know what Monat was about, but from what little I'd seen I thought it was just another product one of my friends was going to try to sell me.  Annoying, right? 

One little sample later I knew there was no way in hell I was going back to my old shampoo.  I was angry for a minute because now my hair products were going to start costing me a furtune (or at least I thought so), but I had already drank the Monat koolaid and was hooked.  My hair was already healthy (or so I thought), but I could tell an immediate difference in how easy it was to style and overall it just looked extra shiny and full of life.  

Does it actually cost me more though?  No, it doesn't.  My first bottle of shampoo lasted me 5 months.  5 MONTHS!!!  Incredible.  

So what is Monat?  It's basically a health care line for your hair.  These naturally based products have the ability to penetrate the hair all the way down to the core (medulla) and heal your hair from the inside out by putting all those good amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils back into your hair.  No wonder even my previously healthy hair feels better now than it did a year ago.

My Monat Favorites: Revive Shampoo, Revitalize Conditioner, Replenish Masque, and Rejuvabeads

My Monat Favorites: Revive Shampoo, Revitalize Conditioner, Replenish Masque, and Rejuvabeads


So let's talk about my favorites and why they are my favorites.  They're all in that line up above.

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Revive Shampoo / Revitalize Conditioner

Like I said, overall my hair was/is healthy.  I have fine hair, but I have a lot of it and the last thing I need is something to weigh it down.  Both of these products are from the volume line.  The shampoo smells so good.  It's not overbearing.  It's just the perfect amount of fragrance.  

My hair blow dries so easily and I rarely need to use a straightener anymore after blow drying.  I still do occasionally, if I'm going for more of a super straight look.

These two products definitely changed my haircare life and are staples in my shower.


Replenish Masque

I use this maybe once every week or sometime I just don't think about it and I'll use it once every two weeks.  When I do though, it's like heaven.  As if my hair wasn't soft and shiny enough after using my shampoo and conditioner, on masque days my hair color even looks better on top of the soft and shiny.  This is definitely responsible for all my best hair days.  

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Rejuvabeads (Split End Mender)

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I've kept my hair pretty short for the last couple years.  That means haircuts every 8 weeks and split ends weren't really something I dealt with.  Recently I decided I'd like to grow it out a little which means I'm going longer in between cuts and split ends are actually happening especially now that I'm beyond the 8 week mark, but not quite to that next haircut.  This is definitely saving me.  Similar to the masque, I feel like this actually makes my color look better and of course my hair is visibly smoother at the ends when I use it.  It's basically a miracle in a tube that I use after every few washes.  


INTERESTED IN ORDERING?

or email me at my Monat email address: monatwithmonicajo@gmail.com


Tamed Whimsy.... Sorta

Being a mom and being married to one of the most grounded dudes in all of Texas means my whimsical soul has pretty much been tamed and that's in some ways probably a good thing.  So basically because we're too conservative (*cough, cough* cheap) we're probably never going to be that family that's like "Hey, you want to pack up our stuff and head to (insert super awesome vacation spot here) this weekend?"

Like never.  That will never be us.  

I remember once when I was young (I suck at remembering how long ago things actually were so don't ask my age because I could have been 6 or 12 and I just don't remember) we got home on the last day of school for the year and my parents did that.  We packed up some beach clothes, they made a reservation, and we got in the car and drove.  That was probably the coolest I ever thought my parents were at age 6 or 12 or somewhere in between.  

This weekend when half the family was suffering from some sort of virus (myself included) I felt whimsical.  I definitely wasn't booking a vacation or anything like that, but I was sitting in my house thinking we need color and texture, but not too much color because that doesn't work with my aesthetic and since we're all sick I think we need that Theives line from Young Living like sometime last week and obviously I needed all of the things and myself in all my whimscal glory basically needed it all right now.  This is where my husband shakes his head and is like what does it matter if your handsoap is non toxic if you're still using that dish soap.  He thinks he's stopping me, but at this point it's basically a done deal and now I'm considering adding the Theives Dish Soap to the cart too.  Honestly this would all be cheaper with less criticism.  Just sayin'. 

And about that color and texture, I needed plants.  Real ones.  My thumb is as black as they come, but I was tired of looking at all the cheap fake plants in my house and we're all sick and we need something to help with the quality of air in our house.  So yesterday I went to Ikea because 20% Off planters and it fits the aesthetic and because sometimes you just need and excuse to drive the 40 minutes to Ikea.  I don't really need a reason.  I guarantee you I'll find my reason somewhere between the fake display apartments and the pot and plants section.  I may not know I need it, but it's definitely there.  

The plants are here, I should probably go water them.  Young Living is a thing for us now, but the products haven't actually arrived yet.  I'd like to think my whimsy is putting us all on the right track for better health.  Whimsy for good.  Whimsy for health.  No regrets.

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