There can be nothing as irritating as the stinging of mosquitoes! And to keep yourself free from itch, perhaps you find the store-bought bug repellents the most convenient option. However, if you want to steer clear from the harmful chemicals contained in store-bought bug repellent creams and balms, go natural with coconut oil that can be used effectively to keep bugs away.

Coconut Oil As Mosquito Repellent


  • Application of coconut oil makes the surface of your skin so slippery that mosquitoes find it difficult to land on it.
  • Coconut oil is non-toxic and absolutely safe.
  • Coconut oil is not phototoxic, which is why, you can move out in the sun post application and your skin won’t be damaged.
  • Adding essential oils to coconut oil would make an effective bug balm that would never betray you!


#Recipe 1

Things That You Need:

  • coconut oil- ½ cup
  • citriodora oil- 1 tsp


  • Heat the coconut oil on low flame in order to melt it.
  • Remove it from heat and allow it to cool down.
  • Add citriodora oil to it and mix well.
  • Apply on skin and use it as a rub-on bug repellent.

#Recipe 2

Things That You Need:

  • Coconut oil- 1/2 cup
  • Shea butter- 1/4 cup
  • Beeswax granules- 8 teaspoon
  • Lemongrass essential oil- 15 drops
  • Rosemary essential oil- 15 drops
  • Cederwood essential oil- 15 drops
  • Eucalyptus essential oil- 15 drops
  • Citronella essential oil- 25 drops


  • Boil water in a double boiler.
  • Add coconut oil and shea butter and whisk them together as they melt down.
  • Add beeswax and keep stirring to mix it with the coconut oil-shea butter blend.
  • Dip the back of a metal spoon into the mixture and test if you are satisfied with the consistency and texture.
  • If you want the texture to be softer, add some more shea butter to it. If you want it firmer, add more of beeswax.
  • Once you are satisfied with the texture, remove the pan from heat and allow the mixture to cool down for 5 minutes.
  • Now add the essential oils one by one and whisk to mix all the ingredients.
  • Store your bug balm in a glass jar and apply whenever needed.


  • You may use peppermint oil and tea tree oil too along with coconut oil to make your natural bug repellent.
  • It takes longer for coconut oil to be absorbed into the skin. So, be patient.
  • Patch test is recommended as essential oils are being used.