By Erin Huffstetler | 05/30/2014 | 16 Comments
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Last weekend, my family went on a camping trip, and it reminded me of a project that I’ve been meaning to get to for a while: turning my bug repellent bars into bug repellent sticks.
I’ve been saving our empty deodorant containers for a while, with the intention of making our own deodorant, but one day while I was storing our empties, it occurred to me that bug repellent in stick form would be genius. It would be faster to apply; you could keep your hands clean; and it would be easy to throw into a bag for trips.
So, that’s just what I made yesterday. This is the same all-natural, no-junk recipe that I shared before, just in a different form. Want to learn how it’s made?
Here are my step-by-step instructions:
How to Make Bug Repellent Sticks
What You’ll Need:
Empty Deodorant Containers (you can save your empties or buy a set of empties)
Beeswax (bars or pellets)
A solid oil (shea butter, cocoa butter, shortening, etc.)
A liquid oil (olive, coconut, almond, canola, etc.)
Bug Off essential oil (a blend of nine essential oils that repel mosquitoes)
A kitchen scale
What You Do:
Decide how many bug repellent sticks you want to make. Then, look at your empty deodorant containers to see how many ounces they hold. Crunch the numbers to figure out how many ounces of repellent you need to make.
This bug repellent recipe is made with equal parts beeswax, solid oil and liquid oil, so take the total ounces you need, divide it by three; and weigh out equal amounts of each ingredient (for the recipe to work properly, the ingredients need to be measured by weight, not volume).
Now that all of the math is out of the way, it’s on to the fun stuff …
Heat the ingredients inside of a double boiler, until they are full melted. (Wax is highly flammable when heated directly, so the double boiler is a must. A pyrex measuring cup inside of a pot of water will do the trick. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy.)
Pour the melted ingredients into the deodorant containers (if you’re reusing containers, make sure they’re rolled all the way down first).
Then, add several drops of Bug Off essential oil to each stick (I used 15 drops in each), and stir to distribute the fragrance throughout the sticks.
Allow them to harden. Then, your sticks are ready to use.
This video shows you how to make my bug repellent sticks, as well as my bug repellent bars and bug spray.
Other Things You Can Make with Beeswax