Buzz-off balm recipe:
Warm 1/3 – 1/4 cup of coconut oil and pour into a small, closeable container. (I love to repurpose containers I have from other products, like the tins from Bach Flower Remedy lozenges.)
Add 10 drops of each of the following essential oils: citronella, lavender and peppermint.
Mix slightly and allow to cool and solidify. In warmer weather, you may want to keep this in the fridge or a cool, dry place to keep it from liquifying.
Take a little of the balm and run between the palms of your hands and then over exposed skin before heading outside.
Note: sometimes essential oils (particularly citrus oils) can make the skin photosensitive or more likely to burn. Be sure to use a non-toxic sunblock in addition to this bug repellant.