After being chewed on all week by those wee blood thirsty black flies, I finally mixed up a batch of the repellent.
Here's the recipe:
old spray bottle
apple cider vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops vegetable glycerin
Fill the bottle 2/3 full with vinegar, fill the rest of the way with water. Add the essential oils and glycerin. The glycerin helps the oil mix with the vinegar and water. Shake well before using.
Be careful not to get this in eyes or other sensitive spots. For those areas, spray the mix in your hands and pat it around the area.
Lordy!!! Does this stuff stink to high heaven!! I can't even describe it.
But man, does it work!! Just make sure you have no human contact unless you want folks to look at you "funny."
When my hubs walked towards me the pungent aroma hit him like a ton of bricks. He said, "Please make sure you immediately bathe after you get done working outside so you don't stink up the house!"
I'm like a female version of Pepe Le-Pew.
Maybe I'll dab a little behind my ears before I go to bed tonight.