Published on June 29th, 2019 | by The Perfume Expert
How your Perfume can Double as an Insect Repellent
Keep the bugs away without smelling like chemicals! I have found 5 gorgeous perfumes that not only smell like a dream but ALSO act as a natural bug repellent! Summer scents are all about being light and carefree, they are filled with all the glorious things of Summer like tropical fruits, blooming flowers, and lush notes like Coconut to remind you of the Beach!
But if you don’t want to be targeted pesky biting or stinging insects, then stay clear of fragrances with heavy florals and sugary sweetness!!!! Instead, opt for more refreshing scents with vibrant Citrus, Mint, aromatic Greens, and crisp Aqua notes that will not only keep the bugs at bay but will help you stay refreshed in the hot summer sun!
Repel Bees, Wasps, and Mosquitos
Citrus fragrances with notes of Lemon, Lemon Verbena, and Grapefruit work well at repelling stinging insects such as Bees, Wasps, and Mosquitos! Also repelling Bees/Wasps are the aromatic greens or Mint, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. These Citrus and aromatic scents like Eucalyptus and Mint interfere with insects respiratory system making it hard for the pesky critters to breathe. Luckily for us as we welcome these refreshing scents in the Summer!
Repel biting insects
Peppermint is a major deterrent for biting insects and fleas/ticks in particular. Biting insects also hate the smell of Myrtle, Basil, and woodsy notes like Cedar or Fir. Oddly enough Mosquitos hate the smell of all these notes, but in particular, Vanilla is a major Mosquito repellent as it interferes with their ability to hone into food sources (us). Good for us humans though as we adore the sweet scent!
Here are the TOP 5 refreshing Fragrances that will help deter bugs this Summer:
1. Guerlain’s Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca:
With it’s Mint & Lemon notes will not only allow you to keep your cool in the hot Summer sun but will deter stinging insects!
Available online at Amazon here
2. Yardley’s English Lavender
Repels stinging and biting insects with it’s helpful dose of Lavender, Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Rosemary while also smelling like a romantic English garden.
Buy it now for almost 50% OFF on Amazon here
3. Acqua di Parma’s Mirto di Panarea
From the Blue Mediterraneo collection, this scent will help ward off pesky biting insects and flies with it’s notes like Basil, Cedar and Myrtle but will make you feel like you’re sailing Lake Como in Italy.
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4. Eau de 34 by Diptyque
This is a bright and sunny scent with uplifting Citrus, green Patchouli and Cedar, and spicy Cinnamon & Incense. Not only does it smell like Summer but these same notes along with Geranium and Lavender ward off biting insects and annoying flies.
Available online at Nordstrom here
5. Les Nuits d’Hadrien by Annick Goutal
A unique unisex combination of Citrus, Woods, Patchouli and Vanilla. Perfect for deterring Mosquitos!
Buy it now for 57& OFF on Amazon here
One of the other most well-known fragrances associated with bug repellents is Avon’s Skin So Soft. A mysterious bath/body product that has long been famed as a great mosquito repellent.
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Avon has now taken the product one step further by making an ACTUAL bug repellent version of it, check it out here.
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Other fragrances worth mentioning are: Jo Malone Geranium & Verbena (geranium/lemon) ; Bond No 9 Brooklyn (cypress/cedar/citrus); L’Eau de L’Artisan by L`Artisan Parfumeur (lemon/basil/mint).
Or why not create your own personal fragrance by using essential oils. Follow this easy home recipe for your own bespoke Perfumed Insect Repellent.
Natural Bug Repellent Recipe:
Using a 4 oz clean spray bottle, fill it with 2 ounces of distilled or boiled water (cooled to room temp.). Add 1 ounce of witch hazel or vodka (as a preservative) then about 50 drops of essential oils.
10 drops Lemon (or a mix of Lemon & Grapefruit or Lemon Balm/Lemon Verbena)
10 drops Mint
8 drops Lavender
5 drops Geranium
3 drops Vanilla
3 drops Cypress
3 drops Rosemary
other: 3 drops Patchouli or 3 drops of Myrtle
(For a stronger deterrent against Bees/Wasps leave the Lavender out and replace with a few drops of Eucalyptus)
[I recommend using Young Living oils as they are of the highest quality and standard, for information on essential oils see this site here]