Natural Bug Repellent (in an awesome jar)

There’s actually a mosquito bite on my right arm as I type this post. Sigh. The bugs are already out n’ about in our neck of the woods, so it’s time to whip up a batch of the “Clark family bug spray.”

I call it that because the recipe came from my last family reunion in Minnesota, where they joke about mosquitos being their state bird. They’re that big. What I love most about this spray is that the ingredients are natural, and they smell really nice when mixed together. Aaaand it works.

Here a snapshot…

All you need:

  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¬†¬ľ cup lemon juice
  • ¬Ĺ cup witch hazel
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • Spray bottle

All you have to do:

  • Combine first four ingredients in a 16 oz measuring cup
  • Pour the distilled water into the cup – up to the 16 oz mark (about 1 cup)
  • Stir and transfer to spray bottle

That’s it!! I made some last night and put it in a very cool glass spray bottle that I want to talk about. It’s called an Infinity Jar. Have you heard of them?!

Take a look. >>

{This is the 200 ml glass fine mist spray bottle and sells for $20.}

I personally hadn’t heard of these jars until the company reached out asking if I’d try one. So this was a sample – and it came with some helpful information. I also started researching them on my own and found some interesting facts.

For one, I didn’t realize how important a glass container is for skin care products and ingredients for cooking. I also didn’t realize how popular these magical little jars were. They must really work.

Here’s what came with the bottle:

That tomato test was crazy! The bottles not only preserve what’s inside, but also protect our bodies from chemicals.

I decided to try my bug spray recipe in this, because I want it to retain its freshness and strength during the summer season. There are so many uses, though. I’m looking forward to ordering the¬†apothecary jars to store my herbs!

The only drawback I can see is that since it’s so opaque, you can’t see what’s inside. And if you have several of these bottles with your favorite potions inside, you wouldn’t want to get them mixed up. A super easy solution is to have a good labeling system.

I’d recommend waterproof labels, since these bottles will more than likely contain liquids and be stored in a kitchen or bathroom. Now, the bottles themselves do come with a small envelope of labels. In fact, the packaging was very thoughtful. The bottle was in bubble wrap, and it came with a cleaning cloth and labels. The labels were just a little clinical. So if you want to design your own pretty labels, I found¬†these waterproof and adhesive food labels¬†on Amazon.

Here’s what my label looked like. >

{The art for this label is also shown at the top of the post}

If you want to print the full recipe and get this label design, download this free printable.

As a wrap, my opinion so far is that this jar is an extremely high quality item. The glass is is nice and thick and is a pretty bluish color. The sprayer gives off a perfect fine mist, so you don’t have to rub in the product. It doesn’t “squirt” in weird streams – like some sprayers. And I’m super happy that¬†I decided to put my natural bug spray in this jar, so the essential oils and other ingredients retain their effectiveness!

I hope all of this was helpful to hear. I don’t get anything from their company for your purchase, so my advice to buy one is purely because I think it’s a good product.

Looks like right now you can win a $50 gift card for posting a picture of your jar on social media. And you can get a free jar when you order $25 worth of product on their site. Happy shopping!

Have a fantastic weekend and let me know if you try the recipe. I hope it works just as well for you and your family.

Blessings,

Kate

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What You’ll Find Here

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Hello!

I decided to reintroduce myself to anyone who’s new to The Neat Nook. I’m now in my second year of blogging and realize I may not have officially introduced myself to many of you. If you’d like to know more about me and my background, I created a little spot for that.

What I love most is the fact that you’re here right now reading this post, and¬†I hope you’ll take away tons of¬†helpful ideas from this blog. I use this space for many reasons and have a handful of topics that I like to explore and write about.

In fact, here’s a quick rundown of the categories and what you’ll discover:

  • Organized Living:¬†Need tips on organizing all of the nooks in your life? Make this your go-to resource.
  • Decorating DIY Projects:¬†For those times you want to jazz up the house without spending tons of money or time.
  • Perfectly Packaged: This little spot has all kinds of ideas to wrap gifts with style and grace.
  • Garden Goodies: Get tons of gardening tips and ideas to enjoy your harvested goodies. Yum!
  • A Meaningful Life: Sometimes I like to journal about my family life. I also love to explore new ways of becoming a better version of myself each day. This is a vulnerable place¬†where I share some of that journey with you.

I also have a few semi-weekly series:

  • Creative Tip Tuesdays: This is a spot full of tips and exercises that encourage us to find and¬†express our authentic selves.
  • Thankful Thursdays: Occasionally I’ll share a few things I’m grateful for. I especially love doing this series in November.
  • Friday Wrap: I share more about my personal life and usually list “five things” from the week.

Thanks for joining me. If I haven’t already met you, I hope you’ll reach out at some point to introduce yourself. I love connecting with my readers and seeing what more I can offer.

Here’s to a beautiful day!

XoXoXo,

-Kate

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