Because it's a daily battle and I spray those legs every single day, I prefer to use plant based formulas. However, the flies have been so tenacious the past 10 days or so, I have been playing with some alternate methods (more on that in the next post). Nothing is doing the job as I'd like.
As I was wandering the the internet searching for more possibilities, I found a DIY fly repellent using essential oils. As I perused the list, I realized I had most in my EO stash and decided to give it a whirl.
The recipe is as follows:
I had everything I needed except the Idaho Tansy and had to substitute Lemon Myrtle for the Lemongrass. But then I got thinking (uh oh). Would the oils mix with plain ole' water? I again looked online, found suggestions for emulsifiers and then asked husband Rick, the biologist/chemist in the family. His suggestion of vigorous shaking just before applying said concoction served my purpose.
I've only been experimenting for a couple of days but thus far, I'm pleased. I'll have Luigi report back after a longer test period.