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essential oils safely repel mosquitoes

Citronella Mist

Spray: 2 oz, 4 oz, 8 oz — Concentrate: ½ oz, 1 oz

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"Works great and smells heavenly!"

Shannon Emler, Centerburg, OH

Essential Oils Repel

Used and loved for over twenty years, Citronella Mist® contains eight aromatic essential oils known to repel mosquitoes. 

  • Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is distilled from the tree, Eucalyptus citriodora. It smells lemony. This essential oil is not to be confused with synthetic "oil of lemon eucalyptus," a.k.a. para-menthane-3,8-diol, used in many commercial repellents.
  • Catnip essential oil contains the compound nepetalactone, considered ten times stronger than DEET, according to an Iowa State University study.
  • Citronella essential oil, steam-distilled from a tropical grass, has been registered as an insect repellent in the United States since 1948.
  • Lemongrass and thyme essential oils, active ingredients in Minimum Risk Pesticides as classified by FIFRA 
  • Lavender, basil, and patchouli essential oils are said to repel insects. They contribute to the tantalizing scent of Citronella Mist. (Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to avoid basil essential oil, though the amount of this oil in Citronella Mist is negligible.)
  • Water. And that's it.  


“I don't mind having this stuff on my clothes and body at all, unlike with DEET sprays, which smell bad and feel oily."

D Byron Fericks from our Facebook page

Healthy Choice

Citronella Mist smells lemony. It's safe around food, perfect for picnics and barbecues. 


You need it for gardening, hiking, and all outdoor activities. In summer's heat, you'll appreciate the light, cooling mist. It's free of greasy oils, emulsifiers, and alcohol. We don't brag about how many hours of protection you get with one application. You can safely mist as often as you like to suit your biochemistry or surroundings. 

Another plus, Citronella Mist is safe for the environment.

Kid safe Herbaria all-natural insect repellent Citronella Mist


Citronella Mist is harmless to children. The FDA recommends that children under three years old avoid synthetic lemon eucalyptus (para-menthane-3,8-diol). By contrast, we use the natural essential oil of lemon eucalyptus. Additionally, all the essential oils in Citronella Mist are well diluted. Still, children and others may be sensitive. Use your best judgment. Perhaps apply Citronella Mist to the clothing of infants and toddlers rather than directly on their skin.

"It’s the best bug repellent ever!"

Shelley Ramstein from our Facebook page

Soapy Outdoors

Can I use Citronella Mist on my dog?

When mosquitoes are biting, we spray Soapy's coat before she goes outdoors. Additionally, we use heartworm, flea, and tick control from the veterinarian. If your dog is bothered by pesky insects, give Citronella Mist a try. Let us know how it works for your pup. 


Citronella Mist sizes

Available sizes

We offer three ready-to-use spray bottles:

2 oz travel/pocket ($5)

4 oz camping/car ($7)

8 oz home/garden ($9)

You can also purchase just the essential oils in Concentrate.

Citronella Mist Concentrate

Citronella Mist Concentrate

Citronella Mist Concentrate is simply the essential oil blend for you to mix with water. Use the dropper (included) to add 25 drops to each ounce of water, distilled preferred. The half-ounce bottle will make 20 ounces of our standard dilution, and the 1-ounce bottle makes 40 ounces. Reuse your empty Citronella Mist bottles or another spray bottle. Shelf life should be three years or more. 

"Love your products. The Citronella Mist has traveled with us worldwide...Africa, the Galapagos, the Amazon, Panama, and many more countries. This order will go with us to India. Always pair the mist with the Natural Citronella and Marigold soap."

Gay Tomlinson, Fort Bragg, CA

"We live in the woods, and mosquito bites have always been a real problem. My wife really likes the mist better than 'Off.' We both agree that, since we started using your products, we have had fewer bites."

Dennis Scearce, Mooresville, NC

"It works!"

Dr. Walt Sundberg, Carbondale, IL

"My daughter used the Citronella Mist on her trip to the Everglades. Worked like a champ!"

Michelle Sansone, Fort Walton Beach, FL

"I had the great opportunity to attend 'Casting for Recovery' earlier this month. It was an experience that I will always cherish.

"I must say that I was a bit afraid to attend because of possible mosquito/tick bites (a few years ago, I got a tick bite and ended up in the hospital). So your gift of the special soap and spray was absolutely the perfect thing to find on the first day when we got to our rooms - they were waiting for us on our beds. I have to tell you that I did not get any bug bites; I did, however, get several nice trout biting on my line!"

Herbaria Camper's Choice natural insect repellant soaps

Be sure your soap is not attracting bugs. Our Camper's Choice bar and Camper's Choice Luffa Soap contain the same blend of essential oils as Citronella Mist. 

"Thank you so much for making my experience even better by helping me survive bug-free!!"

Kathy Windmoeller

"I love your Citronella Mist! It really works! We live in Florida and have tons of mosquitoes, but no bites with this spray! Thank you for a great, natural, and SAFE product that really works." blog, Orlando, FL

"At our barbecue, our guests and we appreciated the protection of your Citronella Mist. And it didn't spoil the ribs."

Brian Smith, Clayton, MO

"I used your Citronella Mist – WOW! It works great and smells HEAVENLY!"

Shannon Emler, Centerburg, OH

"I love that I can spray it all over, even my face, and not worry about toxic chemicals."

Dan Mutchler, Kirkwood, MO 


Enjoy the woods and your dinner without DEET. (0:51)

Additional protection

Just like mosquitoes, ticks are attracted to our exhaled CO2. We've had reports that Citronella Mist repels ticks and chiggers. However, we don't count on Citronella Mist against ticks, chiggers, blackflies, horseflies, and gnats. Rather, we suggest:

For ticks, tuck your pant legs into your socks and seal the tops of the socks with duct tape. Ticks trying to crawl through to your skin will get stuck on the tape before they can bite you. Keep another strip of tape handy to lift off the ticks as you spot them on your skin and clothing.

Ticks are attracted more to light-colored clothing than dark. Also, word is that they're just as easy to spot on dark clothing.


Ticks take some time to attach themselves to you. After an outing, thoroughly inspect your body. A hand mirror and/or a close friend can help.

seed ticks on tape

Remove ticks with duct tape, if possible, or use a tick removal tool to gently pull them out. If you use tweezers, take care not to squeeze their bodies too hard because you want to prevent their innards from entering your bloodstream through their mouths. As you remove ticks, trap them on some sticky tape.

For tick-infested woods, try permethrin-treated protective gear such as Repel Permanone Insect Repellent Clothing & Gear Spray. This seriously toxic insecticide is not to be sprayed on the skin. It must be applied hours in advance in order to dry on your clothes before you wear them. Be sure to follow the instructions on the can.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

For chiggers, it is suggested to take a shower within four hours of exposure and scrub very well with a washcloth or luffa. Powdered sulfur, though the smell is offensive to some, is said to be effective. Repel Permanone Insect Repellent Clothing & Gear Spray can help also. Read and follow the directions.

“I purchased my summer supply a couple of weeks ago. Works like a charm."

Debbie Scheid Hogue from our Facebook page

When does mosquito season begin?

Mosquito season begins once the temperature is consistently about 50°F (10°C). At about 50°F, female mosquitoes feel safe to start laying their eggs. Depending on where you are in the country, this time of the season varies.


Mosquito season in the U.S.




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