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1) Natural insect repellant? I need this for myself, Dh and our 3 girls...we go to the park a lot and soccer and softball games in the summer.<br>
2) sunscreen for my girls..5,4, 16 months<br>
3)moisturizer..right now we are just using Jojoba oil..will this be good for the hotter months too, or should we switch to something lighter???<br><br>
How do you know that the EO's you are using are good, 100% EO?<br>
Thanks so much!!!
 

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I've always used Avon's Skin-So-Soft as a bug repellant.<br><br>
(It also moisturizes the skin.)
 

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Subbing because I'm really interested in natural insect repellant and sunscreen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We bought some that had catnip in it. I just did a Froogle search to find it. It's worked much better than all of the other natural bug repellants I've tried, and smells much nicer, too.
 

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1) Herbal Armor has worked well for us. I think there might be more words in the name than that...don't have it with me.<br><br>
2) We use sunscreen so rarely that we just use the drugstore brand for babies. At least it has fewer chemicals than the stuff for adults. Mostly we do not spend long periods outdoors at the brightest time of day, and when we're out for shorter periods we want to get a little sun for the Vitamin D. I guess we're doing pretty well with it because EnviroKid has never been sunburned.<br><br>
3) For facial moisturizer, I use Kiss My Face with aloe and alpha-hydroxy; it is all-natural, very non-greasy, good at improving crinkles around the eyes, and a good value because a little goes a long way. For dry skin elsewhere, I've used all kinds of other lotions and oils. For seriously dry skin on my feet, I love Badger Balm.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've always used Avon's Skin-So-Soft as a bug repellant.<br><br>
(It also moisturizes the skin.)</div>
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Ditto!
 

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Bite Blocker. This stuff is great! I learned about it at MDC, of course.<br><br>
As far as I can tell (since I am a novice), all natural ingredients and it doesn't stink.
 

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The Northern Essence one is really good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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avo also has a bug repelant and sunscrean product all in one i dont use it but my mom does so i dont know much about it but its worth a look
 

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I make my own insect repellant with a apple cider vinegar infusion with neem leaf and yarrow flower. It smells earthy and the bugs are repealed by those particular scents. Using the vinegar means it's shelf life is indefinite, but it does take 6 weeks to infuse. If you make one with water while you are waiting on it, it's shelf life is 2 months.
 

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1- For bug repellant I make my own. I use Grapessed oil as a carrier and add cedar, citronella, lemongrass, tea tree and eucalyptus oils. It's all safe for my son, we've been using it on him since he was about 6 months old. It's completely oil so stays on and even keeps gnats away from our faces...they're really bad down here. It's also mosquito central and they won't go near the stuff.<br><br>
2- For sunscreen I use Alba Botanica Kids sunscreen on my son. It's one of the few our local co-op carried and works great. My DP and I don't generally use sunscreen. I have a hard enough time remembering to put it on DS. LOL<br><br>
3- We don't usually need moisturizers, but with how dry it's been here lately in southern GA I've been using Grapesseed oil and for some places that are really irritated because they're so dry I'll put some shea butter on those spots at night.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I make my own insect repellant with a apple cider vinegar infusion with neem leaf and yarrow flower. It smells earthy and the bugs are repealed by those particular scents. Using the vinegar means it's shelf life is indefinite, but it does take 6 weeks to infuse. If you make one with water while you are waiting on it, it's shelf life is 2 months.</div>
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Oh, this sounds potentially useful. How do you infuse? Where do you get neem leaf (never heard of it) and yarrow flower? How do you apply it?
 

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I get my stuff from moutain rose herbs, and infusing is easy, just takes a bit of reading about it maybe. Basically you put the herbs into a mason jar with the boiling water (overnight) or vingar (4-6 weeks) and let the liquid aborb the scents. Then you strain out the herbs and are left with a potent liquid. I add it too the other ingredients, put it into a spray bottle and I am all set.<br><br>
Aloe Vera Gel1/4 Cup$0.72<br>
Apple Cider Vinegar2 Cups$0.70<br>
(preservitave) Grapefruit Seed Extract 2/3 teaspn$1.00<br>
Neem1 oz$0.94<br>
Yarrow1 oz$0.94<br><br>
Total $4.30 makes 2.5 cups
 

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i make my own bug repellant too....i use a watered-down yarrow tincture. it works better than anything else i've ever tried.<br><br>
the sunblock we like now is avalon organics baby sunscreen. it has no parabens and doesn't stain things and turn the baby white like the brand we used last year...
 

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I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">: Bite Blocker for bug repellant. We use UV Natural for sunscreen.
 
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