The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting for…Bug Spray!!

Last week we left our heroes battling the MOSQUITOS in the bogs of South Central Nebraska. The vicious critters had staked their claim on the defenseless town of York. This week, our heroes have discovered the ancient art of Essential Oils.

So never fear: The Baking Beauties, NE are here with their new toxin-free, Sweet Summer Bug Spray.

Here’s the deal, folks. I like things that I’ve made because then I KNOW what’s in them. Some of those chemical processes… we, at least I, don’t know how that all happens. Like most coconut oils for example, they use a chemical to get the oil out of coconuts, but what is that chemical doing hanging around later? Being gluten-free (Danae) I feel much safer knowing what’s in my product, then perhaps misreading a label and having an adverse reaction; this is not only annoying but can be hazardous to my health. I also feel much safer putting these products on Baby A. because I know they’re not going to do him any harm–short-term or long-term. “p-Mentane-3,8-diol is the chemically synthesized version of oil of lemon eucalyptus” (, why reinvent the wheel? Why not just use oil of lemon eucalyptus?

Here’s what we did:
We went shopping!

We did research!

We consulted a safety expert! And we put it all in a big mixing bowl *Insert Trumpet Fanfare* and out came our magical bug spray elixir!

… not really, well kinda.
Okay, I can’t speak for the ticks, but the mosquito’s sure don’t like it. It’s been tested tried and true…

My sister (Michelle) and I went out late one night into a thickly mosquito infested swamp… otherwise known as her backyard, though still mainly inhabited by blood sucking skeeters. I wore the elixir, freshly spritzed on my radiant skin. She foolishly did not. The moral of THAT story is that she was savagely eaten alive by the vicious brutes, while I remained completely unharmed. I felt remorse at the doomed fate of my sister. I ran to her aid and spritzed her (with the magical elixir, of course). She then reveled in her safety.

What is this magical elixir, you ask? Well listen up, folks, and I’ll tell ya.

This bottle:

Filled with: Witch hazel, and these essential oils: Grapefruit, Citronella Java, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, and Eucalyptus. We also added a bit of castor oil and glycerin to better diffuse the oils with the witch hazel.

We have so named them “Sweet Summer Bug Spray” and are selling them for a meager $5.00 at the York Farmer’s market, Thursday’s 5-7. Comment, or email to inquire about purchasing one of these little beauties.

And now I adjourn to gallivant through the mosquito loving Nebraska countryside in perfect peace.

See ya ’round,



Tune in next time for the start of our Christmas in July festivities.