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« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2010 04:53:37 AM »

Though suppliers recommend a usage rate of about 10%, it seems as though it's most commonly used at a higher percentage in Ayurveda. 

Either way, it's definitely an oil I'd like to play around more with.
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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2010 08:17:03 AM »

I've made a melt and pour bar for a friend at her request with citronella and eucalyptus oils.  She tells me it works like a charm.
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« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2010 11:03:07 AM »

Oh, neat!  Do you remember what percentage EOs you used?  (There is no way to phrase this without sounding awful.  What I mean is, how much EO:soap base?)
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2010 11:46:27 PM »

I have seen a recipe for an insect repellant soap for campers and of course now I can't find it.....  I too am allergic as all get out to citronella as well as any citrus so I'm always on the look-out for alternatives.  Dread - good to see you here  - I hadn't thought of using Neem this way so now I need to experiment... cool

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« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2010 05:34:55 PM »

Lindy, I think it'd be great if the neem did work in soap and shampoo because when you mix it with water to use as an insecticide in your garden, for example, the solution is only good for so long.  You would either have to apply the oil neat, which would have a really unpleasant smell, or make small but frequent solutions (AKA: PITA!)

The 20% neem soap I mentioned in a previous post can be used now.  I'll make a point of washing with it then spending some time outside to see if the mosquitoes leave me alone.
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« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2010 09:55:54 PM »

Perfect!  I'm looking forward to hearing how it works....
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« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2010 12:47:56 PM »

Awesome!  I look forward to hearing your report as well.
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2010 09:15:00 AM »

I live in Minnesota.  Where the state bird is a mosquito.  Wink I look forward to seeing how this works out too!
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« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2010 07:35:16 PM »

Hey DreadLockLove how did it work???
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2010 10:05:02 PM »

Oh man, if you find a recipe that effectively turns bugs away, please update! You'd be my hero. I just got back from a hike, and even with a full on spray of jungle juice (98% DEET!!), and I still had 16 bug bites. They were all centered around one spot on my back, so they must have just beelined for the one unsprayed portion of my body. Last year, I had 119 bites (not hyperbole) from a single hike where I forgot bug spray. I looked like I had leprosy.

Actually, if you can't figure it out and need something to distract the bugs while you sit outside, I can just come sit on your lawn and act like one of those bug zappers without the zap.  Cool

(I probably seem obsessed with bugs after this post and my last post, sorry).
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