All Natural Outdoor Annoyance Spray

Before I began using Young Living essential oils, I had been searching for an all natural, DEET free product that actually works.  It was so difficult to find anything that didn’t have toxic chemicals, let alone DEET free.  Once I discovered the amazing benefits and versatility of essential oils, I realized there are many that could be utilized to enjoy the outdoors annoyance free that are toxin free AND cheap!

Here is the recipe I like to utilize when outdoors:


I find that using these particular oils really covers the spectrum of ALL outdoor annoyances! Also, I think this particular mix smells AMAZING! I have people ask what perfume I’m wearing or say, “you smell great, what is it!?”.

You could also use this spray around doorways or indoors to keep your home annoyance free! 

Others essential oils you could substitute (if you don’t have one of the oils in the recipe or do not care for it):

  • Purification
  • Rosemary
  • Clove
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Thieves
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Patchouli
  • Spearmint

There are SO many different combinations that you could create to YOUR smell preferences! If you are not a fan of citronella, sub it out for one of the alternates on the list! I try different combos all the time just for a variety of smell or if I am making it for a friend!

Another tip to keep your outdoor experience pleasant is to diffuse a mix of these oils when you are sitting on your back deck under an awning or camping in a camper.

You could also put a few drops of these oils on a  para-cord bracelet.  I do this while I’m hiking, camping, or kayaking. They work great especially if you don’t want to be carrying a spray bottle around.

What about our beloved pets!? Here is a solution for them! RepelAroma by Young Living! outdoors

With RepelAroma™—a unique combination of purifying and invigorating Citronella, Idaho Tansy, Palo Santo, and Tea Tree essential oils—your pet will love being outside!A portion of all proceeds from Animal Scents products goes to support Vital Ground, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the habitat of grizzly bears and other wide-roaming wildlife.

How to Use

  • Apply 2–4 drops to your hands and pet onto your animal’s coat.*
  • Add to a 1 oz. spray bottle and spritz generously on your animal’s coat or skin.*
  • Diffuse to keep pests away from certain areas in the home or small areas outdoors.
  • Carefully apply according to the size and species of animal.

General rule: Dilute more for smaller species.

*I’ll be posting soon about a special blend I like to use to make an outdoor collar for my favorite feline, so stay tuned! 

Benefits of Citronella

Read more on why DEET is harmful HERE 

Another article about a study done regarding the effects of DEET.

Great resource to learn more about pesticides and protecting your family from them.

I would love to hear what YOUR favorite blend of oils is to keep you safe from outdoor annoyances! Comment below! 

Until Next Time,

Shannon 🙂


Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.