If you're looking for long-lasting adult protection against mosquitos while hiking or camping, scientific studies say you can't do better than formulations containing DEET, a form of diethyl methybenzamide. However, DEET is not recommended for children and many people would rather use a compound based on natural ingredients. With a little experimentation, you can make mosquito repellent in your own kitchen.

Step 1

In a small, airtight container, mix the essential oil with the soybean oil.

Step 2

Try a few drops on a small area of your skin. Essential oils can be potent and allergenic.

Step 3

If there is no reaction after a few minutes, apply liberally in exposed areas, keeping away from nose, mouth and eyes.

Step 4

Keep solution air tight and reapply after 20 minutes.

Step 5

Try different oils and different combinations until you find what works for you. Some people are naturally less attractive to mosquitoes than others and do not require much protection.