Posted: 28/06/2013 at 18:59
Daisymay3: have you considered 'essential oils?
My wife was a professional aromatherapist. Her skin was very fair and fine textured and therefore vulnerable to insects so she used to make up her own insect repellant using essential oils. I have just found the following in one of her old books Practical Aromatherapy by Shirley Price:
Insect Repellant Massage Oil: Eucalyptus: Peppermint: Cedarwood in the proportions of 12, 6, 6 drops respectively mixed in a suitable medium (carrier oil) before massaging the body. Shirley Price recommends grape seed oil as a carrier - it is clear, fine, odourless and inexpensive.
As many of the essential oils are quite potent you should get professional advice from a qualified aromatherapist if you decide to go down this route, however.