Homemade Bug Repellant

As my outdoor June Wedding quickly approaches, I continue finding myself dreaming of picturesque Beaufort, SC.  I can see the backdrop of mossy oaks shading the Intracoastal Waterway in my parent’s backyard, I remember the radiant sun setting in deep shades of magenta and pink, and I hear my older sister's voice, “let’s go inside, the bugs are getting me.”  Somehow I seemed to have avoided that gene; in fact, I can count the bug bites I’ve suffered from on one hand.  For those who cannot seem to escape the mosquitoes, I’ve concocted an all-natural bug repellant for you!

  • White Vinegar

  • Lavender Essential Oil

  • Citronella Essential Oil

  • Melaleuca Essential Oil

  • Absolut Vodka (or Rubbing Alcohol)

  • Distilled Water

*It is important to use CPTG certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils.  If you want to make your own buy spray, you will also need:

  • An empty dish soap container

  • A large bowl to mix everything in

  • Labels

  • Small Spray Bottles


  1. Mix 10 ounces of vinegar, 10 ounces of distilled water, 2.5 ml of Citronella, 2.5 ml bottles of Lavender, 20 drops of of Tea Tree Oil, 1/8 cup of Absolut Vodka

  2. Mix all ingredients together. I like using a pitcher, as it makes pouring easier.

  3. Pour the mixture into the empty dish soap container and use the squirt spout to easily transfer the mixture into the small spray bottles.

  4. Place the labels on your dry bottles. I use labels intended for mason jars, Avery brand.

I had bug sprays set out at my rehearsal dinner and wedding in cute baskets, “Be smitten not bitten.”


Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!