Sandalwood essential oil, from the heartwood of Sandalwood trees, has a warm, woody aroma prized for its use in skin care, meditation and stress relief. It is known to relax, support the immune system, relieve mild depression and strengthen emotions. People may love this scent, but not all insects do. It can be used as a mosquito repellent.
Sandalwood mosquito repellent can be found in several forms including the popular incense sticks, which last from three to six hours depending on size, or sandalwood sprays and even perfume oils or balms.
Sandalwood typically comes from Australia (Santalum spicatum), India (Santalum album) or the Pacific (Santalum austrocaladonicum). Sandalwood has been used by many cultures for centuries and was first used to repel mosquitoes by burning the leaves, bark or wood.
Making the Repellent
You can easily make your own mosquito repelling sandalwood perfume oil by adding 10 to 20 drops of sandalwood essential oil to 1 tbsp. of jojoba oil or fractionated coconut oil and apply behind the ears, inner elbows, wrists, backs of knees and ankles.