Before I started making soap my dd swore that 'old fashioned lye soap' helped keep mosquitoes and ticks away. We'd buy a year's supply at a time. Now I make it. Plain lard soap with a little coconut oil for some lather and whatever eo's I have on hand that supposedly help repel. I don't know if it *really* helps but she still says it does and seems to have everyone else convinced. So I continue to make it for my family. Now this year I see my 2 yod is sensitive to bites like my firstborn was. They get large and red. I'm going to start washing her regularly with the soap but I'm wondering if using the eos in a lotion bar or a spray might help as well. I will not use DEET. And I do try to remember not to let the dc go out around dusk (except those who have chores). So....does anyone make and use something like this? Does it work or is it a waste of EOs? And what about a balm to help soothe bites? Guess I need to start doing some homework.