How to Make Scented Candles that Repel Bugs

· June 16, 2017
Homemade aromatic candles might be able to keep bugs away and give your house a distinct decorative touch at the same time.

Aromatic candles are much more than a relaxing tool. Their powers may even go beyond just adding light or style to a dark corner of your house.

If you’re good with crafts or you want to try out your skills in this art, we have a suggestion. Try making your own candles to repel bugs. That’s right, some people say you can make candles that repel mosquitoes or other insects.

The fragrance that these give off when you light them creates a very pleasant atmosphere for your senses. However, this isn’t all they’re good for, according to some people.

Some people say candles can also create a defensive barrier against small enemies. This may be good for you even if you don’t particularly hate bugs, as they can carry certain diseases.

We suggest you start learning the art of aromatic candles. This is an easy, gratifying activity that can open up a whole new field of possibilities. This is especially true if you already enjoy aromatherapy.

Are you taking notes? It’s easier than it looks!

Floating citronella aromatic candles

Citrus and citronella candles

Some people consider citronella essential oil to be a classic insect repellent.

See Also: Citronella Oil Mosquito Repellent

However, we need to be clear: this kind of decorative homemade remedy won’t kill mosquitoes or any other kind of bug.

What it might do is make them run away. It doesn’t exterminate them.

That being said, if your house has sources of moisture that favor the growth of these kinds of bugs, it’s necessary to take more serious steps. This could mean, for instance, using mosquito nets or other kinds of traps.

Let’s see how you can make your own floating citronella aromatic candles.

What you need

  • 2 glass jars
  • Two floating candles that are the right size for the jars
  • 2 lemons
  • Two limes
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 10 sage leaves
  • Ten sprigs of fresh lavender
  • 10 drops of essential citronella oil
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 ribbons to decorate the jars

Also Read: Cleanse Skin with Almonds and Rosemary Water

How to make them

It’s as easy as gathering all of the elements in the jars. This means each plant, and the rounds of lime and lemon.

  • We start with cutting the limes and lemons in rounds. They should be approximately 1/2 an inch thick.
  • The first thing you will put in the jars are the aromatic plants.
  • Evenly spread the rosemary, lavender, and sage leaves.
  • On top of the aromatic plants, add the citrus rounds.
  • Then, add the drops of citronella essential oil: put 5 drops in each jar.
  • After that, add the water. You only need to pour water until it’s a little higher than the middle of the jar (it shouldn’t go to the top).
  • The next step is just as easy. When you add the water, you’ll realize that the citrus floats. The rounds make a good base to put your candles on.
  • You can get floating lights in any decoration or craft store. These are made to float on the surface of liquids. In this case, they’ll rest on a piece of citrus.
  • Lastly, the only thing left is decorating the glass jar. To do this, you only need to wrap a ribbon around the neck of your jar. Easy!

These jars are as decorative as they are effective for repelling mosquitoes.

Compact candles for repelling insectsThree candles in glass jars

In the last project, we showed you how to make jars with floating candles. They’re very pretty. Even so, one of their main downsides is that they burn off very quickly.

In this project, we want to show you how to make compact candles: they last longer and they’re as effective as they are interesting.

This is how you make them.

What you need

  • 2 glass jars with whatever measurements you like.
  • Natural candle wax (The amount you need will depend on the capacity of your jars)
  • 2 candle wicks
  • 10 drops of essential citronella oil
  • Decorative bands for the jars

How to make them

Two candles in glass jars

For this project, you’re going to spend some time in the kitchen. Why? You need to melt the wax. However, read each step closely.

  1. First, you need to put the candle wick in the jars. When you buy candle wicks in the store, you’ll see that they already come with an aluminum base. You just need to put this in the center of the glass jars.
  2. Then, put the empty glass jars in the oven. You need to heat them.
  3. You only need to put them on the lowest temperature your oven has. Let them heat up for 15 to 20 minutes. This way, the wax will be more compact when you pour it inside.
  4. At the same time, melt your wax in a pot on the stove.
  5. When the wax has a consistency like olive oil, it’s ready. Then, turn off the heat and add the 10 drops of citronella essential oil.
  6. Then, add the melted wax in each jar. Be careful that you don’t burn yourself.
  7. Always remember that the candle wick should stay in the middle.
  8. When it cools, cut the wick so that it’s just the right length.

Then, your aromatic candles are ready. Decorate them with ribbons, and enjoy. You’ll love them!