How to Make Scented Candles that Repel Bugs

Homemade aromatic candles are the perfect way to keep bugs away and give your house a distinct decorative touch at the same time. Learn how to make them in this article!

Aromatic candles are much more than a relaxing tool. They’re even more than something that helps add light or even a sensational way to decorate a nook in your house.

If you’re good with crafts or you want to try your secret abilities in this art, we have a suggestion. Try making your own candles to keep away mosquitoes or other kinds of insects.

The fragrance that these give off when you light them creates a very pleasant atmosphere for your senses. However, this isn’t everything.

At the same time, it creates a defensive barrier against small enemies. Whether you want them or not, they can carry severe 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 like the aroma therapy.

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

Floating citronella aromatic candles


Citronella essential oil is a classic insect 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 does is make them run away. It does not exterminate them.

As a result, you should know if your house has sources of moisture that favor the growth of these kinds of bugs, it’s necessary to take more serious steps. For instance, this could mean using replants, mosquito nets, etc.

First, you’ll see how you can make your own floating citronella aromatic candles.

What you need

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

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.
  • Then, 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 crated 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 insects

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

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!