And when summer comes, so do the bugs.
During this time of year everyone enjoys being outdoors- for picnics and cookouts, camping and hiking, days by the pool and evenings on the deck sipping summer cocktails. However you choose to spend your summer days, don’t spend them swatting mosquitos and scratching bug bites.
Citronella candles are a great way to fend off the bugs when you’re spending time outdoors. With a few simple ingredients and three easy steps, you can make your own right at home!
Wax- I used EcoSoya CB-Advanced Soy Candle Wax
Jar(s)- I used a cute mason jar, perfect for summer!
Wooden skewer, popsicle stick, etc. (something to stabilize the wick)
Here’s a close up of the essential oil that I used for this candle in case you couldn’t see it in the first picture. It smells exactly like the citronella candles you buy in the stores.
Before you start melting the wax flakes, you’ll want to prep the jar and wick so that they’re ready to go when it’s time to pour the hot wax. This is where the wooden skewer (or whatever you have on hand that’s similar) comes into play. Using a tiny bit of hot wax, a spot of hot glue, or a glue dot, secure the metal end of the wick to the inside of the jar. Once you’ve centered and adhered the wick, wrap or fold the long portion over the skewer. This will help prevent it from falling into the hot wax as you pour and will keep it centered as the candle cools.
Melt the wax slowly over medium high heat using a double boiler or similar set up. When deciding on how much wax to melt for your container, remember that the wax will shrink by half (example: 2 cups dry will become 1 cup melted). My container held roughly 2 cups of dry wax flakes, so I melted down about 4 cups to fill the jar.
CAREFULLY pour the wax into the jar(s) that you have prepared. To make the transfer easier, I used a small kitchen funnel when pouring to avoid spills and messes.
Next you’ll need to add fragrance to the melted wax. Using a pipette, I added the citronella oil by drops. Keep in mind that this candle will be used to keep away the bugs when you’re outside so you want it to be strong (it won’t work if the bugs can’t smells it!). You can adjust the strength of the scent to suite your preference, but a general rule of thumb for essential oils and candle wax is 1 teaspoon per pound of wax.
After allowing the candle wax to cool and harden, trim the wick and you’ll be ready for your next outdoor gathering!
Enjoy the sweet summer! 🙂
Summer Citronella Candle Recipe