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Easy Citronella Candles


Summer and autumn evenings are a perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy time with family and friends, yet they are often accompanied by unwelcome visitors. To create a lovely ambiance and shoo away unwelcome mosquitoes and other bugs, try making this quick and easy citronella candle.


Quick & Easy Citronella Candle

  • Servings: Yield=1 candle
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Mason jar
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Floating candle wick
  • 2–4 drops citronella essential oil


  1. Fill the mason jar 3/4 of the way full with water.
  2. Fill the remaining 1/4 of the jar with olive oil.
  3. Add 2–4 drops of citronella essential oil to the jar.
  4. Set a floating candle wick on top of the oil, light the candle, and set it outside where bugs are likely to linger.

Make as many candles as you’d like to create ambiance and repel bugs.


2 thoughts on “Easy Citronella Candles

  1. Do you have any recommendations on where to get a floating candle wick?


    • You can get floating candles at craft stores such as Michaels or Hobby Lobby or you can make your own by cutting the bottom off of a 16 oz water bottle and poking a hole in the middle of it and putting a wick through the hole. That is actually how we made the floating candle for this blog post.


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