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DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent Candles

There’s no doubt that mosquitoes are annoying. The high pitched buzz of their wings in your ear, the speed in which they move and, of course, the itchy red bite they leave behind. They can ruin a fun evening outdoors in seconds and have your family and guests running for cover. Bug repellent sprays offer relief but the trade off is the exposure to toxic chemicals. Looking for a more natural approach? Mosquitos hate the smell of citrus. Whip up these beautiful DIY mosquito repellent candles for your next family bbq and watch the swarm disperse.


You’ll need:     2 (16 oz) mason jars

Floating candles (preferably white or cream)




Citronella, lemongrass or tea tree essential oil


  • Slice the lemon and the lime. Oranges and grapefruits work as well but their size can be an issue. Instead of using the whole fruit, you may find it easier to just use the peel of a large orange or grapefruit.
  • Divide slices equally between two mason jars in an order that appeals to you.
  • Add a couple of sprigs of basil to each jar.
  • Fill each jar with water leaving adequate space for the candle.
  • Now, add 10-12 drops of essential oil (your pick) and stir.
  • All that’s left is to top it off with the floating candle.


Heading to a campsite? Be sure to take along some fresh sage and rosemary! As dusk falls and the mosquitos swarm, strike up the campfire. Wrap the herbs in aluminum foil. Dunk the packet in water and poke a few holes in the foil. Now, toss it on the fire. It will smoke all night and keep bugs at bay.  Host the Most Successful Summer Soiree