Homemade Citronella Candles

Do mosquitos love you as much as they love me?



It’s a little ridiculous how much they love me…I mean…why are they so obsessed with me? πŸ˜‰

Citronella oil is a natural deterrent for mosquitos and other pesky bugs so a candle is the perfect solution for a backyard bbq or in my case a trip to the lake!

Here’s how to make your own citronella candles to keep those little blood suckers away!


What you need:



β€’ 4 mason jars (I chose blue for the 4th of July)


β€’ 4 lbs natural soy wax shavings (aprox. 1 lb. per candle which you can get at your local hardware store or craft supply)

β€’ candle wicks and tabs (also found at your local hardware store or craft supply)


β€’ citronella oil and other essential oil if you’d like (I chose sage)

β€’ 2 cups boiling water with double boiler or one saucepan on high

β€’ a spoon!

β€’ and most likely an oven mitt


Step 1:

Boil water with double boiler.



Step 2:

Add wax shavings to your double boiler or alternately add wax shavings to a pot on high.



Step 3:

Once the wax has completely melted add citronella (about 30 drops) and any other fragrance you chose, now stir!


Step 4:

Take off burner and let cool

Now add to mason jar holding wick in place.

Let cool adjusting the wick as need be until completely solid.

Cut wick to a half inch above the solidified wax.

Light and enjoy!



26 thoughts on “Homemade Citronella Candles”

  1. Thanks for the idea! I am definitely trying this! I just got bit by a mosquito trying to read a book outside. They love me too… 😊

  2. I can’t wait to make these!! πŸ•―I love the pics with step by step instructions! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ’œ

  3. I love it how you chose to use soy wax instead of beeswax β™₯️
    Love the jars too btw, you can’t really find them here in the Netherlands.

  4. That’s a very fragrant way of keeping mosquitos and bugs away! Since I live in India for the most part of the year it gets very ‘buggy’ during the monsoons & at times smelly too. This simple DIY is surely helpful in more ways than one. πŸ’“

  5. Love you blog! These candles are great! Love the essential oils! Have you ever tried Young Living oils? They are my favorite! Let me know if you want me info on them! πŸ˜‰

  6. Mosquitoes are always biting me, I will definitely be making these! Especially right now that it’s cookout season! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love this idea and yes mosquitoes absolutely love me if only I would have see it before I left for the cabin πŸ˜‚

  8. Love it and they’re also handy when the electricity goes off.
    Q: can I used the exact measuring but with other jar shape?
    Btw I love you as much as those mosquitoes loves you

    1. Yes you can if it’s around the same size. If the jar is smaller/bigger adjust accordingly.
      When you’ve melted the wax and are pouring it into your jar if it’s too much you won’t have to use all of it. If you didn’t make enough wax melt a little more and add to the jar.

      Hope this helps!

  9. Loved it!! Love U Sasha, I’m a big fan of PLL, congratulations for such a great job. Mosquitos love me too πŸ˜‚β€οΈ

  10. Sasha, mosquitos love me as much as they love you, lol. Apparently, it’s due to our blood type (lucky us, yay!) πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹.. I’m guessing your blood type is like mine, blood type O, because that’s what they love the most. They are least attracted to people with blood type A. I just came across your blog and I love it! Great job you’re so talented in everything that you do! I love you and will miss you on PLL! πŸ’•

  11. I never realized how easy it is to make these candles yourself. I love the idea of using the mason jars. Being from South Carolina mason jars get used for a lot of things here. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ƒ

  12. I love this! I just found your blog from your interview about the PLL finale and I’m so glad that I did.

  13. Thanks girl! Just made these thanks to you! I never realized how simple it was to make candles! 😁

  14. Oh , that’s a good idea and so easy to make this candles 😊 You’re so creative! ❀
    Warm greetings from Germany 😊

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