DIY bug repellent candles

Bug Be Gone DIY Candles with Beeswax

Beeswax is the building block of really great candles. These amazing candles really help to keep the bugs at bay. Enjoy many more hours outside without the pungent overpowering smell of bug spray with this super easy solution. Citronella is great for mosquitoes while peppermint and lemon eucalyptus will send those black flies and horse flies packing.

  • 1/2 lb beeswax (I use the dregs of old soy candles too if I have them)
  • 8 drops citronella oil
  • 8 drops lemon eucalyptus oil
  • 8 drop peppermint oil
  • 1 skewer
  • string
  • jars

Green living tips

In two mason jars (I’ve recycled yogurt jars here), grate your old candles or beesewax. Use a skewer to hang a piece of string in the middle of the jar for a wick. Place jars in a pot of water on the stove and heat gently until wax melts.

Remove the jars and allow to cool a little. Add the essential oils before the wax sets. Don’t add the oils when the jars are on the stove as heat helps to break down oils.

These candles are perfect for outdoor areas and camping trips!

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