The smell of citronella reminds me of summers at my grandparents’ house in Wisconsin. They would always have one of those classic metal bucket candles lit to keep away pests. Let me tell you, it did a great job, especially for mosquitos! So citronella is for sure a summer must around here, and luckily these candles are easy to make!
A citronella candle’s ingredients list is simple–it includes essential oil and wax, that’s it. To keep our candles natural I decided to use soy wax. This particular type of wax is especially good for creating highly scented candles and it won’t tunnel.
The next step is to pick out a quality essential oil. I used this one here. Then pick a container. I stayed true to my love of terra cotta and decided to use a planter. For the wicks, I used wood. They felt like the most organic choice for these natural candles.
Let get to making!
Supplies needed for a DIY citronella candle:
Soy wax pellets
4 Wood wicks
Citronella essential oil
Terra cotta planter
Mason jar & medium-sized pot (to create a double boiler)
Measuring cups & spoons
Fill a medium-sized pot half way with water then add the mason jar and boil. To figure out how many cups you will need to fill your container, begin measuring the wax pellets in one cup increments. I needed two cups of wax pellets to fill my planter. Then take that number and double it.
I used four cups of wax pellets total. In two cup increments, begin adding wax pellets to the mason jar. Let that wax melt almost completely, then add two more cups of pellets.
While the wax is melting, arrange four wicks. Use the puddy to attach the wood wicks anchor to the bottom of the candle’s container. Hold off cutting the wicks till after you pour in the wax.
Once the wax is completely melted, add the essential oil and use a disposable spoon to stir it. My rule of thumb is one tablespoon of oil for two cups of solid pellets. So I added two tablespoons of citronella essential oil.
Next, carefully begin filling your container with the melted wax. Leaving around 5mm of space to the top. Once the wax is dry, estimate an inch of space from the wax to the top of the wick, then trim the tops.
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