Make Your Own (Even Better!) Citronella Candles

Keep your party or next backyard BBQ mosquito-free with these DIY Citronella Candles!
DIY Citronella Candles - far more effective than "citronella-scented" candles you can buy at the store.
Candle Wax
Candle Wicks
Glass jars
Young Living Citronella Essential Oil
Young Living Purification Essential Oil
Double boiler or pot and glass measuring cup
Woodsies Craft Sticks
Super Glue
I repurposed glass spice jars for this project, but you could clean out and use glass containers from old candles or Mason jars. Make sure your jars are clean and completely dry before you begin.
Super glue wick to the bottom of the glass jar and secure top between two craft sticks to keep it in place. (Click on link at bottom for more photos and details.)
Melt wax flakes in a double boiler or saucepan filled with water and flakes in a Pyrex cup. Bring water to a boil and then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until wax is melted. Then stir in 10-15 drops of Young Living Citronella Essential Oil and 5-8 drops of Young Living Purification Essential Oil per 2 cups of wax flakes (which melts to 1 cup of wax).
Once your wax is melted and the oils are stirred in, use a hot pad to remove your candle jars from the oven and your Pyrex from the sauce pan. Carefully pour the wax into your candle jars, filling them up to the lip of the jar. Ensure that your wick is still centered after your pour (adjust as needed by gently moving the sticks).
Cool your candles on a cooling rack. This might take a while depending on how large your candles are. (Click on link at bottom for more photos and details.)
Once your candles are cooled, trim the wick to 1/4″ – 1/2″, light ‘em up, and watch those annoying, bloodthirsty mosquitos flee your backyard! (Apologies to your neighbors.)

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