How to Make Mosquito Repelling Candles Using Essential Oils


It’s Summer here in the South!! 

Sadly, that also means mosquito season! There’s nothing more annoying than constantly having to swat away mosquitoes when trying to enjoy some time on the patio or by the pool.  And with the recent Zika virus epidemic, there is even more of a reason to ward off these pests.  You can easily rid your patio or pool of these pesky bugs by making mosquito repelling candles using essential oils.

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Commercial bug sprays may be effective at keeping mosquitoes away from you, but most of them contain the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET has been shown to cause a variety of health problems, ranging from mild side effects such as skin irritation or allergic reactions, and more serious long-term effects, such as nervous system interference. Did you know that essential oils can help repel those pesky mosquitoes?.

Natural Bug Repellents

There are many natural foods and compounds that produce scents that can effectively repel insects.

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil, which is extracted from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree has been proven throughout various studies to be effective at mosquito repelling.

Citronella essential oil, which is extracted from lemon grass, also has a strong scent that is proven to ward off mosquitoes and other flying insects. Many people already use Citronella candles poolside or on their patios.

One study also found that substances made from the peel of common citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits were all found to be effective at repelling mosquitoes. This proves that natural, strong smelling plant-based substances and citrus fruits have the ability to repel mosquitoes without causing harmful side effects to the people using them.

An effective, and aesthetically pleasing, method of using essential oils and citrus fruits as mosquito repellent is through the use of mason jars. Here is a recipe with everything that you’ll need to make your own mason jar bug repellents:

  • 2 mason jars
  • 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
  • Floating Disc Candles
  • mosquito repelling





Instructions for making mosquito repelling candles with essential oils:

1. Add an even amount of slices of lemon and lime to each jar

2. Put 2 sprigs of rosemary into each jar (optional)

3. Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water

4. Add essential oils, 10 drops of each type to a specific jar (don’t mix them together)

5. Add more water (if necessary) until the jar is almost full

All you have to do to activate these natural mosquito repelling candles is to light a match. They make great additions to porches, backyards, patios, or other outdoors areas where people (and mosquitoes) like to spend time.

How cool is that?  You can get all these supplies at your favorite shopping location, or if you are an Amazon fan, like me, you can get everything at my online store and have it delivered!  



16 Replies to “How to Make Mosquito Repelling Candles Using Essential Oils”

  1. I live in Kansas which isn’t quite in the south but it’s close enough that I know what you mean about the mosquito problem!

    And bug spray stinks…I dont like it. Definitely going to try this out instead.

  2. This is such a cool idea no one likes to be eaten alive, I used to make my own candles.

    I always used to get wet spots no matter what I tried and the scent was always weak to non-existence I really enjoyed doing them and it was therapeutic.

    How can you make the wet spot go and scent better

    1. Hi Steven,
      Thanks for stopping by. These don’t really qualify as “real” candles because they use a tea candle that sits on top of the water. A friend gave me a soy candle making kit, which I have not used yet, but she swears they make much better burning candles than regular wax. You might try that if you are looking to make candles again:-)

  3. Great article. With all the rain we have had here in Texas the mosquitos are as big as I have ever seen. I will try this to keep them away.

    1. Good luck with that!!! I saw a cartoon recently from one of my Florida friends. It had the head of an alligator and the body of a mosquito. Ha!!
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  4. Hello.

    This is the first time I have heard that essential oils can keep the mosquitos away. That’s so . And in a natural way by making your own oil at home. Mosquitos are a pest and they always seem to like my blood.

    Thanks for telling me about essential oil and what they can do for me.


  5. What a lifesaver!! Mosquitoes LOVE me, for some reason, and I’m so miserable in the summertime because of them. I love that this is a natural method that I don’t have to wear – I can just put some of these on my balcony and hopefully enjoy my time outside! I am curious, do you have photos of some that you’ve made? I would love to see! There seems to be a lot of opportunity to dress these up a little 🙂

    1. Hi Kenzie,

      I don’t have any made at the moment. I usually make them when I have guests over, or for a special occasion. In Georgia, once the humidity sets in, we don’t spend too much time outside 🙂 My grandson is coming down soon to spend a week with us. I am sure I will have some made during his stay. I will post some pics soon!!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

  6. Fortunately, in the UK, mosquitos are not an issue, but I know from my travels how much of a concern they can be.
    It’s good to know about natural products that can be used to repel them, so thank you for that Kathy.

    1. Hi Josephine!!
      Thank you for the kind comment! I will just bet you have much of the same issue with pesky bugs as we do here in the South!!

  7. Hi Kathy

    How are you? I’ll come back here to check what new in your website.

    Great and very informative article again! Back in my country in Philippines, the mosquito is a serious problem. So many children become victim of dengue cost by the mosquito. I will share this to my relatives in Philippines. This is very helpful! Thank you for sharing!


    1. Hi Eric,

      Thanks for reading my post and leaving a comment. Yes, I understand that dengue is a huge issue in many countries of a warm climate. Glad you liked my post!

  8. Hi Kathy
    Many thanks for this post. My son really attracts mosquitos and whenever he is bitten, it swells up badly but I am reluctant to use off-the-shelf insect repellents due to the side effects you mention so I will definitely give this a try.

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