DIY Candle Bug Repellent With Essential Oils (Non-Toxic)

by - June 27, 2022

Summer's here, which means more time outdoors. These homemade bug repellent candles are ideal for those occasions since they work as a natural insect repellent to keep those pesky bugs away. My family enjoys spending evenings on the back patio until the mosquitos arrive and ruin the night. I've never been a fan of using store-bought bug repellent sprays, as they're usually filled with chemicals. That's why I love these homemade candles, as they are healthy for us to breathe and are better for the environment. On top of that, they smell wonderful and look great as decorations.


  • Cinnamon
  • Lavender  
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus


  • Soy wax
  • Candlewick
  • Mini terracotta pots
  • 20 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 15 drops of lemongrass essential oil (or other essential oil of choice)
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (or other essential oil of choice)
  • 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil  (or other essential oil of choice)
  • Hot glue gun


1.) Secure the candle wick to the center base of the pot with a bit of glue.

2.) Set a double boiler by placing a heatproof bowl on top of a pot filled with water. 

3.) Pour the wax into the container.

4.) Stir occasionally until the wax is completely melted. 

6.) Remove the wax from the heat, add the essential oils and mix to combine.

7.) Carefully pour the melted wax into the pot.

8.) Allow the wax to harden.

9.) Trim the excess candle wick.

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