Mosquito Repelling Candles and Essential Oil Blends

Natural Mosquito Control

Citronella candles
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Citronella essential oil is a great mosquito repellent in candles, but you don’t have settle for just that scent in your outdoor candles. There are a number of widely available essential oils that are also known to help repel mosquitoes including:

  • Citronella
  • Clove
  • Cedarwood
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass
  • Rose Geranium

Other less widely available (or more expensive) mosquito repelling essential oils include

Each oil has its own characteristics that blend differently with the citronella. Here are some blends that I’ve created for you to use as a starting point. If you don’t have a particular oil, feel free to substitute or adjust as you see fit. In each of the recipes, I tried to keep it at least 1/3 citronella.

For tips on creating your own custom blends check out Creating Your Own Custom EO Blends

Recipe #1 – Simple and Spicy

A simple natural blend with the wonderfully sweet and spicy notes of the clove oil.

  • 5 parts Citronella
  • 5 parts Lavender
  • 5 parts Clove

Recipe #2- Bright and Energetic

Likewise a simple blend, but substituting the Peppermint for the Clove changes it into a bright, energetic and sweet blend.

  • 5 parts Citronella
  • 5 parts Lavender
  • 5 parts Peppermint

Recipe #3 – Deep and Green

A more complex blend with mostly “green” scents including wonderfully dark and smoky cedarwood.

  • 10 parts Citronella
  • 10 parts Cedarwood
  • 5 parts Eucalyptus
  • 5 parts Rosemary

Recipe #4 – Sweet and Citrus

Just a little lemongrass added to the mix blends well with the citronella. The Rosemary and Cedarwood add complexity and a base note to the blend. (Note: The lemongrass has a fair amount of the same constituents as the citronella oil, so I reduced the amount of citronella.)

  • 5 parts Citronella
  • 5 parts Lemongrass
  • 5 parts Lavender
  • 5 parts Rosemary
  • 5 parts Cedarwood

Recipe #5 – Lightly Floral

Here just a little bit of Egyptian Rose Geranium brings out the floral qualities of the lavender and balances out the citronella.

  • 5 parts Citronella
  • 5 parts Lavender
  • 5 parts Geranium
  • 5 parts Rosemary

Remember, these are just starting points for your own experimentation.

Enjoy your citronella candles and the outdoors!