Bug Repellant Citronella Candles

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Make these easy citronella candles to keep away the bugs this summer!

You Will Need:
Container Wax (We used soy since it burns at a slower rate)
Containers (such as buckets, jars, or flower pots)
Wicks (appropriate size for your wax/container combo, may need to double wick for larger containers)
Wick Stickers or Hot Glue
Wick Holder Bars
Pouring Pitcher
Citronella Fragrance Oil
Candle Dye (optional)
Wick Trimmers (recommended)
Scale (recommended)

doubleboiler

Step 1:
Melt the wax using the double boiler method or a designated wax melter.

wickcontainer

Step 2:
While the wax is melting, wick the container using wick stickers or hot glue. Secure the wicks at the top of the container with wick holder bars.

addfragrance

Step 3:
When the wax has fully melted and reached a temperature of about 175-185 degrees, add the Citronella Fragrance Oil and mix thoroughly. For soy, we used about 1.5 ounces per pound of wax. Be sure to check the recommended fragrance load for your wax choice.

adddye

Step 4:
Add Concentrated Liquid Dye or Dye Chips if desired, and mix thoroughly.

pourwax

Step 5:
Pour the wax into the container at the recommended pouring temperature. Leave at least 1 inch from the top of the wax to the rim of the container to help protect the flames from the wind if burning the candle outside.

trimwicks

Step 6:
Allow the wax to cool completely. Once cool, trim the wicks to ¼” and enjoy! Remember to NEVER leave a burning candle unattended, and keep away from flammable objects.


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