Bugs come in all shapes and sizes but even if we see them as nuisance, we can’t help but recognize the significance of their role in ecological balance. Good thing is we can get comfortable even without the cost of killing them, a technique we call repelling. An efficient and effective way of repelling bugs is through using scented candles, by which this article will help you make one! Not only will you feel relaxed by the calming aromas, you’ll also get a bug-free and productive day:
To create one, you’ll need the following materials:
- ½ pound beeswax (1 lb. Raw Settled Beeswax )
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Geranium Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Double boiler (or use a pan and a metal bowl)
- 6 Fluted Dessert Cups
- Pre-Assembled Tea Light Wicks (Pre-assembled wicks come already primed, i.e. coated in wax. If yours aren’t coated, you’ll need to prime them yourself by dipping them in wax)
*Note: A woodsy combination of rosemary, geranium and lavender essential oils were known to have insect and mosquito repellant effects.
1. Using an old knife, cut the half pound beeswax into small pieces. Prepare the double boiler by filling its bottom pan with water while placing the small cut beeswax into the top pan for melting. Heat the boiler at 160 degrees Fahrenheit, using a wax and honey thermometer and then wait until wax melts.
2. When the wax is melted, add several drops of the listed essential oils into the melted wax and mix deliberately. Beeswax has its own distinctive odor, so add more of the oils to achieve a more pungent or strong odor.
3. The mixture is then ready to be placed in the tart tins, or any vessel that molds the wax during cooling. Fill it to the brink. If you’re using glass molds rather than aluminum molds, start with small amount of wax then cool it a bit, this is to avoid shattering the glass due to high temperature.
4. Allow the wax to cool slightly until the skin starts to form. Add the pre-assembled tea-light wick in the center of each mold so that the wax will smooth out around the wick while the wick hardens.
5. Lastly, let the wax completely harden, trim wick to a height of ¼ inch and;
..and voila! You’re done with your Do-It-Yourself Insect Scented Repellant Candles! The candle is estimated to burn for four to six hours so you can use these scented candles for your next outdoor party or activities under the stars.