Make your own mosquito candle for outdoors – aroma combinations & instructions

With the warm weather, the first annoying mosquitoes appear, which can make some evenings unbearable. There is a need for means that help against these insects. There are some herbs that scare away mosquitoes and that you can use to make your own insect repellent. Today we will tell you how you can make mosquito candles yourself by using such plants. With our instructions, you can make a mosquito candle yourself, the fragrance of which corresponds to your taste and is also perfect for giving away.

Make your own mosquito candle with citrus

Make mosquito candle yourself - recipes and ideas for fragrances

Citrus scents are one of the mosquito’s greatest enemies, which is why they are the perfect ingredient if you make a mosquito candle yourself. The easiest way to get the scent is by using essential oil. You can mix this into the wax. It is particularly advantageous that this is a very strong fragrance, so that a good effect is guaranteed. This scent is used for our two candle recipes. Of course, you can also replace it with other ones or combine them if you don’t like citrus scents. For example, the following are well suited:

  • lavender
  • eucalyptus
  • Lemon eucalyptus
  • peppermint
  • rosemary
  • geranium
  • Lemongrass

With lemon scent

Lemon and other citrus scents to scare away insects - tips and tricks

Citrus scents are not exactly popular with mosquitoes and other insects. That is why they are also perfect if you want to make yourself comfortable outdoors in the evening. Relax on the terrace, the balcony or in the garden in a romantic atmosphere without being bothered by the mosquitoes. So you can make this mosquito candle yourself:

  • 450 g beeswax, soy wax or candle scraps
  • 215 g coconut oil
  • Candle wick
  • Container for the candle
  • Cookware for melting the wax
  • citrus essential oil
  • if you like, other oils such as eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, clove oil
  • optional: hot glue to fix the wick; Chopsticks or other means of holding the wick until the wax sets


Mosquito candles yourself with beeswax, soy wax or candle scraps

If you would like to make the mosquito candle yourself, first melt the wax on the stove or a stove. Once it has melted, turn off the stove and add the coconut oil. When the wax and oil have melted together and cooled a little, add a few drops of citrus oil and stir everything together well. Now hold the wick in the container provided (you can fix the lower end with a drop of hot glue so that it does not slip). Pour a little wax into the container and let it harden to set the wick well. If this first layer has hardened, you can fill the container with more wax. The easiest way to keep the wick straight is to support it with a stick, pen or something similar that you place over the edges of the container.

Large candles with three wicks for the garden and the terrace

You can also use particularly large containers if you make the mosquito candle yourself and then simply work several wicks into the wax and light it later.

Make your own mosquito candle for outside in summer

Ideas for a pleasant mix of fragrances:

  • 50 drops of lemon + 30 drops of lemon eucalyptus + 20 drops of peppermint
  • 60 drops of lemon + 25 drops of orange + 25 drops of lemongrass
  • 40 drops of lemon + 30 drops of lavender + 10 drops of clove
  • 45 drops of lemon + 30 drops of cedarwood + 15 drops of rosemary

Quantities may vary based on the amount of wax, brand, and personal preference.

Floating anti-mosquito candle for outdoors

Make your own mosquito candle without wax with a floating candle

If melting wax is too cumbersome for you, you can also try another variant: Simply add suitable herbs and scents to water and then let a candle float in this scented water. You get a nice decoration for outside with a practical side effect – the mosquitoes are scared away by the scents. Here’s how you can make this kind of mosquito candle yourself:

For 3 candles:

  • 3 large mason jars
  • essential oils – lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, citrus
  • fresh sprigs of rosemary, lavender and / or eucalyptus
  • fresh lemon and / or lime slices
  • 3 floating candles
  • water

How to do it:

Make mosquito candle yourself - instructions with herbs, citrus fruits and floating candle

Put two to three citrus slices and twigs in each glass. Then the essential oils come into the glasses. You can use the following recipes for this:

  • 10 drops of lavender + 10 drops of peppermint
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus + 10 drops of lime
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus + 10 drops of peppermint + 10 drops of lemon

DIY candles with instructions - use essential oils against insects

Fill the glasses with water and stir everything together well. Then you can put the candles in the water and light them.

Tips: You can also use artificial branches instead of fresh branches and only use them as decoration. However, the real as well as the oils help in the fight against mosquitoes. If you choose the mason jars, make sure that the neck is big enough for a candle to float in it.

Scented candles against insects in jars or other containers