Eco-Friendly Candles: A Natural Repellent for Mosquitoes


Just as soon as the weather is nice enough to spend evenings in your backyard or on your terrace, mosquitoes come out to taunt you. DEET and other chemical bug repellents simply aren’t worth it – in exchange for avoiding a few bug bites you’ll be exposing yourself to toxic chemicals and that horrible smell! You can make your own natural non-toxic mosquito repellent or take the easy way out with a bug repellent candle.

While citronella oil is commonly used in natural mosquito repelling candles, it does have a bit of a bad reputation. Some, like me, don’t like the strong scent. Others are concerned about its toxicity: While the EPA calls it safe, there have been reports of irritation when citronella oil is applied directly to the skin and if you have a pooch that could sink his teeth into the candle, you’ll want to avoid it. When dogs ingest citronella they can get a bellyache and diarrhea.

That’s why I was so excited when Hillhouse Naturals offered to send their Mosquito Repellent Candle, a natural citronella-free essential oil candle. It’s made from soy wax, so you don’t have to worry about all of the cancer-causing chemicals polluting your air. Two scents, either a blend of wild mint, juniper and tea tree or a mix eucalyptus, mint leaf and lemongrass will keep mosquitoes away.

The big four-wick candles will burn and banish bugs for about 50 hours. Unlike a lot of the citronella candles you find at the drugstore, this one is elegantly presented in a rustic concrete holder that doubles as a pretty centerpiece for your outdoor table.