Citronella Candles – How Citronella Scented Candles Work

Candles made of citronella have the active ingredient citronella oil. Citronella oil is derived from the drying of a grassy plant called Cymbopogon Nardus.  It is a natural product as opposed to a chemical repellent such as is used in a bug spray repellent. According to the EPA, citronella oil has been used for over 60 years as an insect repellent.  It works to repel insects without harming or killing them. Citronella oil repels various insects such as mosquitoes, black flies, flies and ticks. It has a distinctive odor which makes it difficult for some insects to locate a host.

Wax candles made of Citronella scented oil work effectively to repel mosquitoes and insects when burned in the immediate area. The scent of the citronella oil in the tealight or votive candles when heated releases the odors into the air and acts as a smoke screen to disguise the human scent as a host to the insects. In order for the citronella scented candles to be an effective insect repellent for an outside event, the candles must be burned in and around the perimeter of the area you what to be insect free. It is also important to light the citronella candles and keep them burning during the entire event.

The best part of the effect of citronella scented candles is that the benefit is twofold. You can have the natural effects of insect repellent and the natural beauty of lit flickering candles.  The tealight candles have many wonderful holders that can be strategically placed around the area very easily and create beautiful ambiance. You want to make sure that you cover the entire area for both repellent benefits and for accent lighting.  Don’t be afraid to overdo it, the natural lemony scent of the candles will provide a wonderful fresh scent.

Candles made of citronella oil work wonderfully as a natural, deet-free, chemical-free option for insect repellent. You can add a beautiful ambiance to your next outdoor event by placing candles made of citronella all around your patio, deck or yard. has an exciting and extensive line of citronella candle options with competitive prices.  To shop citronella scented candles, visit our website at Citronella Scented Candles