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Outdoors Citronella Candles

Bye, Bye Bugs: These Citronella Candles Look Better Than They Smell

June 6, 2023 at 9:30 AM PST

Mosquito and insect bites leave you red, itchy and swollen. Some even can lead to skin damage, especially for darker-skinned people who are more likely to develop keloid scars. Despite chemical deterrents, like bug spray, that keep pests from bothering us, reapplying these topical treatments is tedious. Citronella candles, however, are natural and effortless insect repellents.

The wax in these candles is infused with citronella oil, which is made from the leaves and stems of the lemongrass plant. Burning these candles provides a layer of protection in the immediate surrounding area. The candles mask the smells that attract biting insects. They are perfect for smaller outdoor spaces, like patios and balconies.

You’ve probably seen the classic metal bucket style of citronella candles and can sniff out the scent from afar. They do not match with outdoor decor and have a pungent smell. These old models might have turned you off from the thought of using citronella candles.

Now, there are plenty of modern options for citronella candles that double as decor. Candlemakers also are blending citronella oil with other essential oils for a more pleasant fragrance.

Burn time for these candles ranges from 20 hours to more than 100 hours, depending on the amount of wicks. They come from all kinds of materials, such as glass, travertine, concrete, terracotta and ceramics. Check out some of these stylish summer candles that will keep pests at bay and brighten up your backyard.

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26oz Citronella 5-Wick Candle

From your favorite vegan auntie Tabitha Brown, get groovy with this orange 5-wick citronella candle. Bold, bright, and sporting an embossed leaf-like design, this plant-based repellent will catch the attention of bugs and guests. Summer is all about embracing colorful decor. If you're home is styled with shades of beige and white, this gorgeous accent piece can mesh seamlessly.

Beige Travertine Citronella Candle

Carved with grooves, the beige travertine citronella candle matches the outdoors and reminds everyone of the stone accents found at vacation villas. Create a multi-dimensional feel to your backyard decor with this textured piece. Each candle varies in color and activity, due to the nature of the material. To care for the candle, store indoors during bad weather days. After the final use, the vessel can be repurposed as a catchall tray on your kitchen island or anywhere in your home.

Ellen Merchant Candle

Pastel colors and a hand-drawn printed design make this candle unique and vibrant. Relax and let the refreshing scent of hibiscus melon transport you to tropical paradise. Sit it next to you while you step outside. Since it is small in size, you can move this beautiful vessel around your outdoor space with ease. With a burn time of 40 hours, you'll be able to get more than enough use out of this botanical work of art.

Wilmette 5-Wick Citronella Candle

Lean into mid-century modern decor and smell the aromas of a citrusy orange grove with this matte white citronella candle and solid wood stand. It is offered in three sizes, and you can turn this simple and elegant vessel into a centerpiece on an outdoor coffee or dining table. Try pairing sizes together for an ultra luxe look. Despite a burn time of 21 hours for the largest size, you can make the most out of this candle by repurposing it as a planter.

Hanging Colorful Glass Citronella Candle

Perfect for an outdoor dinner party, these radiant, eye-catching hanging candles come in two sizes and scents. Experience the invigorating fragrance of eucalyptus and lime in the small vessels, while the large jars release a calming blend of ocean air, sea salt and jasmine. Mix and match for a playful look or light up your space with a single color for a monochromatic vibe. Either way, these candles are great for setting the mood.

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