What You Need:
1 coffee mug you’re willing to use
½ tbsp. Lavender Essential Oil
1 tbsp. Lemongrass Essential Oil
1 lb. Natural Beeswax or Natural Soy-based Wax (available at craft stores)
1 Chopstick or Pencil
1 Candle Wick (available at craft stores)
1 Microwave-safe Bowl
Yields: 20 oz. Bug Repellent Candle (made with all-natural essential oils)
Step 1: Pour your wax into your microwave-safe bowl and set the microwave to 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, the wax should be entirely melted, but the bowl will be very hot. *Make sure to use an oven-mitt or pad to keep your fingers from burning.*
Step 2: Dip the end of the wick into the hot wax, and place that end of the wick on the penny to “adhere” the penny to the wick. Carefully place the penny in the base of the coffee mug, and tie the loose end of the wick around the pencil. Lay the pencil over the top of the mug, so the penny is flush with the bottom of the mug.
Step 3: Mix your essential oils into the wax. Stir gently, but thoroughly. Carefully pour the newly mix essential oil wax into the coffee mug over top the penny. Let the mug sit for around 15 minutes.
Step 4: Untie the wick from the pencil, and clip it to your desired length. Voila!
Use these candles outdoors during the evening or at night to help repel bugs like mosquitoes, gnats, flies, ticks, and many more!
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