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Mar
31

Citronella Fragrance Oil


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Citronella Fragrance OilCitronella Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Summertime is almost here, the time of year that we all want to be outside soaking up some warm sunshine.   We all love the gorgeous weather.  Maybe you are having a cookout, bonfire, camping, or just enjoying a peaceful night relaxing on the porch swing .  Then, out of nowhere those pesky mosquitoes come along to ruin your good time.  When the weather gets warm these party crashers come out in droves!  Well, Nature’s Garden has the perfect solution, Citronella Fragrance Oil!  You can put it in a candle, lotion, or even a body spray.  Our citronella scent will be a great addition to any of you homemade craft recipes.

What Does Citronella Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is reminiscent of a wild Indonesian Herb used to keep bugs away.

Top Notes:  chamomile
Mid Notes: citronella, rose, jasmine, lily
Base Notes: pine

How Do Our Customers Use Citronella Fragrance Oil?

There are a variety of craft recipes that can be created using our citronella scent.  First, many of our customers use Citronella Fragrance Oil in their homemade lotions, creams and body sprays.  Our maximum recommended usage rate for these type of products is 5%.  Room scenters can use up to 50% in homemade potpourri, reed diffusers, oil burners, and incense projects.  Of course, strongly scented aroma beads can also be created.

Candle crafters can add up to 10% of our Citronella Fragrance Oil in their homemade candle or wax tart recipes when using a paraffin wax or vegetable wax.  If you would like to color your candles or homemade tarts we suggest dying it green.  You can use two drops of green Spectrum Liquid Candle dye per four pounds.   If color blocks are more up your alley,  you can shred a small amount of a green color block into your melted wax.  Since we are often asked about using crayons as a candle colorant, crayons should not be used as a replacement for candle dyes in your candles.  They will clog your wick.  Gel wax is not compatible with our straight citronella scent.  However, if you are wanting to make a citronella candle using get wax, try our Lime Citronella Fragrance Oil.

Those making soap can use this citronella fragrance oil at a maximum recommendation of 5% to create wonderfully scented handcrafted soaps.  It can be used in cold process soap, hot process, or melt and pour soaps.  Our cold process soap testing results for this citronella scent found no ricing, no acceleration, no separation, and no discoloration after cure.  It maintains a good scent retention.  When making other other bath and body products such as bath oils, bath bombs, and bath gels, we have found our Citronella Fragrance Oil works great when using a maximum recommendation of 5% fragrance oil.  To color body products we recommend that you use green soap colorant in the amount to achieve the shade that satisfies you. Never use candle dye in any body products.

 

Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe

How have we at Nature’s Garden used our Citronella Fragrance Oil?  We have created this soy candle recipe just for you!  When you are ready to get started, here is our simple and free Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe to help repel those bothersome mosquitoes.

 

Jul
24

Citronella


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citronella repelsCitronella and Mosquitoes

Summer time, the period of the year when we all enjoy outdoor festivities.  Whether they be parties, cookouts, hiking, gardening, or just relaxing by the pool; we find reasons to be outside.  We love the gorgeous weather and the warming sun rays.  However, with the fun in the sun that we all seek, with it also comes the dreaded mosquitoes.

When the weather gets warm, these uninvited pesky critters seem to always show up in droves.  Invading not only our space, but feeding off us and our families.  The results of their feast, itchy, red, swollen bumps on our skin.

Mosquitoes have been in existence some 170 million years.  In the United States, there are currently over 175 different species accounted for.  It is safe to say that they are not going to be going any where soon, but there are measures that we can take to help ward off these insects.

Citronella has been known to repel mosquitoes for a long time. Burning citronella candles around the yard or applying bug repelling spray to ourselves can usually do the trick.  But have you ever wondered how this works exactly?

Just like a primal animal, mosquitoes are on the hunt for one thing: FOOD.  And, we are that food source.  Drawn to carbon dioxide (from our exhaling) uric acid (from our blood), and lactic acid (from our sweat glands), insects like mosquitoes are able to smell us up to an amazing 164 feet away.  Once those delectable scents are picked up by the mosquitoes, they are then able to locate us to feed.

It is commonly thought that the scent of citronella repels mosquitoes away.  In fact, studies have shown that when the citronella aroma is in an environment, mosquitoes will land around 40% less times than when it is not present.  But, the fact is mosquitoes will still land.  This is why citronella does not necessarily repel.

Instead, citronella masks.  What this means is that when the scent of citronella (whether by means of a candle or a body spray) is present the 3 most common drawing factors of mosquitoes (carbon dioxide, uric acid, and lactic acid) are covered.  It is almost as if the mosquitoes no longer have the ability to sense us anymore.  And, since they cannot smell us, they will move on to “sweatier pastures” so to speak.

Sure, any of your local grocery stores or super markets have aisles of outdoor summer time displays hosting many different bug repelling products that you can purchase.  You however can make your very own insect repelling/masking items right from your home.  You will know exactly what is in the product, and you will also save money by doing it yourself.

Natures Garden currently has four different citronella oils available.  There is the straight citronella scent, or the citronella java essential oil.  Both of these oils can be viewed by clicking on the individual link.  For those of you that do not like how the scent of straight citronella smells, we also have citronella options for you.  Citronella Berry fragrance oil is a sweeter version of citronella.  This fragrance contains the essential oil of citronella with the combined fruity notes of strawberry, mandarin, and raspberry.  There is also Lime Citronella fragrance oil.  This wonderful fragrance oil is the combination of essential oil of citronella and notes of lemon, fresh lime, and white flowers.

Now, if you are interested in viewing possible candle and body products that you can make with these scents, here are three of Natures Gardens finest bug repelling recipes.  By clicking on the link, you will be able to see the recipe.  Each recipe has the step by step instruction as well as all of the items listed that you will need to make them.
Citronella Soy Wax Candle Recipe
Bug Repelling Candle Recipe
Bug Repelling Body Spray Recipe

These recipes are all easy to make and take very little time to accomplish.  They are great ways to ward off mosquitoes and keep you and your family mosquito bite free this summer.