Citronella (Discontinued)
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As of 03/29/2020:

This version of Citronella (Discontinued Version) has been discontinued and replaced with the new Citronella. Click here to check it out!


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As of January 16, 2020 our Citronella was revised to increase the flashpoint, so this fragrance can be shipped by air. See new version.

As a natural insect repellent, citronella candles are an effective way to keep pesky mosquitoes away from decks, campsites, and other outdoor areas. Infused with the oil of the citronella plant, this classic scent combines a top note of lemongrass with a bottom note of fresh, clean camphor. This fragrance is infused with with natural essential oils, including citronella.
Note Profile:
Top: Lemongrass
Middle: Citronella
Base: Camphor

NOTE: Due to the high concentration of natural oils in this fragrance oil it is sold in non-standard sizes.

Suggested Colors: Yellow, Gold
See our complete list of candle making dyes.

Note: Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.


Candle Safe Yes Usage: 3-10%
Soap Safe Yes Usage: 3-6%
Vanillin Content 0%
Soy Performance
Flashpoint 114 °F
Phthalate Free Yes
Prop 65 Warning Required No
Diffuser Base Compatible No

*Usage amounts are recommendations only. Individual usage amounts can vary based on your desired fragrance strength, wax type, soap base, or lotion base. See IFRA certificate for max usage levels.



Average Rating:

(based upon 12 reviews)

Candles “n” Bloom

I love this citronella. I used 20ml mixed with 10ml of lemon verbena and then I turned around and did the same again but mixed it with 10ml of peppermint eucalyptus. Oh my, I can’t keep it in stock. It has such a lovely scent and boy does it keep the pesky flies and insects away. Mixing the fragrances does wonders. I am using 464. I have had no issues with any burning or any other problems and my customers love it.

Sandra Lobato


Has anyone ever used a wooden wic with this oil? Wanting to try something new and I love the wooden wics but Scared to death to try them out.



Just received it today it smells good!!! I will be making my first batch of candles tomorrow!!! Can’t wait to see how they work!!!! If it lights like a torch I will use a longer lighter!!!


Strong and repels mosquitoes well, but be careful!

This is the strongest citronella that I've tested out of 4 and I've used it for the last 2 summers to fight mosquitoes (Michigan's state bird!). The only negative are that it really is SUPER strong, so beware when you make your candles AND that on the first lighting of the candle, the whole top lights on fire. In my experience, blowing it out and relighting it does the trick and it doesn't do it again. I think it's just excess oil burning off that the wax doesn't fully absorb or something. We just make sure to always have it within our eye line, which you should do anyways, but since we only use it outdoors it's not really of much concern. I'll keep making them because they definitely work but I only make these for friends and personal use. I don't think I'd sell them due to the fact that they do catch on fire.

The Burning Mitten

Great hot throw and an absolute perfect addition to my summer collection!


Performs well in soy wax and keeps those pesky little critters away in the summertime.



I mainly ordered this scent because of it's insect repelling properties, but after opening the bottle, I was nauseated! I cannot stand the smell! I just finished by first batch, and I guess I will see how much I like the cold throw, or hot throw. Not sure if I will order again. This might just be a personal preference thing. I will see how much customers like it.

Lori R.

Smells Great and Works Great

These have a really strong cold throw, but a pleasant hot throw. Normally I use 9% load with GBG464, but with this oil I have to use only 6%. We were having an issue with ants in my bathroom (I guess it's a summer thing) so my wife suggested we just place a couple of the citronella candles in there. We didn't see the ants for almost a week. Not saying there is a correlation, but it was nice to be ant-free for awhile.


Citronella Rocks!

This is by for the best citronella out there!

Using an 8% FO load and CD wicks - Burns perfectly in soy~ no issues with drowning out.

My Customer comments are: it smells like lemon grass and they are loving it. Works great for keeping those pesky bugs away too!

Happy Chandler

Citronella Fragrance

The scent of this fragrance is pretty much like the essential oil, almost identical. I found with this oil that my normal wax/wick combo wasn't enough. The wicks smoldered out after about 2 burns. After that they never recovered, so I would say wick up. I use GB 464 Soy wax and ECO wicks. My fragrance percentage is 8%.



I was doing some samples this weekend using a full 12% FO load on GB464...Looks like 12% is too much for this FO, instead of a candle I wound up with a tiki torch!!

I added the Citronella at 185, stirred for 3 minutes and poured, beautiful looking candle with an awesome cold throw, nice flat top and no frosting.

I give this NO RATING until I do another test. I am going to melt down the 3 tins and add more wax to get the load to 10%, re-pour and give it another shot.


Works like a charm!

The summers here are crazy for bugs, it almost makes you want to stay inside so I bought this to try in the hopes that I could give my skin a break from the bug spray. Worked perfect, even in my small 25cent jars from the flea market! Goodbye bug spray!