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Citronella Fragrance Oil
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Enhance your patio ambiance with citronella fragrance oil. A top note of lemon peel adds a boost of citrus to the lemongrass heart. This camphorous scent performs well in soy wax, resulting in strong citronella candles that enhance outdoor days. One of our favorite scents for outdoor use, citronella candles are great for picnics, campsites, and backyard barbecues. This green and herbal scent is both refreshing and functional.

Expand your product line with candles, melts, and tarts. Or, add a splash of the outdoor nostalgia to lotions, soaps, and scrubs.

This fragrance is infused with natural essential oils, including citronella, eucalyptus, and geranium.

If you're looking for a sophisticated twist on this classic scent, we recommend trying Pear and Thyme Citronella, Ginger and Saffron Citronella, or Lemongrass and Verbena Citronella

Blends well with: Lavender, Citron and Mandarin

Alternative branding ideas: Citrus Sunshine, The Great Outdoors

Suggested colors: Yellow, Golden Honey

See our complete list of candle making dyes and soap colorants.

Fragrance Notes


This product is Candle Safe usage: 3-10%
This product is Soap Safe usage: 3-6%
This product is Lotion Safe usage: 1-2%
This product is Phthalate Free
This product is not Diffuser Base Compatible
Soy Performance
3 of 3
208°F (97°C)
Vanillin Content
0.01% - 2%
This product is not Prop 65 Warning Required
*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. Bottles filled by weight, levels may vary.

Cold Process Soap Performance


Lye Water Temperature 100ºF (37.8°C)
Oil Temperature 100ºF (37.8°C)

We did not experience any acceleration or separation. This was very slow to come to a light trace and was very easy to work with. After 24 hours, there was no sign of discoloration or of the soap going through a gel phase. The scent was very strong. After 30 days, there is no discoloration and the scent remains very strong. This would be an ideal fragrance to do more complex swirls or design techniques that require a slow trace.

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Product Reviews

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5 out of 5 Stars.
Smells exactly how it should

I made my own concrete vessels and was excited for the citronella FO to arrive it came within two days of ordering and it smells just like citronella should extremely strong HT and CT can’t wait to make a batch of these to keep the mosquitos away

5 out of 5 Stars.
Citronella that smells natural!

Citronella is perfect and really does repel the bugs! This blend is amazing because it smells like citronella, but in a more natural or REAL way versus a chemically citronella you'll find in big box stores.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Sells Out Every Season !!

I gave been making candles and Smelly Jelly using this FO for the past two years and both seasons have been a SELL OUT !! My customers keep coming back because this really works to keep the bugs away. I make my candles in coconut/apricot wax @ 12% fragrance load and I make them in tins only. The Smelly Jelly is a particular favorite with my customers and so easy to make. Will be buying this every year !!

5 out of 5 Stars.
Love Love Love!

I made this today in the mini tumbler jars and it is a wonderful fragrance. The candles turned out beautiful! They look and smell better than any I have ever bought from stores. Thank you for making amazing affordable products. Can’t wait to make more!

5 out of 5 Stars.

Love this oil. These candles work better than citronella candles I've ever purchased.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Spot on!

This citronella is spot on. Incredibly strong. I usually use a lot of oil in my candles. This particular oil required a lot less! Everyone that has bought and burned them thus far, has put out their torches to use my candles alone.....

5 out of 5 Stars.
It IS mosquito repellent

I can’t believe there are bad reviews on this for the way it smells. That’s the point. This isn’t for your smelly goods line, this is to make outdoor bug candles. That’s what citronella is. It works great and I sell plenty of these in the summer.

5 out of 5 Stars.

This is the perfect mosquito repellant scent!

1 out of 5 Stars.

I cant stand this scent. Ootb is horrible and I thought it would get better in a candle. Tried mixing it with Strawberry guava, which is amazing, and the candle still smells terrible. Heavily disappointed and don't know what I'm going to do with the 2 oz I still have left. Unless you specifically want mosquito repellent, stay away from this FO.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Does what it's supposed to

Bought this for mosquito season and it repels better than any store sold mosquito repellent I have ever bought.