DIY Citronella Floating Candle Bowl

62 July 18, 2016 - Aromatherapy, At Home, DIY, Essential Oils, Videos, Wellness, Young Living Lifestyle

Classy doesn’t need to be complicated. This DIY floating candle bowl project will instantly transform your everyday backyard party or BBQ into an enchanting, fragrance-filled summer celebration. All it takes are a few odds and ends you likely have just lying around the house! Make a collection of these bowls and arrange them around the patio, then sit back and enjoy the relaxing glow and the warm summer scent of Citronella and Lemon.

DIY Citronella Floating Candle Bowl

• Glass bowl or container
• Decorations of your choice. You can use anything! (Lemon peels, orange peels, cinnamon sticks, lavender, rosemary, flower petals, river rocks, etc.)
• 20 drops Citronella essential oil
• 10 drops Lemongrass essential oil
• 1 tablespoon witch hazel
• Water to top off glass bowl or container
• 1 unscented floating candle

1. Gather decorations and arrange in bowl. We recommend cutting them into two-inch pieces so they don’t bunch at the top of the bowl or cause it to overturn.
2. Add witch hazel, Citronella, and Lemongrass essential oil to the bowl.
3. Fill in the remaining bowl space with water.
4. After placing your bowl outside, top it off with the floating candle and light it to create a cozy, aromatic ambiance you and your guests can enjoy throughout the evening.


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  • Anna Ruggirello

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  • Riley

    Would the candle be needed? Or would the oils just do the work?

    • Hello Riley. You could just use the oils, but the candle helps to create an ambiance and the candle’s heat helps the oils diffuse into the air. Hope that helps! Thanks!

  • Lynn

    Hi, was wondering if witch hazel could be used for evaporation and diffusing of oils when making plug ins from the old bath and body works wall flowers . I saw a video that used a cheaper vadka for evaporation..??? Ya

    • Hey Lynn. We have not tried it, but witch hazel does have that same evaporation function like that of the vodka. I think it is worth a try and let us know how it works out. We love when you share ideas with us. Thanks for stopping by and have fun experimenting!

    • JOilYGirl

      Lynn, were you able to make your oily wallflowers refills work? I have been wondering about this!!!

  • Waterdreamer

    Hello – What is the good alternative to keep bugs away since a good friend of mine is very allergic to Citronella. 🙁 Therefore, I need alternative to Citronella when she is coming over. We all love to be at the patio and hung out at pool. Thank you!!

    • Young Living

      Hello! At this time we do not have any product labeled as a repellant and would be unable to recommend an oil for this purpose. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sandra

    Hi there. What is the witch hazel used for?

    • Hello Sandra. The witch hazel helps with the evaporation and diffusing of the oils into the air. I hope that helps and thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Stephanie Summers

    How long does it hold the scent if you make it up ahead of time? Like we are camping for two weeks this summer. We want this so we don’t get ate up.

    • Hey Stephanie! Honestly, it depends on how long you leave out the bowl contents, how you store the mixture when not in use while camping, and the weather, which would dictate how fast it evaporates. It may be smart to try it out at home and see how many days its lasts in your current conditions. Also, we suggest bringing the Citronella essential oil and the Lemongrass (or whatever blend you enjoy) and the witch hazel with you so that you can replenish the floating candle bowl mixture. That is an awesome idea to bring something like this camping! Hope that helps!

  • Emily

    Hi! When a candle (made with YL oils), can it still give off therapeutic properties? Thanks!

    • Young Living

      Hi Emily, Our research indicates that cold diffusing oils is better than using essential oils in candles, because oils do not retain their beneficial properties if heated to their flash point. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

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