Here is another project pioneered by Bakima, the intern-turned-paid-employee. We’re lucky she still has time to play with fun projects.
Bug-B-Gone Essential Oil Blend
Optional: Catnip Essential Oil
1lb Candle Wax
450 Wick (for smaller flame) or 250 Wick (for larger flame- *NOTE* this size will have a shorter burn life than the 450 size)
about 6 or 7 votive glass candle jars (These would make really cute gift sized candles! Dress ’em up with a bow and a fake little plastic bug and they’d be adorable!)
Spoon (that you won’t eat with again)
One – Melt down the candle wax in 30 second installments, taking out the heat safe (Pyrex) container and stirring the wax between microwave bursts. You can also melt the wax down in a double boiler.
Two – Add 1 oz of Bug-Be-Gone Essential Oil Blend per pound of wax (1 oz if you’re sticking to the same recipe as above or multiply as needed). Catnip Essential Oil has proven to be more effective than Deet (links to research articles here), generally when applied topically. No word on whether it works in a candle, but it can’t hurt.
Two and a half – Dip the bottom end of the wick in the wax and place it in the center of the jar to secure it in place
Three – Pour in your melted wax, leaving about a third of the wax left over in the heat safe container.
Four – Once the wax has settled and is close to solid, reheat the leftover wax and pour a thin layer over the top of the wax. This is to fill in the sunken top of the wax, which settles into the center after the first pour. Use a contrasting color for a nice effect
Five – Let dry, trim your wick to about 3/4 of an inch and enjoy your summer evenings, skeeter free.