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« on: May 29, 2012, 01:15:08 PM »

I have made insect repellant citronella candles for myself yonks ago, but a friend wants to buy 6 big ones from me (300g each) and I am not certain how much is needed / effective per, say, 100g wax. Does anyone know? If it is lots, I'll have to buy more oil, but I have about 30ml I think.
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 01:17:55 PM »

Sorry Retropants I dont know, but you could look on PFy I think they have recipies for candles?
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 01:25:50 PM »

thanks Lisa, I'll look on Sally's site, failing that, I'll give her a call! :buttrf:
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2012, 02:29:55 PM »

I think you generally use 6-8% on candles, depending on the scent, but I guess you could go even higher, perhaps lower as bugs should have better sense of smell than us.  :mwaha:
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2012, 02:30:41 PM »

Oh, and how much have you been using on your own candles?  If it works with you, it should work for  her too, right?
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2012, 02:37:13 PM »

he he! I can't remember how much I used Andy!  what a wally I am!

I have read only  few drops per 100g is needed, that doesn't sound enough to me??
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 04:10:59 PM »

well its pretty poky stuff, Try one and if its not enough double it?
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2012, 12:41:22 PM »

I made some recently, and I used about 6% citronella EO.... it was effective !
But maybe your mosquitos are more hard than mine ?
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2012, 01:00:35 PM »

I used 2% in the end, they smell quite strong! I will get feedback next week !  thanks everyone Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2012, 06:27:39 PM »

I made some lavender and citronella ones - 4% oil in total, 1:3 citronella:lavender. Noticable but not overpowering.
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2012, 06:29:34 PM »

There's a calculator on the Soap Queen site which is quite good, but it only works for one oil at a time so it's no good for mixed fragrances.
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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2012, 03:04:07 PM »

Hi Retropants,

The industry standard for candles is 3% but you can get double (6%) and triple (9%) scented candles.

For anyone using plastic or polycarbonate moulds I wouldn't go anywhere near 9% as the fragrance will more than likely damage your moulds by frosting them.

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« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2012, 02:43:04 PM »

thankyou Andy. Smiley
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