Make your own citronella candles, it’s easy! Citronella is one of my favorite summertime essential oils. I go through at least two bottles every summer because I use it in my all-natural Bug Off spray and we make the easiest DIY citronella candles! It’s one of my Sunday favorites for sure! Back again with my friends Cindy and Mary Ann to share all our favorite finds of the week!
I used La Fermiere Yogurt Pots and even the little bits of gold foil from the packaging added to the overall charm of using re-purposed jars. These would look pretty lining a table for a gathering. Make a few extra and give as little parting gifts to each of your guests. I “wrap” mine with a small piece of linen cut into a square and secured with a rubber band, and then tied with twine.
DIY Citronella Candles
Make your own citronella candles using citronella essential oil, soy wax, and hemp candle wicks. You can use an old pot or buy one specifically for this purpose for around $10. We repurposed La Fermière French yogurt pots, but any small cup, jar or can work!
- 1 1/2 pounds of natural soy wax
- beeswax hemp candle wicks
- candle making pouring pot
- 4–6 small jars (we used yogurt containers)
- Citronella essential oil
- Eucalyptus and citrus essential oils (optional?
- Prepare your glass jars. Remove any labels and place a small spot of glue on the metal part of the wick and place it in the center of the bottom of the jar.
- 2 Allow the glue to harden and then wrap the rest of the wick around a chopstick and place on top of the jar.
- Pour 1/2 of the bag into the pouring pot and melt slowly over low heat
- Once the wax has melted to a complete liquid, add in about 40 drops of Citronella essential oil and any other oils you would like. We added Eucalyptus and Citrus Fresh.
- Stir with a wooden skewer or chopstick
- pour into 4-5 small glass jars around the wick
- allow the wax to become solid and then trim the wick. Burn outdoors!
Buck Mason now has t-shirts for women!
I am always in search of great t-shirts that hold their shape, aren’t too thick or too thin, and always a crew neck. I’ve bought my son Buck Mason T-shirts and clothing for a couple of years and occasionally one of his t-shirts gets left behind when he goes back to school, and naturally, I wear it, but I always thought…if only they made a women’s version. And now they do! Check them out here.
While searching for an outdoor fan for our front porch, I found this one from Hunter. I was looking for a simple fan with clean lines and without light and this one fits the bill perfectly and you can’t beat the price!
I’m so excited to stay here!
Have you been following Ashley Petrone as she renovates an inn by the sea in Anna Maria Island, Florida? I’m so excited to make a reservation just as soon as I can. Who wants to go? The Joie Inn opens this summer!
The Balanced Life
I’ve talked about The Balanced Life with Robin Long before, but last week one of her Instagram posts really hit home for me and I thought it might for you too! I don’t always have (or make) the time to work out for a full hour every day. But I always find the time to do at least one or sometimes two short workouts using The Balanced Life website. I can roll out my mat, log in and find exactly what will fit my window of time. Would I like to go to an hour-long class, and meet a friend for an iced tea after, yes, but that’s not always possible. So now, I can easily fit in these workouts, both long and short workouts, without leaving home, And that has made all the difference. Robin posted on her Instagram this week talking about the benefits of “exercising for 10-15 minutes consistently – day after day, week after week-leads to results.” You can sign up here! And make sure to follow Robin on Instagram, that’s how I found her almost a year ago! @thebalancedlife
Now Let’s go see what Mary Ann & Cindy found this week!