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Outdoor Series

Our mosquito repelling candles aren't like the other ones you've bought in store.


For starters, all of our outdoor series candles aren't made with citronella. They're made with pure lemon eucalyptus essential oil. But wait, isn't oil of lemon eucalyptus the one that the CDC recommends? Yes, According to the CDC, oil of lemon eucalyptus is the only natural ingredient recommended as a mosquito repellent, with about the same effectiveness as DEET, but safer! It is distinctly different from lemon eucalyptus essential oil (which we use). The difference? PMD (or p-menthane-3,8-diol). PMD is a naturally occurring chemical derived from the lemon eucalyptus tree and both the essential oil we use and the oil of lemon eucalyptus the CDC recommends come from the same exact source. PMD is more highly concentrated (up to around 65%) in oil of lemon eucalyptus where it is found to be at around 1-5% concentrate in the essential oil we use. So why don't we use oil of lemon eucalyptus? Availability for candles and cost. That's the cold truth, but coming from the same source we still get some of that coveted PMD. 

The PMD in Lemon eucalyptus works by masking carbon dioxide to help make it hard for the mosquito to find you. The reason why citronella candles don't really work is because 1) citronella is not as effective as a repellent overall and 2) in candles, the amount of oil is usually so small that it is useless. 

That's where we come in. Not only do we use a pure natural oil that is known for its mosquito repelling qualities, but we use the maximum amount of oil possible for our wax. A typical citronella candle will hold about 3-4% oil, ours? About 12-16% - that's about 4 to 5 times stronger!

It's time to take back your patio - or get back into the wild! You're Welcome!

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