I keep this oil on hand and place a few drops on a cotton ball placed in an empty, open Rx bottle. I place one in every drawer and storage container on the patio, etc. If the bugs are bad and we have people visiting, I place some in a spray bottle and mist the patio area, etc. the mist settles on posts, picnic table, etc. and repels the bugs for hours.
October 23, 2013
Pungent! Great quality. I used this in an outdoor spray mix I made (which contained a number of different essential oil) for spraying around the backyard area to repel fleas, etc.
September 9, 2013
Simple Solution to a Pesky Problem
I am a horseback rider and I take my trusty Tennessee Walker "Rock" to the woods often. There is always a problem with those pesky horseflies and other insects, so I just use Citronella essential on my horse and I use it on me too!! I made a spray with the oil and I use it whenever we hit the trails. I even put the bottle of Citronella in my saddlebag just in case I feel I may need a little extra and I simply put a drop here or there on Rock and a few drops on my clothes. Flies and other insects just seem to ignore us as we ride all through the deep woods. Such a SIMPLE solution to a PESKY problem!!!
August 24, 2013
I use this to make my own natural fly spray for my horse. Works as well as the chemical based products I have used in the past without the worry of applying toxins.
August 13, 2013
Our family started making our own bug spray last summer, and use this as one of the ingredients. The price can't be beat, and we're so happy with our homemade "natural" bug deterrent. Smells good and does exactly what we want it to! I added it to homemade lye soap this summer, and was super happy with how it reacted in that as well.
August 12, 2013
does excellent for what i needed it for, fly horse spray and gnats.
April 25, 2013
Works great to keep the bugs away while I'm hiking.
February 23, 2013
This is what citronella smells like...
... and it can become a bit "swampy" and pungent indoors.
To control closet insects (carpet beetles), high-linalool oils like lavender and rosewood seem to be more effective. Patchouli has a history of use to repel moths, but I've never suffered those so can't speak to its effectiveness.
Citronella probably has its uses, and could be an interesting base or fixative, but if I were assembling an "aromatherapy" kit to make my place smell better, I'd go for a plain lemongrass oil first. (Citronella is essentially a 'danker' variety of lemongrass.)
August 6, 2012
I bought this to see if it would repel insects. After a week using this I found no true effect of the oil scent. I will not buy this again.
February 5, 2010