My favorite combinations are bergamot vetiver, patchouli lemon, and lavender cedarwood. All of those combinations repel pests and smell fabulous. I use these scents at home because living in the South, well, we have a lot of bugs. Woodworms have damaged more antiques than you can imagine. Spiders also love old wood. And please, let's not even talk about moths..they can reduce a wool rug to dust in less than a week and are the bane of fine antique upholstery and linens. Antique dealers often make their own signature blends using natural oils that have a proven track record of deterring insects.
Yesterday I made some seashell essential oil votive sized candles and it is so quick and easy I thought I would share.
We start of course with some shells.
You want a slow melt as it affects the rate at which your candle will burn. When completely melted, I remove from the water bath and add my essential oils. Usually 5 drops per fragrance for each candle. (A large candle, say 5 ounces, can take 50 to a 100 drops.) I swirl gently to mix, let the air bubbles subside for a few seconds,
Now that you know how easy, fast, and mess free is it, you can custom blend your own signature fragrance with your favorite natural oils!