Citronella: 4 reasons why it’s summer’s sidekick

Fireflies, lemonade, and wild adventures into the great unknown—summer is finally here! From baseball games and woodland campouts to backyard family barbecues and theme park vacations, do you have any Citronella essential oil in your summer step? Known for its bright, lemony scent and frequent appearance in insect repellent, patio candles, and sunscreen, Citronella essential oil mixes nostalgia with practicality. Read on for our lovable uses of pure Citronella essential oil.

1. A time capsule in a bottle
Citronella oil is steam distilled from the leafy parts of the citronella plant, also known as Cymbopogon nardus. Thanks to its fresh, welcoming scent and bug repelling properties like those found in our Insect Repellent, Citronella essential oil is a common element in perfumes and cosmetic products and is well known for its use in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials. Just a bit of Citronella oil in your diffuser, moisturizer, or DIY patio accents can make you feel transported to a simpler time.

2. An indoor escape
If the unbeaten path is calling your name, then waft away on this wild diffuser blend, designed to make you feel like you’re strolling through a mountain meadow.

Wildflower wanderlust essential oil diffuser blend

3. An outdoor oasis
Citronella is a natural air freshener, perfect for battling outdoor odors. Mix up a DIY outdoor spray to revive your patio furniture, hammock, or sleeping bag, or invite a pleasant aroma with our Citronella DIY floating candle. It’s the perfect way to add a peaceful ambiance and pleasant aroma to summer soirees!

DIY Outdoor Summer Spray
5 drops Citronella essential oil
3 drops Lemongrass essential oil
1 drop Peppermint essential oil
2 ounces witch hazel
2 ounces water
Combine all ingredients in an empty spray bottle and shake vigorously before spritzing on your balcony, deck, or porch.
4. Citronella-kissed skin
Citronella essential oil can be worn topically for a refreshing scent and a dose of moisture. Add it to your sunscreen before applying to enjoy its light, bright scent. Incorporate Citronella into your after-sun care routine or your daily skin care regimen for its moisturizing properties. Citronella also makes a great natural alternative to deodorant. Combine it with Tea Tree essential oil for added strength.
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DIY Stain Remover with Essential Oils

1 bar solid castile soap, unscented, shaved into small pieces
1/3 cup washing soda
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
½ cup water
½ cup Thieves® Laundry Soap
4 drops Lemon essential oil
Empty deodorant container
Empty lip balm container 

Add all ingredients except for the essential oil and laundry soap into a saucepan.
Heat on low until the soap and all the particles are mostly melted.
Remove from the heat.
Add Thieves laundry soap and essential oil and evenly mix.
Let cool slightly and empty the mixture into a ziplock bag.
Cut the corner off and squeeze the liquid into your containers.
Put on the lids, let completely cool. 

Lightly dampen stick with a wet washcloth before use to adequately spread around the stained area.
Wash as you normally would.

Want to take these DIY stain removers to the next level? Print these customized deodorant container label and lip balm container label, cut them out, and apply them to your newly created DIY stain remover!

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DIY Thieves Cleaning Fizzies

Certain chores around the house are less than desirable. For you, maybe it’s taking out the garbage or cleaning out the fridge, but we can all agree that cleaning the toilet isn’t something to look forward to. That’s why we’ve created the perfect solution that will leave your bathroom smelling fresh and clean like Lemon essential oil or Thieves® or Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blends.
This recipe for DIY cleaning fizzies isn’t limited to bathroom cleanup! You can also use it to clean out small-necked bottles or use it as a dish soak for a sink full of dirty pots and pans.

DIY Thieves Cleaning Fizzies

1 cup baking soda
½ cup citric acid
½ cup cornstarch
4 teaspoons water
40 drops Lemon essential oil or Thieves or Citrus Fresh essential oil blends
3 teaspoons V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
Ice cube tray or candy mold 

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix evenly.
In a separate bowl, combine water, essential oils or blends, and V-6.
Pour liquids into the large bowl and whisk together until combined.
Use mixture to fill ice cube tray or candy mold about three fourths full. If mixture expands and spills over mold, gently repack into the mold.
Let sit overnight to dry in room temperature area. When dry, pop tablets out and store in a glass jar.
When needed, put a tablet in the toilet bowl, hard-to-clean bottles, or sink full of dishes to help clean and deodorize. Let tablet sit in bowl, bottle, or sink for 20–30 minutes to fizz and dissolve. Once dissolved, flush or rinse out.

Now you’re ready to clean without the slightest fuss!
Note: This recipe is not recommended for toilet tanks.

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Laundry tips: 4 scent boosters for great-smelling clothes

Laundry: It’s a necessary evil. Sometimes getting everything clean means setting aside a whole day! But having a stack of your favorite great-smelling clothes to choose from is well worth the effort. Did you know you can add a little luxury to your wardrobe and make laundry more enjoyable by using essential oils? These four scent-boosting laundry blends will have you feeling as fresh as a field of lavender, a citrus orchard, a hip new spa, or an exotic retreat.

Option 1: For washing
Simply add one of the essential oil blends below to your washing machine. You can measure them right into your Thieves® Laundry Soap before adding to the load or drop the oils directly under the stream of running water as it fills.
Option 2: For drying
To seal in the scent during drying, add essential oils directly to your wool dryer ball before tossing it in with your clothes.

Essential oil laundry boost blends
Pure and Simple

Incorporating some of our best odor-busting scents, this blend offers a crisp, clean fragrance that’s perfect for everything in your gym bag and beyond.
2 drops Purification® essential oil blend
1 drop Tea Tree essential oil

Citrus Refresher
When life gives you lemons, put them in your laundry for a fabulously fresh citrusy splash that goes everywhere you do!
2 drops Lemon essential oil
1 drop Grapefruit essential oil

Dreamy Drops
Try washing or drying your sheets and pajamas in this luxurious, on-point blend of spa-like florals and fruit.
2 drops Bergamot essential oil
1 drop Lavender essential oil

Mediterranean Seaside
Get away from it all by turning your pile of dirty laundry into a fresh stack of vacation-inspired fluffiness.
2 drops Orange essential oil
1 drop Rosemary essential oil

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Savvy Minerals Lavender Mascara

Did you know that typical mascaras contain harmful ingredients that can cause eye and health problems? Many times, these ingredients can clog the oil glands in your eyes, which can lead to dry, itchy, irritated eyes; and in some cases, these ingredients can even make your lashes fall out!

Young Living’s Mascara is infused with Lavender essential oil, which helps condition your lashes. It also has unique ingredients like hydrolyzed jojoba esters and coconut fruit extract, which are very nourishing to lashes. This mascara is perfect for giving you a natural look that makes your lashes appear longer and more defined. It is a versatile mascara that all women will love! For those of you who may want a more dramatic look, the mascara layers easily; just be sure to wait in between applications as the product needs some time to dry before adding more.

Our Mascara is formulated using non-nano and naturally derived ingredients. It was clinically tested for ocular irritation and is safe to use on sensitive eyes! You will love our Mascara! Tag a friend who needs to try Savvy Minerals natural mascara!

I love this mascara and have been waiting for it for quite some time. It applies easily and thick and what I do is after one application I add some of Savvy Minerals Veil with a brush and then apply a second layer of mascara. This makes my lashes very thick and long.. I love that!!!!

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