Organic Bug Repellent Candle

Body & Massage Candle: Don't Bug Me! Insect Repellent Candle

We harnessed the power of plants to create a bug candle and natural body insect repellent in one! Enjoy the wonderful scent that helps deter mosquitos and apply the warm lotion to exposed skin where bugs are biting. Contains no DEET, petroleum products or synthetic chemicals.

Product Overview

Plants have been repelling insects and bugs to protect themselves since the beginning of time. So we harnessed the power of plants to create a bug candle and natural body insect repellent in one!

Our Bug Repellent Candle uses the same powerful, skin-safe essential oil blend as our other bug repellent products. The EPA, which controls bug repellents, considers Citronella,  Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Thyme essential oils to be safe and effective active ingredients in a natural bug repellent.

This natural bug candle does double duty--light the candle to enjoy the wonderful light scent that helps deter mosquitos. Then when a pool of warm oil forms apply the warm lotion to exposed skin where bugs are biting.

  • Great for campfires, camping, picnics or simply enjoying a night in your yard
  • Butters and oils melt at a skin-safe warm temperature which allows it to be used as a topical insect repellent
  • Made with a skin-safe dose of essential oils
  • A safe natural substitute for chemical laden bug repellents
  • Synergistic blend of essential oils repels insects naturally!

The scent from the essential oil blend will help repel insects, but since *the candle is made with a skin-safe concentration of oils, it is not as strong as a typical "bug" candle.

For maximum effect when the bugs are especially pesky, use the candle together with our other bug repellent products.

Please note: The EPA categorizes insect repellents made with essential oils as a “minimum risk pesticide,” so they are not required to be registered with the EPA or undergo testing for how effective they are or for how long they last.

Chagrin Valley manufactures our "Don't Bug Me" products using natural ingredients intended to help keep pesky mosquitos at bay.  

As you read about our natural bug repellents, please note that if you are looking for long-lasting protection in severe conditions, such as venturing into areas that are heavily infested with specific species of insects or ticks that may transmit diseases to humans, such as Malaria, Zika, or Lyme disease, DEET is still recommended as the most effective. 

The CDC website has numerous pages of information concerning insect-borne diseases, the most effective insect repellents, and travel precautions.

How To Use

To ensure an even burn and long-lasting candle, make sure to trim your wick to about 1/4 inch before lighting. Burn on a stable, flat, heat resistant surface. 

Light the Candle:

  • For best results, light wick 10 minutes before sitting outside.
  • Allow candle to burn for 10 – 15 minutes or until the top level of warm oil pool evenly and there is still solid candle oil underneath.
  • During this time the light scent helps repel insects**

Blow out the Flame*

  • Yes, always extinguish candle before attempting to use the oil.

Apply the Oil

  • Dip your finger into pooled oil and massage into skin where bugs are biting like the ankles.
  • The candle melts at just above body temperature. 
  • The oils should feel warm, but not hot.
  • Apply to the pulse points on your body located behind your ear, at the bottom of your throat, on your wrist, inside your elbow and behind your knee. 

The scent from the essential oil blend will help repel insects, but since *the candle is made with a skin-safe concentration of oils, it is not as strong as a typical "bug" candle

The leftover candle will solidify to use another day. Keep wick trimmed to about ¼ inch. Be sure to replace the lid after use to keep candle clean.

*To extinguish your candle, gently blow out the flame. Never attempt to extinguish a candle using water.

  • The leftover candle will solidify to use another day.
  • Keep wick trimmed to about ¼ inch.
  • Be sure to replace the lid after use to keep candle clean.

Safety and Important Information

  • For external use only
  • If any irritation occurs at anytime discontinue use
  • Please follow all other regular candle care and safety instructions
  • As with all candles never leave a burning candle unattended and keep away from flammable material, children, and pets
  • If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, have a medical condition, or have any medical concerns regarding yourself or your family always consult a qualified, licensed health professional prior to using aromatherapy.
  • If you have very sensitive skin or are simply trying a new product for the first time, we always recommend doing a patch test.
  • Best if used within 6 months of opening.

Effective, Feel Good Ingredients

The goal is simple: to Harness the Power & Simplicity of Nature® to cleanse, soothe, heal, and protect your skin and hair!

Our unique formulas rely on moisturizing oils and butters, healing botanicals, and pure essential oils. We choose every ingredient with one end-result in mind….the BEST possible natural skin care for YOU!

Featured Ingredients

Organic Cedarwood Essential Oil
Organic Cedarwood Essential Oil
Citronella Grass Essential Oil
Organic Citronella Essential Oil
Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil
Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil
All Ingredients:
Organic Virgin Shea Butter*
Soy Wax
Organic Sunflower Oil
Organic Cocoa Butter*
Organic Avocado Oil
Organic Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Organic Citronella Essential Oil
Organic Cedarwood Essential Oil
Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Organic Rosemary Essential Oil
Organic Basil Essential Oil
Organic Thyme Essential Oil
Organic Lemongrass Essential Oil

*Ingredient is Fair Trade Certified


  • If you are pregnant, please discuss the use of any product containing essential oils with your health care provider.
  • For small children, those with sensitive skin, and as with any product new to you or your family, it is recommended that you do a patch test before using.
  • If skin irritation occurs, wash area with mild soap and water.  
  • Keep away from children. Please have adults do the applying and do not apply to children's hands. We recommend consulting your doctor before using this product on an infant or toddler.
  • Avoid contact with eyes--in case of eye contact, wash eyes with plenty of water.
  • If you have health questions or concerns, always check with your health care provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are essential oils?

What Are Pure Essential Oils?

Have you ever enjoyed the scent of a fragrant flower or herb? The fragrance comes from potent, aromatic compounds called essential oils found in the flowers, stems, seeds, bark, roots, fruits, and other parts of plants. It often requires several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil.

Essential oils not only give plants their unique scents but also help lure plant pollinators and protect plants from insects and other predators.

The chemical composition of essential oils may provide valuable psychological and physical aromatherapeutic benefits for some people.

It is important to note that to be a true essential oil, the oil must be isolated from the plant material by physical means only. Essential oils are NEVER extracted using solvents.

Although synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils are available at a much lower cost, only natural plant essential oils will provide any aromatherapeutic benefits.

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If you are pregnant or under a doctor's care for any medical condition, please consult your healthcare provider before using essential oils.

Pregnancy & Children: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during Pregnancy or for use in Children because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy or with young children please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.

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Are Chagrin Valley Natural Skincare Products Vegan?

Are Your Products Vegan?

All of our products are made with simple, natural, and organic ingredients. They are never tested on animals (except our human volunteers). We are certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny!

However, not all of our products are vegan because some are made with goat milk, yogurt, honey, eggs, or beeswax.

Our soaps and body care products contain no animal fats; we use a vegan base of natural plant oils and butters.

At Chagrin Valley Soap, we provide a full list of ingredients for each of our products. In this way, you can make an informed choice about a product that is right for your lifestyle.

Natural Organic Vegan Skin Care LogoLook for the symbol (shown on the right) on our packaging and on the product pages of our website to indicate vegan products.

Please check out this page for a list of our vegan products.

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Are Your Products and Ingredients Cruelty Free?

All of Chagrin Valley's natural soap, shampoo bars, and personal care products are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

 Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve has been Leaping Bunny Certified since 2013. 

Natural Organic Skin Care Cruelty-Free Leaping Bunny LogoThe Leaping Bunny Program was developed in 1996, by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), to identify and support companies that are doing their part to help eliminate the unnecessary use and mistreatment of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients. The CCIC is made up of eight animal protection groups including the Humane Society of the U.S., as well as groups from Canada and Europe.

At Chagrin Valley we do not test our finished products on animals (other than human volunteers). But what about the raw materials, the ingredients we use?

Many products display labels claiming that their finished product is ‘not tested on animals’ but this does not guarantee that the product ingredients are actually free from animal testing. 

The CCIC Standard is a pledge that a company makes to remove animal testing from all stages of product development. Our pledge to buy ingredients that are cruelty-free is integrated into the purchase agreement for all of our suppliers.

Personal care products displaying the “real” Leaping Bunny logo are certified ‘cruelty-free' using the internationally recognized Humane Cosmetics Standards. These rigorous standards require that no animal testing is performed or authorized for finished products or any of the ingredients in any stage of product development by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date. All Leaping Bunny companies are subject to independent audits and pledge commitments that are renewed on an annual basis.

This annual renewal is a key requirement that sets the Leaping Bunny Program apart from other cruelty-free certification programs. Companies that manufacture products, as well as their ingredient suppliers, must annually recommit to upholding their promise to not conduct animal testing on any finished products, ingredients, or formulations.

Why is this annual commitment renewal important? "Because product formulations change, suppliers come and go, and manufacturers develop innovative lines to meet consumer needs. But we know that compassionate consumers need to be confident that no animal testing is involved in the products they use."

At Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve . . .

  • we do NOT test our products on animals
  • we do NOT use ingredients tested on animals
  • we do NOT sell into markets that require animal testing

The Leaping Bunny Program provides
the best assurance to consumers
that they are making compassionate shopping choices
by purchasing Cruelty-Free skin care!

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Is There an Expiration Date On My Natural Skincare Product?

Product Expiration Dates

Natural Organic Skin Care ProductsWe hand make all of our own products in small batches to ensure freshness, consistency, and perfection.

Our products are not made to sit on store shelves for years and years.

Although there are natural preservatives within the chemical structure of many natural ingredients, they not as potent as the synthetic preservatives used in commercial products to prolong shelf-life.

Other than soap, our products are remade every few weeks and none are very old when they are sold. Our non-soap products should be opened within 6 months of purchase.

Since we use no preservatives or chemical stabilizers, the more important question is, "how long will the product last once it has been opened?

Once opened, skin care products become exposed to dirt and microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, and molds) that are found in the air and on the skin.

As soon as you open and begin to use any product, simply the way in which you use it will affect its lifespan.

So, we use the PAO (period-after-opening) symbol. These symbols are already available on the product pages of our website and we are in the process of adding them to all of our labels.

The POA symbol is a standard symbol that identifies the useful lifetime of a skin care product after it has been opened for the first time.

Natural Skin Care Use within 9 months after opening logoAs you can see from the picture, the symbol is an open jar with a written number and the letter "M" for the word "months."

A product with a "9M" would mean that it is good for 9 months after opening.

Tip: write the date you open a product for the first time on its label so you can keep track of the period after opening.

Our POA number represents our best suggestion. There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of a product. If a product is discolored, has an unpleasant smell or looks odd, the product should not be used and should be discarded.

  • Each time you place your warm fingers into a tin or jar, you melt some of the butter which can change the consistency of the product.
  • Fingers also introduce bacteria and other contaminants into the product.
  • If a product has not been stored properly, for example, if the lid has been left off for long periods of time, the product may ‘go off’ before the period after opening has passed.
  • As scented products age, some of the natural essential oil scent may be lost. Pure essential oils just do not have the staying power of synthetic fragrance oils.
  • Over time, natural colors may also fade.

If you’re like me, and you find an old dusty product hiding in a drawer, makeup bag, or even a suitcase from your last trip, you can call us with the lot number and we can verify its age. Obviously, if it seems off in any way, toss it!

Please note: This PAO symbol is widely used in Europe to recommend the length of time a product remains usable after opening, for products that have a shelf-life of at least 30 months. Our products do NOT have a shelf-life of 30 months before opening.

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How Does a Organic Natural Bug Repellant Work?

Natural Organic Bug Insect Repellent StickObviously, the whole idea behind the ingredients in an insect repellent is to make folks as unappealing to bugs as possible. There are natural alternatives to chemical-laden insect repellents.

Plants have been repelling insects and bugs to protect themselves since the beginning of time.

So why not harness the power of plants?

That’s just what we did at Chagrin Valley. We created a line of safe and effective “Don’t Bug Me!” products that would help repel insects—Naturally!

There is clinical research showing that you can minimize bug bites with the natural repellents present in plant essential oils.

Plants produce their own natural pesticides as a chemical defense against being eaten. Our natural, organic insect repellents work because the active ingredients are those plant essential oils known to contain high levels of natural bug deterrents.

Our special blend of organic essential oils in our natural bug repellents includes Lemon Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Citronella, Lavender, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Basil, and Thyme.

The oil of lemon eucalyptus appears to be the most effective. Studies have shown that products containing lemon eucalyptus were more effective than products with lower concentrations of DEET. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even recommends lemon eucalyptus oil as an alternative to DEET.

Although the EPA has evaluated the biochemical active ingredients in natural products, like Chagrin Valley’s natural organic bug repellents, for safety, products made from these ingredients have not been evaluated for effectiveness.

If you live, hike or camp in areas that do not have a high risk for bug-borne diseases, natural repellents can offer good protection.

If you are venturing into areas that are heavily infested with mosquitoes and ticks that carry disease, like Malaria or the Zika virus, DEET is still recommended as the most effective.

For more information please read our blog, "Natural Insect Repellents: The Power Of Plants."

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