A DIY All-Natural Incense Blend that Repels Mosquitoes and Smells Amazing - Soul Space

A DIY All-Natural Incense Blend that Repels Mosquitoes and Smells Amazing

Summer is here, and for me, that means embracing the joys of al fresco dining and soaking in every last bit of daylight those warm evenings offer. But even the most idyllic outdoor setting can be disrupted by the presence of pesky flies and mosquitos. The sticky, chemical smell of repellents and the harsh scent of citronella candles always seemed to overshadow the fresh, natural fragrance of the summer air.

Thankfully, there's a simple, natural solution that not only repels them but also enhances the peaceful ambiance of your outdoor space. This DIY all-natural incense blend, crafted from simple ingredients you might already have in your kitchen or garden, offers an natural, fragrant solution. It's best burned over charcoal as mosquitoes dislike smoke, so no incense holder is needed.

Why All-Natural Incense?

Unlike harsh chemical sprays, this all-natural incense blend offers a harmonious way to deter insects while creating a soothing ambiance for your outdoor gatherings. It's gentle on the environment, safe for children and pets, and invites moments of peaceful relaxation and enjoyment.

Nature's Defense:

Many plants contain natural oils, known as essential oils, that act as a defense mechanism against insects and other pests. These oils have potent properties that can repel unwanted guests, offering a natural alternative to chemical-based repellents. Burning these herbs releases these compounds into the air, creating an environment that many insects find undesirable.

The Recipe:

  • 1 part dried rosemary 
  • 1 part dried lemongrass 
  • 1 part dried lavender 
  • Optional: Dried basil, sage, or eucalyptus (for added pest-repelling power).


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently.
  2. Light a charcoal round according to product instructions and place it in a heat-safe bowl.
  3. Once the charcoal is glowing, sprinkle a few pinches of the incense mixture onto the round. The herbs will begin to smolder and release their fragrant smoke.
  4. Allow the scent to create a calming atmosphere, and enjoy the magic of these peaceful summer nights.

Recipe Notes:

This recipe is a guide, not a rule. Feel free to adjust it based on your preferences and what you have available. If you're missing an ingredient, simply leave it out or replace it with another dried herb that speaks to you (e.g. catnip, clove, patchouli, or thyme just to name a few). Remember, mosquitoes dislike smoke in general, not just a specific scent.

Missing a herb but have the essential oil? Simply use the essential oil instead.

Not feeling crafty?

Our sage and lavender all-natural incense blends, Oro and Light, also offer a natural respite from pesky insects. Simply sprinkle a few pinches over a charcoal round to create a tranquil, bug-free atmosphere.

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