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Sourcing Citronella: A Recognizable Scent with a Big Reputation

Citronella oil, with its distinct aroma and reputation for repelling insects, has long been a favorite in the world of aromatherapy and home fragrance.

But what's the story behind this remarkable essential oil?

The history of citronella traces back to Southeast Asia, where the citronella grass (Cymbopogon nardus) is native. For centuries, the people of this region recognized its potent aromatic properties and utilized it for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. As trade routes expanded, the knowledge of citronella's benefits spread to other parts of the world.

One of the key reasons for citronella's recognition is its natural ability to ward off insects, especially mosquitoes. The oil's strong, lemony scent acts as a natural repellent, making it a popular choice for outdoor candles and sprays. People across the globe have embraced citronella as a pleasant-smelling option for keeping pesky bugs at bay, without resorting to harsh chemicals.


Consciously sourced for purity & quality:

Today, citronella is sourced from various regions, with the primary countries of origin being China and Indonesia. As the citronella grass thrives in tropical climates, these regions provide ideal growing conditions for this historic plant.

When it comes to working with citronella oil, GoodLight has made an informed and conscious choice. By way of steam distillation, the essence of citronella is extracted from Cymbopogon nardus grown in Indonesia. The rendering process is the preferred method for preserving the purity and quality of the carefully cultivated plant.

Unlike many large-brand companies with products that contain synthetically manufactured citronella, we at GoodLight are proud to offer a transparent view into our sourcing process. With clean candles made with clean ingredients, we know our consumers are burning the best. So go ahead, host that garden BBQ party outside on the deck! Just make sure you light up a few citronella tea lights to help keep the bugs at bay.

Or, knock out your summer reading list in your favorite porch swing. GoodLight’s citronella travel tins create a pleasant ambiance, wafting that recognizable aroma so you can enjoy your book (without worrying about the bugs).


A classic summer staple

With a grassy, citrusy scent and natural repellent properties, the next time you light up a citronella candle, remember the rich history and careful sourcing it took to create this classic summer staple.

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