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Welcome to our general information section on colour.
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Candles have been made for thousands of years. Some of the first candles were made using beeswax, whale fat and oil from seeds or fish. These early candles were typically utilitarian, so they were not coloured for aesthetics. Rather, the colour of the candle came from the substance being used. As people began to use candles for decorating, dyes were developed as a form of colouring the candles. Some manufacturers also use pigment.
Currently, Eroma carries three types of candle dyes. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses and it boils down to which type you prefer to use and which gives you the best results in your candles. If you are new to candle making, you will probably want to try all three types and see which you like the best:
Finally, these colourants are synthetic and we often are asked if our dyes, chips and blocks can be used as soap colours or to add colour to other bath and body products, and the answer is no, as these colours are only suitable for candle making.
For soap, bath and body colourants, a certified water-soluble colourant for personal care products must be used to ensure safety. We have a soap and cosmetic dye range in our soap making section of the website. Never use candle colourants to colour soap, bath or body products of any kind.
Using dye as a colourant for candles is better than using pigments for a number of reasons. First, with dye, you can mix the colour right into the wax, gel or whatever you're using for the candle's fuel. This is possible because dyes are combustible, which means they burn. Pigments aren't, and can only be used as a paint. Otherwise, the colour will clog the wick and the candle will not burn. Another benefit of using dye is that you have great control over the final colour. Dyes can be mixed and added in any concentration to provide the perfect shade. Also, dyes do not have a huge effect on the burning performance of the candle. Other colourants can cause smoke or a change in burn time.
Candle dye may come in multiple forms, but what is it made of? Most synthetic dyes today are aniline, and since they aren't rated by the FDA, manufacturers don't have to release their list of ingredients. Chemical ingredients are typically used to create the colours. Some manufacturers use natural or even organic ingredients instead. Herbs, spices and flowers can all be used to create dyes.
When using dyes, be careful when you handle them. Because most dyes are made from synthetic products, they can stain skin, cloth and other materials. Some people have allergic reactions to some of the ingredients in the dye. Wearing protective clothing like gloves can keep you safe and makes cleanup easy. When using candle dyes, also be aware that the makeup of your candle will change slightly. This is most important to keep in mind if you are making candles with a layered effect.
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