Which candle dyes work best in wax?
We offer three types of candle dye in a large variety of colours: Dye Chips, Dye Blocks and Liquid Dyes.
As always, we recommend making a test sample of coloured wax to be sure you're getting the colour you desire.
How much colour to use
By clicking on ‘more information’ next to the dye chips and liquid dyes you will see the recommended amount of colour to use. Dye chips are 1 per 500 grams of wax. Liquid dyes are 3 drops per 500 grams for a lighter colour and 6 drops per 500 grams for a darker colour. For dye blocks 1 block will colour about 3kgs. This will give a medium level colour. Dye blocks and liquid dyes are designed more for bulk use.
Please keep in mind that colour representations across different computer screen resolutions will vary. Your own testing will be necessary to accurately determine how the colour will look in the finished candle.
How to check if a colour is correct before pouring a candle
To check the colour that the wax will be when it is set, pour a small amount onto a white piece of paper. It will set quickly and give you an idea of what the candle will look like once set.
How do I get a darker coloured candle when using soy wax?
Soy wax is naturally an opaque, milky white colour. For this reason, it is more difficult to achieve a deeper candle colour such as dark red, navy blue or black. There are a few alternatives for resolving this problem. Some candle makers just leave the colour out of their soy wax candles. For more vibrant colours we recommend using liquid dye. Another option is to double the amount of dye chips or liquid dye you are using. If you choose to add more dye, be careful not to add too much as this will interfere with the performance of the wick and the burn ability of the candle.
How can I keep coloured candles from fading over time?
Some waxes hold colour for longer periods of time better than others. We recommend the UV Inhibitor to protect the dye from fading and white candles from yellowing after exposure to light.
What causes specks of colour at the bottom of my candles?
This can occur if a colour isn't totally dissolved in the hot wax. Unlike fragrance oils, you can add dye chips or liquid dye right to the pot while the wax is heating. Stir gently and thoroughly until completely dissolved. Since most of the specks remain at the bottom of the pot, when you're finished pouring your candles, discard any last bit of remaining wax.
Benefits of candle dyes
Using dye as a colorant 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 colorants can cause it to smoke or a change in burn time.
What is candle dye made of?
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.
Can these colourants be used as soap colours or for other bath and body products?
No. These colourants are synthetic and 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.
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