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Colour Questions.

  • This is personal preference. When starting out on your candle making journey, we recommend dyes blocks as they are super easy to use. just shave the required amount into your liquid wax. 1 dye block will colour 3kg of wax to a medium shade
  • Liquid dyes are also super easy, though can be a little bit messier. It is easier to measure out your dye in drops when doing larger quantities. They are also super concentrated so a little goes a long way. 1gm of liquid will dye 2kgs of wax to a medium shade.
  • Mica? NO! you cannot use mica to colour your candles. Mica is a pigment and although very pretty and mesmerizing in your wax, it will clog your wick and stop your candle from burning correctly. Many candle makers say 'just wick up several sizes' however in our experience this does not work. It will result in very ugly burning candles that are not very healthy with the amount of soot, smoke and mushrooms that are produced.

Our tip! We have used this method since we started candle making back in 2003. Once you have added what you think is enough colour, take a small amount of the melted wax and drop it on a white surface, like baking paper. Add more drops to build up the layers. Once it has dried it will give you a good indication of what your dried candle will look like.

Unfortunately, this is by trial and error.

If you are going for a really dark colour like black, you will need to use quite a lot of dye in order to colour the wax beyond a dark grey. Again as candlemakers, we share our own personal experience with this tip. Colour your candle in a dark dye first, like purple. It doesnt have to be too dark but will give you a darker base to work from. Then you can add your darker prefered colour on top. We recommend using liquid dyes to achieve the darker colour as it is more concentrated and you will use less.

Sunlight is the enemy for candles as it is for most things. Keep your candles out of direct sunlight and always store in a dark place. Candles can also fade under fluorescent lighting in shops and keeping them in the dark is sometimes not an option. If you can't package your candles in display packaging then you can also use a UV inhibitor which will slow the fade.

Our dyes are vegetable based however they are also manufactured with synthetic ingredients. We do not list the ingredients of the dyes as this is proprietary information.

Over the years we have tried colouring our candles with 'natural' colourants however we found them to be problematic, clogging the wick and causing inconsistent burns. If natural candles are important to your brand we recommend not colouring your candles at all.

No you can't!Candle dyes are not only NOT formulated for use on the skin and in cosmetic products, but they wont mix with your preparations. Candle dye will bead and separate from soap and water bases. You must use personal care dye or micas if you wish to colour soap and cosmetic preparations.