I should have did a swatch test before using this dye because my candles came out a grey color. Not what I was looking for. However, I only made 2 candles so I didn't waste very much material. I made 3 small test candles and got good results. For the first test candle I used 30 drops of dye in 5 oz of soy wax, candle was a very rich black. The second candle I used 20 drops of dye for 5 oz wax, the color was a rich black, more like onyx. For the 3rd candle, I used 12 drops of wax with 5 oz of soy wax, the color was black, but not as rich as the first or second test candle. So going forward, I will use about 20 drops per 5 oz. I will continue to test and give an update. I gave a 4 star because of the amount of dye I had to use.
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Usage: 1oz colors 100 lbs soy or 200 lbs paraffin to a medium shade. 4oz colors 400 lbs soy or 800 lbs paraffin to a medium shade. Deep, rich colors are difficult in soy. They require 2-3 times the dye that paraffin requires, sometimes more. Note that standard dye amounts create a washed-out, pastel color in soy. We suggest making a test swatch to figure out the dye amount you will need to get the color you'd like.
Due to the extreme concentration of our liquid dyes there is a noticeable odor that will not be detectable at normal usages in finished candles.
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I've used various black dyes for my soy wax candles developed by so many different makers that I've almost given up on ever being able to make an onyx-black candle. The major problem I've always had with black dyes is that no matter how much dye I used I'd only accomplish *maybe* a dark gray. Then I decided to use this one. Yes, I had to use a lot BUT, when I saw the finished product in its glass jar - it was worth every drop. Now, I have an ink-black or onyx - if you will - colored candle that I couldn't be happier about.
For the smell...well, every dye has a smell and if you've ever smelled shoe polish, this is what it smells like, but I've found that when the candle cured, the smell was almost non-detectable. Keeping in mind these were freshly cured candles, I believe that when the candles age, the smell would dissipate completely. I also made a batch of black scented candles in which I noticed that the liquid wax held none of the dye smell and when it cured I couldn't detect a dye smell at all.
In any case, I'll be purchasing more soon because after months of searching for the right black dye, I'm extremely pleased with this dye and I'm sure so will my customers.
This dye is not good at all. It has a really funny smell to it, that doesn't go away in your candles. I was hoping to use it to get that nice silver color. I used just a few drops in 1lb of wax and it was enough to destroy the scent of the candle. Buyer beware.
I made a pillar with 2 dye blocks for a 3x9.5" candle. It came out a dark grey. (I gave it a 4 start because I know it's going to be lighter) I have a question, can I remelt the candle and add more color?
The only company I buy my liquid dyes from. Some don't realize that in soy type of wax you will need to add more to get a true color. In paraffin you use less. These are great true color dyes.
I love this dye! I use allot less of it to make my candles black than the dye I had been using. It does have a bad smell when first added to the melted wax but that goes away by the time that I take the candle out of the mold.
Messy for my fingers and light in the candle wax. I was disappointed--added 5 drops to less than a pound of beeswax. Maybe it was the wax!
I have used all of the liquid dyes from CS for years, they work great. If you're using pure soy the dyes will always be more pastel, lighter than in paraffin, it's the nature of the beast. What may take 10 drops in soy may take 4 drops or less in paraffin. Parasoy holds color better than pure soy GB415, I will continue to buy my dyes from CS
5 stars! So, here's the deal. This black dye does have an odor. It reminded me of a pair of new black jeans. BUT the moment I added it to my melted soy candle wax at around 160-170 degrees, the smell went away. The recommended drops to color my wax was off, I added a few more, but in the end I was left with perfectly black candles without the odor tampering with the scents I added to my candles. I will buy again.
I'm actually surprised to see such negative reviews on this color of liquid dye. I have achieved very light grey to black using 646 soy wax with no problems. Yes it takes a bit more to have a deeply saturated color, but nothing out of the ordinary. I will definitely continue to buy this. My only issue, as with ALL of the liquid dye containers, is that the dropper's plastic end easily erodes and you are left with a very messy situation (so wear gloves, i guess).
I bought this dye a while ago but only opened it three days ago and it has the worst smell. I had to throw it away along with my candles because the moth ball smell was unbelievable. It was so potent nothing could contain that smell. What a waste of money and wax.
This dye does color and melt well. But the smell of this dye did not mix well with the fragrance I used compared to other-colored dyes in the same fragrance. It has a strong odor so I would not recommend putting too much black dye in one batch.
I do like the fact this color is offered and when used it looks cool.
It will take me more experience to master getting the actual black color
because I get more gray but a neat color for my candle themes I do.
The color is gorgeous once you get it right, but it takes an INSANE amount of dye to color soy wax. I'm rather disappointed and feel like I waste dye by using so much just to get a nice onyx color from it. :-/ It takes 30-40 drops just to get the dark, rich black color I'm looking for in a 6 oz soy wax cat figurine. Overall, it *does* cost me less than most black dyes, but I still wish it was better formulated for use in soy wax.
I used this in Comfort Blend (IGI 4627). I love the ability to get a nice grey out of this color, and also to get a jet black. No purple tones here. I think I put in 6 drops, and got a dark grey color. I can't quite remember how many for a jet black, but it wasn't outrageous... perhaps 12? Soy is harder to work with, so be aware when you buy any oil or dye, they generally aren't made to work with soy. Love this dye, won't use anything else for grey/black.
This is the first dye that gave me a true jet black, although expect to use a LOT in soy. It took 40 drops for 1lb of 464. Even with that much needed, the scent of the dye did not carry over. I give it only 4 starts, for the amount needed, but otherwise, it's the only black dye that actually achieves BLACK