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Black Liquid Dye for candle wax produces a color ranging from grey to black depending on usage. Your actual experience may vary depending on what type of wax you use and the amount of dye used. We encourage you to experiment.

In soy, deep, rich colors are challenging and standard dye amounts create a washed-out, pastel color. They require 2-3 times the dye that paraffin requires, sometimes more. 

  • A 1 oz bottle can color up to 100 lb of soy wax or 200 lb paraffin to a medium shade.
  • A 4 oz bottle can color up to 400 lbs of soy wax or 800 lbs to a medium shade.

Fragrance Oil Recommendations: Black Coral and Moss, Black Sea, Leather

Note: 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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Candles and Wax Melts Only
Prop 65 Warning Required

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5 out of 5 Stars.

I bought this awhile back to use in my men's series and I love the color. I use 464 GB Soy wax, it mixed beautifully and cured just as I had hoped. I recommend if you're working with 464 GB and looking for a black dye. The liquid dyes have always been great for me, at least CS versions.

1 out of 5 Stars.
Not Good

So I use paraffin for my wax melts. Seeing as it’s a paraffin wax I figured the 6 drops to 1 lb would be adequate and that the smell from the dye would remain under control, especially seeing as I was using 10% fragrance load for the wax melts …boy was I wrong. Not only did the wax melts come out a very weak shade of gray, but the scent has been totally destroyed by the smell of the dye. I’m super bummed out. Save yourself the issues and stick to either the dye blocks or a liquid dye that you know works for you. If this works for you that’s great! But for me it ruined a batch of wax melts that I was super excited to use in my line. Just be careful be aware of what you could potentially be getting yourself into.

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CandleScience responded: 2021-08-19

Hi There, We're so sorry to hear you've been having some trouble with our Liquid Black Dye in your recent batch of wax melts! Our dyes do tend to have an out-of-bottle smell and this can be more noticeable with some colors than others. The Liquid Dyes especially are very concentrated but any smell that you notice out of the bottle should dissipate after being added to the wax. A member of our Support Team will be reaching out to you via email today to see how we can help!

1 out of 5 Stars.
Worse bottles on the planet

I always use CS dye but for goodness sake can something be done about the bottles? more specifically the droppers. You will get dye all over your hands I don't even know where it comes out of but after the first time you open it will just leak out through the top. Please CS stop being cheap or whatever it is that you're doing and test the dye droppers. It's not just one bottle but all of them. I feel so strongly about this as it's a huge inconvenience and not a professional level that I'm giving you one star. Yes, the dyes are good and strong and will color your candles but it will also color hands and everything else that it gets on your work space.

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CandleScience responded: 2021-04-09

Hi there! One of our team members is reaching out to help troubleshoot!

1 out of 5 Stars.
Actually blue? Never got black

I use 464. I was expecting it to be grey, not jet black, per the description images and reviews. But it was dark blue. No matter how much I added, over the amount suggested (just to check) it was still blue. Not even a navy blue, but true blue. Maybe it was mislabeled is the only thing I can figure.

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CandleScience responded: 2021-08-19

Thank you for reaching out so we could help!

5 out of 5 Stars.

I’m using igi6006 and it’s just fantastic!!! First try and it’s perfect no complaints!!! Will be back for more as I felt the black dye was seductive but didn’t realize just how people love it!

4 out of 5 Stars.
Not Bad

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.

5 out of 5 Stars.

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.

1 out of 5 Stars.

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.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Black being Black

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?

5 out of 5 Stars.
great dyes

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.