Black liquid candle dye bottles and color swatch
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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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Made in the USA


Application Candles and Wax Melts Only
Prop 65 Warning Required No


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(based upon 20 reviews)

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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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!

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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Thank you for reaching out so we could help!

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


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!


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.



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.


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?


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.


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!

Lori Garrett

best liquid dyes

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


Got the job done!

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.


Very Good Dye

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).

Vanessa T

BLACK but took A LOT!

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

Snoring Dog

Great range of color

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.



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.

Valerie V

The Smell...

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.


Not bad, but....

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.