Red Liquid Dye - CandleScience
Red liquid dye
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4+ 4 oz Bottles $10.11 $2.53 /oz
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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.

Fragrance Oil Recommendations: Strawberry Guava, Magnolia and Peony, Apples and Maple Bourbon, Cinnamon Stick, Macintosh Apple, Red Hot Cinnamon, Red Rose

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.

Made in the USA
Application Candles Only
Prop 65 Warning Required No

Average Rating:

(based upon 13 reviews)

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.

More pinkish but can achieve red

This dye by itself errs on the pink side. If you're looking for a true red, I was able to get a good candy-apple-type red by mixing 10 drops red and 10 drops orange per pound of soy wax (GB 444).

I would give CandleScience liquid NO stars if that was an option. Extremely disappointed in the liquid dye (tried red, blue and yellow). VERY noxious smell, gave several people headaches. Smell only slightly improved in finished product.
Wasted 2 pounds wax, fragrance, glass candle jars - CandleScience states this is not defective. Smells like mothballs - very, very unpleasant smell.

Go for the dye chips for a cinnamon red

If you are looking for a red cinnamon red go for the die chips. The liquid red is great for a pink color dark pink especially if you're using ecosoya advanced. But for the cinnamon red red use dye chips.

40 drops per pound of paraffin wax

It gives a very nice shade of red, but after 40 drops per pound. I wish it could be a little more concentrated.

25 drops/pound in soy makes red

Just FYI if you buy this, you'll need to use 25 drops/lb to get red in soy wax. Cinnamon red die chips only take 2 chips/lb and it's a nice deep red. Learning curve!

Pink, not red

First, I've only used this dye in soy wax, but I use soy wax exclusively, so I know that sometimes it's hard to get full, dark colors in soy. I've never had as much of a problem with any dye as I have with this one--no matter how much I use, I always get pink, even when I add some black dye to try to darken it a bit.

My suggestion: use the magenta dye, which--while slightly purple/red--is much darker than this one, and mix it with yellow to achieve more of a red color. I just tried them at a 1:1 ratio and it worked nicely for me (around 5-6 drops/lb of each, but your mileage my vary). You could probably use more yellow for a more cinnamon/orange-red color. I'm still trying to figure out the right amount and ratio, but this I think this works better than CS's red dye, which seems to be too weak to color soy wax well without needing to use excessively large amounts that I haven't bothered to try.

I am brand new the sport of candle making (two weeks in). I saw some of the reviews below and wanted to share an experiment when trying to find a good blood red for the Dragons Blood scent. Using 9 drops of red, one drop of magenta and one drop of black created a really deep blood red color. It also comes really close to the candy apple color if you could gloss it a bit. I am using the paraffin/soy mix. 10 times easier to use than the paraffin wax I bought at Hobby Lobby. That stuff was a nightmare to get to cool properly.

Best Red Dye!

I love this red dye!

I've tried others which claim they have no chemical smell only to find out they smell worse and aren't quite as pigmented as yours.

To others having pink issues; add one drop of yellow per every three drops of red and it's a perfect cinnamon red tone.


Very bright RED, we always double the drops in our EcoSoy. Adding magenta deepens the possibilities. One drop of blue brings on a whole new spectrum. Orange loves to play with this red, too! Shake the bottle a little to be sure pigments are lively. Don't be shy, add extra drops for a deeper color!

Red turns out pink

I have the same issue, no matter how much I add it's pink. Maybe adding yellow or black will make a difference?

not so red

This is the only dye I have had trouble with. My Apple candles look more bubble gum pink than red. I used 5 drops per pound of soy. 3 drops were 'suppose' to be a medium shade of red, and 6 a darker shade. So I used 5 and it doesn't look red at all. I'm not even sure if doubling it will work. I wish I could load a picture on here. Candles are hot pink!

the perfect red hot cinnamon candy color

i used eco soya pb, used 24 drops on 2 lbs and got a nice red hot cinnamon candy color. i would increase color by 4 drops per lb for even darker red.