Dye Flakes are clean and easy to use.  They give bright and vivid colors to your candles.  They have excellent burn properties and are fade resistant. Unlike other candle colorants, these dyes have been developed exclusively for use in candles.  They comply with OSHA, TSCA, and EuroNorm 071,3 (European Safety Standard which regulates children's toys).  Dye flakes are safe for the candlemaker and the candlemaker's customers!


Solid Coloring Dosage - Oil Soluble Dyes

0.1% to 0.2% by weight of wax formulation (between 1 and 2 grams per kilogram - between .5 grams (.018 oz) and 1 gram (.035 oz) per pound of wax). One pound of dye flakes will color approximately 700 to 1000 lbs of paraffin. For color consistency, always add the same quantity of color to your wax formulation.

Paraffin Formulation WeightDosage in OuncesDosage in Grams
1 lb.016 oz. to .032 oz..45 grams to .9 grams
5 lbs.09 oz. to .16 oz.2.5 grams to 4.5 grams
10 lbs.16 oz. to .32 oz.4.5 grams to 9 grams
20 lbs.32 oz. to .64 oz.9 grams to 18 grams
30 lbs.46 oz. to .99 oz.13 grams to 28 grams
40 lbs.64 oz. to 1.28 oz.18 grams to 36 grams
50 lbs.8 oz. to 1.7 oz.23 grams to 46 grams

Some wax blends will require a higher dosage of color due to the opacity of the wax blend. The shade of color attained with each dye will change in different wax blends. Additives such as microwax, PE, Vybar and stearine can affect the strength and shade of the color. Fragrances may react with the dye and can change the properties and the appearance of colors. The color of the fragrance used may affect the shade of color of the dye.

For best results, use wax melters and batch tanks with indirect heating. Direct heating will deteriorate wax and destroy dyes. Temperatures that are too high and maintaining the wax formulation at high temperatures for extended lengths of time can result in color deviations.

Overdipping Dosage - Pigments

1 dip : 1.5% by weight of wax formulation
2 dips : 1% by weight of wax formulation

Paraffin Formulation Weight1 dip (1.5%)2 dips (1%)
1 lb.24 oz6.8 gms.16 oz4.5 gms
5 lbs1.2 oz34 gms.8 oz22.7 gms
10 lbs2.4 oz68 gms1.6 oz45.4 gms
20 lbs4.8 oz136 gms3.2 oz90.7 gms
30 lbs7.2 oz204 gms4.8 oz136 gms

For color consistency, always add the same amount of color to your dipping wax. Use a scale to weigh the components of your dipping formulation. Always dip candles at the same temperature, temperature variations will result in color deviations. Too hot a dipping wax will make the shade of color on the candle appear lighter. Too cold a dipping wax will make the shade of color on the candle appear darker. Any variations in the overdipping wax used may result in a change of color on your finished candle.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO MIX WELL TO UNIFORMLY DISPERSE THE PIGMENTS.