How To Make Coloured Scented Candles? Beginner's Guide!

Updated on June 13, 2021

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Our Ultimate Guide To Making Coloured Scented Candles At Home

Scented coloured candles can transform any room in your home into a cosy and inviting space, and the best part is you can easily make them yourself!

Our Ultimate Guide To Making Coloured Scented Candles At Home

DIY-coloured scented candles save you money and allow you to customise the look and scent of your candles to suit your style.

If you're new to the world of candle making, don't worry - creating your coloured, scented candles is easier than you might think.

In our guide below, we've broken down the process step-by-step so that you can create your own beautiful and fragrant candles at home.

Four Important Things To Consider Before Making Scented Candles 

Before getting into the step-by-step process of making your homemade candles, it's essential to consider a few crucial factors to ensure that you have everything you need before starting your candle projects.

The Type Of Wax 

One of the first and most important factors to consider when making any candle is the type of candle wax you use. This can impact the finished candle scent and look since some waxes hold odours better than others and have varying transparency. 

We've listed the primary type of candle wax choices to consider below - 

Types Of Colouring 

Once you've decided on the kind of wax you want to make your homemade candle with, we can move on to the types of colouring. 

You can use many different kinds of colouring to make your candle, but if you're gifting your candle, it's essential to use high-quality options. 

High-Quality Candle Dyes

Four Important Things To Consider Before Making Scented Candles 

Other Types Of Candle Dyes 

Testing Colour Patterns

Before you go ahead and choose your final candle colour, make sure to test the colour you've chosen first. Then, as the wax melts when making your candle, grab a small strip of parchment paper and dip it in it. Allow to dry, and you will see your colour. 

Do this before you add scent so you can pop it back on the double boiler and add more colour if needed.

As well as testing the amount of colour you need, we suggest deciding if you want to make any patterns two. There are two main types of ways you can make your candle below. 

The Scent Types 

The type of scent you choose is essential to make high-quality scented candles, as they will have different hot and cold throws. 

A Step By Step Guide To Making Coloured Candles 

Now that we've covered the four crucial factors to consider, it's time to get to the fun part - making your own DIY scented coloured candle!

To help you through the process, we've made a step-by-step guide to ensure your candle-making project is a success.

This guide focuses on making candles with food colouring since this is most readily available to people. However, you can easily switch it out for more high-quality candle dyes for a more professional look using the same method.

What You Need 

Step By Step

  1. Begin by preparing your candle containers. You should heat them on low heat in the oven beforehand to stop them from shattering, depending on the type you have. 
  2. Take your wax and melt it in the double-boiler; if you are using colour blocks, add them in at this stage and stir while the wax is melting till the specific temperature is required (this will change depending on the wax used).
  3. Add the fragrance to the melted wax, which tends to be around one ounce per pound, then add the food colouring. The drops depend on how rich you want the colour to be.
  4. Insert your wick into your container and centre it, then pour in the melted wax, allowing it to harden, leaving a little space at the top. Later, pour in the rest of the wax to fill the sinkholes. 
  5. Trim your wick on the finished candles to a 1/4 of an inch.
A Step By Step Guide To Making Coloured Candles 

Tips For Making Coloured Scented Candles 

Although making a DIY scented, coloured candle is simple, some tips and tricks can make your scented candle even better. We've listed them below to help you out.

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Scented Coloured Candles 

Can you use perfume when making decorative candles?

We do not recommend using perfume when making candles, and this is because it will not burn appropriately as the candle burns and potentially clog up the wick. It is also flammable!

Is turmeric okay to use in making coloured candles?

Turmeric is a great way to add a natural orange colour to your candles and other spices.

Why is it important to use oil-based food colouring when making candles?

Liquid food colouring tends to be water-based, therefore, doesn't mix well with candle wax, oil-based food colourings are the better choice.

Why don't my homemade candles smell?

If your homemade candle is not smelling, you didn't use enough fragrance oil or added the fragrance at the wrong temperature.

How much candle dye liquid do I need per pound of candle wax?

To make the candle dye colors you need, it is recommended to use one ounce of candle dye liquid per 125 pounds of candle wax. Use more or less candle dye colors depending on rich you want your candle to be.

Last Words 

Overall, making coloured scented candles is easy. Just ensure you have some candle dye, the fragrance of choice, wax and a double boiler.

Frequently Asked Questions About Making Scented Coloured Candles 

Always consider the amount of fragrance you need to get the desired scent and the amount of colour. Doing a few tests tries first is recommended.

Smell is one of the human senses which can flow through the whole body. I am the Founder of where we talk all about scented candles. Known as Candace the Candle Girl, I know pretty much all there is to know about scented candles. I make and sell them on Etsy and Ebay - so be sure to ask if you have any burning questions :) (pun intended ;) )

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