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

  • Written By Candace 
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Making scented candles is a great way to add a touch of colour to your home. But how do you make your own coloured scented candles?

If making your own scented candles isn’t your thing, there are plenty of online retailers that sell high-quality scented candles in a variety of colours.

Once you’ve got your favourite scent, you can choose from a range of different containers to add the finishing touches to your candle.

You could even use a plain glass jar, which can be dipped in wax to create a candle with a more rustic feel.

How are candles coloured?

Coloured candles, or candles with colours other than a pale yellow or white, are available in a wide assortment of colours and are a great way to add a bit of colour to any room.

But how are candles coloured? It’s actually a pretty involved process.

Candles are typically coloured with dyes, but the process is different from using dyes on clothing or fabrics. While you can use food colouring to dye fabric, it won’t work on candles.

The reason for this is because candles are more porous than fabric, which allows the colour to be drawn all the way through the candle. If you want to colour your candles you will have to use a candle dye that is specially formulated for this purpose.

To colour a candle, the first step is to colour the paraffin. The wax is melted, and the dyes and pigments are added to it. These dyes have to be heated to a very high temperature to bond with the wax, otherwise, they will just float to the top of the paraffin.

Coloured scented candles are made by dipping the wax into different colours. The colour of the wax will depend on the colour you choose.

Some scented candles can be dipped in just a few colours, while others can be dipped in several.

There are also some candles that are dipped in liquid colouring, which means the wax doesn’t dry out. The liquid is mixed with the coloured wax, making it last much longer.

If you want to use liquid colouring you can mix a small amount of the liquid with the colour of the wax to create a more natural look. If you want a more intense colour, then you can add a lot of liquid.

Types of Candle Dye:

Candles come in many different colors and fragrances, and the color of a candle is determined by the type of dye used in the wax.

Candle dyes are used to give candles a specific color or to make a candle look like a specific color.

Candle dyes are typically used to make candles that are white, yellow, blue, green, red, brown, black, purple, or pink.

The type of candle dye you choose should depend on several factors, like if the color you need is already available, what you want the candle to look like, and the size of the candle.

If you’re looking for a light gold or brown color, make sure to pick a yellow candle dye. If you want something darker, try a burgundy dye.

Materials Needed for DIY Coloured Scented Candles

All you will need for this project is:

  • A double boiler (metal bowl and saucepan),
  • Wooden spoon,
  • A couple of large glass jars,
  • Some colouring,
  • Some scented oil,
  • Wax flakes,
  • Wicks
  • And a glue gun.

For the candles themselves, you will also need to buy the following from a hardware store:

  • a thermometer,
  • a hacksaw,
  • and a metal ruler.

This project is not difficult, it just takes a little time and patience.


The world of DIY candles is growing, and the creation of new scents is at the heart of this trend. One person recently shared their DIY recipe for coloured scent using a cinnamon stick and oil, which I thought was quite creative.

In this tutorial, I will show you how you can make your own coloured candles using your own oil and wax.

Step 1: Assemble the Wick

First up you have to add the wicks. Measure out the height just by holding it next to your container then add a few centimeters on the bottom and top.

Fit the wick into your empty jar using the Blue Tak or a specialty candle-making glue tab. It goes on the bottom of the sustainer and the chopsticks will help you press it onto the bottom of the jar.

Then use the chopsticks to center the wick on top.

Once it’s attached to the bottom you will need something to hold with wick taut and centered. You can wrap it around a skewer.

You can find wicks in various sizes and materials. 

Step 2: Melt the wax & assemble the jars

Wax, you’ll need to work out the capacity of your jars then use double the amount of flakes.

 Measure the amount of candle dye chips and set them aside. Melt your candle wax and turn off the heat source.

While the wax is melting, drop the wick into the melted wax. Leave it to soak for a minute or two and then fish it out, straighten it, and allow it to dry.

For the candle container, mason jars work well.

Step 3: Add the fragrance

Remember that we only really need 10% fragrance oil, so if you’re using two different oils you might want to add 5% of both.

Keep in mind that some fragrances might overpower others, so there will be times when you might want to use 3% of one and 7% of the other.

An example of this would be rose and jasmine, as rose has a more subtle aroma. The strength of the oil will also vary by manufacturer.

Pour in the oil of your choice into a container. Oil Choices: Orange, Lemon, Lime

Step 4: Mix the coloured wax

To color candle wax with dye chips use .02 to .06 per 1 pound of candle wax.

Using one crayon per color, fill a dixie cup with wax and top with a broken up crayon. Microwave for 2 minutes and then in 30 second intervals until completely liquefied.

Let cool for 30 seconds or so and pour colored wax into the votive. Let the first layer dry for 20-30 minutes.

Run it under a tap or place it in cold water, the exposure to a lower temperature will rapidly harden the wax and reveal the final color.

Candle Color Testing: How to Test Candle Dye Colors

The simplest way to determine the color of your candles is to match it to the color of the dye. This test should be done when you are filling your candle jars or when you are ready to use your candles.

While many candle sellers test candle dye colors for safety, many of us are not aware of how to properly test candle dye for color.

To test candle dye colors:

  • First, burn a few inches of the candle’s wick.
  • Then, dip the wick in a small bowl of water for a few moments and remove it.

The wick should then be placed on a piece of white paper. The colors should be tested with a basic color chart.

 Essential Oils For Candles

Essential oils are some of the most versatile and sought-after substances on the market. While they are known for their high quality, purity, and therapeutic properties, they often go overlooked when it comes to candlemaking.

When you go to the supermarket, you can find a range of scented candles. However, the most popular scents are based on the main ingredients of the candles.

Some candles are based on essential oils, while others use synthetic fragrances. The latter provide a cheap alternative to the former, but they often use harsh chemicals which can cause allergic reactions.

For centuries, candles have been used to light the way through the dark, and candles are still being used until now. Colourful candles are something that every house has, and for a good reason. These decorative candles provide the ambiance of a party in your home, without the messy cleanup duty. They also give a unique touch to your home.

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