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KimberleyJo
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country:   United States
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Natural Dyes
When making my first 2 candles I wanted to use natural dyes to make them.

I set up all my tools and everything I would need

I decided I wanted a tan color candle

I took 4 Earl Grey tea bags (standard size) and added them to my already melted wax. Steeped them for approximately 5 minutes in the hot wax, checked them then let them set for another 15/20 minutes, occasionally steeping them. The wax will pick up some of the scent from the tea bags but not much.

You should make sure your wax is at, at least 230 temperature. I had used natural soy wax.

I decided it wasn't quite dark enough so I used 2 more tea bags. The color turned out to be a light coffee and cream color. (Almost like the color in the background image on this web site ) I removed the tea bags and set them aside on a plate or other non porous surface til cool enough to throw away, you can not reuse them. I didn't add vegetable shortening with the wax being white already it wasn't needed.

You can use other types of tea bags but I happen to like Earl Grey and it was all I had LOL.

I had followed the instructions here on this web site to make the candle. It came out wonderful!
Chris (Bougies.info)





country:   Belgium
posts: 169
re: Natural Dyes
 kimberleyjo wrote:

When making my first 2 candles I wanted to use natural dyes to make them.

I set up all my tools and everything I would need

I decided I wanted a tan color candle

I took 4 Earl Grey tea bags (standard size) and added them to my already melted wax. Steeped them for approximately 5 minutes in the hot wax, checked them then let them set for another 15/20 minutes, occasionally steeping them. The wax will pick up some of the scent from the tea bags but not much.


Yes, tea gives a very nice color to candles and a sweet (but very difficult to detect) scent. Just don't forget to add a little UV inhibitor because the color fades away much faster than with regular candle dye...
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KimberleyJo
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country:   United States
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re: Natural Dyes
I had forgotten about adding the UV protection..it was a very small candle to begin with and within 4 days of 5/7 hour burn times it was gone...it made my living room, kitchen and dining room smell wonderful for almost a week! I bought my candle scents from a local Hobby Lobby store near where I live.
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