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How to Infuse Natural Colors into Soy Wax for Candlest?

Jun. 28, 2021

The term "natural candles" refers to candles made from soy wax, carnauba wax, and beeswax that do not contain artificial ingredients or colors. You can use natural colorants in your soap making, but can you use the same natural ingredients in your homemade scented candles? While you can use many of the same herbs and fragrances in your candles, some are not as effective as others. There are some tips to learn for making natural soy candles that use natural ingredients for coloring.


Regular pigments and other dispersed colors (such as mica and oxides) do not work well in candles because they clog the wick. In addition, the process of extracting the herbal oils used to color the wax requires a more delicate process than the one you use to make soap. Because soy wax is simply modified soybean oil, this natural impregnation method does work. The difference between soy wax and the soybean oil used in soap is that the oil is a liquid at room temperature, while the wax is not. You need to keep the wax at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or higher to keep it in a liquid state for color to be infused. If you want to get more information about the soy candles wholesale, welcome to contact us.

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It is also important to note that natural colors usually fade more easily than synthetic colors. It is best to keep these all-natural soy candles in a dark place when not in use.


Choosing Herbs and Fragrances

Using chypre root, alkanet root, cochineal seeds, peppermint, and spirulina can produce beautiful coloring.


Alchemilla root gives a beautiful light peach color.

Alkane gives you a wonderful burgundy red tone.

Cochineal seeds give a warm yellow color to the wax.

Spirulina gives a warm green hue, while peppermint gives the candle a very light green hue.

Other herbs, including comfrey, rosehip, and lavender, do not infuse too much color into the wax, although rosehip gives a slight orange hue to the wax.



The more herbs in the filter and the longer the steeping time, the darker the color may become.


What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools:Slow cooker



Jelly jars

Soy container wax


Herbs or spices of your choice

Coffee filters

Twist ties




Place the jars in the slow cooker

Begin by placing the jelly jars in the water bath of the slow cooker. Fill each jar with approximately 6 ounces of soy container wax.


Make the herb satchel

Place the herbs in a coffee filter - one for each jar - and tie them into a bundle with a tie. How much you need depends on the herbs. For example, use 1 teaspoon peppermint, 1/2 teaspoon cedar root powder, 1/2 teaspoon alkanet root powder, 1/2 teaspoon redwood seeds, and 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder.



Place the vanilla-filled coffee filters in a jar, turn the heat down, and let them steep for about 24 hours. The wax should be kept at about 130 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir every few hours to ensure the infusion is spread throughout the wax.



It is important to give the wax enough time to stew. Infuse for at least 24 hours, stirring every 4 to 6 hours. For darker colors, you can leave it for another 24 hours. In the past, you won't get much extra color.


Add the wick and cool

After 24 hours, pull out the filter. You can either add the wick to the jar or pour the melted wax into other molds or jars with the wick already installed. Either way, allow the wax to cool completely. The recommended cure time for soy candles is usually one week before burning.



None of the recommended infusion colors will affect burn time or cause wick clogging. You may notice a little sediment in the alkane and spirulina candles, but this is not enough to affect the candle.