Complete List of Retired Crayola Crayon Colors

Welcome to the Retired Crayola colors posts. Did you know there are over 500 Crayola retired color names? There are a few ways a color is "retired" at Crayola. The actual color is retired or the the color name is changed. Either way the colors can be rare and highly collectible.

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How does Crayola retire colors?
 A brand NEW COLOR can be added or removed from the crayon line up. For example Bluetiful was added to the line up and Dandelion was removed August 2017. Bluetiful was a newly discovered color.  There is a middle ground where Crayola adds a smell or glitter to the color. Is this a new color or an existing color with an additive? For the purpose of classification I am treating these additive colors as new colors because their behavior on the paper is different.

How does Crayola retire color names?
Crayola changes the name of colors either temporarily or permanently:
  • Crayola permanently changes the name of a crayon for a contest or other reason. 
  • Crayola temporarily changes the name of existing color for a; promo, brand, commemorative set, contest or themed box.
What are the retired Crayola colors?
Here is the list of all the retired Crayola colors. I have divided them up into the following categories. I have tried to include a swatch of every color when it is known. To find the current Crayola colors click here. Good luck finding them all!
  • Retired Colors
  • Retired Colors with Additives
  • Permanent Color Name Changes
  • Color Names changed for a themed box
  • Color Names changed temporarily for a contest
  • Color Names temporarily changed for a brand
  • Color Names Temporarily changed for a commemorative or promo set
I have compiled a printable checklist of all the retired colors. Click to purchase the the checklist.
Retired Colors
It can be hard to distinguish unique colors during Crayola's early days.  Crayola went through many different box types and colors before they streamlined into their current color spectrum. Some colors appeared to be the same, but were named differently For the purposes of this list I am not going to guess what colors were the same or different. I will list the color name and when it was retired. Here is a swatch page of the retired colors. Click here to get it.

Some of these retired books can be found in the following boxes: Rubens, Munsell,  64 Count and 12 Count Crayola Gold Medal School Crayons.

Colors retired in 1910
  • Celestial Blue
  • Charcoal Gray
  • Chrome Green, Dark
  • Chorme Green, Medium
  • Chrome Yellow, Light
  • Golden Ochre
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Permanent Geranium Lake
  • Raw Sienna (came back later)
  • Venetian Red, Dark
  • Venetian Red, Light
  • Van Dyke Brown
Colors retired in 1914, 
  • Green, Dark
  • Green, Light
  • Green, Medium
  • Yellow Medium
  • Permanent Magenta
Colors retired in 1917
  • Light Blue 
  • Dark Blue
  • Pink
Colors retired in 1935
  • Charcoal Gray retired a second time
  • English Vermillion
  • Madder Lake
  • Chrome Green, Light
  • Chrome Medium Yellow
  • Maximum Black
Colors retired in 1939
  • Medium Green
Colors shortage in 1944-1945 officially retired in 1949
  • Burnt Umber
  • Celestial Blue (again)
  • Gamboge Yellow
  • Maximum Blue
  • Maximum Blue Green
  • Maximum Green
  • Maximum Green Yellow
  • Maximum Purple
  • Maximum Purple Blue
  • Maximum Red
  • Maximum Red Purple
  • Maximum Yellow
  • Maximum Yellow Red
  • Middle Blue
  • Middle Green
  • Middle Green Yellow
  • Middle Grey
  • Middle Purple
  • Middle Purple Blue
  • Middle Red
  • Middle Red Purple
  • Middle Yellow
  • Middle Yellow Red
  • Venetian Red
Colors retired in 1958 (coincided with the 64 count box)
  • Azure Blue
  • Brilliant Rose
  • Carmine Red
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Dark Green
  • Dark Red
  • Gold Ochre
  • Light Blue
  • Light Green
  • Light Magenta
  • Light Turquoise Blue
  • Light Yellow
  • Medium Blue
  • Medium Orange
  • Medium Red Violet
  • Medium Rose
  • Medium Violet
  • Medium Yellow
  • Middle Blue Green
  • Pink Beige
  • Prussian Blue
  • Rose Pink
  • Ultramarine Blue
Colors retired in 1990
  • blue gray 
  • green blue 
  • lemon yellow 
  • maize 
  • orange red 
  • orange-yellow 
  • raw umber 
  • violet blue
Colors retired in 1999
  • thistle
Colors retired in (Special promo for 2003 Special Edition 100 Crayons)
  • blizzard blue in 2003 (part of fluorescent colors)
  • magic mint retired in 2003 (part of fluorescent colors)
  • mulberry in 2003
  • teal blue in 2003
Colors retired in 2017
Retired Colors with Additives (Glitter or Smell)
This list contains colors that have additives either glitter or smell added to it. It also includes colors that have been mixed together, colors that can be changed and colors that glow in the dark.

Silver Swirls-1990
  • aztec gold
  • burnished brown
  • cerulean frost
  • cinnamon satin
  • copper penny
  • cosmic colbalt
  • glossy grape
  • granite gray
  • green sheen
  • lilac luster
  • misty moss
  • mystic maroon
  • pearly purple
  • pewter blue
  • polished pine
  • quick silver
  • rose dust
  • rusty red
  • shadow blue
  • shiny shamrock
  • steel teal
  • sugar plum
  • twilight lavender
  • wintergreen dream
  • Amethyst
  • Citrine
  • Emerald
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Malachite
  • Moonstone
  • Onyx
  • Peridot
  • Pink Pearl
  • Rose Quartz
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Smokey Topaz
  • Tiger's Eye
  • Zircon (Canadian version) (Swatch unknown)
  • Color Changer
  • Blue to Magenta
  • Green to Violet
  • Orange to Black
  • Pink to Yellow
  • Red to Blue
  • Yellow to Green
  • Glows Yellow
  • Glows Orange
  • Glows Pink
  • Glows White
  • black
  • violet
  • sky blue
  • yellow green
  • yellow
  • orange
  • red 
  • orchid
  • black with glitzy gold glitter 
  • blue with shimmering silver glitter
  • blue green with glitzy gold glitter
  • carnation pink with lavender glitter
  • green with twinkling turquoise glitter
  • maroon with glitzy gold glitter
  • orange with twinkling turquoise glitter
  • orchid with twinkling turquoise glitter
  • red with shimmering silver glitter
  • red violet with glitzy gold glitter
  • sky blue with glitzy gold glitter
  • white with glitzy gold glitter
  • yellow with rainbow glitter
  • yellow green with silver glitter
  • royal purple with ruby red glitter
  • white with confetti glitter
  • Earthworm (Brick Red)
  • Baseball Mitt (Burnt Sienna)
  • Bubble Bath (Tickle Me Pink)
  • Baby’s Powder (White)
  • Flower Shop (Wisteria)
  • New Sneakers (Black)
  • Pet Shop (Brown)
  • Wash the Dog (Dandelion)
  • Sharpening Pencils (Goldenrod)
  • Koala Tree (Jungle Green)
  • Grandma’s Perfume (Orange)
  • Saw Dust (Peach)
  • Pine Tree (Pine Green)
  • Smell the Roses (Red)
  • Ultra Violet (Red Violet)
  • Sunny Day (Yellow)
  • fresh air
Color Mix-Up and Colour Bursts-1997- These crayons are called Colour Bursts in Canada and Color Mix-Up's in the US.
  • magenta mix up (lavender, blue, maroon)
  • warm and fuzzy (pink, orange, blue)
  • baby's blanket (pink, blue, green)
  • shrimp cocktail (white, orange, maroon)
  • blazing bonfire (yellow, orange, red)
  • yellow lime zing (yellow, green, blue)
  • mixed veggies (yellow, green, brown)
  • rainforest (forest green, dark blue, royal blue)
  • stone washed (sky blue, denim, maroon)
  • cool and crazy white, royal purple, blue green)
  • surfs up (white, pacific blue, yellow)
  • peaches 'n cream (white, peach, yellow)
  • star spangled banner (white, orange, dark blue)
  • southwest (white, orange, dark blue)
  • twister (white, green, orange)
  • off-road (tumbleweed, denim, maroon)
  • Lumber (Apricot)
  • Leather Jacket (Black)
  • Licorice (Black)
  • Blueberry (Blue)
  • New Car (Blue)
  • Chocolate (Brown)
  • Shampoo (Carnation Pink)
  • Banana (Dandelion)
  • Earth (Sepia)
  • Dirt (Sepia)
  • Smoke (Gray)
  • Eucalyptus (Jungle Green)
  • Cedar Chest (Mahogany)
  • Cherry (Maroon)
  • Tulip (Orange)
  • Soap (Periwinkle)
  • Pine (Pine Green)
  • Rose (Red)
  • Jelly Bean (Red Orange)
  • Bubble Gum (Tickle Me Pink)
  • Grape (Violet (Purple))
  • Baby Powder (White)
  • Coconut (White)
  • Lilac (Wisteria)
  • Daffodil (Yellow)
  • Lemon (Yellow)
  • Lime (Yellow Green)
  • Fresh Air (Sky Blue)
  • strawberry
  • orange
  • peach
Pearl Brite-1997
  • aqua pearl
  • black coral pearl
  • caribbean green pearl
  • cultured pearl
  • key lime pearl
  • mandarin pearl
  • midnight pearl
  • mystic pearl
  • ocean blue pearl
  • ocean green pearl
  • orchid pearl
  • rose pearl
  • salmon pearl
  • sunny pearl
  • sunset pearl
  • turquoise pearl
  • ALIEN ARMPIT (Yellow Green)
  • BOOGER BUSTER (Spring Green)
  • DINGY DUNGEON (Maroon)
  • GARGOYLE GAS (Dandelion)
  • GIANT'S CLUB (Chestnut)
  • MUMMY'S TOMB (Gray)
  • OGRE ODOR (Red Orange)
  • PIXIE POWDER (Blue Violet)
  • PRINCESS PERFUME (Tickle Me Pink)
  • SASQUATCH SOCKS (Violet Red)
  • SEA SERPENT (Robin's Egg Blue)
  • SUNBURNT CYCLOPS (Mango Tango)
  • WINTER WIZARD (Sky Blue)
Giant Color Page Scented-2008
  • Magic Potion (Spring Green)
  • Sunshine Sprite (Dandelion)
  • Axle Grease (Gray)
  • Engine Oil (Maroon)
  • Washer Fluid (Robin's Egg Blue)
  • Diamond Necklace (Sky Blue)
  • Rose Petal (Tickle Me Pink)
  • Enchanted Forest (Yellow Green)
Permanent Color Name Changes
Crayola changed the names of these colors permanently. Once the color name was changed it was not brought back again unless otherwise specified.
1949 changes for the 48 count box
  • Flesh Tint changed to Flesh
  • Carmine changed to Carmine Red
1956 48 count box
  • Flesh changed to Pink Beige
  • Neutral Gray changed to Gray
  • Pink Beige changed to Flesh
  • Flesh changed to Peach
  • hot magenta FLUORESCENT changed to Razzle Dazzle Rose
  • ultra pink FLUORESCENT changed to Shocking Pink
  • ultra red FLUORESCENT changed to Wild Watermelon
  • ultra orange FLUORESCENT changed to Outrageous Orange
  • ultra yellow FLUORESCENT Atomic Tangerine
  • chartreuse FLUORESCENT to Laser Lemon
  • ultra green FLUORESCENT Screamin' Green
  • ultra blue FLUORESCENT to Blizzard Blue
  • Brink Pink changed to Pink Sherbet
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy changed to Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown
  • Cranberry changed to Blush
Pig Pink changed to Piggy Pink

Color Names changed for a themed box
The colors in these boxes were various assortments of existing crayons. Their color names were changed. These colors have the potential to stay around longer if the box stays around longer.

So Big-1983
  • Kitty Cat Black (Black)
  • Birdie Blue (Blue)
  • Bunny Brown (Brown)
  • Leap Frog Green (Green)
  • Jack ‘O’ Lantern Orange (Orange)
  • Candy Apple Red (Red)
  • Bunch of Grapes Purple (Violet (purple))
  • Sunshine Yellow (Yellow)
Crayola Metallic (Canada), Some of these colors have the same name as other colors, but they are listed here because the box contains these colors. They would be considered a rare find to find a Gold with the original Metallic label. I do not have the color swatches for these colors because they are very rare and I can not identify them.
  • Aztec Gold
  • Bluetonium
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cast Iron
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Gold
  • Kryptonite
  • Rust
  • Silver
  • Steel Blue
  • Tarnished Gold
  • Titanium
  • Copper
So Big-1988
  • Goldfish Gold (Apricot)
  • Rocket Red (Brick Red)
  • Flamingo Pink (Carnation Pink)
  • Plum Purple (Lavender)
  • Fire Fly Yellow (Lemon Yellow)
  • Juicy Orange (Red Orange)
  • Sea Serpent Green (Sea Green)
  • Peacock Blue (Sky Blue)
Techno Brite-1997
  • transistor yellow  (Atomic Tangerine)
  • circuit board green (Shamrock)
  • web surfin’ blue (Dandelion)
  • floppy yellow  (Dandelion)
  • point & click green (Electric Lime)
  • graphic green (Green)
  • megahertz maroon (Maroon)
  • on-line orange (Neon Carrot)
  • cyberspace orange (Orange)
  • megabyte blue (Pacific Blue
  • (Screamin' Green)
  • plug & play pink (Shocking Pink)
  • www.purple (Violet (Purple))
  • infra red (Wild Watermelon)
  • world wide web yellow (Yellow)
  • ultra violet (Red Violet)
Retro Colors-1997
  • avocado green (Asparagus)
  • cosmic black (Black)
  • shades of black (Black)
  • bell bottom blue (Blue)
  • platform shoe brown (Brick Red)
  • woodstock mud (Brown)
  • bug yellow (Dandelion)
  • tamborine green (Forest Green)
  • tye-dye lime (Green Yellow)
  • give peach a chance (Peach)
  • shag carpet orange (Scarlet)
  • psychedelic purple (Violet (Purple))
  • organic orange (Vivid Tangerine)
  • peace dove white (White)
  • flower power pink (Wild Watermelon)
  • mellow yellow (Yellow Orange)
Discovery Series-1997
  • Jellyfish Purple (violet)
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 
  • Venus Violet (purple)
  • After-Burner Orange (Atomic Tangerine)
  • Black Hole (Black)
  • Deep Sea (Blue)
  • Galaxy Blue (Blue)
  • Asteroid Brown (Brown)
  • Lift-off Lime (Electric Lime)
  • Galactic Gold (Gold)
  • Martian Green (Green)
  • Sea Serpent Green (Green)
  • Jupiter Orange (Orange)
  • Dolphin Fin (Periwinkle)
  • Blast-off (Razzle Dazzle Rose)
  • Lobster Red (Red)
  • Mercury Red (Red)
  • Moonbeam Blue (Robin's Egg Blue)
  • Caribbean Sea (Sky Blue)
  • Milky Way (Sky Blue)
  • Moon Rock (Tumbleweed)
  • Comet Tail (White with Confetti Glitter)
  • Seahorse Beige (Apricot)
  • Muscle Shell Black (Black)
  • Starry Night (Black)
  • Ocean Floor (Brown)
  • Sun Glow (Dandelion)
  • Sunken Treasure (Gold)
  • Satellite Gray (Gray)
  • Shark Skin Gray (Gray)
  • Saturn’s Ring (Gray)
  • Starfish Lavender (Lavender)
  • Tropical Reef Mauve (Lavender)
  • Shrimp (Orange)
  • Solar Flare (Orange)
  • Pacific Ocean (Pacific Blue)
  • Sandy Beach (Tan)
  • Pulsar Pink  (Tickle Me Pink)
  • Squid Tan (Tumbleweed)
  • Space Shuttle White (White)
  • Coral Purple (Wisteria)
  • Starlight Yellow (Yellow)
  • Sunfish Yellow (Yellow)
  • mussel shell black
  • electric eel yellow
  • Grape Juice Purple
  • Pumpkin Orange
  • School Bus Yellow
  • Birdie Blue
  • Bunny Brown
  • Candy Apple Red
  • Kitty Cat Black
  • Leap Frog Green
  • Magic Magenta
  • Pinkasaurus
  • Rocket Red
  • Godlfish Orange
  • Sunshine Yellow
  • Gator Green
  • Balloon Blue
  • Purplepotomus
  • Cauldron Black (Black)
  • Midnight Gloom (Midnight Blue)
  • Jack-O-Lantern Orange (Orange)
  • Ghostly Silver (Silver)
  • Monster Green (Yellow Green)
  • Glowing Eyes Purple (Yellow Orange)
Outer Space-2001
  • Mars Red (Big Dip O' Ruby)
  • Deep Space Purple (Cyber Grape)
  • Sun Spot Gold (Gold Fusion)
  • Atomic Orange (Macaroni and Cheese)
  • Twilight Blue (Sky Blue)
  • Moon Dust Silver (Sonic Silver)
  • Milky Way White (White)
Heads 'n Tails-2003
  • Yellow Sunshine (Apricot)
  • Eerie Black (Black)
  • Sizzling Red (Brick Red)
  • Brown Sugar (Brown)
  • Sweet Brown (Brown)
  • Denim Blue (Denim)
  • Slimy Green (Green)
  • Green Lizard (Inch Worm)
  • Orange Soda (Orange)
  • Red Salsa (Red)
  • Tart Orange (Red Orange)
  • Purple Plum (Royal Purple)
  • Blue Jeans (Sky Blue)
  • Black Shadows (Timblerwolf)
  • Plump Purple (Violet (Purple))
  • Bright Yellow (Yellow)
  • red balloon
  • huggable bear orange
  • sunshiny yellow
  • springtime meadow green
  • blustery blue
  • bouncy purple
  • whoo brown
  • storm cloud black
True to Life 2007
  • Amazon Rainforest
  • Caribbean Current
  • Florida Sunrise
  • Grand Canyon
  • Maui Sunset
  • Milky Way
  • Sahara Desert
  • Yosemite Campfire
  • Fiery Rose (Razzle Dazzle Rose)
  • Sizzling Sunset (Atomic Tangerine)
  • Heat Wave (Wild Watermelon)
  • Lemon Glacier (Laser Lemon)
  • Spring Frost (Screamin' Green)
  • Absolute Zero (Blizzard Blue)
  • Winter Sky (Hot Magenta)
  • Frostbite (Vivid Violet)
Color Names changed temporarily for a contest
These colors were changed temporarily for a contest.

Macaroni and Cheese Contest-2003
  • C-Rex
True Blue Heroes-1997 The colors from the true heroes set was added to Crayola lineup this year. The were temporarily named after heroes. The "real" color names can be found in the 120 box and "The Ultimate" box. Brink pink, and torch red were later changed to other colors, pink sherbet and scarlet.
  • true blue (blue)
  • CRAYON COLOR #1 Hero: Bill Paviak Nominated By: Bradford Johnson (outer space)
  • CRAYON COLOR #2 Hero: Kenneth Klemm Nominated By: Austin Klemm (Mountain Meadow)
  • CRAYON COLOR #3 Hero: Judi Newman Nominated By: Blyss Galizia (Fuzzy Wuzzy Brown)
  • CRAYON COLOR #4 Hero: Frank Brink Nominated By: Ashley E. Magrane (Brink Pink)
  • CRAYON COLOR #5 Hero: Elizabeth Childress Nominated By: Christine M. Sharp-Straughter (Shadow)
  • CRAYON COLOR #6 Hero: Tyler M. Seick Nominated By: Adam P. Seick (Banana Mania)
  • CRAYON COLOR #7 Hero: Gary K. Woodring Nominated By: Bryan Wayne Pruifoy (Torch Red)
  • CRAYON COLOR #8 Hero: Amber Lynn Coffman Nominated By: Jesse Pittman (Purple Heart)
  • Alabama | Heart of Dixie (Razzmatazz)
  • Alaska | Kodiak Bear Brown (Beaver)
  • Arizona | Grand Tanyon (Tan)
  • Arkansas | Hog Wild Red (Brick Red)
  • California | Sacro-mint-o (Granny Smith Apple)
  • Colorado | Pikes Peak Purple (Violet (Purple))
  • Connecticut | Nutmeg (Raw Sienna)
  • Delaware | First State Fuchsia (Fuchsia)
  • Florida | Alligator Alley (Asparagus)
  • Georgia | Sweet Georgia Peach (Melon)
  • Hawaii | Aloha Aquamarie (Aquamarine)
  • Idaho | Tater Tan (Desert Sand)
  • Illinois | Abe Lincoln's Hat (Black)
  • Indiana | Indianappleous Red (Brink Pink)
  • Iowa | A-maize-ing Iowa (Dandelion)
  • Kansas | Yellow Brick Road (Yellow)
  • Kentucky | Fort Knox Gold (Gold)
  • Louisiana | Cajun Crawfish Orange (Red Orange)
  • Maine | Lobster Red (Red)
  • Maryland | Francis Scott Kiwi (Screamin' Green)
  • Massachusetts | Boston Tea Party (Burnt Sienna)
  • Michigan | Motown Blues (Navy Blue)
  • Minnesota | 10,000 Lakes of Blue (Cornflower)
  • Mississippi | Mississippi Mud Pie (Brown)
  • Missouri | Archway Gray (Gray)
  • Montana | Big Sky (Sky Blue)
  • Nebraska | Cornhusker Yellow (Goldenrod)
  • Nevada | Las Vegas Lights (Electric Lime)
  • New Hampshire | Old Man Granite Gray (Timber Wolf)
  • New Jersey | Boardwalk (Tumbleweed)
  • New Mexico | Chile Pepper Red (Scarlet)
  • New York | Lady Liberty (Sea Green)
  • North Carolina | Grape Hatteras (Royal Purple)
  • North Dakota | Wild Prairie Rose (Tickle Me Pink)
  • Ohio | Rock 'n Roll Raspberry (Red Violet)
  • Oklahoma | Panhandle Paintbrush (Sunset Orange)
  • Oregon | Oregon Trail (Sepia)
  • Pennsylvania | Independence Indigo (Indigo)
  • Puerto Rico | Cogul Green (Olive Green)
  • Rhode Island | Newport Jazzberry Festival (Jazzberry Jam)
  • South Carolina | Palmetto (Fern)
  • South Dakota | Remarkable Mount Rushmore (Almond)
  • Tennessee | Tennesienna (Mahogany)
  • Texas | Alamo a la mode (Bluebell)
  • Utah | Bee-Utah-ful (Sunglow)
  • Vermont | Maple Syrup (Chestnut)
  • Virginia | Williamsburgundy (Maroon)
  • Washington, D.C | Cherry Blossom (Salmon)
  • Washington | Space Needle (White)
  • West Virginia | Coal Miner (Outer Space)
  • Wisconsin | Moovalous Cheese (Yellow Orange)
  • Wyoming | Yellowstone (Unmellow Yellow)
  • Fruited Plains (Wisteria)
  • Amber Waves of Grain (Canary)
  • Sea to Shining Sea  (Pacific Blue)
  • America the Blue-tiful (Blue)
  • Yankee Doodle Dandelion (Apricot)
  • Mom's Apple Pie (Antique Brass)
  • Orange You Glad You're in America? (Orange)
  • Greenback (Forest Green)
  • Dawn's Early Light (Macaroni and Cheese)
  • Rockets' Red Glare (Wild Strawberry)
  • Purple Mountain's Majesty (Purple Mountain's Majesty)-Not retired or renamed
  • Land of the Free (Jungle Green)
Kid's Choice Crayons-2008 
  • bear hug (Beaver)
  • famous (Hot Magenta)
  • super happy (Laser Lemon)
  • best friends (Orchid)
  • giving tree (Screamin' Green)
  • happy ever after (Turquoise Blue)
  • fun in the sun (Vivid Tangerine)
  • awesome (Wild Watermelon)
  • Lady Bug (Red)
  • Freshly Squeezed (Orange)
  • Sunnyside Up (Yellow)
  • Jalapeno (Green)
  • BeYOUtiful (Blue)
  • Peace, Love and Purple (Violet (Purple))
  • Freckle (Brown)
  • Night Owl (Black)
Color Names temporarily changed for a brand
The colors in these boxes were various assortments of existing crayons. Their color names were changed for the sponsoring brand. They are very rare. I only have one of these in this category.

76's Favorites-2001
  • Allen Iverson's favorite – black
  • Matt Harpring's favorite – blue
  • Derrick Coleman's favorite – blue
  • Speedy Claxton's favorite – blue
  • Aaron McKie's favorite – cerulean
  • Vonteego Cummings' favorite – cerulean
  • Samuel Dalembert's favorite – chestnut
  • Eric Snow's favorite – green
  • Hip-Hop's favorite - neon carrot
  • Damone Brown's favorite – orange
  • Derrick McKey's favorite – red
  • Alvin Jones' favorite – silver
  • Dikembe Mutombo's favorite – silver
  • Raja Bell's favorite - sky blue
  • Corie Blount's favorite - turquoise blue
  • Coach Larry Brown's favorite – yellow
  • Banana Berry-Blitz (Hot Magenta)
  • Pepper Pal's ®  Red (Red)
  • Dreamy Creamy Orange (Orange)
  • Lemonade (Yellow)
  • Sour Apple (Granny Smith Apple)
  • Chili's ® Green (Green)
  • Chock-A-Lot Shake (Brown)
  • Blueberry
Romano's Macaroni Grill-2003
  • Roasted Red Pepper (Brick Red)
  • Roma Tomato (Scarlet)
  • Parmesan (Goldenrod)
  • Mac & Cheese (Macaroni and Cheese)
  • Florentine (Forest Green)
  • Blue Cheese (Blue)
  • Portobello (Brown)
  • mirtilla | blueberry (Cerulean)
  • rosso violetto | violet red
  • maccheroni con formaggio | macaroni & cheese
  • basilico fresco | fresh basil (Green)
  • Eggplant-existing color, included for box information
  • Target ® Red (Red)
Colors of Lindt-2009
  • Ribbon Red (Red)
  • Gold Bunny Gold (Gold)
  • Easter Green (Green)
Eagles (Colors Unknown)
Color Names temporarily changed for a commemorative or promo set
The colors in these boxes were various assortments of existing crayons. Their color names were changed for the sponsoring brand. They are very rare. I only have one of these in this category.
Inventors Hall of Fame Set
  • Carbon Black (Black)
100 Billionth Crayon
  • Blue Ribbon
Mouse and the Mole Video-1997
  • Mole Blue (Blue)
  • Mouse Brown (Brown)
  • Mole's Green Boots (Green)
  • Hedgehog Pink (Tickle Me Pink)
Tales of the Tooth Fairy Video-1997
  • Overalls Blue (Blue)
  • Cheesy Yellow (Dandelion)
  • Martin the Mouse Gray (Gray)
  • Giselle's Pink Dress (Tickle Me Pink)
Ugly Duckling Video-1997
  • Hetty the Duck Blue (Blue)
  • Ugly Duckling Gray (Gray)
  • Bullfrog Green (Green)
  • Scruffy Pink (Tickle Me Pink)
  • Storm Cloud Black (Black)
  • Whoo Brown (Brown)
  • Huggable Bear Orange (Orange)
  • Red Balloon (Red)
  • Pouncy Purple (Violet (Purple))
  • Sunshiny Yellow (Yellow)
Scarlet Pimpernel-1998
  • Margaruite Cerulean (Cerulean)
  • Chevaulin Chatreuse (Laser Lemon)
  • Pimpernel Peach (Peach)
  • Scarlet Red (Red)
Colors of Baltimore-2002
  • Iron Man Blue (Blue)
  • Black Eyed Susan (Dandelion)
  • Francis Scott Key Lime (Granny Smith Apple)
  • Go O's (Orange)
  • Crabby Red (Red)
  • Harbor Lights (Silver)
  • Ravenous Purple (Violet (Purple))
  • Aquarium Aqua (Aquamarine)
  • Pepe Bell Pepper™ Red (Brick Red)
  • Bobby™ Banana (Dandelion)
  • Lucy Lettuce™ Green (Green)
  • Patrick Potato™ Beige (Tumbleweed)
  • Perry Prunes™ Purple (Violet (Purple))
Colors of Binney & Smith 100 birthday celebration-2003
  • palmer pink (Carnation Pink)
  • alice's lipstick (Red)
  • birthday bash blue (Robin's Egg Blue)
  • sky's the limit blue (Sky Blue)
  • century cornflower (Cornflower)
  • bushkill blue (Blue)
  • pencilvania purple (Violet (Purple))
  • binneywinkle (Perwinkle)
  • cherry blossom (Carnation Pink)
  • rockets red glare (Maroon)
  • presidential seal gold (Goldenrod)
  • U.S. Mint (Shamrock)
  • monument gray (Gray)
  • liberty blue (Blue)
  • Lincoln penny (Brown)
  • White House (White)
Colors of Ecomaginations-2006
  • Cleaner Coal Black (Black)
  • Clearwater Blue (Blue)
  • Mother Earth Brown (Brown)
  • Hybrid Green (Green)
  • Evolution Orange (Orange)
  • Revitalized Red (Red)
  • Purification Purple (Violet (Purple))
  • Solar Yellow (Yellow)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar-2009
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar Green
One for Fun-2010
  • One for Fun (White Glitter)

Color Alive Crayons-2014 and 2015
  • Show Stopper, Barbie coloring book (Hot Magenta)
  • Pixie Dust, Enchanted Forest coloring book (Banana Mania)
  • Fire Breath, Mythical Creatures coloring book (Sunset Orange)
  • Ice Blast, Skylanders coloring book (Denim)
  • Banana Banana, Minions Action coloring book (Dandelion)
  • Creepy Crawly, Monster High coloring book (Purple (Violet))
  • Frostbite, Frozen Color Alive coloring book (Sky Blue)
  • Superpower, Avenger Color Alive coloring book (Red)
  • banana bonanza (Dandelion)
Oprah Winfrey Show
  • The Color Purple
Toy Fair 2017
  • Big Apple Red (Red)
  • Times Square Orange (Orange)
  • Taxi Cab Yellow (Yellow)
  • Central Park Green (Green)
  • NYPD Blue (Blue)
  • Fifth Avenue Purple (Violet (Purple))
  • Broadway Brown (Brown)
  • Wall Street Black (Black)
Sources: A big thank you to Ed Welter at and all the other collectors that have kept track of the colors throughout the years. I also used my personal collection to find the color names. Please let me know if you find more colors and if there are any errors, it is a huge list!


  1. Do you have any tips on how to find retired colors? My husband's favorite is Dandelion and the couple that we have are starting to get stubby. Thanks!!

    1. We have a crayon collecting group and ebay is always excellent!

    2. You can prob find them on Ebay. I had bought a huge box of dandelion back when they announced it was retiring.


    4. I saved burnt sienna from retirement

  2. I just went through some old crayons, and mixed them with the new ones to find out which colors I had pairs with. I found an untouched dandelion. Curious, I started looking up the history of crayons, and found out that it was retired. Now I'm searching to see how I can get my hands on other discontinued ones!

    1. I love ebay for this and we have a crayon collecting group on facebook.

    2. eBay rocks

  3. WOW!! I just went through your entire list of crayon colors. This must have taken you several months or even years to compile. I stumbled on your site quite by accident (I was looking for info on making stain glass creations, which unfortunately, are way out of my price range) and I am certainly happy to discover this. I am thoroughly impressed by your hard work. Thank you so much for posting this information!

    1. There's a crayon collecting group and we share info with one another. Putting this list for my website took a long time definitely.

  4. Gosh I'll never understand retirement of lemon yellow ! And does "flesh" still exist, I can't figure out (obviously it should be renamed if it is still extant )

    1. Flesh was retired. Lemon yellow is such a prett name.

    2. Flesh is Peach now. Lemon Yellow, along with the equally amazing Maize, Raw Umber, Blue Gray, Orange Red, Orange Yellow, Green Blue and Violet Blue back in 1990 as it introduced 8 new "vivid" colors, but honestly, I really liked the subdued colors they retired and wish they'd bring them back


    4. @Jenny Crowther hmmm...i used dandelion alone but i got theso big-1983


      Hey Jenny! This is how to retire a color go to camera get a crayon or more pic them and get it to trash Now!!! You Retired A Color!!!!!!! Yes!!!YAY!

  5. Tu esfuerzo y dedicaciĆ³n se merecen un aplauso, gracias por tan valiosa informaciĆ³n.

  6. I THOUGHT I REMEMBERED, WAY BACK IN 1950/60's? A crayon color,
    HAZEL...?? Anyone know?

  7. Hi, I'm looking for the crayon that won the 2010 Facebook contest. It was called One For Fun. It came out in the Toys 'R Us No 64 "Fan Favorite" box, but I haven't been able to find it. Can you help me?

  8. Hi. I'm looking for the One For Fun crayon, which won the 2010 Facebook contest. It came out in the Toys 'R Us No 64 "Fan Favorite" box, but I haven't been able to find it. Can you help me?

  9. I have a 96 come box of crayola crayons that I've has for many many years. In it are 4 crayola Metallics and 4 crayola Gel FX crayons. The metallic are named. Steel blue, sheen green, big dip o' ruby and cyber grape. Ring any bells? Also, the Gels are black papered but NO names. Any ideas on what those could be?? Just email me with any response if you can @gmail. Thanks.

  10. Are there any hex codes for the colors retired in 1990, 2000, and 2004

  11. Hello! I have a memory of a blue crayon called "macaroni blue" from my childhood. I remember thinking it was a strange name for a blue but later thought it might have been a reference to kraft mac n cheese boxes. However, I can find absolutely no reference to it on the internet. I'm wondering if it may have been "marconi blue" and maybe part of cape cod collection (marconi beach). Trying to figure out if I completely made this up...

  12. man, I wish I was in 2003 before August 31 :(
    I would save Magic Mint and name the Mango Tango crayon: American Cherry

  13. Wasn't there once a turd-muckley-dung crayon? I'm positive it was in packs in the 80's, but can't find it on any list

  14. I haven't heard of raw umber

    1. oh really, raw umber is like umber but raw.

  15. I have vague memories as a 90's kid opening a pack of crayons or using bundles of old crayons in a basket or tin and seeing colors like maize, thistle, and blue grey, and wondering whatever happened to these colors as I stopped seeing them in the newer collections.

    I remember the colors were very drab and unremarkable, but they did have interesting names. I was also able to get my hands on a 120 count box that carried the color dandelion back in 2017, and to this day I have never opened it.

  16. Put back all of the retired colors and also put names on Star brite and Gel fx

  17. I WANT T NAME SHOCKING PINK; party balloon pink

  18. tickle me pink?

  19. I have a dandelion that has no rapper and a thistle that is in my tub of 1000000 crayons

  20. Anyone know anything about these three colors?

    Pizza Pie in the Sky Blue
    Green Pepper
    Mozzarella Yellow

    I found these three along side a Dandelion yellow while looking through a little container of old crayons my husband had when he was a kid and we have been searching for where these colors came from but we can't find anything!