Valentine’s Day or not, there should always be reason for a romantic dinner. It’s an opportunity to break free from the routine, slow down and take time with your loved one. There are no strict rules to define a successful evening, however candles remain a must have.
Here’s a candle project in preparation for your romantic alone time. And it’s important to remember that beyond Valentine’s day, there are 364 other days to spend time as a couple.
How to make floating candles?
- A pair of pliers
- 3ml pipette
- Floating candle metal molds
- Metal container to melt the wax
- Glass container (fish bowl, vase, mason jar etc …)
- Decorative materials that will sink in water, ideally red, white and / or pink, for example: heart beads, diamond crystals, marbles or rocks.
Ingredients for 5 candles
- 125 grams of Ecosoya Q220 wax (25g per floating candle)
- One candle colorant chip, of half or one: cinnamon red, pale pink or ivory. We use one chip for 200 to 500 grams of wax.
- 3,75 to 10 ml of essential oils: for relaxation and alone time we suggest: cinnamon, true lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, patchouli, musk flower or sandalwood. Usage rate is 3 to 8%.
- Wick RRD # 1
- 5 Wick tabs (wick holders)
Guide to making floating candles
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh and melt the wax.
- Prepare your wicks:
- Cut them to the right length, use mold as a guide, allow for a little extra.
- Add the cut wicks to the melted wax for a minute or two.
- Once well soaked in wax, fish them out with a pair of pliers and place them in a taut manner on a piece of aluminium foil.
- Place in the freezer a few minutes.
- Remove wicks from the freezer and apply the wick tabs to the end of the wick. With the pliers, lightly crush the wick tab so the wick stays in place.
- Add the dye to the wax. If you are using more than one color, divide the wax accordingly and then add the dye and mix well. One wax chip colors between 200g and 500g, adjust according to the quantity of wax you are using and the intensity you want. Less for pale or pastel colors more for intense and vibrant colors.
- Remove the wax from heat.
- Add essential oils or aromatic essences.
- Mix well, let stand a few minutes. It is best to let the wax cool slightly, it reduces the formation of pits and holes that form when heat escapes from the candle.
- When the wax becomes slightly cloudy, pour into molds and place wicks. If necessary, use a popsicle stick, skewer or pencil to hold the wick straight and in place. As the wax is warm, it is likely that this will not be necessary.
- Wait at least one hour for the candles to harden.
To realize the centerpiece
1. Thoroughly clean your glass container, this removes dust and any fingerprints. Place it in the location you want to use it in, this will save you from moving it with water and candles in it.
2. Place the “jewels”: pearl hearts, diamond crystals, beads or rocks in the bottom of one or more glass containers.
3. Fill with room temperature water.
4. Gently place the candles on the surface of the water, avoid too much movement, we do not want to wet the wick.
5. For your convenience and to avoid burning yourself, light the candles with a barbecue lighter. It is important that the candles are already in the water, otherwise it is virtually impossible to drop them in once lit, without either burning yourself or putting them out.
6. All is now set for alone time over a romantic dinner, at the edge of a steamy bath or … in the bedroom!