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Easy 5-Step Soy Wax Candle Recipe

The hottest new wax since the 90s has been soy wax. Why? It’s the cheapest all-natural wax available on the market. For so long, paraffin wax was the go-to for candles because it was cheap. However, it’s also toxic, causing harm to health and Mother Nature over time. 

Today, times have changed. You can now make a candle using soy wax! It’s a kindness to your wallet, the environment, yourself, and your loved ones. Read on to learn how.

 

Supplies needed: 

Soy wax 

Wicks 

Tin containers 

Glue dots 

 

Tools:  

Wax thermometer 

Centering device per container 

Wooden spoon 

 

Equipment:  

Wax pouring pitcher 

Double boiler or 2 different-sized pots 

 

Step 1: Prepare the Wax 

Measure the wax according to how much many candles you want to make, and how much each candle would weigh. A simple way to do this is by knowing how much each container can hold. Multiply the number of candles by the weight of each, and you get the total amount of wax you need to work with. Keep in mind that an ounce is equivalent to 28.35 grams. 

 

Step 2: Melt the Wax

Place the wax and the thermometer into a wax pouring pitcher. It’s a tin metal pitcher, which you’ll then place inside a double boiler. If you don’t have one, put one together easily by placing a small pot inside another pot. Be sure the bigger one contains 1-2 inches of water. The wax pouring pitcher goes inside the top pot.  Every wax has its own melting temperature; for H&C soy wax, it’s 120°F. 

 

Step 3: Mix in Dye and Fragrance

If you prefer not to have color and scents, skip to the next step. This step is optional and completely depends on your own preference. Like with melting point, when to mix fragrance or essential oils and dye vary. For some, it’s a range; for others, it’s an exact temperature. With Hearts & Crafts, dye and fragrance should be added when the soy wax is at 185°F. Mix thewell using the wooden spoon.  

 

Step 4: Prep the Container 

While waiting for it to cool to pouring temp, preheat the candle holders. If the sides are too cold, the wax will pull away from the surface, creating small craters and unsightly candles. Stick a glue dot onto one end of a wick, then onto the bottom where you want the wick to stand. Slip the other end through the hole of the centering device, and let it rest on top of the container. Repeat with the rest. 

 

Step 5: Pour the Wax

When the wax cools to 167°F, transfer it into the holders and leave it to solidify for several hoursSoy wax is too soft to support itself so it needs a candle holderThis creates another fun element to making the candleThere are plenty of beautifully designed containers made from different materials, like ceramic and tin. Dress up the container by adding your own design or a ribbon! 

 

Love the Process 

Candle making is a very pleasant and therapeutic activity you can do alone or share with family and friends. Anyone can become a candle maker. With patience, research, and practice, it won’t be long before you become skilled in the craft. There are a lot of resources available to help you but what’s important is you find joy in the process.

 

How to Style Your Candle Tins

Reusable, eco-friendly, and easy to customize and decorate with, candle tins are an interior design secret that’s now out of the bag! You can buy ones that have already been styled as a time-saving option, or take simple ones and fashion it to your vision. If you’re up for a little DIY, these are tips even beginner candlemakers can follow. 

 

Use Gift Wrapper or Vintage Wallpaper

What’s the best way to dress up plains? With prints! Measure the diameter of your tin can, and cut the paper accordingly with a little extra on the ends for a slight overlap. Test it to make sure it fits perfectly. Coat the tin surface in a metal-friendly glue, and place the paper around it. 

Then apply a clear adhesive to the bottom of the edge of the paper that sits on top of the other. You can tailor it to the occasion, the theme of the room, or the motif for a collection. Later on, you can try adding other materials, such as lace and fabric. 

 

Paint Your Own Design

This is the most fun because you can allow yourself to just go crazy. Make sure there’s no sign of corrosion or rusting, and remove it if you see any. Wash the surface with warm and soapy water then rinse. Wipe it dry with a cloth that has white vinegar. This removes soap and grease left behind. 

Sand the tin container lightly before covering it in metal primer. Sanding helps bond the paint to the surface while the primer prevents rusting. Use multi-surface acrylic paints for your artwork, and start with two coats of base paint. When you’re done, let your mind flow free and your heart guide your brush! 

 

Get Artistic With Your Label

If you’re selling your candles, there are certain label specifications you have to follow, depending on your state laws. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with itStart with the material. What kind of paper will you use — glossy, matte, or metallic? Then there’s your logo — the fonts to use, the font color.Labels are the number one way you show off your brand personality. 

 

Choose a Container With a Nice Lid

It’s a simple way to dress up your candle tinsYou can find many that come with their own lids online. If the ones you have on hand don’t have any, repurpose the lids from broken jars and other items. Many are painted in gold or copper, which instantly brings an air of refinement and quality. If you’re selling candles in tins, talk to your supplier about providing ones that have aesthetic lids. 

 

Line it With Glitter or Sprinkle it Around

You can always opt for metallic paint; but when you want sparkle instead of shine as well as texture, glitter is the way to go. When your candle tin is clean and dry, decide where you want the glitter. Sprinkle the cover randomly, coat the container entirely, or arrange the glitter in a line around the middle neatly. 

Use glue that is ideal for metal. Epoxy works well. Spread the glitter, wait for it to set, then cover with a clear coat to seal the glitter in place. Remember to avoid the top of the rim and the inside of the container to keep the flame from touching it. Voilà! It’s now decked in glitz and glam. 

 

Time to Get Crafty 

When people think of arts and crafts, tins and other metals aren’t on top of the list. Yet art isn’t bound by rules because creativity isn’t bound by rules either. Any material goes. It’s all about making sure you’re using supplies and tools that are suited for what you’re working with and your end goal. 

Don’t let conventions box you in. Move out of your comfort zone to create truly unique pieces, and develop an art style you’ll proudly call your own! Once you master the rules, they can be broken; design rules anyway. What better starting point is there in candle making than with candle tins? 

10 Steps to Get Started on Your Candle Business

Starting a business is scary. There’s a lot to do and more to think about. What aspiring candle business owners need is a friendly and guiding hand. Introducing our 10-steps to opening your own candle business! You’re one step closer to your dream. Now, what’s next? Read on and good luck!  

 

Step #1: Decide What Kind of Candles You Want to Sell

One great advantage of your own business is letting your creativity loose. However, when starting out, it’s best to limit your product line to one or few different kinds. Running an enterprise, no matter how small, is always a challenge. 

There are several tasks involved day-to-day, each with their own processes. It’s likely you’ll be juggling many hats on your own, if not all. Give yourself some breathing space by limiting your products and services until you’ve adapted to the ups and downs. 

 

Step #2: Decide Who You Want to Sell To

This can be interchanged with step one. Very prudent entrepreneurs would argue this should come first because you’re either targeting a market that you know needs your products or can afford them. There’s less risk involved, and your research efforts would be more focused, saving time and money. 

 

Step #3: Identify the Exact Costs

Will you be operating solely online? Will it be a brick-and-mortar shop? Will it be both? Supplies, tools, containers, and equipment… There are many factors that affect the cost of a business. Do as much research as you can and list them all down, including the exact amounts so you don’t receive a nasty shock when you start accepting customers or even before then. 

 

Step #4: Research on Legalities Involved

These can vary state to state. Are you required to create a separate workshop for production? Should it be separate from your home? If you’re renting, would your landlord allow you to have a workshop on the property? It’s not the fun of candle making you expected but it’s necessary for peace of mind. You’ll thank yourself a million times later. 

 

Step 5: Register Your Business

Make it legal! No one wants to be facing a judge for illegally selling candles. It’s not a fun experience, and it’s not a great story. Save yourself the trouble. 

 

Step 6: Prepare Your Workspace

You’re almost there! Everything is starting to take form, and you’ll see the physical manifestations of your dreams come true soon. The fun is now starting! Get out your vision boards and scroll through Pinterest. Remember to follow safety regulations because you’re dealing with very hot temperatures and flammable items. All that leaves now is…what do you want your workshop to look like? 

 

Step 7: Find Vendors

You might have to go through a few before finding the ones that offer products and services at prices that, when calculated, fit the cost per item of your productIt’s easy to prioritize searching for ones that deliver the level of quality you’re happy with is also important. Just keep in mind that you owe it to yourself and your market to choose suppliers that align with your vision and values. 

 

Step 8: Hire Your Team

If you have the budget, creating a team one person at a time is recommended so you can focus on what you do best, your craft. Resist the urge to go big at once, unless you’ve done thorough research into the industry and your market, and strategized accordingly. 

When you’re confident about your success, keep a way to cushion those days to months of low sales anyway. They’re normal in the building phase. If you’re not confident, or you don’t have the financial wiggle room yet, you can always hire as your business picks up. 

 

Step 9: Market Your Products

There are different routes you can go. Upload teaser posts on your social media accounts to get people curious and interested for a wider reach. To begin slow, reach out to your connections and ask them to tell others about your new venture. Word of mouth is still the most effective, and cost-efficient marketing method. 

 

Step 10: Open for Business

Yay! You’re now on opening day! Bask in the rush of the first few months, even if some days are complete chaos. One day, you’ll look back in miss the thrill of being a new and small candle shop. For now, focus on the present. There’ll be time to think about the future during the next brainstorming session. 

 

Start Your Business Today! 

Still have questions? Stay updated with our blog to know more about running a candle business. But don’t just wait for our articles to come before taking action to see your candle business become reality. You only move forward, when you place one foot in front of the other. 

There will always be something you don’t know. The great thing about life is it’s about learning on the way, and responding accordingly. The key is to always ask, “What’s the next step? 

8 Charming Uses of Ceramic Bowls

Ceramic bowls have a wide range of versatility as a functional home item and décor. It just takes a bit of creativity to see the mix of practical and artistic possibilities. Hearts and Crafts gives you eight ideas on how to use your ceramic bowls to get started. Pretty soon, you’ll be coming up with your own. 

Food Containers

Welcome each meal with good dinnerware! Instead of saving them for special occasions, use them regularly to bring joy on ordinary days and boost mental health. That’s the main reason they were made. It also brings the most satisfaction out of your purchase because you get to fully experience it by using the bowls for their primary purpose. 

Item Holders/Organizers

Why keep your keys in an unattractive box or on hooks on the wall? Or even just leave them lying on the closest free surface available? Place it in a colorful or embellished bowl carefully situated close to the door. Also, use tiny ceramic bowls to hold your candles, adding a subtle touch of elegance. Little things like these are what ties in the room together, giving an air of cohesiveness and intentionality. 

Vases/Plant Pots

Spoil your plant babies! They don’t deserve to be just told they’re beautiful; they should be dressed nice, too. Show your love and get them a special pot like an ornamental ceramic bowl. Your green children will appreciate and help them bloom more, especially when you throw on genuine compliments. 

Pet Food Bowls

Fur babies need to be shown some love in gifts, too. Keep in mind to choose one with a good amount of weight that keeps it from sliding across the floor or tipping over with a light nudge. Reward those well-behaved, royalty-like, and fluffy members of the family because that’s how you treat good boys and girls. 

Wedding Ring Holders

It’s your special day so place those lovely symbols of love in something special, too. There’s no need to break the bank. Find a gorgeous ceramic bowl that matches your motif for a classy and unique approach. You’ll be setting the next wedding trend of the season. 

Jewelry Trays

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Place your carefully chosen pieces on an item that showcases and complements the craftsmanship in their design. A smart but sophisticated idea: ceramic bowls. Place them in one that fits all your jewelry or arrange them according to sizeYou can also place the rings in one, the bracelets in another, and so on. 

Lamp Base/Chandeliers

Go for a retro aesthetic! Set the lamp in a ceramic bowl to give the appearance of a second layer to the base. Choose a color like red or orange for that 60s and 70s vibe. Better yet, pair your lamp with a bowl of a contrasting color or mix plains with patterns. It’s a simple way to let out the artist in you. Take it a step further and cut out the bottom to DIY a chandelier. 

Wall/Window/Table Decorations

Dial back the time machine farther and opt for vintage. Use a stand to hold it on its side on the windowsill or a shelf on the wall so guests can admire the pretty design inside, like your grandma had at her home. When the color is all on the outer part of the bowl, find a coffee table or chest of drawers to place it on. Let the hue be the star of the room or a playful accent to the central theme.

Final Thoughts

It’s clear why ceramic bowls have been a mainstay in homes for so many years, and continue to be a favorite. Begin your own collection with a set for your dining table so you’ll see exactly why. As you find more online, at big retail stores, thrift shops, or flea markets, you’ll find they’re meaningful decorative items. Sprinkle your home with stories and personality through color and patterns.

5 Interesting Facts About Candles and Candle Making

Who knew candles had such an interesting and colorful history? The simple device has held important roles in the shaping of our present. You won’t be able to imagine a world that never had one candle when you’re done going through this article. Read these facts about candles, and prepare to be surprised at how essential these sticks of dried wax and cotton have been to society. 

1. You might’ve been burning your candles wrong.

You heard us. Yes, you probably have been doing it wrong but you’re not alone. Candles don’t usually come with manuals, and they appear simple enough to use without needing one. However, there is one step you need to take when lighting a new candle.

The first burn is what matters, and needs to be done correctly. The candle should be left burning until the entire top layer melts into a pool of liquid. This prevents what we call tunneling, which is when the flame burns through the middle of the candle and leaves the outer wax untouched. 

2. Candles that have tunneled can be saved.

Don’t panic. If it has already begun tunneling, it can still be fixed. Place it in a jar, or a similar container that can withstand high temperatures and conduct heat. Then wrap the outer part in tin foil, almost covering the top. Leave space where the wick is. This distributes more of the heat to the outer layer of the candle, making it melt faster.

Remember to keep it burning until the outer wax is on even level with the inner core. It usually takes several hours. Check every now and then as an additional precaution. Once done, the tunneling is gone, and you’ll have a perfect candle. 

 3. Candles aren’t meant to smoke.

It especially applies to all-natural ones. If smoke does emit from the wick, there’s a small issue that you can easily correct: the wick is too long. The ideal height of the wick is ¼ inch or 6mm, not too tall that it to start releasing smoke, and not too short that it would cause tunneling. Any ordinary pair of scissors, also known as crafting scissors, would do. 

 4. Candles are much older than some of history’s biggest wars.

Did you know it’s even older than Julius Caesar, a great figure in Roman history and once a ruler of its empireSound familiar? Hint: Cleopatra. Although petroleum became the most used ingredient for making candles later on, it was originally made from animal fat, and then beeswax.

The first candles were used to celebrate the birth of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon, the hunt, and virginity because the flame was thought to represent the glow of moonlightThat’s how the birthday cake was born! Yep! The candles were presented on these timeless pastriesIt was thought that the smoke carried their prayers to the heavens, which is a common belief among religions. 

5. Candles were a substitute for food in hard times.

Because the first candles were made from cow fat and beeswax, they were technically edible. History was often marked with periods of great starvation across entire nations. With less developed irrigation systems and equipment, agriculture was much more vulnerable to the elements. When poor harvest collided with little to no trade, people would barely have enough to eat. 

Naturally, people turned to other sources. It was no surprise to find candles were stolen, in place of food, during a famine. While we do keep our candles all-natural, we don’t recommend eating them. Even if the days of chowing down on candles are long gone, they still affect our appetite. How? Through scent. You might want to rethink lighting a scented candle around mealtime.

Final Thoughts on History with Candles 

Today, the candle industry still goes through changes as it’s affected by the economy, societal practices and beliefs, and other factors. Their role, and the role of every kind of candle, continues to evolve to this day.

After learning just a few facts about candles, it reveals the level of interesting, and even exciting things, that can be expected to come from this simple stick of dried wax and cotton. Follow our page for trivia like this and more! 

10 Different Uses of Candle Tins

Quality candle tins are easily reusable, and with a bit of art, they look great in any home. There’s no skill necessary, just your imagination. Here are 10 ways they can be repurposed into functional but just as pretty items you can use around your house. 

Organizers

Think office supplies, craft materials, coins, keys, and hair pins. The list goes on. Keep them separated and in beautifully painted tin containers so they can stay where you need them without being an eyesore. 

Jewelry Boxes

They’re a practical and unique choice compared to traditional ones because they can be reused into other things if you ever grow tired of them. You can also custom design them yourself or get ones that are already printed or coated in color. Candle tins can even double as jewelry plates. 

Gift Boxes

Make your presents stand out and be memorable by putting thought and effort into choosing the right packaging. Tins with lids are wonderful alternatives to typical boxes because they’re durable, and make for a second present as they can be reused for other purposes. 

Wind Chimes

It’s a fun DIY project anyone can do on their own or as a bonding activity with friends and family! Flip the tin upside down and punch a hole on either side near the top to pull strings through from which it’ll hang. 

On the inside, securely attach separate strings with strong adhesive, or punch more holes. Each string should already have a metal chime hanging on the other end. Then you’re free to go crazy and add your own art. 

Food Containers

Bored with Tupperware, or the same little saucers they use for candy and nuts in offices? Jazz up your desk or coffee table with printed tin cans. You can also place them in the fridge. Before storing any food in them, check if they’re aluminum coated with tin. This protects anything inside from spoiling easily, and assures you that it’s an ideal container for food. 

Flower Vase

Go for a rustic or country vibe with tin cans but candle tins in posh and glam designs are also available on the market. They’re affordable compared to ceramic vases, and are just as beautiful but not as fragile. Want to spice up an accident-prone area? This is your answer. 

Lanterns

Picture yellow light of a small flame or bulb flickering, the light reflected on the sides of the candle tin and onto the walls. Romantic, isn’t it? Achieve the ambiance, and take it a step further by punching holes on the side to create a shape or message with the light. You can also use the lid to focus the light on the ceiling. 

Soap Holders

Your bath routine gets amped up in its therapeutic factor when you place your soap in an elegantly fashioned candle tin. Choose one with a matte surface to avoid dropping the tin container when you hold it with wet hands. 

Pen and Pencil Holders

One easy way to spruce up a boring office desk is to get a nice holder for your writing tools, and markers. Tin containers are ideal to decorate with since painting and embellishing them is easy for anyone. Get started now for a quick way to upgrade your workspace. 

Holiday Ornaments

Not sure how to decorate this year? Got some empty spots in the house you’re not sure what to do with? Place a holiday-themed candle tin! Get one with prints matching the special day or keep it safe and classy with those in shades matching your chosen color palette. You’ll get them for a good value, too, so you’ll have more left for presents! 

 

Final Thoughts

Would you believe there are tons of ways to decorate with candle tins? Adding your own style is always fun and simple to do with steel containers but Hearts & Crafts tins are made so you don’t have to lift a finger. They come in several designs and colors to fit every taste and personality. Deck out your home in what suits you today.

12 DIY Supplies and Tools All Crafters Need

Whatever hobby you’re into, there are common materials and tools you’d want to always keep on hand. These will assist you with any small task and help beautify your piece, fusing craft and art. Go through this checklist to see what’s missing in your DIY supplies pile so you can add them and have happy crafting days ahead!

Markers

Get one of every kind, thickness, and color! You can never have too many. Seeing all those colors on display is very therapeutic. If it sparks joy, then stock up. Just make sure it doesn’t dry up before you get to use it.

Scissors

There are so many kinds of scissors out there, as many as 20! Your first priority should be the crafting or all-purpose scissors. These are the standard ones you find in every home. Later on, expand to different edged scissors. You’ll never know when you’d need one that cuts in curves.

If you’ll be dealing with fabrics, you’ll need sewing scissors, too, and there are several. Depending on what you’re planning to do, you could end up needing more than one type, starting with the dressmaker’s shears.

Construction Paper and Card Stock

An advantage of construction paper is that they come in many colors so there’s no need to use paint or other materials. It’s also slightly thicker than typical paper but still very pliable to work with. Card stock requires more work to look aesthetic, but is very useful when you need a sturdier material.

Paint

What project are you planning, and what effect do you want to create? Fabric paint works great on clothes since they’re made to stay even after they’ve been through the washing machine several times. Oil paint is often used for paintings on canvass. If you’re not comfortable with using paint, stick to watercolor. It’s washable, and creates beautiful, soft hues.

Textiles

They’re a great hack to add, not just color, but texture to any project. It’s also easy to come up with your own pile and it’s budget-friendly. Instead of buying brand new, you can reuse old clothes. They’re versatile in not just decorating the home but also small items.

If you plan to create objects you’ll add to any room in your house, use textile to create a more cohesive interior design. For example, you can match your throw pillows to your curtains. Can you say color coordination?

Beads

For times when you really want to up the notch on the texture of your project, keep a stock of these little guys. There are so many varieties available, so go crazy but watch the budget. Stick them onto the outside of your candle holder or create patterns on a vase. You’d be surprised at what you can do with them.

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Cheap paste and Elmer’s Glue won’t be enough if you want a long-lasting, high-quality project. Take some beads or cloth for example. Making crafts will be more worry-free when you don’t have to deal with objects falling apart or falling off. Just a precaution: the tip of the gun and the melted glue are very hot, which makes it tricky to handle.

Washi Tape

While it’s more for decorative purposes than as a functional adhesive, they can work for light materials without you having to hide the tape. You’ll never get bored because of there are more designs available than you can possibly store at home! Be careful though, because they’re very addicting, which would be a problem as they’re not exactly cheap.

All Kinds of Tapes

When you need function more than design, go for the good old reliable tapes, like masking tape or double-sided tape. Keeping adhesives for different uses and materials will save you a lot of trouble, as well as time and money from not having to make extra trips to the store.

Stapler and Stapler Wires

Be sure to get them in the appropriate size. Big staplers and stapler wires for heavy-duty use can be found in stores but they’re often unnecessary if you’re not working on a larger project with thick materials.

Glitter

What’s life without a little sparkle? Everyone loves glitter, even men! (Maybe not all would admit it, though.) These days, there are sustainable variations on the market so you can add that glimmer guilt-free. You can also make those yourself! There we go, another fun DIY project for you.

Tin Containers

Teal Candle Tins

They can store your beads and other supplies, but they’re also good as craft projects as well. Make your presents extra special with these unconventional gift boxes that are sure to be eye-catching. Hearts & Crafts tin containers come in several designs so there’s one for every style and personality.

 

Final Thoughts 

Over time, you’ll develop your own list of basic DIY supplies and tools. It comes with learning your art style, experimenting and trying new techniques, and the hobbies you decide to stick with. Don’t forget to have fun! 

When is a Hobby a Craft?

The terms are often used interchangeably but are they really the same? The common phrase “arts and crafts” suggests they’re not. What’s the difference? Get a quick explanation and learn whether your current hobby, or the one you’re eyeing on, is either an art or a craft.

What is an Art? 

It is unstructured, unquantifiable, and unique. It relies hugely on talent. While imitations may be made, only the original can be regarded as the true work of art because of the artistic vision that went into it. The purpose of art is to evoke emotions from the viewer. There are neither limits nor rules as to how art should be made.  

Artists do not require skill though some are masters in crafts. However, it does not automatically make their trade a craft. These skills may be used to create works of art but many artists are not experts in technique such as Henri Rosseau, and Vincent Van Gogh. 

What is a Craft?

It is reproducible and made to be functional, not simply aesthetic. A craft is a learned skill, or a set of skills, which can be learned. These are then used to bring about standard results. Quality can be graded and compared with other works. 

It also involves the proper use of materials and tools, which is practiced consistently, and mastery is developed over time. Whereas in art, there’d be no such thing. The complete freedom of self-expression would include what would qualify as tools and materials, and how to use them. 

What is a Hobby?

Merriam-Webster defines hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.” A person can take up learning and practicing a craft as their hobby, such as woodworking or knitting, but not all hobbies are crafts such as reading.

Refining a non-work-related skill is a great way to destress, keeping worries that can wait the next day from your mind. When you want to rest your mind, hobbies that involve little skill, like listening to an audiobook, are recommended. These, which have a low barrier of expertise, aren’t considered crafts but are just as enjoyable. 

Is Your Hobby an Art or a Craft?

It depends. How much skill is required? Is there a standard for outputs? Your hobby can be an art or a craft; it can also be both.  

Take candle making for example. Candle making is both an art and a craft. You can use your creativity to make a candle that’s truly one of a kind. However, the process also involves factors that have to be strictly followed. Set characteristics have to be met for an object to be considered a candle.  

There’s a lot of room for freedom of expression in candle making. You will notice that in the unique designs that people come up with these days. If you’re interested in learning this skill and using your creativity, get an easy start with curated candle making kits that come with guides to help you create your first successful batch. Have fun!

What is Galentine’s Day and 5 Ways to Celebrate It

Galentine’s Day is proof of how reality can take cues from fiction in positive ways. It honors friendship, especially among females, a rare event in most societies. It’s a subtle yet positive reflection of the change in essential relationships’ ideals, expanding beyond the family.

Wondering if you and your friends can join in the fun? Of course, you can! Get to know more about the holiday so you can genuinely celebrate friendship, and the meaning behind the holiday, with some of the people who mean the most to you.

How Galentine’s Began

Let’s start at the beginning. What is Galentine’s Day? The name “Galentine’s Day” was first coined on the comedy series Parks and Recreation, by the character, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler. Knope was the person who was the constantly cheerful and over-eager giver of the group, who wore her heart on her sleeve. In showing her appreciation for her friends, she birthed “Galentine’s Day.”

Held on the 13th of February, the holiday is often spent by women among women friends over drinks and brunch, usually with waffles. Whether single, married, or with a partner, the ladies take time out from life and male companions to come together and bond. Today, the holiday has become widely accepted globally and feels just as much a real holiday as Valentine’s.

How to Celebrate Galentine’s

Plan time with your closest friends! Should it be just for the women? It’s up to you! While it’s meant to celebrate the empowerment of camaraderie among women, men and the LGBTQ+ can join in the fun, too! If your friendship with them has helped you become the woman you are today, then, by all means, include them. Here are some suggestions for what you can do:

Go Traditional

With the popularity it has gained over the decade, you won’t have to worry about the 13th falling on a weekday, whose place you’d have to go, or who has a waffle maker. Bars now drink to Galentine’s, too! Yes, some also serve waffles to commemorate the Day. Have breakfast and booze after work. It’s the best celebration there is.

Have Dinner at Home

What is Galentine’s Day to you? It can mean the comfort of a quiet place where you’re free to talk and do whatever you want with your favorite people. You share a homecooked meal or dishes you ordered from a beloved restaurant. It’s peace of mind, knowing you’re in a safe and welcoming environment. It’s even better when you have it all to yourself.

Make Scented Candles Together

They make great gifts because there’s a lot of room for creativity, they’re easy to personalize, and they’re practical. Get together for an afternoon of art and fun as you make gifts for each other, which you can exchange afterward. If you enjoy it so much, you can include making presents for your families, and even your coworkers. Share the love!

Have a Watch Party

When you can’t get together, be it by distance or health safety precautions, you can still spend some good quality bonding virtually. Watch a movie or binge a series that everyone can get on board with. This setup’s advantage is that everyone gets to choose their food instead of agreeing on what to share.

Join a Virtual Class

If food is the shared love that’s the glue of your squad, join an online class together so you can cook in your own kitchens. You’ll have all the space you need, and no one will be fighting over ingredients or equipment. Share the common goal of fitness? Pick a virtual exercise class, and prepare your workout gear.

 

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, pick an activity the entire group will love. Create more memories to look back on, and cherish. Those will serve as your personal answer to the question, “What is Galentine’s Day?” No matter how busy life gets, always make time for the people important to you. Years down the road, you’ll be glad you did.

3 Romantic Candle Scents Great for Valentine’s

One simple item to your décor could be what defines your at-home date this year from a lovely evening to a memorable one. The scented candle. Don’t just go for any but put some thought into choosing by knowing which fragrances would be perfect for your date. There’s also a bonus tip at the end of which ones to avoid because, yes, not all scents are suitable for Valentine’s day candles.

 

1. Rose

Is there any scent that’s more romantic? Imagine a room lightly scented with the aroma of this delicate flower. It conjures up images of bouquets and soft petals strewn around, with neither the mess nor extra expense from having to buy such a number.

Floral scents are such timeless classics and longtime favorites, whether for perfume or candles for Valentine’s. They’re not only loved for their fragrance, but they’re also known to be effective in romance. It certainly justifies their place as a top seller as a go-to for love, dating, and rekindling those flames. Other popular floral options are lavender, magnolia, and peony.

 

2. Cinnamon Vanilla Swirl

This sweet smell represents the saccharine joy of a new love in its young phase. Both cinnamon and vanilla are known for stoking the fires of passion so use it with care, like saving it for Valentine’s day candles. Arrange date night early to ensure a long and relaxing but loving time together, even if you celebrate well into the early hours of the Day of Hearts.

Looking for other sugary fragrances isn’t hard but not all necessarily have the same effect as vanilla. What’s important is that it conveys your naturally sweet disposition that your date is attracted to, and they’ll fall head over heels again. Too much on its own? It also makes a great accompaniment with other kinds of scents like muskier base notes, or light floral ones.

 

3. Amber

Get a reaction from your date in the range of a jaw drop to ooh la la. Make this year’s Valentine’s a little spicier. These scents match those with a fiery character perfectly, but it has a generally strong appeal for special occasions. It’s a particular favorite when you’re looking for an amorous time with your significant other, or a romantic tryst.

Because of their deeper smell, they’re typically blended with other scents. Combine it with a sweet fragrance to balance steamy with flirty to resemble a more playful nature, but candles for Valentine’s day is the best way to switch it up to your scent for something new. Opt for stronger scents with a slight bite for a sultry kickoff to your Heart’s Day, and set those hearts racing.

 

Extra Tip: Keep Away from Citrus Scents

Clean scents are attractive on most days, but smelling like a toilet cleaner or air freshener would kill the romantic mood. Create a complex mix of fragrances that complement each other if you insist on sneaking a bit of tang in there. Don’t just add other layers of notes, but partner it with a different aroma to temper the sharp smell to get the right formula for Valentine’s day candles.

 

Final Thoughts

When picking a scent, always go back to how you feel about it. While there’s nothing wrong in considering how it will attract another person, your priority should be “you.” Even when making a change in fragrance, reflect on your reason behind it, and ensure that you’re doing it out of love, respect, and care for yourself at the end of the day.