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Valentine's Day Chemistry

Learn about the chemistry of love and how the science relates to traditional Valentine's Day gifts, such as flowers, diamonds, and chocolate.

Valentine's Day Chemistry
Love has a lot to do with chemistry, so if you're looking to connect Valentine's Day with chemistry, you've come to the right place. Take a look at these chemistry projects and topics that relate to Valentine's Day.

Chemistry Pick Up Lines
The best chemistry pick up line is sure to set off the reaction for chemical attraction! Here is a collection of cute, corny, funny, and possibly even effective chemistry pick up lines.

Is There Really a Chemistry of Love?
Sweaty palms and a pounding heart don't just happen! It takes complex biochemistry to give you the symptoms of being in love. And lust. And security. Chemistry may even play a role in falling out-of-love. Get some of the details here, with links for further study.

Science Dating Ideas
Here's a look at some types of dates that might be perfect if your sweetie is a scientist or is interested in science. Dinner and movie is still a good plan, especially with the right movie, but I here are some additional dating ideas.

Cut Flower Preservative Recipes
It's easy and economical to make your own cut flower preservative. Adding floral preservative will help keep your flowers beautiful much longer than if you simply filled a vase with water.

Jacobson's Organ and Pheromones
In many animals Jacobson's organ is responsible for sensitive chemical detection and pheromone communication between members of the same species. Is Jacobson's organ responsible for the sixth sense in humans?

Gifts You Can Make Because You Know Chemistry
Your command of chemistry gives you a certain edge in the gift-making department. Use your skills to make some cool presents, to keep for yourself or give to others.

Chemistry of Diamond
Part I: Carbon Chemistry and Diamond Crystal Structure. Part II: Properties and Types of Diamonds. There are also links to learn about carbon allotropes, diamond mining, diamonds as gemstones, and geology.

Colored Flowers
It's easy to make your own colored flowers, especially carnations and daisies, but there are a couple of tricks that help ensure great results. Here's how you do it.

How Do Mood Rings Work?
Mood rings have a stone that is supposed to change color to show your emotions. Do they work? If so, do you know how? Here's your chance to find out.

Floral Preservative Recipe
Is there a secret special ingredient in those little packets of floral preservative? No! It's easy and economical to make your own Christmas tree or cut flower preservative, using ingredients found at home.

Perfume Recipe
Perfume is a classic gift, but it's even better if it is a scent that you made yourself, especially if you package it in a beautiful bottle. Perfume you make yourself is free from synthetic chemicals and is fully customized to your personal taste. Here's how to make your own perfume.

Chemistry of Theobromine
The primary methylxanthine in chocolate is theobromine, a molecule similar to caffeine. See the structure of theobromine and read about its chemistry, effects on people and animals, and uses. There are links to chocolate history and chemical research, veterinary advice for theobromine poisoning, and related resources.

Borax Crystal Heart
Grow borax crystals overnight to make a beautiful sparkling crystal heart. Use the borax crystal heart as a decoration or simply grow it as a fun Valentine's Day crystal project.

Vanishing Valentine Chemistry Demonstration
The Vanishing Valentine chemistry demonstration is a color change demonstration in which a solution turns from clear to pink and back to clear. It can be used for Valentine's Day or to illustrate oxidation and reduction reactions any time of the year.

What Is the Difference Between Cubic Zirconia and Cubic Zirconium?
Cubic zirconia and cubic zirconium are not the same thing. Take a look at the difference between cubic zirconia and cubic zirconium.

Love Chemicals
You've heard of people in love having chemistry. Take a look at the key chemicals involved in falling in love and feeling love.

Hot and Cold Color Change Chemistry Demonstration
This is a fun color change chemistry demonstration, just right for Valentine's Day. Take a pink solution and watch it turn colorless upon heating. When the solution cools it becomes pink again.

Glowing Flower
Use chemistry to make a real flower glow in the dark.

Mercury Beating Heart
The Mercury Beating Heart is a popular chemistry demonstration based on an an electrochemical redox reaction that causes a blob of mercury to oscillate, resembling a beating heart. Here's how the Mercury Beating Heart works and how you can perform this chemistry demonstration yourself.

Gallium Beating Heart
The gallium beating heart is a chemistry demonstration in which a drop of gallium is made to pulsate, like a beating heart. The gallium beating heart is similar to the mercury beating heart, but gallium is much less toxic, so this demonstration may be preferable.

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