I hate hot weather. When it’s over 80 degrees, I do not discuss: the books I’ve recently read, music, films, politics. I don’t even have the will to gossip. Instead, I say things like: “What’s the heat index today…it feels hotter than 82!” “Did you happen to hear what the low temperature will be tonight?” “What’s the five-day forecast?” or, simply, “I’M HOT!” If I see a candle burning during summer, I cringe and am convinced the heat emanating from the flickering flame is making the temperature rise.
In hot weather, complexity of any type can be taxing, especially in perfumed products, so light, simple fragrances are perfect for the dog days. Votivo Ltd.’s French Collection Provencal Honey candle releases a calming steady stream of pure honey/beeswax scent into the air — even when unlit. Votivo’s candles are so fragrant that one can enjoy them without striking a match (and generating heat).
When I am inclined to burn the Provencal Honey candle, it burns cleanly and perfumes a large area. I like the entire Votivo Provencal French Collection (available in 20 scents). The re-useable glazed terracotta pots (with a raised floral design on the front) hold just the right amount of wax to keep the burn even. When the candle is kaput, use the little pot as a pencil holder, fill it with white sand and use it to burn stick incense, or be a true Provencal rustic and keep it near a bottle of spirits, and use it as a shot glass (“Here’s to cooler days!”).
Votivo Ltd. produces over 40 candle fragrances, as well as incense, room sprays, soaps, bath salts and lotions. Votivo does not have a website, but Votivo’s French Collection Provencal Honey candles (30 hr. burn time/$14-17) are available at beautysak, charlestonprovence, smallflower, watsonkennedy and zanadia.