Infamous Collection: FRANCES HOWARD
Infamous Collection: FRANCES HOWARD
Infamous Collection: FRANCES HOWARD
Sihaya and Company

Infamous Collection: FRANCES HOWARD

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Frances Howard: Not to be ignored! Tart lime, yuzu, and pink pomegranate.

Scent Profile: Fruity

This scent is also available as a soap and a sugar scrub.

In my mind, I cannot write about Frances Howard without calling her Tits Out Frances Howard (tm the Vulgar History Podcast). Why? Well. Just google her. Every single portrait ever painted of her features bodices with necklines so low they were clearly a scandal!

Born circa 1590 to the powerful Howard family (which includes fellow infamous woman Anne Boleyn), she rose to become the Countess of Somerset. Initially, she was wed to Robert Devereaux, 3rd Earl of Essex, but theirs was a loveless marriage never consummated, as the two apparently avoided each other at all cost. Aside from her daring décolletage, she was also famous for a murder plot!

During her marriage to Devereaux, she had fallen in love with Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset. The want of an annulment notwithstanding, there was one other impediment to their union: Somerset's best friend, Thomas Overbury, who was a stage 5 clinger. Overbury was so determined to prevent the marriage of Frances to Somerset that he refused an appointment decreed by the King, thus landing himself in the Tower of London, where he died. Frances married Somerset before his body was even cold.

However! Not long after, an apothecary's assistant confessed that he had supplied Frances with poisons with which to kill Overbury over a long period of time. At trial, it was alleged that she had poisoned his tarts and jellies with white arsenic and other toxic substances. Reportedly, Overbury's real cause of death? An enema smuggled into the Tower that was laced with deadly mercury chloride.

Frances admitted her duplicity, but she was spared the noose, as she was noble. Unfortunately, the same could not be said of her commoner accomplices. Somerset was also implicated. The pair were imprisoned, but later pardoned and released by King James I. While in prison, they produced a daugher, Anne.

Anne died in 1632 at the age of 42.


Available in candle tin or glass tumbler format.

Tins: Our 8oz candle tin measures 3" wide by 2" deep, and holds approximately 7 oz of wax by weight. The wax is topped with an overspray of iridescent glitter. The candles burn for approximately 30-35 hours.

Glass tumblers: These candles measure 3" wide by 3.5" tall, and contain 9 oz of wax for a burn time of 40+ hours. They are topped with a candle-safe glittering overspray.

The glitter I use is safe for use in candles, and the ultrafine particles will not clog your wick.

Turnaround time for candles is 2 weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may occasionally receive a professionally-printed label with a handwritten scent name, similar to what is used in the Secret Menu candles. We are experiencing delays from our label printing service, and would rather not hold up your orders. If you feel strongly about receiving a particular label, please email us at and we will do our best to accomodate your request.