Infamous Collection: HORTENSE MANCINI
Infamous Collection: HORTENSE MANCINI
Infamous Collection: HORTENSE MANCINI
Sihaya and Company

Infamous Collection: HORTENSE MANCINI

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Hortense Mancini: French lilac, magnolia, tuberose, peach, and sweetened dusting powder.

Scent Profile: Floral

Hortense Mancini was born in 1642, the niece of France's chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin. Together, she, her four equally-beautiful sisters. and her two cousins, were known as "the Mazarinettes" at the court of Louis XIV.

During the Commonwealth period and prior to the reinstatement of the English monarchy, she received a proposal of marriage from the future Charles II, but as he yet had no title, she turned him down. Her uncle's health was failing, and he was desperate to find her a good match before he passed. He settled upon the fabulously rich Armand Charles de La Porte, but it was not a happy union. A miser besides, Armand was such a prude that he knocked out the front teeth of his female staff so he would not feel lust towards them. Hardly a good match for the vivacious, flirty Hortense. He would wake her at all hours of the night, terrorizing her in hopes of discovering an imagined secret lover. It was a nightmare.

Though the pair produced several children, the burden of the abuse he visited upon her became too much, and she fled the marriage. She initially fled to Rome, but then returned to France after Louis XIV personally declared himself her protector, although she also had her own lovers, including the very married Duke of Savoy.

Eventually, her money ran dry and she turned to her former suitor, the now Charles II of England (who got around! Another of his mistresses was fellow infamous woman Nell Gwynn). Casting aside his official mistress, Louise de Kerouaille, Charles quickly took up with Hortense. However, Hortense's lusty ways continued unabated. She had an affair with the king's own daughter, Anne, Countess of Sussex, as well as the Prince of Monaco. It was too much for Charles, who cut her off financially. That was short lived: though she never again enjoyed the position of his favorite, they were friendly and he did restart his payments. The girl had game.

She ran a very successful salon in her later years, but her drinking began to catch up with her. Hortense Mancini died in 1699, and her body was remitted to the care of her detested husband, Armand, who carted her body around on a tour of France before finally relenting to allow her burial.


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.