Rive Sud Interior Acqua di Latte perfumed candle

Acqua di Latte is a second candle (after Via della Basilica) from the recently created brand Rive Sud Interior owned by Christine Bodino. Its smell is very different comparing to the churchy and ascetic smell of Via della Basilica. It fits the wintery atmosphere so I decided to write about it.

The composition of Acqua di Latte (Water of Milk, Water with Milk) candle includes accords of star anise, angelica and white musks. When the candlewick is unlit the candle is almost scentless but as soon as you give it a little bit of fire and the wax begins to melt it releases its aroma. It’s not as intensive and not as obvious as in case of Via della Basilica.

The aroma it gives is very light and subtle. At first you can notice star anise combined with angelica. They both give a pleasant and inoffensive spicy feeling, quite blurred like it was coming to you from a distant place. At some point of each burning white musk dominates over the other two notes, giving that embracing and enveloping, creamy and milky feeling. There’s this gentle warmth about this candle that makes me feel of a cashmere sweater in a color of beige.

Rive Sud Interior Acqua di Latte candle doesn’t have a big throw. It won’t scent the entire room (unless it’s a really small and cozy one) but it will certainly smell the air around the place it’s standing and burning. Its perfume qualities make me think of a street cafe placed by the quite and narrow street far away from the centre. Interesting think is that when it burns you can notice two phases – a completely molten wax and a thinker white paste.

I was curious and had to see what it was. It was waxy but it wasn’t hot at all and it smelled of the candle perfume composition. I rubbed it against my wrist – it left a shiny oily texture but it actually allowed me to wear Acqua di Latte blend on my skin. Interesting, isn’t it. And I love the jar of this candle. Rounded, with a simple label. The glass is milky white from the inside so when the burning wick drops down after a couple of uses the entire jar glows like a lantern.

The size of Acqua di Latte candle by Rive Sud Interior is 220 grams, 7.7 oz. It retails for 70€.

[note] pictures for the post were taken by me. All rights reserved.

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10 thoughts on “Rive Sud Interior Acqua di Latte perfumed candle

  1. jilliecat says:

    It’s the light as much as the smell that I like about candles! My husband bought me the Crabtree & Evelyn Noel three wick candle for Christmas – the jar is a rich matte red on the outside, with a very glossy gold interior. As the wax level goes down, a star is revealed where the gold layer has been etched into this pattern, and you just see its shape glowing through the red outer layer. Very subtle, and very clever. And the fragrance isn’t bad either!

    • lucasai says:

      I like the warmth that candles give. And if they effuse smell it’s even better.
      C&E Noel candle with 3 wicks sounds nice and I bet that the star that glows as the wax level goes down looks beautiful, especially in the dark room.
      I once had a tea light candles holder made of small squares of mirror. Those pieces were reflecting the light all around the room like a disco ball.

      • jilliecat says:

        Candles are good for the soul, and it is not surprising that one lights them in church to pray or to remember loved ones.

        I love the description of your little glitterballs! A long time ago, L’Artisan Parfumeur made beautiful card surrounds to wrap around jars of votive candles – they were dark green lined with metallic gold, and there were lots of tiny little star shapes cut out of the card. When you put this over your candle, you could see all the gold stars flickering within the tube. Enchanting. I still have mine.

        • lucasai says:

          Yes, you’re right about it. Here in Poland when it’s All Saint’s Day on November 1st people often go to the cementaries in the evening to see the glowing river of lights.

          Wow, that L’Artisan wrap sounds like something that creates a lovely atmosphere.

  2. Hey there Lucasz,
    Candles are big business. So much choice and I always feel like I should be more lavish with them.
    I do love to go to Cathedrals and light the little ones and wish for the departed rest, it feels so superstitious.
    Portia xx

    • lucasai says:

      Candle business truly grows and it’s hard to chose those that are good quality ones. There’s so much expensive crap not worth the money out there.

  3. mals86 says:

    So did you buy this one, or did they send you another sample? I really liked Via della Basilica, but I just. Can’t. Spend that much on a CANDLE (of course VdB was the big big size).

  4. hajusuuri says:

    This sounds good! The white waxy residue you mentioned…do you think it was intentional on Rive Sud Interior’s part to make it wearable as a body perfume?

    • lucasai says:

      Yes it does 🙂 I don’t think they did that on purpose, that if someone noticed the white paste which wasn’t hot – that it could be spread on skin as some kind of a “solid perfume”
      I just suppose it was the carrier of perfume for the candle.

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