The world’s oldest and most acclaimed candlemaker is Cire Trudon. Dating back to 1643, they provided illumination to the court of King Louis XIV, as well as to the great churches of France. Over the generations of family owners, they perfected the process of wax purification and created a perfectly clean-burning candle with virtually no smoke, nor trembling of the flame. A few centuries later in 2006, a few artisans relaunched Cire Trudon in partnership with master perfumers to add luxury scented candles to their offerings. These scented candles are created with skill utilizing many of the original production methods. The candles are made with high quality vegetable wax and cotton wicks, and poured in Italian hand-blown glass jars adorned with a golden foil label. The coat of arms which appears on the labels for Cire Trudon pays tribute to the original suppliers of their wax depicting a beehive and the motto Deo regique laborant (They work for God and the King, ‘they’ meaning the bees).
Every home should have a signature interior scent that adds to its atmosphere and tells a story. Cire Trudon are master storytellers as they formulate scents based on an historical theme or famous figure, like a white floral bouquet Marie Antoinette would have gathered at her Petit Trianon. Cire Trudon candles come at a premium cost as far as scented candles go, but the quality and nose is unparalleled. They will burn cleanly for up to 60 hours if cared for properly including: waiting until the wax has completely melted across the top to ensure even burning, trimming the wick in between burns, and using a snuffer to extinguish. It is also recommended to never burn more than 2-3 hours at a time as you won’t experience any more scent after this point, and you’ll be wasting the candle. I just adore reading the tantalizing descriptions for their candles and would love to try them all. I am currently burning ‘Ernesto’ in our sitting room, and the others are on my short list to try next!
“In a hotel of Havana, under the fixed sun of the Revolution : the fierce and partisan overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with the paneling’s waxen silence. In the cool dimness, fawn grimaces shimmer along with the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns.”
“Inspired by the elaborate parquetry of Château de Versailles’s famous Hall of Mirrors, this regal perfume radiates vapours of wax, candelabra and palace. A sumptuous trail of incense weaves through a tapestry of coniferous trees, cut with solar rays of citrus fruits.”
“Wrapped in citrus and wood barks, the orange blossom weaves a painter’s dream from which escapes the pale curl of smoke from a narghile. Like an orientalist painting, furiously romantic, the vigorous scent of the wild juniper and the solar splinter of citrus fruits spring out like a thin steel blade in silky shadow of vanilla.”
“The picking of hyacinth, roses, white flowers, wild herbs from the meadows and graminaceous plants, this bunch of flowers reminds us of an ideal nature, that of the Nouvelle Héloïse and the country life dreams of Marie Antoinette. Vibrating with the memory of a summer evening, when the warm, musky scent of torches fill the air, this scent is a homage to the Queen of taste, who inspired so many of candles at Maison Trudon.”
“The muffled light of dawn slips through the flower beds. A fine shadow sneaks among the roses, jasmine, camellias and irises. With her delicate green thumb, she awakens the dazzling fragrances of a garden with an imperial destiny.”
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