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The fall and rise of Trudon

Cire Trudon Wax Candles Declinations
Trudon Logo History

🎬 In 1643 Claude Trudon becomes the owner of a store on rue Saint Honoré in Paris. There he sells spices and candles. Cire Trudon, the French candlemaker became the provider of the royal court of Louis XIV, as well as most of the great churches of France. 

Cire Trudon was the biggest wax-producing factory in the French Kingdom during the 17th and 18th centuries. 

📉 Cire Trudon still keep records of recipe and tools of wax whitening: wrought iron, 17th century pans. The moulds used to form candles bearing the royal blazons still remain: “cierge pascal pour la Chapelle du Roy à Versailles, Bougies de nuit pour le Roy…” (“Easter candle church for the Royal Chapel in Versailles, night candle for the King…”)

Cire Trudon supplied the Versailles castle until the end of the monarchy. During his captivity, Louis XVI used the candles of his royal wax manufacturer. The blazon and the motto would be hidden under a layer of mortar to avoid the furies of the Revolution.

It is still today the candle provider of many churches, like Saint-Roch church in Paris, which has burned their candles since 1643. 

🔁  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).

Cire Trudon – Altair Candle

As master story tellers here are a few of their most popular candle scents with their evocative descriptions:

CIRE TRUDON ERNESTO

“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.”

CIRE TRUDON SOLID REX

“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.”

CIRE TRUDON ODALISQUE

“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.”

CIRE TRUDON TRIANON

“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.”

CIRE TRUDON JOSEPHINE

“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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