As the oldest candle maker in the world, Cire Trudon brings centuries of experience and expertise to the crafting of luxury candles. Working with the world’s top contemporary noses, Cire Trudon’s candles illuminate any room in which they are lit with distinctive warmth, light and scent.
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Often times lighting a candle creates a moment of reflection and connection. When you light a candle from Cire Trudon, that connection is to hundreds of years history, to royalty, and to pure craftsmanship.
In 1643 as Louis XIV’s reign began, Claude Trudon began crafting candles in his boutique on the rue Saint-Honoré. Cire Trudon was originally famed for the perfectly white colour of its purest beeswax candles, finding their way into the homes, palaces and churches of the French elite for over four centuries.
Heritage is at the heart of Maison Trudon’s renowned candles. No detail is spared; each candle is still handmade in Normandy, while each vessel is hand-blown in Italy. The distinctive label is produced by France’s oldest champagne label maker, with the original motto celebrating their treasured bees and beeswax taking pride of place – “they work for both God and the King”.
How are Cire Trudon Candles Made?
Cire Trudon prides itself on the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of each of it’s scented candles. The candle making process starts in the evening, with the wax melted slowly overnight. In the morning, when the wax is molten, the fragrance oils are added just before pouring.
Each glass candle vessel is then filled with the liquid wax and scent mixture by hand. The utmost care is taken at every stage of this process with the wicks straightened and the surface smoothed to make every candle look perfect before they are inspected and housed in their gift boxes.
What candle wax does Cire Trudon use?
Rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach, the wax formula for each Trudon candle is bespoke to the scent. Taking into account the different burning qualities of various waxes, the master craftsmen at Cire Trudon blend a combination of vegetable waxes (and sometimes a little paraffin wax) to create the perfect base in which to embed fragrance oils.
The exact combination of vegetable waxes used in each blend is a closely kept secret, with many centuries of expertise going into their creation. Coconut, rice, palm, and soy oils are all used in different quantities to create this very special wax, dependent on the types of fragrance oil used within the scent.
By taking this approach, Cire Trudon candles achieve an exceptional quality of burn and scent diffusion. When correctly taken care of, no smoke leaves a Trudon candle and no wax is left on the sides of the glass.
Why are Cire Trudon glass vessels special?
Each Cire Trudon candle is housed in a unique glass vessel hand-crafted in Tuscany. Their shape is inspired by champagne buckets.
What type of wick do Cire Trudon candles have?
All wicks are made out of 100% pure cotton and are perfectly centered and glued to the bottom of each jar. This holds the wax in place and guarantees a quality burn. Cire Trudon use a variety of wicks within their candle range, with differences in their weaving and diameter. Each wick is chosen depending on the shape and size of the glass vessel, as well as the burning characteristics of each candle.
Who designs Cire Trudon’s candle fragrances?
Elaborated in partnership with renowned perfumers, all Trudon fragrances are developed with the utmost care and patience. From the selection of raw materials, the trials in the in-house laboratory, until the final application in wax, many steps pave the way to the birth of a Trudon candle fragrance.
What does the Cire Trudon emblem mean?
The emblem found on Trudon candle labels is inspired by the bas relief found at the old Royal Wax Manufacturer which used to belong to the Trudon family, and is now owned by the Church and home to the nuns of the Saint-Joseph de Cluny congregation.
Where are Cire Trudon candles made?
Every Cire Trudon candle is crafted by expert craftspeople in the Trudon factory in Normandy, France. Candles have been made within the Trudon factory for 450 years, with many of the techniques used throughout that time, still in use today.
Why are Cire Trudon candles so expensive?
From using only the finest waxes to the artisan glass vessels created in Italy, everything about a Trudon candle embraces a level of quality rarely found in today’s society.
Trudon also uses a higher concentration of fragrance oils (between 4% to 6%) than many of their competitors giving each candle exceptional scent throw and longevity. Rather than just buying into a brand name, the purchase of a Trudon candle is about connecting to a level of craftsmanship and history that goes back many centuries.
What sizes are Cire Trudon candles?
Cire Trudon make four scented candle sizes, each designed to fill different sized rooms with fragrance. Their most popular candle size is the Classic which will fragrance a medium-sized room for up to 60 hours. Recently Cire Trudon have introduced their bestselling fragrances in a small travel-sized candle, as well the larger Intermezzo and Great sizes.
Cire Trudon Travel Candle Size
Dimensions: Height 6.5cm, Diameter 5.5cm, Weight 70g
Burning Time: 18 to 20 hours
Cire Trudon Classic Candle Size
Dimensions: Height 10.5cm, Diameter 9cm, Weight 270g
Burning Time: 55 to 60 hours
Cire Trudon Intermezzo Candle Size
Dimensions: Height 16cm, Diameter 13.5cm, Weight 800g
Burning Time: 110 to 120 hours
Cire Trudon Great Candle Size
Dimensions: Height 22.5cm, Diameter 18cm, Weight 3kg
Burning Time: 300+ hours
How to use Cire Trudon candles
- Keep your candle in a dry and temperate environment, between 60 and 80° F.
- The first use of your candle should occur within the two first months after its reception.
- For optimal burning, trim your wick to 5mm before each lighting to avoid smoking and overheating.
- Always protect the surface on which the candle sits.
- The first burn of any candle should be long enough for the entire top layer of wax to liquefy. This will ensure an even burn for each light.
- To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle for more than 3 hours straight during the first third of the candle and 1 to 2 hours during the remaining.
- Never leave a candle burning unattended or within reach of drafts, pets, or small children.
- Candle jar will be hot after burning, so allow the wax to cool completely before handling
- Should the wick require centering, gently readjust to correct position when the wax is still molten. Allow the candle to solidify before relighting.