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.
Cire Trudon Reviews
"Oh, my relationship with candles. I really like things to smell nice, and I find these so perfect because Cire Trudon candles are very potent. They smell sort of like a wealthy 60-year-old man’s smoking lair. And I love that. I’m drawn to a more masculine scent rather than anything floral. I like things that are woody — it’s from growing up in the country, I think — and things that smell like grass or a bonfire. That’s why Byron is my favourite. I’m burning candles constantly, but that has its own problem. I’m forgetful and have a low attention span, so I’ll leave candles on sometimes. My biggest fear, though, other than things smelling bad, is burning things down. I don’t know if you follow my Instagram (you probably don’t), but once a day I have to do a story where I go back and check that I haven’t left anything burning. I thankfully never have and it’s always blown out, but I do have a fear of fires. I maybe died in one in a past life."
"Presented in a hand-blown glass container, Cire Trudon's new floral Madeleine is as much a treat for the eyes as the nose. Top notes of clove and lavender give way to iris, rose and vetiver before settling into base notes of patchouli, tobacco and leather."
"We burn incense and candles, such as Cire Trudon’s Spiritus Sancti, to capture the scent of Christmas in church."
"Sensual and spicy, this luxe candle from French candle house Cire Trudon is a pure treat for the senses. A newcomer in the Les Belles Matières collection, Ourika mixes heady notes like gardenia, rose and magnolia with spicy benzoin and pink peppercorns. It also looks almost-offensively pretty on your desk. Light her up."
"I also love Cire Trudon’s Ernesto candle. I’m really serious about lighting candles for people when they come over. And this one burns really nicely."
"The Equinox hotel at New York’s dystopian city-within-a-city Hudson Yards hasn’t even opened, but it, too, has already lined up a signature candle to burn in its lobby: Cire Trudon’s Abd El Kader, which is advertised as smelling like mint and tea and tobacco and “the rashness of fights.” I recently smelled one of these $100 candles, and I can attest that I died and was revived in the same breath."
"Create happy, cosy memories with Cire Trudon’s own take on the Christmas candle. The Gabriel wax features notes of candied chestnuts and cashmir wood."
"Carro recalls a recent visit to Vienna back in January for this, which comes from France’s oldest luxury candle producer: “When I walked into The Vienna State Opera, the smell of all the old wood really stayed with me.” And this candle’s beguiling scent, a mix of heady woods with a dash of incense, is nothing short of spectacular – like the revered European institutions it was inspired by."
"Cire Trudon are something of a legend in the world of scented candles. Hand-poured into opulent Italian green glass vessels, their home fragrances are perfectly balanced and complex compositions. Our favourite scent is Ernesto, which smells like pipe tobacco and booze, and leather armchairs. Papa Hemingway would've been proud. Packaged lovely in a light blue box, the Cire Trudon Ernesto Scented Candle sits in a hand-blown glass case which features a signature gold emblem. We can tell you now that it looks as good as it smells. This candle is long lasting, classy and most of all, the quality is superb. We love every.single.other.thing than the price tag!"
"I’m not a big candle person, but I’ll use my own and this one from D.S. & Durga (they make my perfumes, too). It’s fresh and heavenly. I keep it in my bedroom."
"With a history stretching back to 1643 and clientele that includes the royal court of Louis XIV at Versailles, Cire Trudon can be trusted to deliver a luxury candle. The dark green votives light up any room and you can’t go wrong with any of their beautifully blended scents. If I had to choose one, I’d point go with Abd El Kader: bracing and verdant with notes of fresh mint and ginger."
"We are officially in love with Solis Rex - a stunning candle from Cire Trudon. This scent is inspired by the parquet floors at the Château de Versailles' famous Hall of Mirrors. Fancy, right? It has fresh notes of Green Leaves and Eucalyptus, bursts of orange and a smattering of pine. Light this when you have guests over, and we guarantee they will all be swooning..."
"I’m not exactly what you’d call a fancy candle person (I’m usually good with mostly off-brand $7 candles). But I would be lying if I said I didn’t occasionally love indulging in a truly luxurious candle. My current favorite is this Cire Trudon pick. It’s a winter afternoon in a jar, with notes of cashmere, cedar, birchwood, and candied chestnuts."
"The mother of scented candles, Cire Trudon’s Abd el Kader, hails from France and has notes of sweet jasmine and vanilla blended with spearmint, apple and clove. The fragrance is cleverly balanced with citrusy notes of lemon and ginger. Rich and heady, and I love it."
"Set the ambience this Christmas with Cire Trudon and the candlemaker’s limited-edition Gabriel candle. Sniff out the scents of cashmere wood, cedar and candied chestnuts - seasonal magic guaranteed."
"Perhaps it is not only beauty you’re after but extravagance, and lots of it. Scented candles are an inherently indulgent item after all, so why not abandon all pretence at moderation with a candle that bellows luxury. When it comes to showing off, bigger is always better, and you can’t get much bigger than the three kilogram Cire Trudon Ernesto Candle. With a scent that is allegedly ‘framed by the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns’ – being low key is clearly not the point here."
"Everything I buy is for the smell. That’s my number one thing—not packaging. It’s a smell thing. And I have certain things that I like, and the things I use, I use for a good reason. I’m obsessed with candles, too. These are always lit in the house: Cire Trudon—either Manon, which smells like laundry, or Abd El Kader, the Moroccan mint, because it’s fresh and clean."
"If you want to feel like a royal, then a candle from Cire Trudon would be it. The French label has been making candles since the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. Our choice: the Solix Rex – minty, citrus, with a hint of cedar wood. Plus, the packaging is opulent enough to turn it into a centrepiece."
"Infused with orange blossom, vanilla and zesty citrus, this decadent scented candle evokes the exotic scents of the Ottoman Empire. Quirky enveloping a room, it lifts flagging spirits with thoughts of travel and romance in faraway places."
"We don’t know what perfume Rachel Green would wear but we imagine it’s something like this candle from Cire Trudon: spicy, powdery and expensive-smelling. A complex floral, it’s luxurious but not over-bearing, making it a wonderful pick in small spaces. Burn through both the candle and respective F.R.I.E.N.D.S seasons at your leisure."
"Cire Trudon’s Abd el Kader candle would make a great host gift. Unique in the world of candle scents where everything smells either orangey, smoky, or figgy, this smells like an aromatic cup of freshly brewed mint tea, the kind made using real mint leaves and not that tea-bag nonsense. It’s a rich scent without being cloying, and notes of jasmine and vanilla make it smell unlike anything you might get a whiff of in the dentist chair. You’ll never have smelled a candle like this before, trust me — and in the best way possible."
"“It has herbal notes alongside a pepperiness that provides it with a little bit of drama, and there’s a lot of body in the scent. I actually get a little bit of fresh basil and leather, so for me it’s a fresh yet very masculine scent. It would be perfect for the wood-paneled den, but since that’s hard to come by, I’d say anywhere a man gets dressed. I have them at home and never get sick of it. —David Alhadeff, owner of the Future Perfect"
"Orange, patchouli and cardamon give this a festive vibe, but not too much that you couldn't burn it all year round. Once finished, the glass is iconic enough to keep as a permanent ornament."
"He'll want to light this ultra-lavish, deep blue votive right away."
"First up in my selection of room fragrances is the spectacular Cire Trudon Spiritus Sancti Candle, which is the closest you’ll get to the embodiment of a Hail Mary in a scent. The flickers of crimson, gold, burning amber and olibanum (aka frankincense) take me straight back to Sunday mornings as a teenager when I got through our priest’s interminable sermons by eyeing up the altar boys."
"Cire Trudon’s elegant glass jar holds the surprisingly masculine Ernesto Classic candle, scented with tobacco, leather, and wood."
"Set the mood with a leather scented candle, rather than opting for a literal leather accessory, home good, or notebook."
"Ciré Trudon is the French candlemaker that has been creating beautiful candles since 1693 (the oldest wax-producing factory in the world!). Known for its rich, gold seal, Ciré Trudon's scents smell just as heavenly as the packaging looks."
"Parisian candlemaker Cire Trudon was founded on Rue Saint-Honoré in 1643, and has been developing its signature fragrances ever since—it even provided the scents for the royal court of Louis XIV (you can, in fact, buy a wax bust of the former king to burn at your leisure) before outliving Marie Antoinette and going on to provide candles for our favourite celebrity homes. Each candle is still handmade in the brand's Normandy factory, too. You can't get more authentically French than that."
"Cire Trudon’s latest candle is based on the Iris flowers native to the Atlas Mountains’ Ourika Valley, providing a moment of scented escapism to one of the most beautiful regions in the world."
"There aren’t many macho candles, but the Ernesto is a musky blend of leather and tobacco. This is probably how Fidel Castro smelled when he was leading the Cuban revolution. It was strangely pleasing. Plus, I loved the ridiculous description: “In a hotel of Havana, sizzling under the stubborn sun of the Revolution, fierce overtones of leather and tobacco meddle with resolution the waxy silence of wood. Breaking out of the cool dimness, sly grimaces emerge, framed by the smoke of cigars and the barrels of guns.” I would definitely burn the Ernesto in my home office, if I had one."
"Chief among the many luxuries that I like to pepper my life with is a good, ultra-luxe candle. Cire Trudon's stand in a class their own, and the Abd el Kader scent is fresh and lovely—and can be burned any time of year. It's a gift I love to give, but also would happily accept from a loved one."
"Abd El Kader is my longtime favourite — to me, it smells like Moroccan mint tea and ginger. You’ll still be literally burning money, but it will smell like no other candle you’ve ever had."
"Start your day with the outdoorsy notes of Cire Trudon’s Balmoral, which will bring the scent of freshly cut grass, moss and wild mint into your home."
"Ernesto, however, is a scent we would recommend for an elegant living room shrouded in the dark brown colour of leather and wood, and red fabric. It’s the scent named after revolution icon Che Guevara, and evokes the image of smokes of cigars and the barrels of guns."
"Cire Trudon's Gabriel Christmas candle is as fancy as it gets. The vegetable wax base is scented with birch, chestnut, cedar, musk and patchouli -- it honesty smells like warm chestnuts roasting over an open fire. Too pretty to throw away, use the empty glass jar to hold cotton buds or makeup brushes."
"And I love the smell of Cire Trudon’s Abd el Kader candle. That’s what I burn at home."
"I fell in love with a new candle. It’s the Cire Trudon Cyrnos. I do love candles. I light them as soon as I get home in the evening, and I keep them lit throughout the course of the evening. But this brand and this scent just really relaxes. It’s nice, it’s not too strong, it’s elegant, and it’s a very old candlemaker. It was founded in the 1600s, so they’ve been around for a while. In my New York apartment, they are in front of my sofa on the coffee tables. There’s two in the bedroom, there’s one in the bathroom. They’re placed strategically all over."
"Cire Trudon is known as the oldest candlemaker in the world— even crafting scented wax and wicks for French kings. So, if anyone has perfected the art of candles it's them. From the packaging to the actual scents, just about any option is gorgeous. But the Abd El Kader, a refreshing mix of Moroccan mint, ginger, lemon, jasmine, and vanilla, is a particularly swoon-worthy pick."