A brief history of Cire Trudon
Founded in 1643, Cire Trudon is the oldest wax-producing factory in the world. It was the provider of the royal court of King Louis XIV, as well as most of the great churches of France. The brand is as rich in history as it is in style.
Trudon had become the biggest wax-producing factory in the French Kingdom during the 17th and 18th century. Originally founded in 1643 by Claude Trudon, the brand started out in a small store in Paris on Saint-Honore, which initially provided its customers with wax, candles for domestic use and even provided the candles to the Saint Rosh parish. On the eve of the reign of Louis XIV, Claude Trudon established his first family-owned factory which was to bear his name and make the fortune of his heirs…
Claude’s son, Jacques, took over the company becoming a talented wax producer and he joined the Versailles royal court in 1687 as the ‘apothecary and distiller’ to Queen Marie-Thérèse. High praise for a small family run business from humble beginnings…
In 1737, Jérôme Trudon, heir of the family, purchased one of the most famous wax producing factories that belonged to Lord Pean de Saint Gilles. Pean de Saint Gilles was then the official wax provider to the King of France. Making use of the family expertise, Jérôme devoted his skills to the development of a grand factory. Skilful and very demanding, he produced a wax of very high quality, collecting it from the best hives of the kingdom and trading directly with the producers. The wax was then treated with the utmost attention: it was washed with the purest water after being filtered with gypsum, guaranteeing the highest quality. The factory also imported the finest cotton to manufacture wicks whose combustion was clean and regular. The Trudon candles could burn for hours without crackling; their flame neither trembled nor smoked.
Maison Trudon furnished candles to the royal court, and cathedrals and churches over France. More than one hundred people worked at the time in a very large building – now registered in the French inventory of historical monuments – in the city of Antony, Hauts-de-Seine. Its Latin motto and its blazon are engraved on a stone board of the factory building: a depiction of hives and bees bordered by the saying: Deo regique laborant (they work for God and for The King, ‘they’ meaning the bees).
Trudon supplied the palace of Versailles until the end of the monarchy. During his captivity, Louis XVI used the candles of his royal wax manufacturer. The emblem and the motto would be hidden under a layer of mortar to avoid the wrath of the Revolution.
Cire Trudon Today…
Trudon is still the candle provider of many churches in France, such as Saint-Roch church in Paris, which has burned their candles since the very beginning in 1643!
The brand was successfully relaunched in 2006 and has gone on to become one of the most sought-after luxury brands in the market as people favoured brands steeped in history and quality over cheap and cheerful. To have a Cire Trudon candle burning likens one to French royalty.
I discovered Cire Trudon a few years back whilst wandering around Liberty looking to treat myself to a new candle – if you’ve read my posts in the past you’ll know how important it is to me to create the right ambiance at home through scenting each room. The first thing to catch my eye was the striking packaging – the hand-blown dark emerald glass votive with a metallic gold crest is both seductive and regal. The box is a cool and modern turquoise with shimmering red lettering. Not just confined to candles, the brand produces an array of beautiful products from home sprays to scented matches to compliment one’s home.
Since that day in Liberty, I fell under Trudon’s spell and a new purchase makes its way home with me every now and then.
Below are my personal favourites that I recommend you check out if you are considering treating yourself. Click each candle to discover more…
Do you own any candles from Cire Trudon already? What are your favourite scents? Let me know by commenting on this post or tweeting me @Boyinbreton – Enjoy!