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Shedding Light On The Rich History Of Trudon

A candle as a symbol of intimacy, spirituality and meditation. Before the invention of electricity, candles were a necessity to bring light. Already 3000 before JC, Egyptians were consuming them. Since then, the use of candles has been adapted to the different centuries. Admire Georges de La Tour painting La Madeleine à la Veilleuse from 1640-1643: the painter demonstrates the representation of light and objects such as the magnifying effect produced by oil in the glass. The wick burns and Madeleine meditates, her eyes fixed on the great flame. 

Since the 1990s, candles have grown into an object of decoration. The market of scented  candles has boomed and become very competitive. 

Trudon owns a rich history and is recognized as a living heritage company in France. The expertise has evolved through the years. A certain historic legacy. Looking back on the  XVIIth century, in 1643, merchant Claude Trudon settled in Paris where he ran a store on Saint-Honoré Street after a fruitful marriage. He made candles and supplied local customers and churches. Under Louis XIV’s reign, Claude Trudon opened his first family business, a small manufacture under his family name. Then, Jacques, his son took it over, produced wax and candles. He was the official apothecary and distiller of Queen Marie-Thèrese at Versailles. In 1737, one of the Trudon heirs, Jérôme Trudon purchased the Royal Wax Manufacture. Maison Trudon supplied the Royal Court of France under Louis XV and most prominent churches. Since then, Trudon has been the largest and most respected wax manufacture in France and  their know-how has evolved through the years, always keeping its strong historic traditions and values.

Today, “Trudon is at the crossroads of a secular expertise which was never interrupted” pointed out Julien Pruvost, Creative Director of Trudon and Carrière Frères. The company has always manufactured its products whose forms have been adapted to the different times. A strong creative process is needed to develop the different candle collections and special objects. The creation of a candle obviously requires a concoction of a new perfume. “For our Cyrnos Candle, the starting  point was Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and her magnificent Villa Cyrnos at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin on the French Riviera” said Julien Pruvost. He added: “we needed to create a historical link with the brand to create a sunny perfume, Napoleon was the first customer of the Royal Manufacture. Maison Trudon created floral scents inspired by Empress Eugenie’s  garden in Villa Cyrnos with its extraordinary views over the Mediterranean Sea.” A mix of lavender with the dry aromas of Provence. Citrus and figs. 

Elaborated hand in hand Trudon’s fragrances are the result of a careful development. All the candles are handmade in Trudon factory in Normandy in France. Everything from the wicks to the waxing and the packaging is perfectly made. Trudon candles, a timeless objet is synonymous with an exceptional know-how.

Belles Matières Collections include 8 scents from Esterel to Regio candle where Trudon went to find the finest quality of mandarins for his scents. A marvel to light. In addition to Trudon candles, the Trudon Room Spray, a large green glass bottle, hand-made in Tuscany, makes your interior smell nice with the Cire Trudon’s signature scents like Ernesto, Joséphine, or Reggio.

Perfume is one of the important future products of the company. In 2017, Trudon launched a range of Eaux de Parfums. In 2018, Bruma recognizable as animal-like sensuality perfume was the Winner of the Fragrance Foundation Awards. The proof that Trudon found its legitimacy in this extreme competitive sector. 

On biodiversity, Trudon is committed to preserving the Perche, a region in Normandy as Trudon has been located in Mortagne-au-Perche since 1901,  part of the Perche regional Nature Park. The Nature Park’s mission is to protect the environment, through actions that help preserve its biodiversity, raise awareness of and devotion to the local patrimony. In 2018, Trudon partnered with the local Orne Dark Bee Conservatory, to bring help to protect the endemic species of European dark bees. The partnership has been  the perfect illustration of Cire Trudon’s motto since 1643: “Deo regique laborant,” or “They (the bees) work for God and the King.”

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