In 1643, a salesman named Claude Trudon arrived in Paris. He soon became the owner of a shop on Saint-Honore, which provided its customers with wax candles for domestic usage as well as church candles to the neighbouring Saint Roche parish. The candles were "home made", developing and building on a specific manufacturing process. On the eve of the reign of Luois XIV, Trudon established his first family-owned factory which was to bear his name and make the fortune for his heirs.
At the time, wax was under high scrutiny. Carefully collected on the hive, it was bleached through a series of pure water baths that washed off all the impurities. Dried in the open air, the wax was whitened by sunlight. When burning, the flame lit the translucent edges generating the glowing aura of the candle.
Maison de Cire Trudon furnished candles to the royal court, cathedrals, and churches over France. More than one hundred people worked in the factory during its height, now protected as an historic building. The company's Latin motto and blazon are engraved on a stone at the factory: a depiction of hives and bees bordered by the saying: Deo regique laborant (they work for God and for The King).
Trudon supplied Versailles 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. Today it is still the candle provider for many churches, like Saint Roche in Paris, which has burned their candles since 1643.
The manufacture distributes its products in France and abroad. It makes vegetable wax candles for the greatest French and international brands such as (Hermes, Cartier, Dior, and Guerlain) as well as for palaces and high-grade restaurants.
We bought our Cire Trudon candle from the WORLD Beauty Store in Auckland. It is the Roi Soleil scent, which is modelled on the fragrance of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles -
"The smell of the vast wooden floors, vapours of wax from the candelabras, blended with the green wooded wake of coniferous trees and the sumptuous dizziness of incense, with a light ray of citrus".
We will have to build a collection, with a different candle for each room. There are 18 different fragrances to choose from!