Age-old se­crets and the whis­pered pas­sions of French roy­alty burn on in Cire Trudon’s scented can­dles. By Li Ying Lim.

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Xouis XIV, King of France. The year was 1643, and one Claude Trudon, wax- and can­dle-maker, ran a hum­ble apothe­cary that sold spices and can­dles to small busi­nesses and mer­chants. When his son, Jac­ques, took over, the ven­er­a­ble rep­u­ta­tion of the fam­ily’s wax-mak­ing ar­ti­san­ship had cat­a­pulted them into the eye of Queen Marie-Thèrese. He be­came the of­fi­cial dis­tiller at Ver­sailles for the Queen. In 1737, Trudon’s de­scen­dant, Jérôme, bought over one of the most pres­ti­gious wax man­u­fac­tures – La Man­u­fac­ture Royale de Cire – and made can­dles for the royal fam­ily of King Louis XV as well as fur­nished the many ven­er­a­ble churches in Paris and the re­gion. The Mai­son would grow to be­come the largest and most re­spected wax man­u­fac­ture in France.

The Trudon wax-mak­ing process is ex­tremely del­i­cate and thor­ough: ob­tained care­fully from bee­hives, the wax is run through cold wa­ter and then laid out to sun-dry in open air – all of th­ese steps whiten the wax. Such is the Trudon wax glow that the hal­lowed ef­fer­ves­cence was so sought af­ter by roy­alty and awarded by the Paris Uni­ver­sal Ex­pe­di­tion in 1889.

Fast Fast-for­ward­forw to 2015 and the le­gacy con­tin­ues, with pro­duc­tions set in Nor­mand Nor­mandy and some of the old man­u­fac­tures still stand­ing in Antony, south of Paris,P to­day. Each glass jar is hand­crafted in Tus­cany, stamped with an em­blem in­spired by a bas re­lief sighted at the old Royal Wax Man­u­fac Man­u­fac­ture in Antony, and means ‘the bees work for God and the King’. Th The scents are uniquely crafted from ex­quis­ite raw ma­te­ri­als, and the w wicks made of cot­ton for ex­cel­lent burning qual­ity.

Apart from the un­ri­valled ar­ti­san­ship, Cire Trudon can­dles are now beau­ti­fully adorned with il­lus­tra­tions by renowned Bri­tish painter Lawrence Mynott, which lend the can­dles a touch of wit, whimsy, and tongue-in-cheek el­e­gance – pic­ture Lord By­ron at his desk pon­der­ing the next line to his poem while star­ing at a lap­top screen, and La Mar­quise read­ing the sala­cious Sex And The City. If any­one can com­bine her­itage and story-telling with such flaw­less fi­nesse, Cire Trudon has it down pat. Avail­able at Kens Apothe­cary. Mynott’s il­lus­tra­tion for the So­lis Rex scented can­dle

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4 Cire Trudon x Gi­ambat­tista Valli Rose scented can­dle

1. Jeju’s sweet or­anges and re­fresh­ing green tea: An­nick Goutal L’Ile au Thé Scented Can­dle, RM299 2. Vic­to­rian ruby pomegranate and Casablanca lily: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Home Can­dle, RM285 3. Sen­sual silk, Bul­gar­ian laven­der, and French cade wood: Vo­luspa French Cade Scented Can­dle, RM159 4. Greece’s seas­cape and fig trees: Dip­tyque

Figu­ier Scented Can­dle, RM245

Cire Trudon Clas­sic Can­dle

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