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Cire Trudon Candles

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In 1643 a salesman named Claude Trudon arrived in Paris and began selling wax candles. For a while, candles were only used by the wealthy, for special occasions or in church. For centuries, Trudon's candles provided light for some of the most influential people in history -- Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon Bonaparte to name a few.

The Cire Trudon shop in New York City made me realize how influential something as small as a candle has been throughout history. The Parisian company is here in NYC and has some of the most exquisitely designed candles you can find. In addition to the beautiful and wide variety of colors the store offers, Cire Trudon candles are made from 100% vegetable based wax and are allergen free. The candle experts at Cire Trudon know everything about candles. So when you visit the store, be sure to ask for tips on how to properly burn, store, light, and maintain your own.

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This wall of candles shows the different colors Cire Trudon offers in the store.

1 This wall of candles shows the different colors Cire Trudon offers in the store.

This is the space before the store was set up.

2 This is the space before the store was set up.

The store is located at 54 Bond Street in New York City.

3 The store is located at 54 Bond Street in New York City.

I love the cabinets that are used to display products.

4 I love the cabinets that are used to display products.

Here is the completed store.

5 Here is the completed store.

I love the way this mirror is made of mirror tiles.

6 I love the way this mirror is made of mirror tiles.

Cire Trudon is a French company, so it makes sense for the French flag to be in the corner of the room.

7 Cire Trudon is a French company, so it makes sense for the French flag to be in the corner of the room.

I love the blue of this room mixed with the beautiful gold medallions.

8 I love the blue of this room mixed with the beautiful gold medallions.

This case is absolutely stunning.

9 This case is absolutely stunning.

Another view of the gorgeous gold medallions on the wall.

10 Another view of the gorgeous gold medallions on the wall.

Cire Trudon is the oldest candle company in the world.

11 Cire Trudon is the oldest candle company in the world.

A Cire Trudon hand-crafted interior perfume.

12 A Cire Trudon hand-crafted interior perfume.

The candles are made from 100% vegetable based wax and they are allergen free.

13 The candles are made from 100% vegetable based wax and they are allergen free.

There are three Fairy tale scented coffrets that come with an illustrated fairy tale, a small candle and a room spray fragrance inspired by the individual story.

14 There are three Fairy tale scented coffrets that come with an illustrated fairy tale, a small candle and a room spray fragrance inspired by the individual story.

Perfumed Stink Bombs have an interior scent.

15 Perfumed Stink Bombs have an interior scent.

Ayesha Patel and Ramdane Touhami

16 Ayesha Patel and Ramdane Touhami

The store incorporates antiques into their displays that are for sale.

17 The store incorporates antiques into their displays that are for sale.

Here is another display.

18 Here is another display.

The history of the oldest candle maker in the world is so intriguing, I thought I would share the highlights of Cire Trudon's history (these facts have been provided by Cire Trudon):

1719 Trudon became the Royal wax manufacturer.

1747 Cire Trudon furnished Louis XIV's court as well as almost all of the great French churches with candles. Like many of France's revered churches, Eglise Saint-Roch, in Paris, has continuously burned Trudon's candle since 1643.

1728 Cire Trudon revealed its secret to the public in "The Art of Candle Making."

1793 Cire Trudon lit the last hours of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette's life.

1810 Cire Trudon became the favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte. To commemorate the birth of his son, Napoleon gave him a Trudon candle encrusted with gold coins featuring the Emperor's portrait.

1889 Thanks to the quality of the wax, Cire Trudon survived the arrival of gas and electricity and earned a gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris.

1930 Cire Trudon moved to Normandy and started to produce candles for esteemed French luxury companies -- such as Hermes, Christian Dior, Cartier and Guerlain.

2010 Cire Trudon opens its first store outside of France in New York City.

Inspired by the story of Cire Trudon, I found some gorgeous candle projects that have been featured in Martha Stewart Living.

They would be wonderful warm accents in your home as winter nears. Take a look...

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Rolled candles are quick and easy to make, and since the wax is softened rather than melted, they're also the safest.

1 Rolled candles are quick and easy to make, and since the wax is softened rather than melted, they're also the safest.

If you have antique teacups that have lost their saucers they can make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.

2 If you have antique teacups that have lost their saucers they can make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.

Cinnamon has a beautiful aroma -- perfect to have in the air during the holidays.

3 Cinnamon has a beautiful aroma -- perfect to have in the air during the holidays.

Hand-dipping candles is an ancient technique.

4 Hand-dipping candles is an ancient technique.

These molded candles are gorgeous. Crafts stores offer a wide array of candles molds that usually come with instructions on the gauge of wicking and amount of wax required.

5 These molded candles are gorgeous. Crafts stores offer a wide array of candles molds that usually come with instructions on the gauge of wicking and amount of wax required.

Handmade votive candles are wonderful small gifts! I love seeing these lined up on a mantel.

6 Handmade votive candles are wonderful small gifts! I love seeing these lined up on a mantel.

Candle slipcovers can easily be made by dressing a glass candleholder in a decorative fabric.

7 Candle slipcovers can easily be made by dressing a glass candleholder in a decorative fabric.

Pictured here are everlasting candles -- beeswax candles won't melt!

8 Pictured here are everlasting candles -- beeswax candles won't melt!

Birch-log and pincone candles sit atop a plate of faux snow -- I can't help but wonder if it will snow before Thanksgiving this year!

9 Birch-log and pincone candles sit atop a plate of faux snow -- I can't help but wonder if it will snow before Thanksgiving this year!

Decorate inexpensive pillar candles with twine for gifts or a creative table display.

10 Decorate inexpensive pillar candles with twine for gifts or a creative table display.

Antique jelly jars are perfect vessels for scented candles.

11 Antique jelly jars are perfect vessels for scented candles.

Transform basic pillar candles with strips of beeswax and a simple under-and-over weave.

12 Transform basic pillar candles with strips of beeswax and a simple under-and-over weave.

Embellish a plain taper candle with a lacy doily for an elegant effect.

13 Embellish a plain taper candle with a lacy doily for an elegant effect.

Wrap hurricane glasses in layers of colorful tissue paper to glowing effect: although it appears there are multiple tints, only one shade is used.

14 Wrap hurricane glasses in layers of colorful tissue paper to glowing effect: although it appears there are multiple tints, only one shade is used.

Arrange pillar candles of different sizes and colors in a serving platter or shallow bowl. Then, surround the candles with a layer of dried beans (we used kidney beans, but pink lentils, red beans, and red rice also work nicely). Beans make cleanup of the wax easy and unify a group of candles into a true centerpiece.

15 Arrange pillar candles of different sizes and colors in a serving platter or shallow bowl. Then, surround the candles with a layer of dried beans (we used kidney beans, but pink lentils, red beans, and red rice also work nicely). Beans make cleanup of the wax easy and unify a group of candles into a true centerpiece.

Loose candles can get damaged easily when stored in drawers. Use paper-towel tubes -- the perfect size and shape -- to protect them. Wrap a pair of candles in tissue paper, then slip the package into a cardboard tube.

16 Loose candles can get damaged easily when stored in drawers. Use paper-towel tubes -- the perfect size and shape -- to protect them. Wrap a pair of candles in tissue paper, then slip the package into a cardboard tube.

Keep candles burning brightly: Trim wicks before lighting. Longer wicks produce larger flames, which create more soot.

17 Keep candles burning brightly: Trim wicks before lighting. Longer wicks produce larger flames, which create more soot.

Rolled Candles

Teacup Candles

Cinnamon Candles

Dipped Candles

Molded Candles

Handmade Votives

Candle Slipcovers

Everlasting Candles

Birch-Log and Pinecone Candles

Swirled String Candles

Jelly Jar Candles

Basket-Weave Candles

Lace-Embellished Candles

Glowing Hurricane Glasses

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Comments (4)

  • Great post, thanks. Cire Trudon candles are terrific, only problem I find is it is pretty difficult to get your hands on a decent selection here in the U.K

  • Hi Kevin,
    Cire Trudon! Love thier fabulous perfumed candles. We have in Kuwait at N.B.(Nejoud Boodai)Boutique and also can be found at Harvey Nicols in Dubai.
    Thank you for an interesting post!

  • Nice, I just put in them in my iPhone for my next NYC visit. Candles can really make a home wonderful. I'd like that whole wall of the colorful tapers!

  • Thanks Kevin for the history lesson on Cire Trudon - I didn't have a clue as much as I love candles. Thanks also for the great candle project ideas which serve as a reminder of things I had once planned to do. I've bookmarked this page so maybe I won't 'forget' again. I like the teacup and cinnamon ideas.

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