1. Cire Trudon was relaunched in 2007.

  2. After a year and a half in production, Cire Trudon was already being sold in 55 countries.

  3. Cire Trudon’s Paris shop was designed by Ramdane Touhami.

  4. Cire’s current logo is a revisited version of the original. Its motto means “Work for God and for the King”, and refers to Trudon’s first two major clients, the church and the royal court.

  5. The high-quality vegetal wax used can cost upwards of €200 a kilo.

  6. The Cire Trudon factory still uses Hans Kürschner machines that date from the 1960s to make its tapered candles.

  7. The top-selling scent made by Trudon is “Ernesto”, inspired by the fragrance of the Cuban revolution, taking 15 per cent of sales.

  8. Jarred candles weigh 300g on average and can burn for up to 85 hours.

  9. Wax busts are inspired by the 18th-century paintings of Thomas Gainsborough and Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun.

  10. Past collaborations have included artists Jun Takahashi and Philippe Parreno, and 2011 will see Touhami work with Carsten Höller.

  1. Beads of vegetal wax are melted down overnight at around 70C.

  2. The liquified wax is then mixed with premium fragrances, supplied by French companies Robertet and Charabot. Fragrance combinations produce scents that range from the wax floors of Versailles (Roi Soleil) to tea and vetiver, inspired by the Dada movement (it’s clever but confusing, according to Cire Trudon).

  3. The wax is then siphoned by hand into Trudon’s distinctive green glass jars, handmade in Vinci, Italy.

  4. German-sourced woven cotton wicks are placed in each jar, and adjusted as the wax cools so as to remain upright.

  5. The candles are then “surfaced” (top heated to ensure a smooth surface), and once cooled again, cleaned by cloth and checked for flaws.

  6. Candles are packaged in cardboard, and must be shipped at a constant temperature between 20C and 25C.

  1. Perfumed stink bombs
  2. Ernesto, 300g candle in jar
  3. And el Kader, 300g candle in jar
  4. Spiritu Sancti, 300g candle in jar
  5. Roi Soleil, 300g candle in jar

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