Buyer's Guide

A Buyer’s Guide to Cire Trudon Candles

Not your run of the mill candle maker, Cire Trudon pride themselves on their storytelling abilities. Dating back to 1643, Claude Trudon became the owner of a little boutique in Pairs where he started his legacy in the candle making business. Recognised for being the biggest wax producing factory in France, Cire Trudon became well known for their bleached white beeswax candles. This made them very attractive to the churches of Paris, and subsequently became the provider for the Royal Court of Louis XIV as well as the Palace of Versailles.

Today, the French brand is a specialist in manufacturing perfumed candles and enlists very well known noses to create the perfumes used within their selection. Each candle is associated to a story relating to historical themes and famous patrons, from Josephine Bonaparte to the Palace of Versailles wooden floors. Whether you’re looking for a new scent for your home or the perfect gift for a loved one, our guide to Cire Trudon candles is here to help.

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#1 Where are Cire Trudon candles made?

The production of Cire Trudon candles has remained within its French routes in northern France, Normandy where each candle is hand made. The success of the business is attributed to the sophisticated composition of the candle, from the highest quality wax to the hand-blown glass vessel which is made in Italy.

#2 How to maintain your Cire Trudon candle

All of our 270g Cire Trudon candles will burn for 60 hours, make sure you follow our tips to maximise candle performance.

  • You should allow the candle to burn for roughly two hours to allow an even layer to melt otherwise it will lead to uneven burning.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to 5mm, as this will increase the size of the flame and you’ll see smoke start to appear.
  • Leave one finger of wax in the glass once it has burnt down as this will avoid the glass getting too hot and exploding.
  • If the wick moves when the wax is melting, make sure you move it back to the centre to avoid uneven burning.
  • Use a snuffer to put out the flame to protect the scent.
  • Only ever burn Cire Trudon candles for two to three hours as you won’t experience any more scent after this amount of burning, and you’ll be wasting the candle.
  • Get a cloche to protect and get the most from your candle. Unless the candle is burning no scent will be coming off it whereas if you buy a cloche and allow the scent from the candle to rise up into it you can then move the cloche to another room and it will act as a diffuser. The cloche also means that no air damages the scent of your candle and they look super smart.

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#3 Cire Trudon Candle Guide

Whether notes of sandalwood are more suited to your home, or you prefer more perfumed floral scents, Cire Trudon have just the thing to create the perfect ambiance for every room in your home. The Coggles collection of Cire Trudon spans both the Classic, Limited Edition Les Belles Matieres selection, Giambattista and Beeswax Absolute and the new Alabaster Candle.

Take a look at our guide below for everything from headnotes to history to help you decide which Cire Trudon candle is for your home.

Classic Candles

These distinctive fragrance blends are inspired by momentous historical occasions and intriguing personalities.

Cire Trudon Odalisque

Back in the 17th century, artists were particularly drawn to painting the Ottoman empire’s concubine’s or ‘odalisque’ which they romanticised through their art.  Inspired by the fascination with femininity, this floral fragrance blooms with the delicate scent of orange blossom, sweetened with just a drop of vanilla and freshened with lemon and juniper berries.  Perfectly balanced, Odalisque brings a touch of floral elegance and romance into your home.

Cire Trudon Spiritus Sancti

Inspired by the church, “Spiritus sanctus” is the Latin name for the holy spirit in Christianity. If burning incense and the scent of holy perfumed candles is to your taste, the Cire Trudon Spiritus Sancto candle is for you. With head notes of incense vapours and heart notes of Lily from the Valley you’ll feel connected and at peace with your spiritual side.

Cire Trudon Solis Rex

Cire Trudon Solis Rex classic candle takes influence from Louis XIV, an eccentric and majestic royal who reigned as the French King throughout 1643-1715. He instigated the construction of the beautifully constructed and magnificent piece of architecture that is the Palace of Versailles.  With base notes of cedarwood and incense and top notes of eucalyptus and orange the scent takes inspiration from the wooden parquetry flooring of Château de Versailles’s famous Hall of Mirrors. This regal perfume radiates vapours of wax, candelabra and the palace.

Cire Trudon Josephine

Empress Josephine Bonaparte, the first wife of Napoleon and passionate botanist, is the inspiration behind the scent of Cire Trudon’s Josephine. She bought the Rueil Malmaison castle in 1799, surrounded by beautiful landscapes she created a garden full of blossoming flowers to frame her castle. Josephine has head notes of citrussy bergamot, base notes of aromatic sandalwood and the floral heart notes of Chinese camellia, Egyptian jasmine, Turkish rose.

Cire Trudon Abd El Kader

If warming sweet vanilla scents are for your home, then the Cire Trudon’s Abd El Kader candle should be top of your list. With fruity head notes of apple, blackcurrant, ginger, lemon and mint layered on base notes of vanilla, it will create a welcoming and warming atmosphere to your room.

Cire Trudon Ernesto 

The Ernesto candle infuses bergamot with clove on a tobacco base for a rich and enigmatic fragrance evoking the life and legacy of the Argentinian Ernesto Guevara, the famed revolutionary also known as Cuban politician Che Guevara.

#4 Les Belles Matieres

These scents are four different characters.

Les Belles Matieres Madurai

Transporting us back to the scents of 1600’s India, where the Duke of Tuscany first bought Jasmine, the Les Belles Matieres Madurai candle is inspired by the beautiful temples of southern India. With head notes of ylang ylang , heart notes of sambac jasmine and base notes of benzoin resin.

Les Belles Matieres Reggio

Inspired by the olive and citrus trees of southern Italy, Reggio features head notes of acidulous grapefruit, heart notes of mandarin essential oils and base notes of mimosa. For soft citrus scents and the Mediterranean sea Les Belles Matieres Reggio is the candle for you.

 Les Belles Matières Tadine 

The Cire Trudon Tadinecelebrates the spiced, creamy sandalwood scent first discovered on the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia. The richly captivating Tadine scent, so named after the famed sandalwood reserve on Maré Island, blends Arabian cardamom with the seasoned wood.

Les Belles Salta 

The Salta Candle by Cire Trudon is bursting with crisp and fresh, citrusy grapefruit aromas. Energetic and vibrant, this sparkling fragrance opens with top notes of verbena before fresh pink grapefruit uplifts, all on an intriguing base of hyacinth.

#5 Cire Beeswax Absolute

Bees and beeswax have always been at the heart of the manufacture’s History: since the 17th century, Cire Trudon’s motto is “Deo regique laborant”, which means: “they (the bees) work for God and the King”. In 2019 the Maison, as Cire Trudon decided to financially help the Orne Dark Bee Conservatory, with the partnership of the Perche Nature Park. 4 percent of all sales of the Maison’s Cire candle will go towards the saving of Orne Dark Bees. The Cire scented candle is an olfactory representation of the manufacture: symbolic, it blends emanations of warm wax and perfumes being crafted. Reinterpreting Cire Trudon’s fundamental values – ancient savoir-faire and commitment to excellence – the scented candle reveals a unique perfume: behind the amber-colored glass, beeswax absolute.

#6 Giambattista

Valli Rose Poivrée

Created by premium French candle house Cire Trudon in collaboration with Italian couture designer Giambattista Valli, created to celebrate the opening of the designer’s first Parisian store. Rose Poivrée combines Marie Antoinette’s love of the voluptuous, romantic rose with the surprising note of black pepper for a fresh yet subtle fragrance.

Valli Positano

Again created in collaboration with Giambattista Valli this candle invokes the atmosphere and scents of the stunning Amalfi coast village of Positano. Multi-coloured cottages cling to the steep-sided cliffs, festooned with fabulous floral displays of blousy blooms: gardenias, jasmine and lily. In a stunning glossy white Tuscan glass vessel finished with the iconic bas relief Cire Trudon crest and presented in a luxurious white gift box this is a favourite for a wedding gift or venue dressing.

#6 Alabaster Candle

Made from the marble that is used in the sculptures in the Louvre.

Ernesto Alabaster Candle 

This signature best seller instantly conjures up a feeling of a roaring log fire. Inspired by a Havana hotel during the revolution, Ernesto is a smooth yet smoky combination of tobacco accent, leather and amber, peppered with aromatic clove, patchouli and labdanum to add a hint of spice and sweetened with rum, grapefruit and bergamot.

Hemera Alabaster Candle

Inspired by Hemera the ancient Greek goddess of daytime, this soft, slightly powdery scent effortlessly floats through air to bring a sense of calm and escapism to your home. Combining comforting notes of iris, cashmere and sandalwood with aromatic fruits and crushed pink peppercorn to add a hint of spice, it’s the perfect companion when you want to relax, unwind and simply daydream.

#7 Cire Trudon Room Sprays

In the classic six scents, you can also buy room sprays. These are presented in a mouth-blown gold vessel, hand-blown in Tuscany and adorned with the iconic gold bas relief seal, the spray comes with two pumps: a gold atomiser and a traditional gold spray head, and is presented in a luxury gift box. The sprays leave a lasting scent and complete any room.

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Words by Emma Bowkett



Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Writer and expert