Tuileries Petite Candle by Trudon
70g boxed candle
For its 380th anniversary, Trudon dives back into history and launches a new collection named Tuileries. The new scent which is available in four candle sizes and a diffuser, hints back at the French heritage and the countless stories it holds.
The Tuileries collection finds its inspiration in a rare document kept at the French National Archives: the Gazette des Atours de la Reine. In what seems like an ordinary notebook, countess Geneviève d’Ossun – a French courtier who served as lady-in-waiting and first maid of honour to Marie Antoinette – gathered many fabric samples used to tailor the sovereigns’ many dresses and royal outfits.
The fragrance was conceived as an homage to the rose, the Queen’s favourite flower throughout her life.
Scent Profile – Pink Pepper, Mandarine, Blackcurrant, Rose, Raspberry, White Flowers, Geranium, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla
Burning Time 10 hours +
In the early months of the French Revolution, Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI were forced to leave Versailles for the Tuileries Palace in Paris, which was located across from the louvre. From the 6th October 1789, the reigning family was confined under house arrest, where they would remain until 10 August 1792. Although less well known than the glorious years at the Versailles and Trianon chateaux, this historical period is well documented in public and private archives, many of which
are held at the French National Archives.
Shortly after the Revolution, the Royal Wax Manufacture, under the ownership of the Trudon family, lost its status as supplier to the King and its future was in jeopardy. It was ultimately granted an administrative authorisation to remain in business and even to continue supplying the royal family until its last days.
Between 1791 and 1792, though the Queen was kept under close surveillance after an escape attempt, she still managed to write letters to her confident, Axel von Fersen, a Swedish count, she met in 1774 during a masquerade ball at the Opera de Paris.
The letters have been censored by some actor, scrawling out words and lines with tightly looped circles of ink. Recently scientists have revealed the content of 15 of the censored letters between Queen Marie-Antoinette and Court von Ferson using a technique which can detect the chemical signatures of different inks without damaging documents.
Although the content of the Queen’s correspondence with the count is frequently political, the letters also capture some of the most extreme moments of her life: She’s under house arrest, she fears for her life and her family. The letters show the depth of Marie-Antoinette’s affections for her close friend during her turmoil. Words like “beloved”, “tender friend”, “adore” and “madly” have been revealed. Many historians suspect the Count’s great nephew, Baron R.M de Klinckowstrom, to be the censor, perhaps to preserve his family reputation against rumours. But recent in scan unveils that the mysterious censor is: The Count von Fersen, himself.
What makes Trudon candles so special is the fact that they are made with a wax that has been perfected over hundreds of years. The unique wax blend ensures that the candle burns cleaner and longer with exceptional scent diffusion and cleaner burning. The natural waxes also ensure that the candles are more sustainable than synthetic candles. The pure cotton wicks and the fact that Trudon candles contain no pesticides or heavy metals, ensure that the candles are green and safe. Trudon candles are also biodegradable. The paraffin-free wax made with soy oils, rice and copra, ensures that the candle is less harmful than other candles laced with synthetic products and toxins.