Between 1850 and 1914, The French Riviera was the place to be for the intellectual and political elite. Ruling families, intellectuals, aristocrats and artists went there to enjoy the sun during winter. Empress Eugenie, Napoleon the 3rd’s widow, also falls for the small corner of paradise. In 1894, she builds a villa – named Cyrnos – in Cap Martin, near Monaco. The name, which means Corsica in ancient Greek, is a tribute to the Bonapartes’ homeland, her late husband’s family. Drenched in sun, and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the villa is set in an idyllic stage. The land on which it is built is the only downside, however. The limestone rock makes the garden’s construction particularly difficult, only achieved through strong will, and lots of dynamite. The Empress’s ambition is to create a park that looks like it has always been around. She has taste for barren, mineral, and contrasted landscapes, full of multiple scents. The final result is a vindication of the Empress’s vision: mature pine, olive, and palm trees are planted, while wide-ranging flowerbeds bring colour to this arid landscape, typical of the region. A scent of cyste, myrtle, mastic, and rosemary exudes from the garden. Though she lived mostly alone, the Empress hosted in this peaceful setting a number of prominent monarchs at the time, such as Queen Victoria, as well as avant-garde intellectuals like Jean Cocteau. Cyrnos, Cire Trudon’s latest creation conjures the solar beauty, the dazzling scent, and the art of living of this truly unique place.

Established in 1643 by Claude Trudon, Cire Trudon is the most famous wax producing factory in France. It was the provider to Louis XIV's French royal court, as well as to the most glorious cathedrals and churches throughout France.

Cire Trudon candles are 100% paraffin-free and devoid of any secondary minerals derived from petrochemicals. Using a secret mix of palm oil, rice, soy and coprah with wicks of pure unbleached cotton, all Cire Trudon candles are free of all harmful substances listed by OSPAR (Greenpeace). They are 100% biodegradable with a burn time of up to 80 hours.

Cire Trudon travelled to Vinci in Italy to have master craftsmen realise its hand-blown candle glass. Its deep colour and its smart irregular profile varies for each glass, so no two glasses are identical.

Sporting embossed golden letters, the gold label adorning the candles is produced exclusively for Cire Trudon by the oldest champagne label maker in France.


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