* As soon as you open the box, you get a whiff of sweet caramel.
* The caramel is neither cheap-smelling nor synthetic, it’s what I would imagine a Guerlain caramel would smell like for their Les Elixirs Charnels line.
* The Maison de Cire Trudon is the oldest wax-producing factory in the world, founded in 1642.
* On first smell, bright citrus mixed with cinnamon is what hits you.
* The candle burns incredibly cleanly – there is no smoke whatsoever.
* As the scent develops, a light jasmine and plum tone comes into play, but it’s the citrus and cinnamon that dominate.
* A candle’s throw is a measure of strength or how much area is scented by it. The throw of Cire Trudon candles are amazing – it fills the entire room and spreads into adjacent areas.
* Over time, a touch of vanilla and a light, ambery musk flesh out the base notes. However, it’s the cinnamon and citrus that stay the focus.
Summary: I discovered Cire Trudon candles when I was in Paris and was blown away. They are truly the highest quality candles I have ever experienced. Maybe it’s the historical and royal pedigree, but the way the scent fills the room is permeating but not overpowering. This candle could is most likely a Christmas themed candle (hence the red glass), but I found it quite wonderful to burn throughout the intervening months. They aren’t cheap – but these luxurious candles burn more than 80 hours.
Cire Trudon candles are available at Barneys New York, Luckyscent, Aedes de Venustas, and Min NY.