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Cire Trudon History

Cire Trudon is a French candlemaker and the oldest wax-producing factory worldwide. Founded in 1643, it was the provider of the royal court of Louis XIV, as well as most of the great churches of France.

Cire Trudon was the biggest wax-producing factory in the French Kingdom during the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1762, in his encyclopaedia The art of the wax producer, engineer Duhamel du Monceau, praises the skills of the Trudons and gives the manufacture as an example. Such a level of quality led to King Louis XIV elevating Charles Trudon to the French nobility as Count Trudon des Ormes.

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Rigaud History

Following studies in chemistry in his native Auvergne in Riom, Jean-Baptiste came to Paris in 1852 to collaborate with the laboratories Grimault & Cie, famous for their aromatic products such as the “Iodized horseradish syrup” or the “Anti-asthmatic Indian cigarette”

With passion and guided by his imagination he decides to make his first steps in the Paris business milieu and in the world of perfumery and discover new scents in exotic lands, soon realizing the fascination and the emotion these unexploited treasures could awaken in Europe’s elegant ladies.

Over time, Jean-Baptiste will transform this general pharmacy into a larger company.

Back in Paris at a time when the French aristocracy was experiencing a real infatuation with everything English, Jean-Baptiste opened his perfumery in the rue Vivienne, under the name “Parfumerie Victoria” as a tribute to the Queen of England.

The names of the scents he purveyed to his clientele had a decidedly English sound: “Kiss Me Quick,” “Jockey Club,” “Bouquet Victoria.” He began what was to be a brilliant career by creating rare exotic perfumes, orienting his business along a hitherto unknown path.

He explained his approach in these terms: “In founding a perfumery house, my aim was higher than simply to engage in the ordinary commerce of perfumery.

I therefore hit upon the idea that introducing a new aromatic plant would be like adding a new note to my keyboard, as it were, and that only on that condition would I be able to create new products bearing the stamp of originality.”