January 3, 2010

Cire Trudon - scented atmospheres

In keeping with my current predilection for tuberose, I am in the midst of enjoying Mademoiselle de la Valliere, a scented candle from Cire Trudon (a thoughtful holiday gift).  This candle has the romance of being created for a mistress of Louis XIV, to envelop herself in the intensity of tuberose, which was and is still considered a deeply sensual scent that keeps its exotic connotations.  The flower was imported to France from Mexico in the early 1600s, and its intoxicating qualities flamed into such success that it was planted by the thousands in Louis XIV's gardens.  I have mentioned before what a perfume addict he was, until this passion was ended through overexposure toward the end of his life.

Even though they are expensive items as candles go, they are still, like other forms of perfumes, an  affordable luxury of the highest standard.  Trudon is one of the true old luxury French brands, still manufacturing the finest wax candles in its traditional ways, but has now branched out to commission new scents attuned to modernity, such as the scent of the moon's soil, or the Havana of Fidel, or the spirit of Dada. 

I  love that they help to keep the life and legend of Mademoiselle de Valliere alive through the sensual reality of her taste in ambient perfume.   She is considered to be the first of Louis XIV's three great romances (there were many minor ones) and as tragic muse of passion.  She cultivated a poetic romantic love for the king while her self-awareness gave her a melancholy understanding that such illicit romance, such idolatry, was a danger to her immortal soul.  Once she was released from the affair and his attention she spent the rest of her life in spiritual repentance.  She had four children with him, but in respect to the Queen she attempted to conceal her pregnancies.  She pretended that nothing was happening, and even complained it was the scent of her signature tuberose flowers that was the cause of her shaky state when the queen noticed signs of her  pregnancy.


It was believed that young girls would be inflamed to a romantic, passionate frame of mind by exposure to the scent.  It takes a disciplined artistry  to keep it away from the edge of becoming cloying and overwhelming, but just freely seductive enough to reach out and incite the desire to inhale more deeply.

The candles burn very cleanly, and the scent thrown is subtle, but definitely and softly there.  The soft light and scent are especially good for long cold winter nights.

10 comments:

chayaruchama said...

What a scented delight !

Bless those folk from times gone by; young things require very little stimulus to be inflamed-
Then OR now ;-0

Michael Mattison said...

It's posts like this one here I have a particular penchant for: a recommendation that goes far beyond showcasing a mere product; it's history and sentiment that make the display case particularly attractive. Nicely done!
All the best,
Michael

Lucy said...

Yes, dear C, the modern day is much more up front about the pursuit of the objects of inflamation...the old French Catholic guilt added much to the sense of transgression and therefore romance, I think...

Lucy said...

Thank you Michael, it is very gratifying to know I have reached the heart and imagination in some small way. The past has so much to teach us.

Scent Hive said...

Oh....are these the candles we were sniffing at Aedes? Regretting I didn't buy one that day.

~Trish

Lucy said...

Trish, yes, remember how good they were? Even better lit.
Next time you come this way, it's worth it. Or maybe order online. They have good descriptions on the site.

dora said...

One of the links brought me to Mademoiselle's story and I quote, "Her personal advantages, which exceeded her mental endowments, attracted universal admiration." Is that a nice way of saying she was not the brightest bulb in the chandelier?

Lucy said...

Dora, Hi --

yes, in those days, and alas it seems in these, great intelligence was not the most prized quality in a young woman...

Scent Hive said...

Lucy,

I just went to the Aedes website. It was Balmoral that I loved so much. I think I need to order one now :-)

~Trish

Lucy said...

Hi Trish,

I want to get over there again and try the new ones, like Moon and Dada
and the one based on Fidel...