Friday, March 20, 2009

Trudon

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I wandered into Barney's a few months ago looking to sniff all the pretty perfumes and things in there (I've found that sometimes going around to Fresh and C.O. Bigelow to smell 'n sample helps cure the after-a-bad day blues..) and happened upon a table with two long rows of absinthe colored hand crafted glass candles - each sitting under their own bell jar.... Cire Trudon....  I had one or two quick flings, but fell head over heels in unending love for Abd El Kader.

It's like a summer's day in the shady backyard of a little cottage. A small pond with bullfrogs and a weeping willow tree. Basil leaves and over-grown mint patches. A faded cotton sundress and a straw hat... I'm not pulling your arm either - it so perfectly captures everything about a perfect summer day that I was half expecting to close my eyes and have a glass of raspberry lemonade sitting by me. (I think the candle's official lineup is: spearmint, lemon, blackcurrant bud, apple, ginger, clove, jasmine and vanilla.) But, after looking at the price tag I remembered it was the middle of a bitter cold winter and I couldn't possibly fork over the doll hairs for..... a candle.

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Well, it's the first day of Spring and I just strolled right in there and bought it. Not even one batted eyelash or second thought. And - I've done my research, these candles certainly have an impressive resume. They were no stranger to Versailles, illuminated the halls of great thinkers during the Enlightenment and were a personal favorite of Monsieur Bonaparte. 

.....You can't blame a girl for wanting a little bit of her own "antique prestige," right?

22 comments:

Aya Smith said...

That is one impressive candle ^.^
I am suddenly in the mood for Raspberry Lemonade...

cuteseas said...

i love the color of the glass

nicole said...

I would have done the same... Sounds heavenly!

Ondine said...

It sounds gorgeous - and what a beautiful looking candle too.

I thought I would always stay loyal to my beloved Diptyque but they sound like they're definitely worth a sniff...

april said...

I could feel the warm summer breeze tickling the back of my neck from that description!

Shin said...

The candles looks divine! I love your description of how it makes you feel.

Emily Blackapple said...

I'm really partial to the "Voluspa" candles (particularly my favorite, Baltic Amber). This brand sounds lovely...I will have to keep an eye (or nose) out for them!

leila wylie said...

That's going to make a great drinking glass once the candle is burnt out.

Vintage Tea said...

I love candles. I cant resist pretty ones

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linnéa. said...

beautiful. my dad is goins to NY next week. I think i will ask him to buy one for me...
how much did one of those candles cost?
do you have an e-mail? i would like to ask you som questions...
/Linnéa.
email: moncheri@live.se

Verhext said...

pretty!! i recently had the same argument with myself over a D.L. & Co candle -- but the candle did not win!!

in company with sparkles said...

It's funny, the name of the candle literally means "Slave of God/the powerful" in Arabic!

It's fun to just buy really nice things like that without thinking hard sometimes.

pigeon.toed said...

that candle is absolutely amazing! great purchase.

kimvee said...

This candle looks beautiful :)

Maggie May said...

oh the description is heavenly alone...

Hannah said...

It looks like it belongs in your room!

Mujer imperfecta said...

I can smell the aroma

Hannah said...

The seahorse is a brooch, I don't think I mentioned that in the post. And yes, if I do decide to let it go you'll be the first to know!

lauren said...

Perhaps they should hire you to write delicious descriptions for their scents; I can almost smell them myself from your words alone...

Penny said...

i have never been a candle person, but i think you have just converted me!

Arrie said...

I love your blog !

Katy said...

Sometimes the perfect candle is worth a little more money, I think!

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