Introducing the latest addition to my Cire Trudon family – Madeleine.
On my recent trip to Melbourne, I made it one of my goals to visit Klein’s Perfumery in Fitzroy.
They’re this funky shop stocked floor to ceiling with niche beauty products and lots and lots of fragrance: perfume, candles, diffusers, perfumed oils, scented cameos. Standing at the threshold of the store is a pleasurable assault on the senses – kind of like walking past a Lush shop but the fumes are slightly more refined.
Madeleine was an unintentional purchase (I was there to stock up on my favourite Abd El Kader), but one that I am certainly not regretting.
Cire Trudon name their candles after people and locations in history, taking inspiration from the environment of the time or personality to create their unique scents.
Madeleine is named after Julie d’Aubigny, better known as Mademoiselle Maupin, a 17th century opera singer and world class fencer. French novelsit, Theophile Gautier, loosely based his novel Madelaine de Maupin on her.
Considering Mlle Maupin’s exploits, it makes sense that the main notes of this candle are tobacco and roses, olfactorily representing the feminine and masculine aspects of her.
If you’ve read my original post about my favourite candles, you’ll probably have figured out that I’m not a big fan of flora scents in general, mostly because they are often insidiously sickening.
Apparently the head notes are Clove, Castoreum (I don’t suggest you Google what this is and if you do, I told you so), Lavender; heart notes of Iris, Jasmine, Rose, Vetiver; and base notes of Patchouli, Tobacco, Moss, Leather. I can’t detect any of the head notes, but I can definitely smell rose and jasmine, a combination that would normally make me hurl internally a little bit.
The musk of these two flowers is firmly broken up by the inclusion of tobacco and leather, which lend an incredibly realistic burning tone overall and really balances the fragrance out. Without these bases, you’d just have a purple toned boudoir that belonged to someone’s very old fashioned grandmother.
I haven’t yet lit this candle, using it instead as a room perfume in the bathroom; the throw on this is incredible, and easily scents the air by mere exposure.
Klein’s Perfumery is one of a handful of stores in Australia that stock selections of Cire Trudon candles, mostly the universally popular ones (the full range appears to only be available in the northern hemisphere). Shipping is staggered depending on the number of items you buy, but they often include a tonne of complimentary samples to titillate your nose.
If you’re near Fitzory then you should certainly check out this alternative/retro/vintage store and have a proper snuffle around their shelves. It’s one of those places where brands are tucked away and you’ll never know they’re there unless you take the time to peruse properly. Kind of like an olfactory/beauty equivalent of a really good book store. Or a box of chocolates. Because like mama said, you never know what you’re gonna get.