Mortel is a part of Trudon’s first fragrance collection – a scented ode to Royalty, Religion and Revolution. The artist, living between shadow and light, is a mortal creature. However the art that the artist creates is immortal. The memories that we share around art will forever live on. This is the power of art. Halfway between the religious and the revolutionary, with an unquenched thirst for eternity, Mortel is a revolutionary drive that combines virile force and natural harmonies. That fleeting space between reality and spirit where the finest artwork comes to life. A place that is without thought, it is simply doing and being.
Top: Nutmeg, Pimento, Black Pepper, Incense
Middle: Woody Notes, Olibanum, Resins
Base: Cedar, Labdanum, Benzoin Myrrh
HOW IT WEARS
Mortel is warm and resinous and on the skin we get the note of Frankincense coming out, feeling like the scent of a church. Given there is no frankincense listed in this fragrance, it must be a blend of Incense and Resins creating that beautiful scent. There is a gentle, clean and fresh woody tone in this fragrance balanced beautifully with the warm and grounding base. The wear Mortel is between 6 – 8 hours, silage is soft and gentle – its definitely detectable yet not overwhelmingly so.
We love how evocative and emotive Mortel is. Scent is so intrinsically linked to our memory, and this scent is a great reminder of how memories can live on, particularly through scent, even after someone has passed on. The gentle incense tones bring the spice and resins out amazingly on the skin, reminding us of church and the rituals around life and death.
ABOUT THE BRAND
Founded in 1643, Trudon is the oldest wax manufacturer in the world.
In 1640s Paris, Claude Trudon, a convenience store owner, began to make tapered candles with a new methodology he had developed, utilising a special blend of beeswax and vegetable wax. His high-quality candles rapidly gained popularity, as they didn’t warp, smoke or splutter, and therefore didn’t cause fires!
In 1702, Trudon opened a factory so that their highly sought-after candles could be manufactured on a larger scale. Before long, their secret wax formula (still used today!) attracted the attention of the Crown. The house of Trudon became the candle provider to the Royal Court of Louis XIV, as well as many of the great churches of France. Louis XIV was so impressed with their candles that he issued a seal of approval with his official family crest. This crest can now be seen affixed to every Trudon product, with the addition of the motto “Deo regique laborant”, which means: “they (the bees) work for God and the King”, a nod to the creature that made their successful wax formula possible!
By the mid-17th century, Trudon had become the largest wax manufacturer in France. As candle makers to the Royal Court, Trudon were commissioned to make candles for many French icons – from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette to Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon actually commissioned Trudon to make a candle for the birth of his son – rumoured to be the only gift he ever gave him – a black candle made in his likeness, adorned in gold.
Fast forward to 2007 when the house took the name Trudon and became the leading specialist in manufacturing perfumed candles. All their candles are still hand-made, using traditional production methods akin to those Claude Trudon would have used in the 1600s. In their Normandy factory, each candle is hand-poured into hand-blown vessels from Tuscany. Today, Trudon has extended their range to a line of genderless perfumes in addition to their variety of options for luxuriously fragrancing your space.