The couturier and the candlemaker | a fragrant collaboration

Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Two French powerhouses light a candle to creativity…

Mama Bear and Baby Bear: Cire Trudon’s new Balmain candle

Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing likes the scent of Cire Trudon’s “Ernesto” candle to be diffused through the maison’s flagship stores (Paris, Milan and, this month, New York).

So no surprise the two powerhouses have teamed up to create an exclusive candle called the Cire Trudon x Balmain Candle. It marries the leather, cedarwood, gunpowder and cigar notes of “Ernesto”, created by Robertet’s “nose”, Emilie Bouge, and halfeti black rose to boost its femme fatale credentials.

Emilie Bouge, the “nose” behind the top-selling “Ernesto”

The elegant black lacquer glass candleholders are made in Vinci, outside Florence, dressed in Balmain’s iconic marinière stripe, re-interpreted in gold and black. There’s a touch of black velvet, too!

Only 4000 have been made, 800 allocated to Australia and New Zealand. There’s a 3kg look-at-me candle for $1100, and a 270g size for $229. Stockists include Libertine, Harrolds, Peony, Christines on Collins, Becker Minty, and Palmer and Penn.

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