We met with Bruno Truchon Bartès, founder of the brand of luxury scented candles “La Manufacture des Châteaux”. Embark with us on a journey into the universe and exceptional expertise of his brand.
Your portrait : how do other people describe you? What about your career path?
I’ve worked for 17 years for creative brands (IFF, Givaudan, Robertet) in commercial, marketin and managing functions. As I have met on a daily basis with perfumers, I’ve learned about the universe of perfume and of raw materials. They taught me day after day the language of perfume. I remember in particular my experience at Charabot (Robertet Group) where the story and the knowledge of the natural raw materials of perfume are at the center of this century-old company. They have a real culture of nature serving perfumery.
People say about me that I’m kindly, honnest, committed… with a touch of folly…
How did you inherit of the expertise of candle maker-perfumer?
La Manufacture des Châteaux, which is the commercial brand or our collection of scented candles, we work with an expert candle maker, heir since four generations of the familial expertise of the “handmade”. I have learned a great deal working with him. His work with the perfumer is crucial to adapt the fragrance to the wax and vice versa, in order to get the best olfactory result and a powerful wake of the perfume. The tests are carried out cold and when burning to get same quality olfactory results in both cases.
Do you have some advice to recognize a good quality candle?
An harmonious olfactory finish, as for skin perfumes. The clean wax should not have a residual smell as we can sometimes see with some vegetable waxes, as to not perturb the fragrance. The flame should not be too small or too big. The wax must be consumed uniformly on the surface of the candle without there being any “pool” of melted was, and this until the bottom of the jar. The candle has to continue diffusing fragrance after being exctinguished. That is the reason why we give the advice for our candle to blow out the coton wick after the was has melted, which is aroung 30 minutes.
The candle is for you a luminous story, both subtle and poetic, with the fragrance at its center. Where do you find your inspiration?
For my creations, I’m inspired by a very particular world which is the world of architectural heritage, and specially the one of Castles (“Châteaux” in French). Passionate about heritage, I have among other things worked for the association “Demeure Historique”, which led me to visit many marvelous places from which I took some inspiration for my olfactory atmospheres : the Château de Chambord in France for Feu Souverain, the Paradores Juan in Spain for Paradores, the Chateau de Canisy for Fougère Royale…
Let’s talk about your collections: what olfactory atmospheres have you imagined for your candles and what makes them unique?
I don’t wish to recreate olfactory notes from the past, but to create a contemporary atmosphere linked to those personal moments I spent in those Castles, without worrying of the cuurent trends. It’s a personal commitment that I wish share with those who use my candles. That’s what makes them unique, in addition to the container in Limoves porcelain that was created for me by a Limoges-based porcelainier with the label “entreprise du patrimoine vivant” (“company for living heritage”).
If you had to choose 3 words to describe the candles of La Manufacture des Châteaux?
Handmade, commitment, sincerity.
Your projects? The next trends?
We are working on new fragrances, new pots for 2017 but I can’t tell you more. The next trends? I don’t follow the trends, because following is copying, and it’s not in the DNA of our brand.
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