Carriere Freres Candles
Founded in 1884, by the inquisitive and entrepreneurial minds of two brothers, Carriere Freres Candles is the keeper of wax craftsmanship from the XVIII century. At the dawn of the industrial revolution, obsessed with patents and new inventions, the Carrière brothers revamped wax-making. They pioneered the famous Carrière night-light, which burned for six hours with a constant beam and without smoke, and turned the indoor candles into an object of comfort and quality. Awarded a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1889, the “Madeleine” candles, Carrière Frères Industrie has supplied them to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur ever since.
Experience and the respect for traditions, along with a taste for innovation and a strong business sense, gave birth to a new gene-ration of candles, church candles and night-lights. Erudite and demanding the Carrière brothers developed and modernized the manufacturing secrets they inherited from past wax masters. They selected the finest waxes and the most durable wicks, and brought them to the masses. Fascinated by Botanics, they strenuously sought out a formula for a purely vegetal wax. The result was a recipe- free of paraffin and other petrochemical derivates - which does not produce smoke or unpleasant odours, and is easily blended with perfume. This wax, still used today in the fabrication of our Carrière Frères candles, allows for their slow combustion and clean burning.
Centuries of botanists and explorers have enriched Carrière Frères Industriesscented candles. Soliflore scents, inspired by exotic or indigenous oils, and reminiscent of the romantic “language of flowers”, in vogue during “la Belle Epoque”. The candles evoke the flower markets of Les Halles of Paris, where at the turn of the XIX century, the most beautiful and rare specimens were brought from faraway lands.
The Century was avid of sensations of intoxicating bundles perfuming cargo ships, freight trains, and the backs of porters. Damascus Roses, Jasmine of Grasse, rare Tiaré, Ebony, Vanilla, vertigo of spices… traders and audacious merchants garnished the baskets of flower girls with these small treasures to accessorise ladies necklines and gentlemen’s buttonholes, and in turn introduced new colours to wealthy Hausmannian homes. From that day on, Paris would never expect any less than for the world’s fragrances to drop at its doorstep.