CIERGERIE DES PRÉMONTRÉS
The technique dates back to the 15th century. The factory was established in the middle of the 19th century in a small village in the Alpilles: ‘les Pères Blancs’ of the Premonstratensian religious order made candles for the Church. At the turn of the 20th century, know-how, recipes and installations were passed on to the Chabrier family. In 2009, a fire devastated the historic workshops. The last traditional candle makers of France were then bought by Richard father and son, also owners of Souleiado. Relocated, the activity is now led by Cathy Moricelly, master waxer with decades of experience. With vivacity, layer after layer, ceremonial candles and candles alike, are always made with a ladle or by casting. Ingredients: beeswax, food paraffin, mineral pigments, essential oils, braided cotton (for wicks). The work is delicate, long and demands patience. It requires years of learning. However it is worth it as the candles offer exceptional burning time, custom-made diameters, and a controlled flame with perfect light. The buzz is justified: producers and decorators know the address, as well as cathedrals and churches (the company makes a large part of its receipts thanks to Easter candles). Clearly a business of our time.