United Perfumes’ Chris Yu a Force in Fragrance
At least once a week an email lands at the offices of United Perfumes asking for urgent help, invariably from a “household name” in luxury. “They don’t understand why their scented candles aren’t working,” says New Zealander Christopher Yu, who runs the London-based company alongside Laurent Delafon. Yu and Delafon aren’t perfumers, Mark C O’Flaherty writes in a story for the Financial Times. They call themselves “interpreters” – a go-between for designers and chemists, offering a lingua franca for each.
Yu says: “You can’t just put whatever fragrance you already have into a candle. We spend hours working on formulations, talking about what kind of wick works with certain blends, the shape of a vessel.”
This month, three ovoid-shaped black glass and metal Alexander McQueen candles created with the brand’s designer Sarah Burton will be released: Ghost Flower, Pagan Rose and Savage Bloom.
Original article by Mark C O’Flaherty, Financial Times, June 13, 2023.