At Celine, it is the task of the maison’s waxmaker to re-create the perfumer’s vision. Himself a trained nose, the waxmaker blends waxes, oils and perfume concentrates in such a way that the ephemeral takes a solid form. Reproducing the notes is one thing; the challenge is to ensure that, with the flickering of a flame, they harmonise as the perfumer intended, capturing the dynamism that makes a scent exciting. Key to this is the diameter of the cotton wick.
A recent creation, Nightclubbing, takes its cue from Celine’s eau de parfum of the same name — a musky, nicotine-laced ode to late nights in Paris. It’s one of eight candles in the Haute Parfumerie collection, each inspired by the stirring scent memories of the house’s artistic director, Hedi Slimane. Pick of the bunch is Papiers Froissés, a cedar-and-fir nod to “the delicate luxury of writing paper”, and Tambour Noir, a smoky bourbon-and-leather blend that recalls the bar at Slimane’s Beverly Hills home (if you can’t have the bar and the Beverly Hills home, at least you can have the memories).