I have reviewed several 4160 Tuesdays scents before, but in case you missed them, here’s what you need to know: Perfumer Sarah McCartney founded 4160 Tuesdays and says that if we live to be 80 we will have 4160 Tuesdays. Use them to do something you love. Sarah uses Tuesdays to make perfumes. And I’m jolly glad she does.
4160 Tuesdays Urura’s Tokyo Café opens with grapefruit and mandarin, then beds down into the heart notes: rose and violet, before merging gloriously into the base notes: raspberry leaf and myrhh.
It was intended to smell like a Spring Breeze and was made for a charity event at thec Café of Sarah’s friend Urura, whose name, spookily enough, turns out to mean Spring Breeze. In other words, this was meant to be!
Urura’s Tokyo Café does indeed open with citruses and then beds down into strong rose and violet. They are almost as one, and you can hardly tell them apart, which I love. It reminds me of a cross between those little violet breath sweets and a gob full of top quality Turkish Delight at the same time. However the Myrrh ( or Opoponax if you will) gives this a nice churchy feel, as if you have entered a medieval church at a Christmas Market whilst eating Narnia street food.
The quality is excellent: resonance and longevity both get 10/10 and the price is right too: £40 for 30ml. Bear in mind that this lasts as long as a winter, so you don’t need frequent top ups like you do with other cheaper scents.
What sets 4160 Tuesdays apart from other brands is that there is a hand made artisan vibe about the scents. It’s as if the ingredients still have their rough edges and haven’t been over processed. The rose really smells like sticking your nose in a rose, rather than smelling like an impression of synthetic roses. If these scents were drawings, they would be pavement oil pastels and they wouldn’t stay in the lines.
Urura’s Tokyo Café is available from the 4160 Tuesdays website, and if you’re in the USA or Canada, you can buy a selection of 4160 Tuesdays scents from Rouiller White ( though sadly not this one, at least not yet) Also check out the cute purse sprays for only £12 and sample sets for £20- good British niche that needn’t break the bank.