As a perfume lover, (as I imagine you are too if you are reading this), I am always searching for that thunderbolt moment when you find treasure. You know that moment when you smell a perfume that you love immediately and plot to own by fair means or foul as soon as you’ve sniffed it? Well that happened to me with Tart’s Knicker Drawer by 4160 Tuesdays.
Sarah McCartney, founder, Nose and Grande Dame of 4160 Tuesdays, very kindly sent me some samples recently for my perusal. As always, I am delighted to receive them, on the proviso that I will be honest whether or not I like them. She also kindly included a very glossy coloured chart which categorises the many 4160 Tuesdays scents. This is jolly handy and I wish more places would do this.
Tart’s Knicker Drawer happened, as often the best things do, by accident. Sarah had been mixing so many potions in the lab that she joked she would be getting on the bus smelling like “a tart’s boudoir”. Encouraged by several voices of approval and generally egged on to bottle it up, Tart’s Boudoir became Tart’s Knicker Drawer and golly, I’m glad, because I love it.
What I smell: violets, some pretty green notes, the contents of a messy dressing table covered in snowy white talc with a blob of Pond’s Cold Cream spilled onto it, some ambery spice making it smell a bit chypre-y (new word alert!) and a strong, strident resonance that arrives in the room and says “I’m impossibly feminine and glamorous and if I want to wear a velvet dress and red lipstick before cocktail hour, then I shall.”
The official description of the notes is very different to my interpretation above . I wondered if I should list them all because the list of notes alone does not do justice to this lovely retro, powdery, powerhouse of a scent that smells like it was made for ladies in stockings who have very messy dressing tables and perfectly set hair that stays put for a week. What I would say is don’t look at them too closely because if you try and imagine them in your head, you will miss the serendipity of this happy accident.
Here are the notes:
top notes: bergamot, orange, grapefruit, pink peppercorn,
heart notes: raspberry, rose, jasmine, sandalwood, cedarwood, violet, tuberose, guaiac wood
base notes: amber, musk, vanilla, benzoin, tobacco.
As for me, I want to always have a bottle of this so here’s a message for the lovely Sarah : Thank you for making it and please don’t stop!
Stockists: prices are very reasonable indeed at £40 for 30ml, £60 for 50ml or £90 for 100ml of eau de parfum. When you think how many rent-a-scent beauty counter fragrances cost the same and can be so forgettable, then it makes really good sense to go niche for the same price, or even less.
In the UK you can buy Tart’s Knicker Drawer from the 4160 Tuesdays website, in Europe (Benelux) 4160 scents are available from www.parfumaria.com and in the USA you can buy a selection of 4160 Tuesdays scent from www.luckyscent.com and in Canada from www.indiescents.com
Don’t forget the cute sample sets (Tart’s Knicker Drawer comes under Frocks and Hats) and handbag sized bottles from the 4160 website.