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4160 Tuesdays Raw Silk and Red Roses

raw silk

I wanted to make a really rosy rose, a 1980s style scent, like a walk through a rose garden. I love my rose fragrances, and although I’ve been dabbling with rose and violet, rose and herbs and rose and vetivert, I’d wanted to take the plunge with pure rose. – Sarah McCartney

When I received my box of treats from 4160 Tuesdays last week, looking like Quality Street for grown ups, the first one I tried was Raw Silk and Red Roses. It was instant love for keeps. It is no exaggeration to say that this is one of the best rose scents I have ever smelled, and I’ve smelled A Lot.


At first spray, this smells delicate and retro, like breath sweets or rose water ( only amplified), and then I smell a bunch of my beloved violets. There are no violets, but maybe the rose breath sweets are so intrinsically linked with violet ones that I can’t help it. The sweetness is Middle Eastern aromatic- yes, I’m going to say Turkish Delight, without sugariness, and that’s a compliment because I love that too. However Raw Silk and Red Roses then drops its veils one by one. There’s peppery geranium to add a little oomph. There’s peach and plum,( don’t panic peach-dodgers, its great) and vintage musk.

raw silk wedding

However, what I got was an almost creamy almondy hint, that makes this a proper grown up lady perfume to me. The patchouli and musk gives this a real clout that showcases the rose and makes it the star.

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It makes me feel like I should put my pearls on and make witty retorts. It makes me feel that to wear scruffy clothes whilst wearing it would be rude. If this had been available ten years ago when I got married, I would have worn it on my wedding day.

Longevity is great- at the end of the day I was catching little whiffs as I got comfy on the sofa in the evening ( in my pearls, whilst making witty retorts).  When I wear it, I feel like showing off. That’s good enough for me.

Sarah, please don’t stop making it. I’ll be wearing this for a very long time.  Superb. I’m calling it a classic.


All 4160 Tuesdays scents are available online  and a selection is available from Escentual and in store at Fortnum and Masons. The 4160 Tuesdays postal service is excellent. They send it to you like its your birthday.


Jean Patou: Joy Forever

Jean Patou
Jean Patou


Sometimes when a classic gets a flanker, I feel apprehensive. Let’s face it, sometimes flankers are bad news. There are of course, marvellous exceptions such as Chanel No 5 Eau Premier and Chanel Cristalle Eau Vert, but on the other hand you have the 27 odd flankers to Givenchy Irresistible which frankly, puts me right off the original. Let’s not even speak of the new incarnation of Miss Dior- once a mossy chypre, now a strawberry floral.

I can assure you dear reader, that you may have no such fears from Joy Forever. As so many scents modernise their classic nuances for the modern and youthful palate (often excluding we over 40s!), Joy Forever manages to be contemporary without selling out. Phew!

So what’s it like? It opens with a flourish of citrussy bergamot and fresh, dewy petals. For about ten minutes the marigold comes out in all its yellow flower, peppery glory and there is a definite resemblance to Chloe Narcisse. Panic not though if you’re not a fan, because when that phase segues into the middle note, you have a full blown, soapy, heady bunch of white flowers. Jasmine is particularly dominant, as is orange flower, and there is an almost, but not quite aldehydic soapiness with an outline of freshening citrus around the edges.

It all blends down seamlessly into a prickly, white musky finish full of sandalwood and patchouli.

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Joy Forever is almost asking to be a bridal perfume with a name like that, but would be suitable for anyone all year round. It is beautiful quality at a reasonable price. I am seriously tempted to buy a bottle, even though I feel that slight sense of shame when I look at my groaning dressing table. Joy Forever is impossibly feminine and as lovely as sticking your face in a big bouquet of fresh florists flowers.


Joy Forever is widely available: try  Selfridges , Amazon UK, allbeauty (one of the cheapest), John Lewis or Harrods. In the US you can buy it from Neiman Marcus