If you’d told me a few months ago that I would be actually choosing to buy a perfume that apparently smelled like vanilla ice cream and candy floss, I would have rejected the idea with an unladylike snort.
However, this week I have done just that and I am proudly wearing my brand new bottle of 4160 Tuesdays New York 1955. It was first the violets that captured me and the rest of the scent sat around as if to say “it’s all or none. We come as a pack”. In actual fact, I began to see how well violets, candy floss and vanilla worked once the violets had got their foot in their door.
New York 1955 is one of a range of four vintage cities from 4160 Tuesdays. Each one is very different from the other. Friend of the blog Lisa Wordbird adores Rome 1963 (“and I’m not normally a tuberose-y person” she said), and I liked New York 1955 and London 1969. There is also green chypre Paris 1948, which I reviewed here.
Not only do the names alone capture a whimsical vibe that makes my mind’s eye turn me into Julie Christie or Gina Lollobridgida depending on which city I’m trying, but these cities have made both Lisa and I step out of our comfort zone and like it.
I have swerved, sworn off, and dodged with comic elaborateness the vanilla/candy floss invasion of the Noughties Fragrance Fad, but Sarah McCartney is kind of in my brain saying “yes, but if you try it with THIS, it’s totally different” and she’s right.
What I smell of today (I will explain in visuals rather than notes as is fitting with this brand) is this: Central Park, a raspberry ripple ice cream, a mouthful of parma violets, a vintage Laura Ashley dress and a very blue sky with nary a cloud.
Stockists I bought my bottle for the ludicrously agreeable price of £10 for 18ml directly from the 4160 site. The price is a sale price though so be quick, but have a browse around whilst you’re there as there are some good deals on samples and discovery packs: a great way to explore the brand before you commit to a full bottle.