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4160 Tuesdays Four Mysteries: My Review

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Four mysterious phials landed on my mat in wet Wales last week. They not only looked like Quality Street, but they had that 4160 mysteriescommon characteristic of being hard to pick a favourite. Plus I’m sure one of them had nuts  in.

I’m proud to say I put a small brick in the wall and participated in this latest venture from Sarah McCartney at 4160 Tuesdays. Crowd funding is a great way to fund a business in so far as donations are entirely optional and you get treats for donating. In my case, four phials dressed like Quality Street (see above).

This what Sarah McCartney says about them:

Flora Psychedelica – a blend of rare flowers with intoxicating spices and herbs.
The Buddhawood Box – four distinctive woods, with a note of multicoloured opalescence.
Up The Apples & Pears – autumn fruit in a tiny London orchard.
Captured by Candlelight – traditional plum pudding, covered in brandy and set alight, with a background of oak panels and oil paintings.

Now if I was doing GCSE Perfume Studies ( I wish!) my homework would be to match this list of ingredients below to the above scents.  However, I’m not sure that wouldn’t make responses scientific rather than subjective, so sniff the bottles and just go with the flow. The list is worth a read though, as there is an eclectic choice of ingredients that gives this capsule collection its unique style.

  • Australian Buddhawood, Boronia flower absolute, Granny Smith apple creation, Colombian enfleurage lily and gardenia, Natural pear creation, Brandy CO2 extract, Absinthe essential oil, Artemisia essential oil, Davana essential oil, Hemlock essential oil, Broom absolute, Hazelnut CO2 extract, Oakwood CO2 extract.

The range is inspired by “Cosy Crime” novels from the 20s and 30s, and each one will accompany a story.  As an avid reader and avid sniffer, this innovation is so much up my street they should call it Samantha Street. I’m going to review all four, but bear in mind that these are my subjective impressions only. Yours may be entirely different. This is because no two olfactory memory banks are ever the same. How dull if they were!


Flora Psychedelica

This fragrance is named after the distinctive 4160 auto mobile that looks so friendly it ought to have a face (see above). My very first impressions were: vodka, wintergreen (probably the absinthe) and mints. My next impression was “Crikey! That smells just like my Nanna T!” (Disclaimer: she didn’t carry vodka). There is a whiff of chalky peppermints, roses and eucalyptus. In the midst of this is something vintage-y: a combination of soap and lipstick. When it fades away it smells like the slightly dusty scent of the interior of the Queen’s best handbag: Mints, roses, medicinal lozenges, clean tissues and  a lipstick.  I adore it.


Captured by Candlelight

To me, this smells like a Christingle service in a church. If you’ve never been to one, it’s a child friendly Christmas service where children are given an orange studded with wine gums with a candle in it.  There’s also the lovely smell of aged wood that you get from church pews. In the middle there’s also a soupçon of Baileys, vanilla and chocolate truffles in there too. I wanted to lick my arm and listen to Christmas Carols. There’s a faint whiff of wood-smoke as well, making this the perfect scent for December. Or now. Or any time really, but for me, this is Christmas and everything that smells nice about it.


The Buddhawood Box

This is my favourite, but it wasn’t straight away. I sniffed this for ages whilst it went from wet to dry and in the end I concluded that it smelled like carob. You know that fake chocolate you get from Holland and Barrett that looks like chocolate but tastes like a cruel hoax? It reminded me of that. It was chocolate-y with a hint of something both spicy and herbal. However, that’s not the end of this story. After about twenty minutes this segues into a wonderful scent of ancient macerated teak in which brandy has been stored. There’s background of chocolate too, but not overpoweringly so, and unless I’m going mad…apples? Maybe Calvados in a teak barrel stored within ancient stone walls that smell like an incensed church. It made me think of Comme Des Garcons Avignon, which I adore. The Buddhawood Box has a surge of patchouli and roses ( Buddhawood is Australian Rosewood) that makes this my favourite of the four, if I was forced to choose.

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Up The Apples and Pears

Assuming you are not Danny Dyer, who makes up cockney rhyming slang as he goes along ( which is very irresponsible when you star in EastEnders), this is London slang for up the stairs to Bedfordshire. In other words, as I already said about five hundred times last night, “go to bed!” Up the Apples and Pears is a curious one that smells completely different on a blotter than it does on my skin. On the blotter it is pear drops and herbal eau de cologne. On my skin it is pear drops, spiced raisins and Woodleigh Green Shampoo straight out of the 1970s. One sniff of this and I can remember the colour, consistency and wording on the label of that wonderful opaque shampoo. There is a hint of almost savoury spice in there, which gently backs out of the room as my skin warms it all up. This is an unusual scent that falls somewhere between fruity and astringent. I like it, but it baffled me. But that’s OK. I don’t have to understand it. I like it and that’s enough for me. If you want generic, you won’t find it here!


You can buy all of these from the wonderful and dangerously tempting 4160 Tuesdays website.


Photos are my own selection, not stock photos, apart from the top photo which I borrowed from the Crowdfunding page. Photo of Flora Psychedelica is by kind permission of 4160 Tuesdays. Photo of Christingle candle is from www.timetravel-britain.com. Photo of Buddha from Amazon.com. Photo of urban orchard from a lovely website about an organisation that’s doing great work in the centre of London  www.theurbanorchardproject.org.


4160 Tuesdays Dirty Honey

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Pure white blossom with the scent of honey that’s been dragged through the mud. The scent of Mexican orange blossom flowering in suburban London in springtime. – Sarah McCartney

Dirty Honey from 4160 Tuesdays is one of the scents from Sarah McCartney’s capsule collection Crimes of Passion. With a great name that should have been a heavy metal love song, Dirty Honey was inspired by the smell of Mexican orange blossom that Sarah McCartney stumbled across on the way to her London studio.

A good first sniff of this had me puzzling and I’ve worn it three times before attempting to review. This morning it came to me: Whisky. Dirty Honey opens like a good glass of Scotch. That bouquet of a good single malt as you sniff your snifter. Full of oak casks and boozy fermented rye mash: gorgeously, tinglingly aromatic.

As it dries down  there’s beeswax and wood, giving it a cosy warmth, and labdanum giving it a leathery, ambery tinge. There’s jasmine too, which seems at home here- just sidestepping its tendency to go indolic, but fully at home here because this has a nice whiff of human.

It’s a comforting scent, like dried spittle on lips that you have been kissing a lot, and that’s a compliment by the way, because I like that smell. The whisky/honey makes this feel like an intimate scent that demands an open fire and woodsmoke, and of course, a good glass of Glenfiddich. Wear this and drink Scotch because they “go”.

I love it.


You can buy Dirty Honey from the 4160 website.  If you don’t want to blind buy a full bottle, there are purse sprays and sample sets which I highly recommend.

4160 Tuesdays The Lion Cupboard: And a Father’s Day Tale

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Today is a celebration of fathers and father figures.  I certainly want to celebrate my amazing Dad Mike,  as well as my husband, who also happens to be a great Dad to our two boys.  Sadly as I get older,  I know more and more people whose fathers have passed away.  Their memories remain, fond and untarnished and it is in this vein that I chose to review 4160 Tuesdays The Lion Cupboard.

The Lion Cupboard was created at the request of Sarah McCartney’s sister, who asked for a scent to replicate the smell of their father’s wooden cupboard with a carving of a lion on it.  This idea appealed to me since, bluntly, every dad has a smell.  My Dad smells of Imperial Leather and shortly after leaving home to go to university many moons ago, I caught a whiff of Imperial Leather and had a big pang for home, and my Dad in particular. I’ve never told him that.

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The Lion Cupboard is where Sarah McCartney’s Dad kept his hats and scarves and the smell of the cupboard is replicated in the scent.  It does indeed have a wonderful Dad sort of smell and makes all sorts of visual images pop into my head, which to me, is a characteristic of 4160 fragrances.

I’m not going to list the notes, I’m just going to tell you what I personally smell from this multi layered scent: Opening notes: Vetiver and dark Wood, (think antiques), then a slightly squashed After Eight Mint, followed by a very faint hit of menthol or camphor and a final long phase that doesn’t smell a million miles away from Tauer L’Air Du Desert Marocain. It smells comfortingly masculine, like a Dad’s jumper, but the woods and Vetiver make it very wearable.

This was such a wistful and celebratory scent that I simply had to choose it for Father’s Day. Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad.

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In my imagination it goes something like this…

4160 Tuesdays: Time to Draw The Raffle Numbers

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You may recall my earlier review of a 4160 Tuesdays scent: The Dark Heart of Old Havana. It was a delightful and evocative scent and  today’s scent: Time to Draw the Raffle Numbers, is equally charming.

 4160 Tuesdays is named so because in a lifetime of 80 years, there are 4160 Tuesdays: use them well! The names are characteristically whimsical and so far, from what I have experienced of the line, they seem to me to evoke places and moments.

 The name: if we live until we’re 80, we have 4160 Tuesdays. That’s all. Let’s not waste them. Let’s use them to write, think, make and do lovely things. Or, if that sounds great but you don’t have time, to buy lovely things that other makers have put together.


Time to Draw the Raffle Numbers was inspired by the victory of Sir Bradley Wiggins: “Linden, trees, coffee, marmalade on toast and  a crowd of excited bodies”- says Sarah McCartney. Making my judgement before reading the inspiration, my impressions were: Mr Sheen furniture polish, tea urns, a spilled glass of sherry , dark oak floors and yes, marmalade.

It is quintessentially British, as is our national penchant for having a raffle at any  kind of fundraiser or social occasion. I should know, I’ve been on a Parish Church Council and am now currently a PTA member. Raffle tickets are in my blood!

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The scent is citrussy and sharp, yet dark and mellow.  It gives me a picture in my mind of an aged empty church hall, with a gleaming burnished floor, long after the crowds have gone. 

Longevity is excellent at around eight or nine hours and it would be equally good on a man or a woman.  I would wear it, and I would also be more than pleased if I could get my husband to wear it too.  He gets a bit wary now when I approach him with a glint in my eye saying “try this, give me your arm”. Don’t worry about him though, I make sure he is well stocked with suitable scents of his own.

Sarah McCartney, founder of 4160 Tuesdays has launched a refreshingly interesting line of scents and I look forward to trying some of the other samples in my possession (thank you Lisa, yet again, for the loan!). They are the opposite of High Street mass market scents, but they have a delightful  vividness and nostalgia about them.

If you can’t stretch to a blind buy, you may be interested to know that  several sample sets are available.,wrapped like old fashioned sweets in tissue paper.

A name to watch and a range to make you dream.


You can find 4160 Tuesdays here.  Samples were a kind loan from friend Lisa Jones.

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4160 Tuesdays The Dark Heart of Old Havana: A New Voice

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4160 Tuesdays is the brainchild of Sarah McCartney. Indpendent perfumers are to be cherished, and Sarah’s doing a pretty good job of being a treasure.  The school of thought here is that in an average life, we have 4160 Tuesdays and that we should make them count.  Creating your own brand of perfume is a pretty good start, Sarah.

Today I am reviewing The Dark Heart of Old  Havana and the quick review is that I like it very much.

Me visiting Sarah McCartney’s studio in 2014

Here is the longer review: I don’t know if you, like me, ever used to consider a nibbled sugar cube from a bowl a big treat as a child.  I wouldn’t do it now (sugar tongs, my dears!) but I remember clearly that white, almost nothing-y smell of white processed sugar.  Well, here is that smell again, only this time it’s combined with Tobacco, Coffee, Fruit, and a faint spiky hint of Geranium.

Imagine a dark Latin night, with music coming out of a brightly lit door, passing pavement cafes with Night Owls sipping Espresso and smoking in the night air.  If that’s what Sarah McCartney was imagining when she created this scent and this name, then she succeeded.  It’s one of those scents that takes you to a place in your imagination, rather than just changing your smell for a day.

Sarah is emerging as a British niche brand to watch. I have others to review from 4160 Tuesdays, so watch this space and if you can get hold of samples then do have a try.  Her Facebook Page tells me she gets around a lot (in the nicest possible way, of course) and also that she does perfume day courses, so it would not be unreasonable to think that one day you could meet her and do sniffage together. I like accessible brands and I like indie perfumers and I like The Dark Heart of Old Havana.