“Hello. We’re a microperfumery. We like to create perfume that reminds people of happy times and interesting places. We handmake our fragrances in London, in batches of 50-200 bottles, using methods that were popular from the 1880s to the 1970s. If our scents remind you of your long lost favourites, that’s probably why.”
That’s how Perfumers 4160 Tuesdays introduce themselves and it’s perfect. Founded by Acton-based Perfumer Sarah McCartney, 4160 Tuesdays is a British-born, indie and intriguing brand.
I’ve never known anything like it. With names like ‘Sunshine and Pancakes’, ‘Tart’s Knicker Drawer’ and ‘London 1969’, the bottles evoke imagery and sweet memories even before actually smelling them. And sure enough, they smell divine.
I was so pleased to be able to try so many of Sarah’s different fragrances. The scents were samples from sets such as’The Best of British’, ‘The City Collection’ and ‘Love and Life Stories’.
I cannot possibly pick a favourite, so here are my top three:
- What I Did On My Holidays
- “The scent of the seashore, suntan lotion, exploring small rock pools, sticks of mint rock, candy floss and ice cream – our childhood beach holidays.”
- Sex Goddess
- “Gorgeous – bursting with flowers, fruit, musk and sweet softens with a touch of oak moss.”
- Pillow Talk
- “The scent of shared secrets. Perfume for when you decide to tell each other everything (almost). It has fresh enthusiastic top notes of yuzu fruit and orange blossom, with woods, white flowers and spices later on.”
I want to share them with family and friends, whilst at the same time selfishly keeping them all to myself because they are all so delightful.