Introducing 4160 Tuesdays

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I like to think that I’ve been doing this whole perfume thing for quite a while now, so trust me when I say that there really is no brand quite like 4160 Tuesdays.  Based in Acton, London, 4160 Tuesdays is the brainchild of self-taught perfumer, Sarah McCartney.  Sarah spent 14 years as Head Writer at cosmetics giant Lush, writing for their Lush Times magazine.  After a sabbatical that never really ended, Sarah wrote a book about a “problem-solving perfumer” who bottled people’s memories.  To cut a long story short, Sarah set out to take the perfumes from the page and bring them to life, and she didn’t stop there, and thus 4160 Tuesdays was born.  The concept of the brand is simple – if we live to the ripe old age of 80, we will live through approximately 4160 Tuesdays, so the idea is that these days are important and should not be wasted.  4160 Tuesdays therefore celebrates the joy in life with a line of fragrances that are, amongst many other things, funny, unconventional, quirky, beautiful and emotional.

Sarah McCartney has a unique ability to inject humour into her fragrances, she also has a real knack for bottling specific moments or places in time without ever being too literal.  The art of abstraction is never lost. So, with 4160 Tuesdays one is able to visit European cities such as London, Paris and Rome during specific moments in the past, smelling the rich tapestry of odours these places send forth in fragrances using ingredients available at the time.  One can also travel further afield to smell the spring blossom in Tokyo (whilst nonchalantly munching on a jam sandwich) or even take a trip to Scarborough to paddle in rock pools and eat sticks of rock until a tummy ache is inevitable.  There are also scents that take us deep into Sarah’s very own back story – fragrances that hold emotional links to places, people and objects that she holds dear.

In this edit, I’d like to take you on a quick guided tour of some highlights from the collection, ranging from the beautiful to the boastful, and to the bizarre.  I mean it when I say that 4160 Tuesdays is one of the most exciting independent perfume houses out there.  Of course, there are many houses out their crafting beautiful fragrances with exceptional ingredients but what sets 4160 Tuesdays apart is their contagious spirit that is irresistibly happy.  These are bold, bright and vibrant fragrances that serve as a reminder that perfumery doesn’t always have to be about stroking the ego, or the opposite sex for that matter, it can also be a whole heap of fun.


4160 Tuesdays Tokyo Spring Blossom

Tokyo Spring Blossom

Let’s cut right to the chase and discuss my absolute favourite in the collection – Tokyo Spring Blossom.  Inspired by a warm breeze blowing through the vast rows of cherry blossom trees that span the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo during the months of March and April, Tokyo Spring Blossom is happiness and joy liquified and bottled.

Tokyo Spring Blossom is a dreamy blend of glistening citrus (bergamot and mandarin) and a sweet heart of rose, and violets.  Its most remarkable facet is the big dollop of sticky raspberry jam that folds itself delightfully into the rose and violet, creating something that is surprisingly tranquil.  Tokyo is a fascinating city – a vast and bustling place unlike any other, but amongst all of the buildings, the movement and the people, are small pockets of peace – beautiful gardens or temples that present an oasis of calm.  Tokyo Spring Blossom captures the spirit of these places in scent form and it’s gorgeous.


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4160 Tuesdays The Sexiest Scent

The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO)

The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO) may have somewhat of a boastful name, but one should remember that this moniker has been bestowed with tongue firmly pressed in cheek.  Originally created as a base for a scent project with the Gin Garden, this scent smelled so good in isolation that a journalist ordained it as The Sexiest Scent on the Planet, EVER.  Sarah then decided to make it a stand alone fragrance, and thus history was made.

But what makes The Sexiest Scent so darn sexy?  Well, it’s the simplicity here that is key.  The note at the heart of the fragrance is vanillin (the bit of the vanilla pod that makes vanilla smell the way it does), a wonderfully complex material that smells sweet, spicy, smoky and slightly honeyed.  Vanillin smells pretty fab on its own, so the subtle adornments here really just add to it to make for an incredibly addictive fragrance.  Bergamot adds a fuzzy, early grey tea vibe, whilst cedar extends this to a woody sharpness in the base, and ISO E Super, the olfactory equivalent of polyfiller, smoothes everything out. I honestly think that everyone should have a bottle of this in their collection.

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New York 1955

With New York 1955, Sarah invites us into an ice-cream parlour in the heart of the legendary American city.  The walls are decked out in pastel colours accented by vibrant neon signs, and the floor is a vast chequerboard of black and white tiles.  The ice-cream itself is just as vibrant, served up in a fragrant sundae consisting of three generous scoops of raspberry, rose and violet.  The result is suitably delicious and colourful.

I like to think or rose, raspberry and violet as the holy trinity of scent.  These three ingredients seem made for each other, with the raspberry emphasising the jammy damascenones of the rose, and the violet drawing out the red flower’s wispy ionones.  All together, New York 1955 feels like a blast of bold colours and sweet flavours, with a just enough lightness and fizz to ensure that it is never sickly or cloying.  I’ll take two portions, please.

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4160 Tuesdays What I Did On My Holidays

What I Did on My Holidays

Nearly every person in this green and glorious kingdom will have experienced a trip to the British seaside.  Many of us will have sat on a beach, 99 in one hand, bucket and spade in the other whilst the weather leaves a lot to be desired.  Sarah McCartney appears to have experienced this on at least one occasion if What I Did on My Holidays is anything to go by.

What I Did on my Holidays is a tale of a summer’s day at a British beach.  It’s an unusual blend of mint, vanilla and marine notes that really does conjure up the idea of time spent smashing bits of mint rock, catching crabs in rock pools and throwing a little bit too much ice cream down the hatch.  This is a summer fragrance unlike any other and where so many try, and fail to speak of exotic climes, What I Did on My Holidays sets its sights a little closer to home.  It’s weird and wacky, but also utterly magical.

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4160 Tuesdays Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk (Exclusive to Escentual)

Now to finish off, let’s have a little bit of Pillow Talk.  Now don’t worry, dear reader, I’m not going to start whispering sweet nothings in your ear (I am a married man, after all).  You are safe.  No, Pillow Talk is the name of one of the most recent additions to the 4160 Tuesdays collection and it presents something a little bit more sensual.  Pillow talk is a bit of a sexy little number.  It pairs the erotic tones of white flowers, namely jasmine and ylang ylang, with smooth woods and pepper to make a dreamy fragrance that feels soft, but hot at the same time.  I for one, am happy to let this pillow do the talking.


So there you have it, highlights from one of the most exciting, humorous, beautiful and fun independent perfume lines out there and luckily for you, Escentual have added 17 fragrances in the collection to the site for you to explore and enjoy.  So, if you’re looking for a touch of British eccentricity in your scents, or perhaps you’re just on the look out for something new and a little bit subversive.  Whatever the reason, 4160 Tuesdays offer so much that is well worth a sniff.  And let’s not forget, we’ve only got a limited number of Tuesdays in our lives, let’s not waste them with boring fragrance – let’s have fun and smell some things that are a little bit different.


Win Flash Pewter

To celebrate the launch of 4160 Tuesdays at Escentual, we have three fantastic prizes to give away: What I Did on My Holidays Eau de Parfum 100ml, The Sexiest Scent on the Plant. Ever. (IMHO) Eau de Parfum 100ml, and The Dark Heart of Old Havana Eau de Parfum 100ml.

All you have to do to win one of the fragrances is post a comment below and tell us which of the three you most want to try, and why. Best of luck!

Competition close date: 8th July 2015.


No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Contest begins 1st July 2015 and ends 8th July 2015. Winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about 8th July 2015. Three prize winners will each receive one fragrance. If the winner doesn’t respond within 7 days, the competition will be redrawn. Prizes must be accepted as awarded; not redeemable in cash or credit.


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  • Susie Mc

    I would love to try What I Did on My Holidays, just got back from the beach, would be great to be reminded of it each time I wear this.

  • I would love to try What I Did On My Holidays! It sounds amazing, so unusual, and I love the seaside and everything about it. So excited you’re stocking 4160 Tuesdays, it’s such an exciting brand.

  • yasmine

    I would love to try the The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever as it has vanilla in it which i love in fragrances.

  • Piotr

    hello ^.^ I think that the sexiest scent on the planet would be an excellent addition to my collection (since you basically said that everybody should own a bottle). I was honestly torn between what i did on my holidays and tssotp ever,but then again i do have maui by mcmc (the best beach scent on the planet ever imho 😉 ). So i decided to go with the sexy one.


  • Trish Walters

    I would like to try The Sexiest Scent…..IMHO because who wouldn’t want to smell like the Sexiest person in the world?

  • magsbythesea

    On a day like today when you cook and frazzle “What I did on my Holidays” would be a scent that works. Sarah’s perfumes match the descriptors, bring back memories, transport you to places in your dreams and right now Id love to be off for a paddle with cool waters tickling my toes, the sea breeze cooling me and a big glass of mint lemonade in my hand – holiday in a bottle time!

  • 1chynna

    I would love to try The Sexiest Scent on the Plant. Ever. (IMHO) Eau de Parfum 100ml, sounds perfect .like on FB Gabriela Aguilar

  • Irma Tufek

    I want The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO) Eau de Parfum 100ml because I love the smell of vanilla very much and I’d like to try out this perfume… 🙂

  • Julie H

    I would love Dark Heart of Old Havana. It looks like the perfect summer evening perfume and a little bit dirty!

  • Karin

    I’m thinking Hastings, I’m thinking ice cream by the seaside, I’m thinking What I Did on My Holidays… Let me cherish my holidays at the British seaside forever!
    Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Wadders

    I went to the Summer Exhibition last week and also learned about and made scent with a lovely lady in W3. So it has to be WHAT I DID ON MY HOLIDAYS☀️


    I want to try ‘What I Did On My Holidays’ 🙂

  • Angela Gaughan

    I would like to try What I Did on my Holidays.

    As a self employed therapist I haven’t managed to have a holiday for 9 years.
    If I won this perfume I could wear it and pretend xxx

  • Jo Chu

    I’d love to try New York 1955 because my favourite scents and sweet and fruity and this one sounds right up my alley!

  • Lydia Hacic

    Both The Sexiest Scent and Old Havana (I want this just for the name!) sound lovely, it really would be a toss up. The vanilla wins over in the end though, so Sexiest Scent it is! These both sound snuggly yet sensual, embodying what I believe fragrance should evoke. Alluringly pulling you in and then making you feel comfortable.

  • Gia

    Any of these three sounds tempting to me, but ultimately I choose The Sexiest Scent on the Planet (IMHO), for the obvious reasons 🙂 I’m instinctively drawn to the notes, sounds like my cup of sexy scent!

  • I really want to try the The Sexiest Scent on the Plant. Ever. (IMHO) Eau de Parfum 100ml because I have heard AMAZING reviews on this… I need a good fragrance to attract a good man… hehe!! :o) Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Cecelia Allen

    I would love to try 4160 Tuesdays The Sexiest Scent On The Planet. Ever. it sounds fabulous

  • khashoggi

    I’d like to try New York 1955 — I’m a real sucker for florals.

  • Elle Fay

    I would love to try a few of these but love the sound of The Sexiest Scent On The Planet Ever (IMHO).

  • Jane Willis

    The Dark Heart of Old Havana. I love rich, spicy Oriental fragrances and fruity ones too, and this sounds as if it has bucketloads of both. Perfect for me!

  • jeanbolsover

    I would like to try ‘What I Did On My Holidays’ as I would think the scent would be light and refreshing

  • Kelly glen

    I would love to try The sexiest scent on the planet, it sounds like a lovely combination of the smells I love best.

  • Annie Mars

    I would love to win New York 1955. I’ve always wanted to visit, but I haven’t made it yet.
    Hear’s hoping this is third time lucky, as i’ve tried to post this comment three times!

  • Roshni Sunshine Dhanjee

    I love the way scents can make you travel to real and imaginary places, just in a breath. I would love Tokyo Spring Blossom, to help me travel to a place I’ve yet to see… and to make me dream 🙂

  • Coraliem

    I would really love to try The sexiest scent on the planet, I am just curious….

  • Rhi

    I’d love to try ‘What I did on my holidays’. Sounds magical with those combination of notes.British seaside in a bottle sounds very tempting.

  • Amanda Nellist

    I am not sure if this is open to international entries. I would choose New York 1955. They all sound so very nice, and I was instantly drawn to the Tokyo Spring Blossom, however I have a number of cherry blossom fragrances and thought New York 1955 sounded a little different from other things in my collection.

  • I’d love to have a go on The Dark Heart of Old Havana! Chock full of some of my favourite scents, and I rather fancy being able to describe myself as an “olfactory renegade”!

  • Angela L Paull

    The sexiest scent on the planet – that’s quite some claim!! I’d like to see if it lives up to it lol

  • Nicky J.

    I’d love to try The Dark Heart of Old Havana. Being heavily pregnant, I’m not getting a chance to travel anywhere for a while, so would love to be temporarily transported somewhere completely different by a great, evocative scent.

  • Jennifer C Wallace

    I’d love to try the sexiest scent on the planet. ever. It sounds amazing!

  • julia linsley

    I would love to try 4160 Tuesdays The Sexiest Scent On The Planet.Who wouldnt ?

  • Katy C Johnston

    The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever sounds so lovely! I’m on the look out for a summer fragrance and this sounds like it just might be the one 🙂

  • Patricia

    What I Did On My Holidays – because I’m very hot at the moment and thinking of sea, breeze, ice cream despite having to go to work. And my latest craving is coconut among other few ingredients

  • richpot

    I would love to experience The Dark Heart of Old Havana, especially now that my country (US) is on the verge of reestablishing relations with Cuba. Visiting Cuba is definitely on my bucket list, the music, the food, the people, the architecture…

  • Alityke

    Really want to try “What I Did on my Holidays”. I really adore everything I’ve got my nose on by Sarah but have shied away from this because of the mint rock note

  • Ruby Scarlett

    The Dark Heart of Old Havana – because who doesn’t want to smell of Cuba?

  • Neets

    Having lived by the sea for 40 years, we are relocating, due to husband’s job.
    I’d Love to take “what I did on mu holidays” with me.

  • Denise

    I really don’t mind they all sound & look amazing.

  • Lemora

    I’d love to try The sexiest scent on the planet. Ever. (IMHO) because I LOOOOOVE the name of the perfume and vanilla is my favorite perfume note!!

  • Amanda Norwood

    Would love to win any of them but the one which sounds most like me is What I Did On My Holidays

  • Asta

    Definitely Sexiest Scent on the Planet – want to found out if it works 😉

  • Jean Vaughan

    I would love to try ‘Tokyo Spring Blossom’ because next year I will achieve my ultimate ambition of travelling there and this scent will give me the promise of things to come.

  • For me, it’s What I Did on My Holidays. I generally enjoy seaside scents, but this one’s different – more old-time carny, less Corona. I’ve never been to a oceanfront amusement park, so the experience entices me.

  • Lauren Kyle

    The Sexiest Scent On The Planet – I mean, who wouldn’t want to have that in their collection?!

  • Claudia Petre

    The dark heart of old Havana, I have the feeling this one is the fragrance i waited for …

  • Adele Bruce

    I actually stayed in the Hotel Sevilla when I was in Havana, I have fantastic memories of the city, the beautiful kind people, the crumbling architecture, the vintage American cars…so I’d love to return to the Dark Heart of Old Havana…..

  • Annamaria0

    I am so intrigued by this brand. I love the name, and the concept, and I’d love to smell every single scent. If I had to pick just one, The Sexiest Scent on the Planet wins it, with the name like that, you can’t help but be curious.

  • misspickers

    Definitely The Dark Heart of Old Havana – to me Havana would be a heady blend of cigars, rum casks, sweat, sugar, leather and warm skin. Intrigued that 4160 Tuesdays has tapped into an entirely different yet parallel seam of fragrance notes which sound more than DELICIOUS.

    Will it better my own imaginary Cuban perfume? Fingers crossed!

  • Clairebear

    Gosh, it would have to be the Dark Heart of Old Havana… I’ve been struggling in this recent heat to maintain my normal lusciousness whilst rolling all these cigars on my thighs and downing shots of rum. This perfume sounds like just thing to perk me up for cuban salsa later in the evening! ;-D

  • Michelle Hunt

    I would love to try What I Did On My Hoidays! It seems like the perfect scent for summer, and your description of it being as weird but magical is very intriguing! I do enjoy a bit of mint in my fragrance, particularly in warm weather.

  • hajusuuri

    I have already tried but want more of The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO). Thanks for the draw.

  • Aga

    I would like to try ‘What I Did On My Holidays’ just to remind me the last summer hollidays 🙂

  • shushkin

    I love The Sexiest Scent on the Planet! I have a mini. It melds with your skin. So where does the scent start and the skin begin? So seductive, it makes you want to knibble the earlobe of whoever wears it!!

  • shushkin

    I love The Sexiest Scent on the Planet! I have a mini. It melds with your skin. So where does the scent start and the skin begin? So seductive, it makes you want to knibble the earlobe of whoever wears it.

  • Ryan M. Dougherty

    I would love to smell and try ‘What I did on my Holidays’. I am definitely a gourmand kinda guy when it comes to scents, but I would like to branch out and try something new for summer- but still slightly close to my wheelhouse. After reading this description, I feel that it might be the perfect scent for me for summertime! Seaside saltiness with hints of ice cream….yum!

  • Melita White

    I would love to win The Dark Heart of Old Havana – sounds liky my sort of thing: rich, interesting, possibly a little dangerous. This one sounds daring, and I like daring! And tobacco is one of my favourite notes! And… it’s virtually impossible to get 4160Tuesdays posted to Australia these days, so please, help!

  • Allie Aus

    Would love to try New York based on the imagery of ice cream sundaes.

  • Country Gal

    If I won I would love to try Sexiest Perfume on the Planet. It sounds wonderful being sweet and spicy. Wow. I’m always trying new and unusual fragrances and this seems as if it’s something completely different…….hence the intrigue on my part. Hope it’s my lucky day!

  • Anitabp

    I am intrigued at what The Sexiest Scent on the Planet will deliver!!
    Love bergamot and I would love the opportunity to try this devine sounding perfume.

  • Sara Whittle

    I would really like to try “the Sexiest Scent on the Planet” as it’s about time I attracted Mr Right as opposed to Mr Right Now!!

  • cassie flower

    I would love to try The Dark Heart of Old Havana, both in the olfactory, and travel sense. It sounds like something slightly dark and dangerous. Staying out too long and late in a smoke-filled rum joint.

  • Olivia Helliwell

    I’d have to say The Sexiest Scent on the Planet (IMHO) – I’m ALL about the sexy, sultry scents and seriously – with a name like that, how could this be any more perfect for my taste?! Heaven!

  • I’d love to try ‘What I did on my holidays’. I love summery holiday type scents

  • Bube

    I would love to try ” The Dark Heart Of Old Havana Eau de Parfum ” or ”

    What I Did On My Holidays Eau de Parfum ” – I love the parfume notes of both 🙂
    Thanks for the lovely competition 🙂

  • Lou Chaud

    I would love to try Pillow Talk as I want to spice things up in the bedroom! Cannot wait for the weekend!

  • Georgina Jacobs

    My choice would be The Sexiest Scent on the Planet because of the vanilla tones. I absolutely adore the scent so it would be intriguing to wear it. thanks

  • nescho

    I’d love to try “The Dark Heart of Old Havana” because I’m a guy and this scent seems the most masculine out of three. Also I’m a huge fan of tobacco notes so this one is an instant winner! I can only imagine how incredibly it must smell combined with all the other notes, so don’t let me just imagine – let me try it! 😉

  • Suzanne McCusker

    The Dark Heart of Old Havana Eau de Parfum – with the fusion of Spanish and Carribean influences, this Cuban scent is smoking hot.

  • carly ann

    I would love to try the Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO). I love the cheeky playful name and the vanillin sounds amazing!

  • SemperPhoenix

    I most want to try “Sexiest Scent on the Planet”, please, because I’m not getting any younger and I need all the help I can get!

  • Saaga1

    The sexiest scent on the planet. Love vanilla so this would definitely be my choice!

  • Bernice Lever

    These fragrances all sound amazing. Would love to try The Sexiest Scent on the Planet.Ever.(IMHO). Not a fan of anything too sweet or floral but this sounds perfect for me, as I love the smell of bergamot.

  • Nital Shah

    I would love to try ‘ What I did on my holidaysbecause it’s weird and wacky, reminding me of my childhood and there’s no place like home! 🙂

  • debbie meredith

    I would like to try TheSexiestScentOnThePlanet,Ever…..just because

  • Diane Bowron

    The Dark Heart of Old Havana Eau de Parfum 100ml.

  • Maja Spahic

    I would love to try What I Did On my Holidays so I can take it to my holiday with me 😀