If we live until we're 80, we have 4160 Tuesdays. That's all. Let's not waste them.
I've waited too long to try some fragrances from 4160Tuesdays. That's strange, because I've been a fan of Sarah McCartney since she was LUSH's copywriter and head of brand publications (seriously, I still own some tattered circa-2003 issues of the "LUSH TIMES") and I'm drawn to independent fragrance houses that combine humor with a poetic sensibility. One reason: 4160Tuesdays isn't available in any brick-and-mortar shops in New York. Another: the brand's explanation of its name makes me feel a bit nervous and sad (and mortal).
This summer, I've finally seized the day and ordered a few samples of 4160Tuesday scents. My first pick, just because of its name, was Sunshine and Pancakes. 4160Tuesdays describes this one as "a British 'oriental' — warm skin at the end of a day at the beach, with honey and lemon pancakes." Sunshine and Pancakes has notes of lemon, orange, sandalwood, rosewood, jasmine, vanilla, honey, musk and benzoin. Even though some of those notes sound pretty rich, it's a bright and buoyant perfume. The citrus top notes are well-blended with the honey (real honey absolute!) from the very first moment, and the jasmine (also natural) is airy and clean.
The "pancakes" here are English-style pancakes, which are thinner than American pancakes and served with lemon wedges and sugar rather than butter and maple syrup. But this isn't a typical gourmand fragrance: its honey and vanilla are transparent (and unisex) and they're balanced by the sheer musk and something that almost suggests fresh garden dirt to my nose. Sunshine and Pancakes is quirky yet wearable, and it's unusual; it doesn't remind me of anything else I've ever tried. La Via del Profumo Tasneem, a soft ylang-ylang oriental, is the closest I can come with a comparison from my own sample collection. In any case, I wore Sunshine and Pancakes to a summer brunch date with some friends last weekend, and it was just perfect for the occasion.
Centrepiece's name comes from the initial reaction it inspired: "When we all sat around the lab benches sniffing it it gave us a gentle feeling of peace, of finding our calm centre in a busy world. So it became Centrepiece." This is another oriental, with a composition of honey, green tea, vanilla, frangipani, cedar and musk. Despite some shared notes, it feels plusher and denser than Sunshine and Pancakes. I get just a hint of the fresh, citrusy green tea before the vanilla and creamy white floral and woods emerge, and I keep thinking I smell sandalwood and benzoin, and even a little patchouli, although they're not officially listed in the composition. The white floral, on the other hand, turns out to be less prominent than I would have guessed from the description and list of notes.
Centrepiece has superior staying power on my skin, so I have a chance to sniff it throughout a long workday, admiring the dry down's smooth mix of woods and vanilla (with a hint of chocolate?). This fragrance could appeal to fans of orientals from the classic Shalimar to the newcomer Aroma M Vanilla Hinoki. It's somewhat rich, but I was able to wear it on a hot day without feeling suffocated; it's a gourmand-leaning oriental, but it doesn't read as "dessert."
I'll definitely drain my samples of both fragrances, and I'm looking forward to trying and reviewing my other samples over the coming weeks. Stay tuned, and yes, make the most of every day until then!
4160Tuesdays Sunshine And Pancakes is available as 50 ml ($90) Eau de Parfum, and Centrepiece is available as 50 ml ($110) Eau de Parfum. For purchasing information, see the listing for 4160Tuesdays under Perfume Houses.