4160 Tuesdays

Babylon Sunset sample

  • This is a 2 ml spray sample. Find the full bottle here .  

    Doesn't "Babylon Sunset" sound like the perfect name for a cocktail? This gorgeous floral oriental paints an olfactory picture of a sky blazing with pinks and oranges, surrounded by the dark blue of night creeping in around the edges. It's a voluptuous throwback to the '90, when perfumes were not shy announcing themselves when they walked into a room. Seems appropriate the perfumer Sarah McCartney originally created this one for a friend's 21st birthday. Notes include grapefruit, tangerine, peach, rose, jasmine, honey, red berries, vanilla, and musk.   
  • We've met a lot of people in the perfume world, and Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays is one of our very favorites. Want to know why? Sarah, in her own words:

    "As a little girl, I did not make perfumes from rose petals. That was for softies. I made magic spells and wanted to be a witch when I grew up. When I was 16 I bought a bottle of Diorella. I studied maths and sciences, practised music and French, wrote books on brands and their evil twin—counterfeiting—and online marketing, and learned to dance Argentinean tango.

    "For 14 years I was the head writer for Lush while the company grew from four shops—one in Poole and three in London—to 700 worldwide. I was writing 50,000 words every three months for the Lush Times, aiming to encapsulate the products' scents in their descriptions. During that time, I bought and read 200 books on essential oils and herbalism and learned the essential oils the founders gave me to educate myself.

    "At the end of the 14 years, I took some time off to write a novel featuring a problem-solving perfumer. In it, I described the scents that she made and I wanted to have them available for people to smell. So I set off on a quest to see if I could buy them. This turned out to be impossible - and pretty expensive - because no one was making exactly what I wanted, so I started another quest to see of I could make them instead. Of course that turned out to be even more difficult, but once I'd started, I just kept going. 4160 Tuesdays perfumes is the result."