A different twist on a fougere, mainly due to the huge dose of anise that is married here with lavender. This pairing is the central theme of this characterful perfume. At first it is washed over by a wave of furniture polish, which when it recedes is succeeded by flashes of all kinds of interesting things – fresh mint, soft floral sweetness, hints of tobacco – while all the way the anise and lavender remain front of stage singing their song of love. As a result this cupboard has bags of air to it – and the aura left in a room is beautiful, better in fact than what I smelled off my skin.
Grows sweeter and more diffuse with the wear, yet without losing too much of its individuality. The woody notes were pretty subdued for me, as also the cocoa which I would have loved to have had a greater puff off. It didn’t completely win me over, but enough for me to realize that there’s a skilful hand at work here and I should try out other 4160 Tuesday perfumes. However, as a perfume with personality and a light touch I can see it immediately clicking with some who will adopt it as ‘their’ perfume.
It begins peppery. Peppery, with a backdrop of the gloopy Adriatic olive oil my auntie used to slather over us as kids on holiday in hot Croatian summers, to protect us from the sun, would you believe?
But there is a promise of just a little sweetness all the while, underneath, and an increasing murmur of a kind of mentholated frankincense that emerges with that sweetness.
This is lovely. It becomes warm, lovely and warm, just a hint of sweetness from the patchouli, never cloying, like a recently oiled, ancient piece of oak.
I have worn this several times before, and enjoyed it throughout the day (it has decent longevity), but never had time, until now, to sit, and study the composition - oh, how it increases one's enjoyment of a fragrance!
Ferris Bueller was right...
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it..."
The Lion Cupboard is the recreation of the smell of a hug from the perfumer, Sarah McCartney's, dad. It is evidently made with love, and projects that way. Wonderful stuff.
28th March, 2014 (last edited: 02nd April, 2014)