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The Lion Cupboard (2013)
by 4160 Tuesdays


The Lion Cupboard information

Year of Launch2013
GenderShared / Unisex
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 16 votes)

People and companies

House4160 Tuesdays
PerfumerSarah McCartney

About The Lion Cupboard

The Lion Cupboard is a shared / unisex perfume by 4160 Tuesdays. The scent was launched in 2013 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Sarah McCartney

The Lion Cupboard fragrance notes

Reviews of The Lion Cupboard

I like it pretty well. It's a thumps up for being a nice perfume, a solid effort, but it's somewhat underwhelming. I imagine I could be smelling the listed notes of mint, juniper berry, aniseed, rose, cedarwood, vetiver and vanilla (or rather benzoin).

It smells like a rose and wood combination, with sweetness from vanilla/benzoin, with notes such as juniper berry and aniseed, perhaps, giving it a bit of a twist.

The sweetness (sweet note?, benzoin?) and the woods (cedarwood?) give it a bit of a been there, done that feel, making it not overly exciting, although it's nice and wearable, warm and agreeable.

It reminds me of Aramis Calligraphy Rose and even Carven Homme.
28th July, 2017
For months, this scent smelled like nothing I could possibly wear. I felt it was too masculine, too deep, too intimate. It smelled like an old shoe polishing box, perhaps after it survived a house fire. Or maybe like an old pine tree in deep woods, hammered by woodpeckers, and half-eaten by woodlice... but I kept going back to it. Soon, I accepted that I adored the smell. But when could I wear such an oddity? I've come to realize that this scent on my skin is delicious and highly wearable. It makes me ridiculously happy. I do get compliments from the oddest people, too...
26th December, 2016
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.
29th January, 2015
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)

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