Urura's Tokyo Cafe by Sarah McCartney for 4160 Tuesdays


Post by Poodle


The name of the company (4160 Tuesdays) is based on how many Tuesdays you’ll live if you make it to 80 years old. The idea is that that’s all you’ve got so make the most of them. Sarah McCartney is the writer and perfumer behind the brand. From what I can gather she’s based in London and had no formal training as a perfumer. Her scents were originally bespoke creations for friends and perfumes created to scent characters in a novel.

Urura’s Tokyo Cafe by Sarah McCartney for 4160 Tuesdays

Urara's Tokyo Cafe 4160 TuesdaysPhoto Stolen 4160 Tuesdays

4160 Tuesdays gives these featured accords in one line:
Grapefruit, tangerine, opoponax, tolu balsam, geranium, violet, rose, raspberry leaf

Recently I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Urura’s Tokyo Cafe by 4160 Tuesdays on Indiescents. I just started hearing about the line so I was excited to try it. If the rest of Sarah McCartney’s perfumes are like Urura’s Tokyo Cafe, she is proof that you don’t necessarily need training to be really good at something. For some it comes naturally.

Urura’s Tokyo Cafe was created to raise money for a charity event. The name of this does not really give an impression of what’s going on in the perfume. Actually it’s hard for me to pin that down as well. I mean that in a good way. It’s a chameleon on my skin. Depending on the day, the weather, my mood, who knows what else, it smells a bit different each time. It was easy to wear but hard to dissect. After wearing it almost daily for a week here’s what I can say.

Urara's Tokyo Cafe 4160 Tuesdays geranium PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

At times I get a lot of grapefruit and tangerine, more rind than juice. There’s a jammy quality but it’s never too sweet. It doesn’t smell overly citrusy either. I think the geranium keeps that in check lending an herbal bitterness which comes and goes to my nose. Some days it smelled chypre-like to me with an almost mossy quality. The rose changed on me day to day as well. It was dark at times, slightly sour and metallic on others, and then full bloom bouquet on the days the violet made an appearance. I have to admit I liked them all. The scent is well blended and a better nose might be able to pick it apart note by note, but I can’t, nor do I want to. It just smells good and unlike anything else I own. With the way it’s changed on me you might have a totally different experience with this perfume too.

Urara's Tokyo Cafe 4160 Tuesdays Pimm's Cup ImpromptuKitchen FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Somehow it made me think of a cocktail, a Pimm’s Cup, which I believe are popular in London. Sweet yet bitter, fruity yet herbal. (I wonder if that was an inspiration in making this perfume…)
I think it’s easily unisex and I get hours of wear on my skin, on clothes it lingers for days and I find I bury my face in my scarf to smell it.

4160 Tuesdays has £40/30ml

Until next time…

15 thoughts on “Urura's Tokyo Cafe by Sarah McCartney for 4160 Tuesdays

  1. Hey there Poodle,
    Interestingly, Urura’s Tokyo Cafe was written about as a Go To Green on Olfactoria’s travels today in passing. I’m so glad I got to know it through your post and am now lemming like crazy.
    Portia xx


  2. Hello, how lovely to find this. I’m sorry it’s so hard to get my perfume to Australia. We need (legal) scent mules. FedEx can’t ship because Australia FedEx doesn’t handle “dangerous goods”.
    I agree with you about this scent. It’s like this because it has so many naturals in that it pretty much changes with the weather, and on everyone’s skin. I’m really fond of it too. Next time I have a Pimm I’ll give it another sniff.


    • Well hello to you too! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. 🙂
      I really like this one and can’t wait to try some others of yours. I’m in the States so I have easier access. Shipping things has become so difficult often it does require scent mules.
      I’m rather shocked at the lasting power of this on me. I love that it doesn’t disappear quickly. That alone is magical.


  3. Hey Poodle,

    I’ve just been checking out some 4160 Tuesdays and this was one. It’s beautiful and I got more of a violet rose vibe than citrus, so it is a chameleon.

    M xx


    • I love that about it. It’s one of a handful of perfumes I have that are like that. Maybe I’ll smell the violet next time. I’m so glad you were able to try it.


  4. Hey Poodle…this sounds lovely. I’ve never tried anything by 4160Tuesdays and I guess I now have to. Despite being awash with samples, I may just place a samples order!


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