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The Lion Cupboard


Sarah McCartney, a self-taught perfumer from London, England, is my newest discovery, an artist that I just “get”. Her line of seventeen handmade niche perfumes is called 4160 Tuesdays, a quirky name which she explains on her Homepage:
“…if we live until we're 80, we have 4160 Tuesdays. That's all. Let's not waste them. Let's use them to write, think, make and do lovely things. On a Tuesday, do something different… If we can't be bright and brilliant every day, at least let's have a crack at making Tuesdays interesting.”
I love her simple idea – tune in and focus, be creative, make Tuesdays meaningful! So I had a crack at it this past Tuesday – I was totally mindful and observant and explorer-like, and then went into heaven-scented orbit as I became nerd-ily fascinated, my nose stuck to my wrists, a result of spritzing one of Sara’s lovely scents. It’s called The Lion Cupboard.
Sarah McCartney was requested by her sister, Ruth, to “make me the lion cupboard… the lion cupboard is the Victorian carved cabinet where my dad kept his gloves, hats and scarves. He died in 2002, without time to say goodbye, and when Ruth visited the house, she would open the cupboard doors and breathe the scent of a hug from our dad… It took us three goes, and now we have it! So it's become the scent of the hug you'd get when you'd meet on the train station." - Sarah McCartney
The Lion Cupboard is wonderful. Opening with mint, citrus (lime, I think) and herbal lavender, the top accord soon takes on resiny-sweetish pipe tobacco scent, especially when the woods, helichrysum, aniseed, come up into the heart. A waft of juniper berry, redolent of their Dad’s gin and tonic, melts into dark patchouli, and the bottom accord becomes woody and aromatic as the all the notes rise and merge together. Deep and smooth with woods and chocolate-y patchouli, warmed by golden helichrysum, slightly spicy from lavender and juniper, the scent becomes mellow, and deeply satisfying.
Quiet and masculine, The Lion Cupboard isn’t at all metro or macho, it just smells really GOOD, like a hug from a beloved man.
Notes: Mint, citrus fruits, lavender, woods, helichrysum, aniseed, juniper berry, patchouli.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Sarah McCartney

Price: $5.00