A Guide to Artisan Perfumery with 4160Tuesdays


For the last 150 years, fragrance has followed invisible trends – a subject investigated in this interactive talk by 4160 Tuesdays’ founder and artisan perfumer Sarah McCartney. Explore the natural substances and molecules which have influenced perfume styles from the 1870s to the 2010s, and the 4160 Tuesdays fragrances that contain them.

Booking necessary; attendance possible via Zoom as well as in person

Ever since William Perkin synthesised the aroma of tonka beans in 1868, perfumery has developed in waves, influenced by the fashion for one particular material.

It’s not often that we get the chance to smell these materials on their own, and even keen perfume wearers might not be quite certain what natural materials like opoponax, davana, oakmoss or osmanthus smell like, let alone trend leaders like Calone, ethyl maltol, Cashmeran and coumarin.

4160Tuesdays hand make all their fragrances from start to finish. They ‘compound’ them – blend the larger batches – dilute them in cosmetic-grade organic grain ethanol, and bottle them by hand.

Visitors can see where this happens, and hear about how founder Sarah McCartney creates fragrances for clients including Google, Samsung, the Dulwich Gallery, BitterSuite, Hyundai and London University’s School of Advanced Study’s legendary Living Literature events.

Tickets include a set of materials and fragrance samples for studio visitors to take away.

This ticket is for attendance in-person, but please get in contact if you would like to attend online and receive your materials and fragrance samples in the post.

If circumstances arise in which the studio is unable to open, then all events will take place online.

Perfume making


6 October 2021, 16:00 - 17:00, 18:00 - 19:00
7 October 2021, 16:00 - 17:00, 18:00 - 19:00
8 October 2021, 16:00 - 17:00, 18:00 - 19:00
9 October 2021, 14:00 - 15:00, 16:00 - 17:00
10 October 2021, 14:00 - 15:00, 16:00 - 17:00



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W6 0HY


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