In conversation with artisan perfumery 4160 Tuesdays

Sarah McCartney, 4160 Tuesdays

4160 Tuesdays is a London-based artisan perfumery that creates perfumes and home fragrances along with running courses to teach people how to make and improve their own scents.

Founded in 2012 by Sarah McCartney, 4160 Tuesdays create small batches of interesting scents that are inspired by people, places or moments.

If you’re willing to step outside the box and try more adventurous scents, 4160 Tuesdays should be on your list.

As part of our Instagram Live series, Bethany Hinton had a conversation with Sarah about everything from running a sustainable business, living a sustainable lifestyle and the secrets of scent.

Here are our top 5 takeaways

  1. If Sarah could have anything, she would have people know that natural isn’t necessarily sustainable. For example, when it comes to certain scents, the natural scent is actually more exploitative and damaging to the environment or comes with a damaging supply chain. Sarah is up front about her perfumes not being 100% natural, even if this means losing customers to the natural bandwagon.
  2. All scents in the studio are hand poured. Because of this, samples are not free! They take time and love to create.
  3. 4160 Tuesdays is the number of Tuesdays in the life of an 80 year old.
  4. It’s impossible to claim to be a sustainable business if you don’t make choices that minimise damage to the environment. This translates to personal life as well. For example, choosing to fly.
  5. 4160 Tuesdays is keen on tackling the waste that comes with packaging, so they’ve got specially designed packaging that is quite minimal and made from recycled material. Additionally, they have a great perfume refill service that allows for bottles and caps to be reused for a discount on your favourite scents. Take a look here.

What Sarah has to say

“For me, a sustainable business is one that works towards only using resources that can be replaced, and only generates waste that will not accumulate or do damage.

The worst part of our industry is the expensive over-packaging.

People’s heads are turned by stunning bottles with elaborate caps, heavy boxes, layers of synthetic velvet, shiny cellophane, ribbons and tassels. We, however, use plain recycled board boxes which were designed specially to use minimal resources, and are made locally.

One of my own early mistakes was to assume that natural ingredients are more sustainable than aromachemicals. 

If you’re interested in perfumes, then try to resist the bling and buy for the aroma, and most importantly, do not be fooled into believing that natural is a code word for better.”

Sarah McCartney, Founder – 4160 Tuesdays.