4160 Tuesdays’ Paris 1948 is a perfume constructed with a couture sensibility. It develops on the skin seamlessly, its notes gently meandering together to project a soft-focus sophistication, cocooning around me with a veiled opacity that is at once aloof and incredibly alluring. It skims the body like an exquisitely tailored shift dress; its beauty lies not what is obviously apparent, but what is underneath.
Paris 1948 opens with powdery spray of fuzzy peach splashed with a drizzling of tingling citrus tempered on a bed of cooling herbs. As the fruity accords effervesce, the herbal note sets the stage for the entrance of Paris 1948’s radiant, nebulous heart that pulsates like a living, breathing entity. Its redolent floracy diffusing through a screen of soft, moist woods, lubricated in a sparkling, pollen-infused honey.
Around this fragrant, undulating nucleus delicate, shimmering petals flutter and feel as if they are tickling my nose each time I lean in for another sniff. Paris 1948 beats on this fashion for hours until it silently simmers down to be cradled by a moist, mossy bed enveloped in a warm, quietly animalic shroud.
I’ve been wearing a lot of Paris 1948 lately. In fact we have become good friends. It has become my go-to interview perfume, which I have done quite a bit of these past few months. I feel it brings such a perfect combination of élan with a dash, a wink, of provocation. I’ve come to rely on it to deliver a sense of calm, self-assurance, and a kick of “go get em, tiger” when I’ve really needed it.
It’s a beautiful fragrance inspired by a glittering time in the history of great perfumes. In case you might be wondering, 1948 brought us Nina Ricci’s L’air du Temps, Chanel Mademoiselle, Rochas’ Mouche, Caron’s Tabac Noir, and my tuberose gateway drug, Robert Piguet’s Fracas.
Paris 1948 can be ordered directly from the 4160 Tuesdays web site with prices starting from £6.00 for a 4 ml trial mini to £90.00 for a 100 ml bottle. UK and international stockists can be found here.
Perfumer: Sarah McCartney
Notes: Peach, Grapefruit, Basil, Rose, Cedarwood, Orange Blossom, Rosewood, Honey, Oakmoss, Hay, Musk, Labdanum