Smooth Operator – 4160 Tuesdays The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO) Perfume Review

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan – The Sexiest Man on the Planet. Ever (IMHO)

Sex sells, as they say, and the world of perfume is certainly no exception. We are constantly bombarded with hyper-sexualised images of men and women, gently caressing perfume bottles and writhing around in faux wind-machine-assisted ecstasy, all just to spur us to part with cash at our local branch of Debenhams. Some brands go even further and play with the naked form in a deliberately shocking way, like Tom Ford with his verging-on-the-obscene Terry Richardson ad campaign for Tom Ford for Men, for example, or even Yves Saint Laurent and their slightly more tasteful, but still completely full frontal print ad for M7 (both NSFW links courtesy of Mr. Ford’s artistic direction, FYI).

But what makes a perfume sexy? Well, one would think that the answer to this question is entirely subjective, and in reality I think that is most likely to be the case. I imagine our idea of ‘sexiness’ in scent to be similar to the appearance of love potions in the world of Harry Potter (bear with me here), where the smell that each potion exudes is unique to the individual that sniffs it, depending on what they find attractive in a person. To put it another way – one man’s sexy fragrance is another’s olfactory cold shower, and it would be true to say that many supposedly ‘sexy’ scents fail to deliver, whereas the most seductive scents seem to be those that aren’t necessarily billed as such – sexy surprises, if you will.

One fragrance that makes rather bold claims about being ‘hot’ is 4160 Tuesdays’ ‘The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO)‘. Well, that’s what one would think from the name, but in reality this perfume, which was originally created by perfumer Sarah McCartney as a base for her Gin Garden scent and inadvertently named by a Tatler journalist, has a moniker that is served with tongue pressed firmly in cheek. The truth however, is that this fragrance is wonderfully executed, delicious and one of the easiest scents to wear on the planet. Ever.

The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO)

The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO)

The Notes

Bergamot, Vanilla, Woods, Musk and Ambergris

How Does it Smell?

Opening with the sweet, fluffy quality of bergamot, The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO) (hereafter simply referred to as ‘The Sexiest Scent’) gives off an irresistible ‘Earl Grey Tea’ vibe – in fact, despite its lack of black tea, it has become the Earl Grey perfume that this writer has long been searching for, perfectly capturing the powdery sparkle of sweet bergamot that bursts forward when one breaks the seal on a brand new box of tea bags. It is divine.

Subtlety and simplicity are the key to sexiness here, and underneath that Earl Grey-esque start, The Sexiest Scent is one heck of a smooth operator, boasting the softest, smoothest and velvetiest woods that drape one’s skin in a plush layer of scented silk. The cedarwood at the perfume’s heart hints at warm bodies, making for an olfactory experience that could be neatly described as being ‘your skin but better’. And to be fair, If my actual skin smelled this good, I would never leave the house.

Then comes the vanilla. Ah, vanilla – the trusty base material that is so often misused and turned into a cloying, gourmand nightmare, but of course, as already demonstrated, perfumer Sarah McCartney knows exactly what she’s doing and the use of vanilla in The Sexiest Scent is blooming marvellous. I would describe the woody-vanilla base as being “so delicious it is likely to inspire cannibalistic inclinations whilst worn”. It’s that lovely, and as I’ve said all along in this review, the approach is that of subtlety – this is no honking great big vanilla, it’s a sweet and spicy babbling brook of a vanilla. A body of water that one simply cannot help but dive into.

The Sexiest Scent is a remarkable essay in restraint. It shows that something soft, subtle and relatively quiet can be phenomenally enjoyable and incredibly satisfying to wear. It’s one of those perfumes that wears as an aura with moderate sillage but excellent longevity and its addictive nature means that one finds themselves with their wrist firmly pressed against their nose for large portions of the day. In summary, this stuff is excellent, but I suppose you’re all wondering whether it’s sexy or not and I guess the only answer I can give to that question is – “hell to the yes”.


4160 Tuesdays’ The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO) is available in 30ml (£40), 50ml (£49.50) and 100ml Eau de Parfum (£80).

Further Reading

I Scent You a Day
The Wall of Scent – An Afternoon with 4160 Tuesdays [From the TCPB Archives]

Sample and notes via 4160 Tuesdays. Image 1 (i.e. Jamie Dornan’s ruggedly handsome face) via Image 2 via


24 thoughts on “Smooth Operator – 4160 Tuesdays The Sexiest Scent on the Planet. Ever. (IMHO) Perfume Review

  1. I do believe I will seek this out on my up-and-coming trip to Town. Something different. Lovely review. Bussi. xxx

  2. I got my 4160Tuesdays sampler set last week and I have not yet tried any of the 15 that came in the pack (I probably should have my perfumista card pulled!). I will have to try this one first and report back.

    And in response to your comment to my comment in your post regarding your visit to the innards of 4160Tuesdays, I will absolutely love to meet you the next time I visit London; no plans to do so yet in the next 6 months but I will certainly visit again!

  3. Loved “sexy surprises”!

    I tried this one at Sarah’s HQ. I agree it’s very wearable and likeable with that “your skin but better” quality.

    Funnily enough I’m reviewing my sexy scent next week, although it’s a pretty obvious one by PG.

  4. isn’t it *lovely*? I just got a big bottle after using every drop of the tester–and have been loving every moment of its warm, enticing wisps. I’m surprised by its staying power and that it doesn’t get swallowed up by my skin, as so many quieter scents do. It’s got a persistent insistence to it: no shouting, but you’re going to pay attention and you’re not going to forget. It’s like one of those fascinating people who speak quietly, but so interestingly you want to lean in and listen closely, because you suspect a good dash of well-spoken wickedness under that deceptive modesty.

    And hurrah for vanilla that doesn’t even have the slightest whiff of cakeyness about it.

  5. Dear Thomas, this is every bit as good as you described. Indeed, I started my sampling of the 4160Tuesdays line with this. It could be my imagination — this smells like Van Cleef & Arpels Orchidee Vanille but amped up with something warm, almost spicy and perhaps just a touch of soft leather. If you or any of your readers have tried Orchidee Vanille, I would be curious about your impressions.

    • Interesting comparison! I can see the similarities, both are woody-vanillas, but I find the Van Cleef to be thicker, sweeter and more iris-y. The Sexiest Scent is almost a more stripped-down version, I feel.

      • Eeek! I did not explain myself well! 100% agree that Orchidee Vanille is thicker and sweeter. The Sexiest Scent is not as sweet, but it has a bubbly spiciness from the bergamot that makes it sheer yet full-bodied at the same time. This is FBW for sure!

    • I just ordered a few 4160 Tuesdays samples, The Sexiest Scent being one of them. If The Sexiest Scent is similar to Orchidee Vanille, then I’ll be in heaven!

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