Bud Parfums “Gamekeeper” Review; Thursday GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

Hello everyone,

Evie C’s super interview with Howard Jarvis on Monday reminded me I haven’t reviewed any of the samples I ordered from Bud Parfums. What a ning-nong I am sometimes, so I thought as a part down-payment on my full Bud Parfums story I’d give you a sneaky peek at one of my favourite scents from the range.

GAMEKEEPER

“Then, one day, a lovely sunny day with tufts of primroses under the hazels, and many violets dotting the paths, she came in the afternoon to the coops and there was one tiny, tiny perky chicken tinily prancing round in front of a coop.
The keeper, squatting beside her, was also watching with an amused face the bold little bird in her hands. Suddenly he saw a tear fall on to her wrist.
And he stood up, and stood away, moving to the other coop. For suddenly he was aware of the old flame shooting and leaping up in his loins, that he had hoped was quiescent for ever. He laid his hand on her shoulder, and softly, gently, it began to travel down the curve of her back, blindly, with a blind stroking motion, to the curve of her crouching loins. “Shall you come to the hut?” he said, in a quiet, neutral voice.”
‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ by D.H.Lawrence


Richard Ansdell’s English Gamekeeper  via goldenagepaintings

This is how Gamekeeper is introduced on the Bud Parfums website and strangely it fits. There is the creak and crack of citrus branch, also the fruit, juice and leaf, humus rich oakmoss, warming resinous labdanum, the musk and clean bright patchouli round the whole lovely, sexy concert out. In truth I don’t know what palmarosa oils smell like so I can’t attest to their inclusion (apparently it smells like Geranium Leaf and is used instead of endangered Rosewood). The fragrances don’t really form a pyramid within Gamekeeper, they are more like tendrils of scent interwoven that spike up occasionally through the life of the scent story, you think they’ve gone but back they come changed, lightened or darkened, in different combinations. This is like a book where firstly you are introduced to all the characters, then throughout they are placed together in different groupings or sometimes nearly alone.

Although this is marketed as a masculine, and there are moments of truly manly cologne-ish glory, this seems to me like a fragrance that would work deliciously and decorously on women, there is a flapper feel to Gamekeeper. It’s very sexy, almost sexual, and has a light skank alert that I find riveting. As if the fragrance has gone inside the cottage with them to partake in the fun but not stayed till the end.

The website and Fragrantica give the same information.

If you go to the Bud Parfums website choose any size refill and it will take you to the fragrance lists. Also, bottle purchase is separate, such a wonderful idea, so you get to choose. AWESOME!

I’ll finish up this review with the first gamekeeper to steal my heart, Rupert Graves played D H Lawrence’s sublimely delicious gay gamekeeper in the movie Maurice. I spent years searching for just such a specimen, and while the search was rewarding in and of itself, the closest I have ever come is now a blogger himself, the one who inspired me to start writing this blog. I hope he’s reading.

Rupert Graves, Maurice 1987 Stolen from IMDb

Another excellent and enjoyable week here for me, I hope for you too, and we’ve looked at a lovely bunch of fragrances. Here’s you chance to win a small selection of them. In fact, this week there are 6 great reasons to enter our….

THURSDAY GIVEAWAY COMPETITION!

In honour of our Annick Goutal Review we are putting a 1.5ml spray decant of Annick Goutal’s Passion in
From Sunday Quicksniff Reviews 3ml spray decant of Fracas for Men by Robert Piguet
and 1.5ml spray decant of Eau Mega by Viktor & Rolf
Evie C did a lovely interview with Howard Jarvis from Bud Pafums so a 1.5ml spray decant of Bud Parfums Gamekeeper
and lastly, the remains of my by Kilian Water Calligraphy manufacturers sample
and Aedes de Venustas EdP sample from the Extraordinaries That Arrived By Post

Plus P&H anywhere in the world.

How do you win? Simply leave a short comment on your favourite gamekeeper, in life, film, novel or story, or if that’s too hard just leave a Hello in the comments. I do love to read your contributions though so do try.

If you win you must get in touch by Wednesday 23.5.12 or I’ll give your prize to someone else. As TARA didn’t get in touch last week her prize will go to Penny Cascio.

See you all tomorrow,

Portia xx

34 comments on “Bud Parfums “Gamekeeper” Review; Thursday GIVEAWAY COMPETITION

  1. Llewellyn Dickeson says:

    Billy Connolly as Queen Victoria’s gamekeeper Mr Brown has to be my favourite particularly his skinny dipping in the cold English surf scene.

  2. anatu13 says:

    Other than in Lady Chatterly’s lover, which I recall very much enjoying though I don’t remember anything other than that, alas, I can’t think of any of that sort of gamekeepers! On the other hand, I help run a game convention for board games, wargames with miniatures and terrain, role-playing games, etc., and these have game “masters,” GMs, who run the games. One of my favorite GMs runs a horror game in a room he outfits with theatrical lighting and sound. He himself is a bit spooky–pale and extremely tall, looming over the players with a voice that can boom or lull or convey the most delicious creepiness according to the character he is representing at the time. It is quite an experience! Another is slight and wiry and moves with the dangerous grace that comes from years of martial arts training–he was a professional kickboxer for several years. He comes up with the most intricate, twisting plots and detailed, fully-realized locations at the drop of a hat. And while these two are highly controlled and reserved, my other favorite is a hard-drinking extrovert whose games are loose and witty and absolutely hilarious, with a well-researched historical background. If his wife is playing, the witty banter is at its peak–you could just watch the two of them for the full four hours and have a marvelous time without playing at all!

    Sorry, that is a bit of a tome! Thank you very much for the draw!.

  3. Kathy Woods says:

    I have a feeling that somehow my comment got posted on yesterday’s blog. Not sure how that happened. Oh well,.

  4. anatu13 says:

    Other than in Lady Chatterly’s lover, which I recall very much enjoying though I don’t remember anything other than that, alas, I can’t think of any of that sort of gamekeepers!

    On the other hand, I help run a game convention for board games, historical wargames with miniatures and terrain, role-playing games, etc., and these have game “masters,” GMs, who run the games. One of my favorite GMs runs a horror role-playing game in a room he outfits with theatrical lighting and sound. He himself is a bit spooky–pale and extremely tall, looming over the players with a voice that can boom or lull or convey the most delicious creepiness according to the character he is representing at the time. It is quite an experience! Another is slight and wiry and moves with the dangerous grace that comes from years of martial arts training–he was a professional kickboxer for several years. He comes up with the most intricate, twisting plots and detailed, fully-realized locations at the drop of a hat. And while these two are highly controlled and reserved, my other favorite is a hard-drinking extrovert whose games are loose and witty and absolutely hilarious, with a well-researched historical background. If his wife is playing, the witty banter is at its peak–you could just watch the two of them for the full four hours and have a marvelous time without playing at all!

    Sorry, that is a bit of a tome! Thank you very much for the draw!.

  5. Kathy Woods says:

    Ok, I have retrieved this post from yesterday’s blog because it makes much more sense with today’s blog.

    Portia,
    As I am a true HP tragic, my fave gamekeeper absolutely must be Hagrid but I really doubt that he’d smell nice.
    Kathy W, Somewhere in the Middle
    xx

  6. St. Murphy says:

    Can I just say Portia, I am a huge fan of your writing. Very excited to see what becomes of your blog. Only great things is my prediction. Your knowledge, love and enthusiasm for fragrances is infectious. And makes me feel slightly ignorant! How do you know this stuff??? I’m lucky to describe a fragrance by anything other than the name of the bottle. LOVING your work.

    xoxoxoxoxo
    St. Murphy

  7. Dionne says:

    Like Kathy already mentioned, my all-time fave gameskeeper is Hagrid. However, favorite in a huggy-BIL-kind-of-way, not a Lady Chatterley kind of way. For sex-ay gamekeepers, that would be Sean Bean.

  8. Undina says:

    I tried most of the perfumes you offer in the giveaway so I think you shouldn’t include me into the draw, I want others to have a chance to try them. But I just wanted to say Hi anyway.
    Hi, Portia!

  9. Mark Evans says:

    Hi Portia,
    Another great blog entry, I don’t know how you find the time!
    For the life of me I can’t think of any gamekeepers except for good old Hagrid, but I do know about palmarosa – it has a geranium leaf smell with a rosey note. Similar to rosewood and sometimes used in place of rosewood as this has been placed on the endangered species list due to over exploitation.

    Thanks for the draw!

  10. Thanks Portia, another great review. I encourage every one to read (or reread Lady Chatterley even after 20 years since you did) to feel the passion. Maybe Hagrid could be another project. Mmm I am thinking earthy mushrooms, pipe tobacco and that beard smell. What do you think ? Cheers, Howard.

  11. Hello there gorgeous Portia, and thank you, once again, for spending the time, and writing such beautiful, inspirational words, I truly enjoy reading your words xxx
    Now, gamekeepers???? hmmmmm…. of course Lady Chatterleys Lover is by far the best on film, but in my life, an unknown mystery man will always remain my gamekeeper.
    When I was young and carefree, I spent 2 years on a Kibbutz in Isreal, barefoot and no bra, with no cares in the world….. happy, hippy dayz!
    A girlfriend and I ran out of money so we went to a Moshav (farm) where they pay you for your labours, including fruit picking, collecting chicken eggs and so forth, and every day, a gorgeous Adonis of a man used to drive by in his open top jeep, give us a half sleepy smile, and drive on. His blonde hair fell over his ears, and into his eyes, his sweaty, dusty shirt was always undone, showing of his taut, hairless chest, gleaming in the sun, his hands tough and rugged, holding onto the steering wheel.
    As you can imagine, our legs used to turn to jelly, our mouths dry up, and our faces went red….. we never knew his name, and he never stopped to talk to us, but to this day my heart races when I think of him…….. aaaah, just the thought………….!
    Thanks for bringing back the memory!
    Love your work Portia, see you soon xxxxx

  12. killerrabbit says:

    Another fabulouso post Portia. But I am just in awe of how hot Rupert Graves was, Gamekeeper the perfume should have been devoted to him he was gorgeous…what ever happened to Rupert Graves?

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  14. Cindy says:

    Just found your blog this morning and I love it. I great approach to perfume that will help me a lot when choosing a new perfume. I’d love to be in your competition.

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