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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

…And Where The Men Are “Ugly Bastards:” Bud Parfums of Australia, Part Two (and a Prize Draw!)

By Donna

In my last post I reviewed several feminine fragrances from Bud Parfums of Australia, and now I am turning my attention to the offerings for men. I seem to have some that are on the sweeter side of the range, but I guess I was attracted to their descriptions without thinking too much of variety. No matter, because I like all of them, and if these are any indication of what the others are like as far as quality is concerned, I need not worry. Perfumer Howard Jarvis certainly seems to know what the gents like to wear.

Chocolate Soldier is deceptively sweet to start, with a big in-your–face chocolate note combined with a highly pitched citrus that could be either petitgrain or neroli and seems a bit too much with the chocolate, but once that quiets down, which is very quickly, the orange loses its sharpness and a harmonious rum accord joins in. At this point, I thought it was still going to be sweet and somewhat boneless, but some pleasingly warm spices soon intervened, and there is a base of mellow wood (perhaps teak?), that holds it all together and keeps the chocolate in check. Chocolate in perfume can be problematic to the point of being a deal breaker for me (i.e. (Montale Chocolate Greedy, one of my very few Montale scrubbers so far), but Chocolate Soldier is a creamy, nutty dark essence, not a dry dusty cocoa, and it is an ideal match for the woody base. By the time it has all settled down it’s a smooth talker of a perfume, seamless and quite sophisticated, and the longevity is excellent. I have liked it more with each wearing and as much as I would like to find out what it’s like on a man’s skin, it surely does work very well on mine. Add another one to the relatively short list of fragrances that incorporate chocolate with great success.

In contrast, Assassin is somewhat more in keeping with the usual idea of a “masculine” fragrance but it is by no means business as usual. It is rich and ornate and it definitely has a dark side. It’s as elegant as James Bond, with a secret up its sleeve; the unusual and well, addictive base notes involve oud and a touch of hashish, and gives it an edge that makes it just unfamiliar enough to keep you guessing. It is not like one of the trendy new ouds since that is not the dominant characteristic; I actually get more of the hashish aroma here, just enough to be distinctive, and the oud wood is simply another component of the whole. This is a good thing, because it is more wearable than some of those more aggressive oud perfumes which, while often beautiful, require a lot of restraint and are not suitable for all occasions. A subtle and persistent fruitiness that I decided must be pomegranate adds even more interest and I finally realized, after several trial runs, what it reminded me of. I once bought a perfume called Persephone from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, and Assassin smells not unlike a more evolved rendition of that, but with a masculine sensibility This is a man’s equivalent of a feminine evening perfume, a little too much for daytime but just perfect for stepping out on the town – and if you run into a little international intrigue on the way, at least you will be dressed for it.

I still wish I had asked for a sample of the leathery Whoa de Cologne, but there is an even more colorfully named fragrance in the lineup, and that is Ugly Bastard. The tongue-in-cheek idea behind this one is that it smells so good everyone will think you are handsome even if you’re not – and smell good it does! If I had to give it a classification I guess it would be a fougère since it has a freshness that persists all the way through its development, but it is a richer mix than is usually found in this style, and it has none of that piercing synthetic sharpness that passes for “fresh notes” all too often found in today’s modern fougères. There is some chocolate and rum in here too but with contrasting elements of delicate florals, herbs, spices and a particularly nice teak wood base that lift it into a whole different realm than Chocolate Soldier. It’s brisk without being medicinal, refreshing without being astringent and just sweet enough to be charming. I found the far drydown to be especially delicious. Gentlemen, regardless of your appearance this well-constructed fragrance will be find favor with whoever you wish to impress, and even if you are already good-looking you will seem even more attractive while sporting a splash or two of Ugly Bastard.

Now for the good part: Bud Parfums is generously donating a 10 ml bottle of Ugly Bastard to one lucky reader! Just indicate in the comments if you would like to be entered. The winner’s name will be drawn the week after this review is posted. (Sorry, U.S. mailing addresses only.) And do tell – have you tried any of the Bud Parfums fragrances before, and which ones do you like?

Disclosure: The perfume samples were sent to me for testing by Bud Parfums at my request. Samples are available for purchase on the Bud Parfums Web site.

Image credit: Photo of Australian actor David Wenham via the, original source unknown.

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Blogger tmp00 said...

I know it's bad form but I'm asking

12:15 AM EDT  
Blogger Datura5750 said...

Please enter me also!

1:12 AM EDT  
Blogger Martinus Scriblerus said...

goodness, they sound fascinating, ugly bastard especially. The brand is new to me but I would love to experience them myself. Please enter me!

2:52 AM EDT  
Blogger M. said...

I would like to be entered in the Ugly Bastard prize draw!
I've never had a chance to try any of the Bud Parfums creations but I would really love to. Do they send samples internationally?

6:21 AM EDT  
Blogger Christof said...

Bud seems to hit the right balance between being innovative and wearable. Please enter me. This sound very promising.

6:49 AM EDT  
Blogger woodgirl said...

I haven't tried this line, but how can I resist something named Ugly Bastard? Please enter me in the draw, thanks.

8:30 AM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

The names alone make me want to try the scents! Fun review, and thanks for a chance to win!

10:25 AM EDT  
Anonymous Maureen said...

what a funny name for a fragrance. Please enter me in draw. I have never tried this line, but I's love to put this on a man...I would get such a huge mental evil chuckle.

10:54 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


That's my kind of eye candy. I don't know that Ugly Bastard is my kind of smell, but I absolutely had to say something about the image...

12:25 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please put me in the drawing.

12:52 PM EDT  
Blogger Marko said...

I could certainly use a fragrance that makes me more "attractive" to those who are close enough to smell it - so, PLEASE, enter me into the drawing....thanks!

12:54 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the cheeky names, and Chocolate Soldier sounds like my cup of tea! Would love to be entered in the draw to try Ugly Bastard. Thanks for featuring this; the brand is new to me as well.

2:46 PM EDT  
Blogger MoonRae said...

I can't resist...please enter me

4:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous sybil said...

I like th4e idea of sounding like an Ugly Bastard, even though I'm a woman! Please sign me up for the drawing. I haven't tried any Bud fragrances, but I am now interested, thanks to your posts.

4:55 PM EDT  
Blogger Sean said...

I'd like to be that lucky ugly bastard. Please enter me.

5:31 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks guys for your comments and sample orders. We love making different perfumes with cheeky names. The perfume fun and adventure continues. Cheers, Howard Jarvis, Bud Parfums.

6:01 PM EDT  
Blogger dremybluz said...

please enter me in the draw

8:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with a description like that, how could i not want to be in the drawing?! sounds like a fun house. will definitely look it up.


10:30 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Tom, you're in! :-)

12:16 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Datura5750, you are entered!

12:17 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Martinus, you are in!

12:17 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

M. sorry, this draw is for U.S. only, but if you order samples directly from them, they do ship worldwide.

12:18 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Christof, your name is in the hat!

12:18 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

woodgirl, isn't it fun? Your are in!

12:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Thanks Tammy, you are in the draw!

12:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Maureen, I know, I want to do the same thing! You are entered!

12:20 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Muse - I know, isn't he swoony? Absolutely NOT an "ugly bastard" but I figured he would draw some attention. :-D

12:22 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Barbara, you got it!

12:23 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

LOL Marko, you are in!

12:24 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

anotherperfumeblog, your name is entered!

12:24 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

MoonRae, that's a confirm!

12:25 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

sybil, thanks, you are in!

12:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Sean, good luck, you are in!

12:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Howard, thanks for dropping by, and please do keep it up with the cheeky names, it's a lot of fun!

12:27 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

dremybluz, you got it!

12:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

minette, you are in!

12:29 AM EDT  
Blogger mous said...

please put me in the draw

2:29 AM EDT  
Anonymous annemariec said...

Don't enter me in the draw, as I am in Australia, and am easily able to buy samples, and have already done that. But David Wenham! He;s been a heartbeat of mine for yonks. What a dIsh that man is.! Ugly bastard? No way!

5:17 AM EDT  
Blogger a.k.a. Warum said...

Wow, these are different! I'd say it's a different concept. Now, everyone is HINTING at it (use our perfume and you'll be attractive) but no one is just SAYING it OUTLOUD!

I am intrigued.

Now, I've never tried Bud perfumes.
Thanks for the draw.

12:54 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

Please enter me in the Bud drawing. I've been fascinated since the last article!

2:22 PM EDT  
Anonymous Rita R. said...

LOL! How can anyone resist? Please enter me also. And I would like to try this line on my husband who is searching for a good scent. I just keep making off with what I get for him.

8:03 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

ll graham, you're in!

1:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

annemariec, that's the point - if you wear Ugly Bastard, all the ladies will THINK you look like David Wenham! :-D

1:10 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

a.k.a. Warum, you are entered! I like the fun factor a lot, more perfume companies should loosen up a little!

1:11 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

moss1310, I am glad you enjoyed these reviews, you are in!

1:12 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Rita R. you are in! Don't be surprised if you end up "nicking" these as well! :-)

1:13 AM EDT  
Anonymous class flirt said...

oh, absolutely!

7:09 PM EDT  
Anonymous zeram1 said...

Please enter me in the draw as well. Unfortunately, I have never heard of this line before.

7:50 PM EDT  
Anonymous rosiegreen said...

Please enter me in the draw. I have to have just for the name and the review makes it sound irresistible.

12:35 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

class flirt, zeram1 and rosiegreen, you are all in the draw!

6:22 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...


Thanks to everyone for your interest. The winner will be selected and announced shortly. Good luck!

9:19 PM EDT  
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Have a great day.
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12:54 PM EDT  
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