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Body Kouros (2000)
by Yves Saint Laurent


Body Kouros information

Year of Launch2000
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 816 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerAnnick Menardo
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchPinault-Printemps-Redoute > Gucci Group > YSL Beaute

About Body Kouros

Body Kouros was launched by YSL in 2000, to build on the Kouros range. This oriental fragrance, created by perfumer Annick Menardo, starts with vibrant eucalyptus and dries down to Camphorwood and Benzoin.

Body Kouros fragrance notes

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Reviews of Body Kouros

my signature scent. Most of what I own, costs more than this. But I dont see another scent, supplanting this one, as that fragrance that I go to more than anything else. I wear it to work, as much as I might wear it to a bar or restaurant.

Its just delicious, in a very smart, laid back, smokey, creamy way. A very elegant perfume, that Ive smelled on just as many women, as men. I dont mess around with the newly reformulated bottles that are the same as the 'white Kouros' bottle, painted in black matte paint.

I stick to what I know. And the older bottles, are what you should buy, if you can get ahold of them. Near me, there is a scent shoppe that I frequent, and they still have an old inventory of the older bottles, with the better lifespan. They cost a bit more than the recent reformulations, but they are well worth their price point.

Its primarily a skin scent...but despite sitting close to the skin, it lasts all day on me. When I get in the shower...some 12 hours after I leave my place for work. And the hot water hits my body, this scent comes to life all over again, telling me, "Ive been here all day, dude!"

so, tho you may not smell it much, at certain points of the day, make no mistake, others near you can smell it...a lot. Its a classic.
24th November, 2015
Erok32 Show all reviews
United States
This is one of the most under rated fragrances out there. It's dominated by a cozy combination of vanilla and incense, splashed with a few drops of eucalyptus and woods. I find this to be very versatile during cool seasons. Body Kouros is very similar to Lolita Lempicka Au Masculine, only dryer and lacking any gourmand-ish notes.

It projects well without becoming cloying, and longevity is excellent.
25th October, 2015
This light, sweet and dry scent opened for me with a burst of citrus and pine. It quickly got to the heart of the matter, which was a rip-off of Angel. Certainly pleasant as any rip-off of that original masterwork would be, but derivative nonetheless.

Turin gave it four stars, and called it a rip-off of a different scent, Yohji Homme. I'll have to try that one and see if both of these smell of Angel to me.

Overall, a pleasant gourmand, but points off for lack of originality.
16th October, 2015
JonB Show all reviews
United States
I've owned a bottle of this for about 5 years. My stream of consciousness thoughts were: Strong, chocolate, rubber, slightly powdery, Rochas Man. It was a bit much at the time due to it's strength, sillage and longevity (all great). Now, after letting it sit in the closet for several years, it has grown on me. If you already own Rochas Man, you probably don't need this, but if you are looking for a gourmand chocolatey, almondy, rubbery fragrance, go for it. It does come in one of the butt ugliest bottles ever devised though.
07th September, 2015

BODY KOUROS is Show a Real Man with a Nice Style.It has An Essence of Seduce and quite quick and professional from start to finish. A Romantic fragrance with Rich trace of Spice. Warm,Magnetic,Virile,Sonorous, Oriental,Bold and Everlasting.

The top notes Intensive,Include eucalyptus and incense Then becomes Warmer and Mysterious due to Chinese Cedar and Clary Sage,A Lovely and Masculine Base notes with Benzoin Leads a Great scent that Lasts for hours and infuse with a Sensuous yet Relax feeling.

It is for Everybody who want Attract Ladies without much effort.It Excites the wearer,leaving them feeling Heady and Vibrant More for a ROMANTIC Night.Perfect for a Bold Character.It is too Heavy for Hot days Definitely for AUTUMN/WINTER.

Sillage? Ok.

Longevity?Good on my skin.

09th June, 2015
Benzoin, synthetic incense and sour balsamic-anisic greenish herbs (eucaliptus and sage) is exactly what you get at the opening, soon developing a warm, rather bold anisic-almondy aftertaste which I wouldn’t know which note to attribute to exactly – quite sure there’s spices here, definitely tonka above all, as I get a whole sweet Oriental base accord, made smokier by that woody incense note. So, shortly a sweet, kind of soft but at the same time round and bold (almost heavy actually) balsamic and nearly-heavily spiced anisic-resinous-herbal Oriental blend. Not the slightest connection to Kouros to pretty much any extent; but still a remarkable scent to say the least, more than versatile and easy to wear, really “simple” and effortless – almost naif and slightly tacky for the first hour or so (far less than it may have been with these notes, though). Then, after some three or four hours, an unexpectedly mellow and “grey” late-drydown arrives, with a really peculiar sort of discreet and dusty incense-starch note that reminded me of the smell of freshly-laundered garments. Slightly aromatic, kind of “gassy” and breezy, really clean. And nearly completely different from what came before, to any extent; the heavy spices are gone, not much more sweetness left, just this immensely enjoyable thin fog of almost-avantgarde smoky incense with an anisic vein and a crisp substance. Quite a twist if compared to the almost juvenile and kind of flashy early stages, which are more all about thick resinous spices. I wouldn’t define Body Kouros a gem, but we’re almost there - a true keeper for sure, with a quite distinctive informal and playful vibe then unexpectedly and effortlessly morphing into a classy and enveloping drydown.


P.S. I wasn’t aware this has been (allegedly) “heavily” reformulated, but just in case - my bottle is the older one.
10th April, 2015

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