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Kouros (1981)
by Yves Saint Laurent

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Kouros information

Year of Launch1981
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 1227 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerPierre Bourdon
PackagingAlain de Mourgues
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchSquibb > Charles of the Ritz Group

About Kouros

YSL's best selling men's fragrance and features in the best seller lists most years. The fragrance is distinctly woody, and the bottle based on Greek Architecture.
FIFI award winner in 1982

Reviews of Kouros

Kouros was a ancient hero who was said to have climbed a mountain and found the doorway to Mount Olympus the home of the Gods. The God's were impressed with this manly hero and the way he carried himself in their presence. Zeus the Father of the Gods gave Kouros the divine ambrosia to take back to Earth.

This ambrosia was said to give immortality if drunk and if worn as a fragrance make women and men fall down in awe before you. Kouros as the hero he was shared this ambrosia elixir of the Gods with mighty Kings and princes of the world.

Many hundreds of years later another hero by the name of Odysseus found the ambrosia at the tree of life at the end of the world. He wanted to share this divine elixir with normal men and not just Kings and great Princes. So he copied the fragrance with the best ingredients he could find. He called it Kouros in honor of the great hero from hundreds of years ago who did climb a mountain and enter the realm of the God's.

Thousands of years later a young perfumery called Yves Saint Laurent was said to have found the ancient parchment in a old Greek temple hand written by Odysseus himself. He took this formula and worked day and night and then in 1981 he released it to the world and like Odysseus he called it Kouros in honor of one of the greatest heroes known to mankind.

For many years real men have enjoyed this juice, it may have changed over the years but it's Spirit lived on.

Unfortunately when Yves Saint Laurent died and the company was taken over by L Oreal the scent was butchered. Some say in the old Greek temples they can hear the Gods cry and lamenting the greatest gift they gave man is no more.

Lets us not forget the greatness of Kouros!
16th January, 2019
OMG vintage...
Go easy on the trigger,
Smells like awesome!
18th October, 2018 (last edited: 29th October, 2018)
Oh, wow, I hate it. It’s so good but I can’t stand it. Never again, but well done.
17th September, 2018
In vintage, possibly the greatest achievement in male perfumery of all time.
Seriouslish
23rd June, 2018
It smells like a construction worker who accidentally sprayed a fake sweet perfume on his dirty clothes. It is the first scent where in a matter of seconds after the first sniff i almost puked. The biggest mistake was that i also sprayed it on my wirst. I felt like a skunk in a perfume store.
24th May, 2018
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Had a sample of this a few years ago, didn't really like it but didn't think it was horrible. Got another sample and actually kind of liked it. Not sure why people say it's so horrible. Never tried it in the 80's so I have no idea what the original smelled like. It's a classic and worth experiencing.
13th May, 2018

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Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent 3.3 oz energizing eau de toilette tonique 95% R45

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Kouros Silver by Yves Saint Laurent 3.4 oz EDT Cologne Spray for Men New in Box

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Kouros Body by Yves Saint Laurent Men 3.3 oz Eau De Toilette Spray NIB

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Vintage Kouros Fraicheur by Yves Saint Laurent EDT 3.3 oz 100 ml Rare 40% USED

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KOUROS SILVER by YVES SAINT LAURENT spray EDT 3.3 oz~100 ml TST Boxed YSL

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Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Silver Eau De Toilette1.6 oz Sealed

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Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Silver 3.3oz 100ml Eau De Toilette Spray Men's Cologne

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Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent Alcohol Free Deodorant Stick 2.6 oz

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KOURoS Body by Yves Saint Laurent Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz for Men

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KOUROS SILVER by Yves Saint Laurent 3.3 EDT MEN 3.4 oz YSL New in Box

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KOUROS by Yves Saint Laurent Eau De Toilette Spray 3.4 oz for Men

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YVES SAINT LAURENT KOUROS EAU DE TOILETTE 3.3 OZ READ DETAILS

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Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Silver Men's 1.6-ounce Eau de Toilette Spray

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Kouros Tattoo Collector Yves Saint Laurent Men 3.3 oz Energizing Eau de Toilette

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