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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 1268 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
PerfumerPierre Bourdon
PackagingAlain de Mourgues
Parent CompanyL'Oral 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

I'm not too big into classic men's fragrances in general. Often things with oakmoss or some other classic notes tend to come off very soapy to me. But, I also haven't really tried too many, so I figure I should.

Still, it comes as no surprise to me that Kouros isn't for me. The strong civet note and the soapiness of the oakmoss combine to create a kind of urinal cake smell when up close. And really that proximity is the issue. It's not something where you can put your wrist up to your nose and take a sniff (something I love to do with my favorite fragrances). It's definitely better from far away, which is just not my style.
08th September, 2019
Nuclear pink urinal bricks.
06th September, 2019
Male goats smell good. But only to female goats. For human noses, try Antaeus. Sorry Kouros.
01st July, 2019
Similar to Aramis, only better. Less dry, I think.
27th June, 2019
My thumb is barely up, mostly sideways.

I've tried both a vintage version (from the 90s) and the current version (as of 2019).

The vintage is indeed "dirtier." Kind of nauseating actually. I wanted to experience the legendary "gladiator jock strap" odor of this thing and... well... be careful what you wish for. It's just not very pleasant. I don't get any urine or fecal smells. It's just kind of ew.

The current reformulation is actually somewhat better to my nose. It has a more incense quality. Still keeping the animalic notes but masking them a bit with spice. Only in the drydown will you experience what the original was and by then it's a skin scent where it belongs.

Both have excellent longevity.

I was looking for something that was bold and outrageous and unapologetically masculine, but the original is just kind of gross. It doesn't smell so much like a sweaty guy as it does a dead animal dipped in potpourri.

If you want to try this, go ahead. But don't get upset if you can't find the vintage stuff, and certainly don't spend big bucks for it. It's not actually wearable in public whereas the new stuff is. Barely.
23rd April, 2019
The negative reviews are obviously from people who have no clue. Kouros (current formulation)is a beast. It is so strong after spraying that you simply can not just put your nose right up to it. It has to be smelled from a distance. That's where the magic happens. You have to wait a good hour before you put your nose to your arm and even then, two inches away, or the civet will overwhelm you. Civet is a note that's meant to work from a distance. The dry down of Kouros is hauntingly beautiful. Three sprays maximum, one on each wrist, and one under the shirt projects massively. Too strong to spray on the neck or upper arm area. Thinking about buying Kouros? I say GO for it. If you wear it right, you are going to love it! You probably will even develop an addiction to it. My advice to YSL is do not reformulate this anymore. The way it is right now is perfect! I LOVE wearing this luxurious juice!
16th March, 2019 (last edited: 19th March, 2019)

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