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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 1276 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

Dirty great male pudenda barely covered by a fig leaf of bathroom cleanliness.

4*

The modern version has been censored
07th December, 2019 (last edited: 13th January, 2020)
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

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KOUROS EAU DE TOILETTE ~ 3.3 OZ SPRAY BOTTLE by YVES SAINT LAURENT ~USED - NO BX

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KOUROS FRAICHEUR YVES SAINT LAURENT EAU DE TOILETTE 10 ML. 0.33 FL.OZ.

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Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Eau De Toilette Tonique 3.3 fl oz Spray

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Kouros Cologne By YVES SAINT LAURENT FOR MEN 3.4 oz Eau De Toilette Spray

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Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent YSL 2pc Gift Set Men 3.3 oz Cologne + Shower Gel

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