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Kouros Fraîcheur (1993)
by Yves Saint Laurent

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Kouros Fraîcheur information

Year of Launch1993
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 118 votes)

People and companies

HouseYves Saint Laurent
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group > YSL Beaute
Parent Company at launchElf Aquitaine > Sanofi Beauté

About Kouros Fraîcheur

A lighter version of the original Kouros. The bottle is the same, but is opaque instead of the original white glass. Ideal for fans of Kouros, who want an alternative.

Kouros Fraîcheur fragrance notes

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Reviews of Kouros Fraîcheur

I love the og Kouros dearly but find it as 'almost' unwearable. It's a wearable composition in tiny amounts but let's face it... there's so much civet in that perfume that the sillage trails literally smell like hot steamy dookie. I live very close to my folks house and had applied a few sprays of a first formula Charles of the Ritz Kouros, ran over to their house about 15 minutes later for a moment, hugged my Mom hello while their dogs were sitting at her feet and the first words out of her mouth after hugging me were, 'I think one of the dogs farted and has to go out to poop'. I almost died, true story. Ever since then I'm extremely weary about wearing Kouros. In fact, I almost never wear it more for that comment Mom had made, but it's still my favorite perfume ever regardless.

Now this Fraicheur version is awesome and completely removes the strong faecal aspect of Kouros although there is a healthy dose of civet in this as well that drys down to a mild powderiness, no poop odor. This is a great perfume but there's some things about this that I do not like. Not smell wise but the way that Fraicheur behaves. This perfume smells incredible. It's a soapy vetiver with a patchouli and amber backdrop and the far dry down is to die for but, this perfume behaves strangely.

First off, Fraicheur is one of those perfumes that's translucent and quite the deceiver. This is a super strong perfume with monstrous sillage that just 'begs' for you to spray and spray and spray but you cannot smell this on you, at all. Last summer I had applied 3 or 4 healthy sprays to the chest area which I thought wasn't even close, went out to run my errands and had received the comment from a perfect stranger after chatting with them of 'smell you later'. I died and cried a little, didn't wear Fraicheur for a long while after that one so, this perfume has huge sillage and projection. It's a thin and wispy composition, very difficult to explain but it's a total deceiver.

Fraicheur smells like a really dry and soapy version of the original formula but thinned out, removed, a hologram almost. It's not thick, penetrating and obnoxious like the original. Seriously I cannot explain this one bit. I really love this Fraicheur equally as the original but this perfume is near impossible to guage in it's application so be aware.
11th January, 2018
Beautiful opening, a much less animalic version of Kouros, and a completely different opening with delicious, masculine citrus, and quite different overall for a flanker, comfortably wearable and good for the office with a shaving cream or barber shop feel.
21st October, 2016
This brilliant Kouros flanker was released during the Sanofi and Gucci era with the Sanofi Fraicheur version being remarkably stronger than the one from the Gucci era.
This is, as said already, like the original (vintage) but with the civet and musks toned down significantly and pineapple and soapyness added to make it less offensive and perfectly wearable during warmer weather without losing the Kouros dna! This is also perfect to be layers with a good spray of the original to amp it up if needed. It still lasts 8+ hrs and performs really well. A msterpiece, just like the original! Rating: 9.5/10
14th October, 2016
Excellent. I' ve never been along years a huge fan of the classic Ysl Kouros (despite the undeniable genius behind) but I have now to admit that this ostensibly fresher version (yes neither "sporty" nor ozonic) is far more wearable, decidedly more subtle/classy (somewhat exotic) and finally more connected with my personal taste. I'm not saying the differences are huge, just the brand has modulated the "combination of balancements" in order to issue an equally fresh but finally less musky, less angular (less visceral despite still "by civet" oriented) and all at once more discreet and multifaceted recipe (elegant, still persistent, lighter, "less wildly oriented", a touch more hesperidic, finally superbly balmy-soapy). The civet's presence (as previously outlined) is toned down, a wondeful exotic grapefruit is perfectly appointed, patchouli more classic-earthy and the soapy-resinous dry down is superbly elegant (ambergris veined, "fluidy woody", balmy, restrained). Totally endorsed.
31st May, 2015 (last edited: 05th September, 2015)
This one was hard to review. I just know that it opens with a very strong citrus tone, fading over time to a more dated soapy smell. After 5 hours, the smell was kind good, but I cannot imagine using it yet. In an older gentleman, this one would be an excellent choice.

Kouros fraicheur has an indisputable quality factor into it, I do not deny that.
21st August, 2011
Nothing much to say about Kouros Fraicheur as basically this composition does what the label says. Don't get me wrong, this is not a Kouros "sporty" edition neither an "aquatic" version. It's instead a slightly smoothered Kouros (yet mantaining all of its hallmarks) enriched with pineapple in the opening and with a gentler drydown. Simply amazing!
21st May, 2011

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