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Kouros Tattoo Edition (2007)
by Yves Saint Laurent


Kouros Tattoo Edition information

Year of Launch2007
AvailabilityDiscontinued / Limited Edition
Average Rating
(based on 56 votes)

People and companies

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

About Kouros Tattoo Edition

Kouros Tattoo Edition is a masculine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. The scent was launched in 2007 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer

Kouros Tattoo Edition fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Kouros Tattoo Edition

JonB Show all reviews
United States
I don't know if this is still available, but just in case:
The bones of Kouros are still here; the civet is still easily detectable. What has happened though is that some florals have been added on top. I assume this is the "calone" aromachemical.

The "Kouros" component is lessened by half, though the skank is still there.

In addition, there is a dry woody note (also a synthetic I'm sure). This woody note, along with the reduced skank, really makes for a pleasant drydown. So even though KTE smells a bit artificial, it's a pleasant fragrance. What works particularly well is the interplay between the civet and the woody base. It's amazing how civet can be made into something that smells so clean.
08th September, 2015
Kouros with added calone but w/o the animalic musk. Interesting and recommended.

13th June, 2015
I didn't smell the original Kouros but as I know, It's very strong and you can't wear it easily on the public!
So watered down version is my choice!
Start with a very lovely scent of citrus and floral.
The citrus doesn’t dominate in the opening and there is a good balance between citrus and floral scent. I like the opening.
The dry down is stronger floral scent and that's all I get to the end.
Both longevity and projection are average and there is nothing special in this parts.
I get 4-5h out of this and it's Ok for the price.
07th November, 2011
Following on from the original Kouros & Kouros Cologne Sport, this is now the 3rd variation I have tried.

It starts out sweeter and more floral than the original, but like the Cologne Sport variation, it doesn't stray too far from the original's composition in drydown.

Although there is no civet listed in the notes above, I swear that I can detect the original civet note in the drydown of this Tattoo version. Maybe just a slight hint of incense is there to distinguish this one from the rest.

Like Cologne Sport, Tattoo is nowhere near as powerful as the original, so it should be easier to wear out in public. This will definitely please fans of the original.
02nd July, 2011
I find this to be the one version of Kouros that smells like Kouros and yet is not difficult for me to wear with confidence.

Original Kouros can remind some of pee, Kouros Cologne Sport can remind some of poo (manure specifically), but this is the one that is "just right". It has the unmistakeable clovey, incensey, patchouli/fresh laundry Kouros signature. The animalic notes are dialed back quite a bit. The added fresh notes here are rather full bodied and fleshy-- not like the wan, screechiness of many modern clean scents.

This one is very modern, yet still edgy with its retro overtones. It has all the best parts of Kouros, while being easier to wear.

Put Kouros on a shelf; take the white bottle down occasionally to sniff and admire-- but this is the one to wear.
20th August, 2010

Okay, … a little bit similar to King Kouros, but I don’t get a lot of resemblance, and I don’t find it near as potent. On my skin the calone in the heart accord comes through so strongly that it really disrupts any clear association with the original Kouros. I find this quite marine / floral and I don’t get the perfumy smell that I get after the opening of Kouros. All that said, I like what I smell here. The citrus notes present themselves competently in the opening, and I really enjoy the marine feeling of the calone but I can feel it getting into my brain a little and suggesting a headache; if the potential for headache doesn’t get any worse than it has so far, the headache thing will not be a problem. The only floral I smell in the middle, jasmine, is used beautifully in conjunction with the calone – it forms a very fresh heart accord that holds for an extraordinarily long time. The dry down comes through a little softly with cedar. I don’t get any incense or musk… I get a simple, straightforward cedar with the last remnants of calone coming through. The dry down performs a bit weakly on my skin. I enjoy Kouros Tattoo and see it as another excellent alternative in an excellent line…

10th October, 2008

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