I do get incense out of Kouros. But it's certainly not the main player. It's very complex.
It's spicy, slightly floral, smokey, sweet, slightly animalic, it has a ton of musk and a touch of civet.
It's amazing that such a clash of notes can blend together smoothly in the drydown.
The biggest issue most people have with Kouros is the opening.
I own a 50ml of Kouros and I don't want to be without it.
I don't wear it monthly but there are times that I crave to wear it.
I love my "compliment getters", but I need my "Kouros" moment from time to time.
I need that moment when something is on my mind or when I'm unhappy about something or need to reflect on certain things.
It's brutal. Super masculine. Uncompromising. Kouros doesn't care. It gives me a rush.
I mostly wear it when I'm at home. I have worn it a couple of times while shopping.
I remember 1 old guy literally staring at me in the bus. Not in disgust though.
It was like he was hypnotized. I have never seen that look on anyone's face.
They might not expect such a fragrance on a guy who is in his twenties, lol.
If you don't give Kouros a test on your skin, you should be banned from this forum.
Oh BTW, my mother says it smells soapy.
I never asked her if it smells soapy, as in urinal cakes.
Because I don't care.
The juice in my sample is dark brown.
Not purple like the bottles.... weird.
This stuff is very sexy.
To me it's useless to try to point out specific notes, since the notes are very interwoven.
It contains quite a bit of florals, not only iris.
I get a fruity vibe.
The vanilla is slightly boozy.
Sounds like a feminine fragrance, right?
Well, it carefully walks the line of unisex.
Slightly tipping to the masculine side.
But it will keep you in doubt.
It's fascinating. You can't stop smelling yourself.
I got this sample when I was a newbie.
It was way too daring for me.
Now I love it.
I should have bought this...
Arpege pour Homme is grossly underrated.
This is so much better than the regular Dior Homme.
It outshines Midnight in Paris, which I totally hate.
The "feminine notes for guys" theme was perfected in DHI though.
Pros: Sexy. An unknown gem.
Cons: Might be too feminine for some. "