It has been a while since I had a bottle of this in my collection so I splashed out today (no pun intended!) on a 100ml bottle.
Sadly, gone are the silver caps that framed the top and bottom of the bottle itself. Replaced instead by the white parts of the bottle that would have originally sat underneath the silver caps. The spraying mechanism on top remains as it ever was. The absence of the silver metal bottle caps gives it a more “flask” like look which to my mind is more suggestive of a 120ml Creed bottle (had they decided to do things a bit differently).
So what of the scent itself? Can I add anything further to the already extensive list? Well, probably not but I can give you my take on it.
Like many on here, my first experience of this was during my mid-teen years. One of the more adventurous guys in my class showed up to a club night wreaking of it. The girls were all over him and I won't deny, I considered having a go myself. It was the middle of Summer and it smelled incredible.
Kouros (apparently meaning Male Youth) is a polarising scent as can be seen from the hundreds of reviews here on Basenotes. Even today it reminds me of far away places. You see, having first experienced it that one night when my friend was wearing it, I was too young to afford my own bottle. So on a holiday to the Canary Islands many months later, I was bought my first bottle and there the love affair truly began.
Over the years, undoubtedly and unsurprisingly, it seems to have changed. Whether this is due to reformulation or different stock ingredients, it's as if it is missing that something that it once had. Perhaps though, my more mature nose and lack of raging hormones doesn't pick it up in the same way.
I don't really get the Semen/Piss/Faecal comments, personally. What I would say is that this scent is King of making you smell a bit unwashed but in a clean way. At this point people separate off into one of two groups; they are either totally not down with that sort of thing or, on a basic animal instinct level, they get it, breath it in, thrive on it and frankly, find it a turn on. I'm in the latter category in case you hadn't guessed.
The blend of ingredients assist ably with the dirty undertone of this fragrance and it really is a testament to the skill of the perfumer to take so many dark ingredients and boldly blend them into this classic scent.
I'll say this is better for warm weather and go out on a limb and suggest that this mixed with some of the body’s own chemistry and sweat is borderline pornographic.
The big give over (regarding reformulation) with this is the dry down which takes is VERY close to Ted Lapidus Pour Homme. It never used to be like that and in truth, it was better for it.
I find myself getting frustrated with people who say that fragrances are over powering. Are they overpowering or are you simply going trigger happy with the bottle? Remember, often, less is more! I'd find pretty much any scent over powering if the wearer has hosed themself down in it. I've commented in other reviews on how I've only ever met one person who knew how to wear Le Male by Jean Paul Gautier; one spray! Kouros is no different. One should do it but two is your maximum. Any more than that and you deserve all the looks, comments and self loathing you get. Be gentle with Kouros and Kouros will be gentle with you.
I'm proud to wave the flag in support of Kouros. Even today I think it is awesome. No it's not pretty or conservative or aquatic but what it lacks in current trends, it makes up for in originality, provocation, impression and impact. When all is said and done, it stands alone, strong and proud in it's own little niche. You won't fully appreciate this until you've encountered it on somebody else and only then if they are wearing it rather than letting it wear them.
All hail the mighty Kouros. My love affair of 19 years and counting!