Probably the best review of 'Kouros' of all the 300 that are here, was presented by 'Izzie' on 20th of March 2013. I do believe I am in the former category - either I sprayed twice (which I did) or this awful scent is from the 80's? Because it sure smells like that... or maybe both!
Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent, 1981
when i was a young boy i have seen this perfume and smelled it about 3-4 times: all of them smelled like shit! i mean in real!!! i never purchased this perfume as an adult.
This fragrance is pure genius, IF you use it right. If you stick your nose right in the sprayer and take a sniff - it will smell like a urinal. If you spray it on yourself 2+ times - it will smell like a urinal. However, if you stick with one spray, and keep the bottle rather far from you when you spray it, this thing will work for you. It has a personal, unwashed but not unclean kind of smell to it, and on some people, it blends perfectly with the skin and even though it is super strong and a powerhouse, doesn't come off as cologne so much as just the way someone might smell on their own. (Again, if applied very modestly) I know people claim this is the epitome of masculinity, but I've worn this with success and compliments galore, so I think that's pretty much bogus. It is masculine, yes, but also sweet and actually kind of gentle and soft if you apply it right. You do have to have some courage to be able to pull it off however, while not as offensive as some claim, it IS very different to the current popular fragrances. It's not sterile and clean clean clean, and that in and of itself might offend people.
OK...finally reviewing Kouros...god help me. I ended up trying to clean it off me the last time I tried it. Right away I find soapy cloves and honey, as others have commented. There's a sliminess (civet, or faux-civet?), kind of like a very greasy musk. I don't find much piss or sweat yet, but I'm starting to get some anise/licorice, which for me usually means trouble ahead. It's surprisingly sweet in spite of all the pine, leather, turpentine, cowboy sweat, and whatever other horrors lurk within. What I'm noticing, though, is that when I test it on a bit of toilet paper as I'm doing now, it's way sweeter and less rank, but when I wear a splash of it on a T-shirt it's stale and pissy, and not very sweet, and this is when I had to get it off immediately. (I'm afraid to put it directly on my skin because I think it would beat me up.) Later, the sweetness and licorice start to subside, and it gets more sharp and herby like Yatagan, which I like, but it also adds a rubberiness which really bothers me. But the funny thing, the connection which I never made before, is that the mid-note stage immediately made me think of Aramis. It's so obvious now: Aramis has more soapy musk, and this stage of Kouros is surprisingly similar but with a bit of Yatagan and lumberjack extract to sharpen things up. Some time ago, I decided Aramis was too much for me, but that I could deal with Yatagan (or Eucris, along those lines). Kouros, however, combines the aspects that I _don't_ like of these scents, adds the rubber, and is too dated; it lives proudly in 1981, but I don't.
It all started with something that could qualify for the march of the Absolute. I was looking for something that could capture the feeling of not just unrestricted empirical power but transcendence of the world at the same time. This is not to say that i was looking for a fragrance which made me feel powerful, but a fragrance which i could wear when i feel powerful. These moments come when one is high on stimulants( preworkout products) and coming out of the gym with sweat and pump. I narrowed it down to : fahrenheit, kouros and antaeus. These three turned out to be the only available options where i live. Fahrenheit being reformulated was too weak, for the purpose i wanted it to serve. Further, fahreneheit is more of a boyish scent, beautiful but empirical, powerful but only what a leather jacket can convey. Sadly antaeus went out of stock. I was left with kouros. The smell is indeed what i was looking for. Not an instance of a category, but an individual, powerful, other wordly and standing alone - not in search of validation, not out there to please somebody, not afraid to be abrasive to protect it's freedom. The smell was not at all dirty or urine like to my nose, but rather clean, the same image which the white bottle evokes. My only problem with the fragrance is that it is the latest reformulated version with no silver on shoulders and bottom. the only silver is in the cap.This version is very muted as compared to the descriptions i head here and elsewhere. I have not smelled the ones with silver shoulders and bottoms. It stays on the skin for more than 6 hours may be even 8, but the projection is not legendary. It has got the smoky feel to it. i really like it and might look out for the silver shouldered bottle if i use this bottle more than 20% of the time before march. I need a bottle with better projection.
A classic. Dirty clove, civet and musk - locker room impressions - a seminal scent in it's time. Never surpassed. Longevity over seven hours on me with great silage and powerful projection. Not my personal favourite but I recognise an icon if I smell one.
I have to rate this highly in a very biased review because this along with YSL's Opium is the smell of my childhood. My dad was obsessed with Kouros since it came out. My first smell memory is of my Dad's Kouros, I bought it only for that reason. This is a smell for a lifetime of memories for me.
Do you want your perfume to stays long and can be smelled by anyone that you met that day? a perfume that would make you feel invincible? this is what you want. if you're strong enough to hold its persona Yes, Kouros have its own lively persona. animalic, strong and full of character. You don't wear Kouros, since Kouros will wear you. It will drive your emotion, giving certain sense of masculinity into the limit previously unknown. not a scent that you would love, nothing sweet or spicy here. pure animalic civet and slight leathery honey to make you feel like Tarzan in the modern world there's a sense of animalic masculinity in every men. we need certain things to trigger its up. some men goes to the gym to build up their muscles, some work in military and some wear Kouros. the scent is too masculine, its so strong that drive yourself wild. you can feel the heat that caused by this beast, a heat that almost as strong as instinct of animal. a sense of power and confidence together with courage to show yours into other men this fragrance isnt build for those who want to impress girls or other people (the drydown smelt like armpit, really) this magnificent perfume drives your instinct and emotion wild to break the limits
I have two bottles -- one purchased about 5 years ago and the other a vintage bottle purchased off eBay this month. The purpose of the review is the to comment on both formulations. Until I received my vintage bottle, I would have sworn that the more recent version smelled like the vintage version I first owned back during Kouros' heyday. It had good lasting power and possessed that unique dirty-clean dichotomy that I really love in fragrances. Along came the small vintage bottle from my eBay purchase and as soon as I sampled my new purchase I could tell right away there's been a reformulation. The vintage version is both sweeter and dirtier at the same time -- and sharper. The civet in the vintage version is somehow rougher than the civet in the newer version. Could it be that the vintage version used real civet versus civetone or one of the other synthetic civet-like aromachemicals? I will say that as reformulations go, this is one of the more adeptly managed ones. Kouros has been given a shave and a haircut, but the swaggering rogue underneath is still there.
Kouros is such a polarizing scent that when I tried it on my skin for the first time I almost expected to need a shower. I am happy to report that at least in my case, I kind of like it. Kouros does indeed have kind of a fresh, but dirty vibe going on as many amateur and professional reviewers alike have stated previously. That said, the statements about it smelling like a man's crotch and similar ilk are off the mark to my nose, at least. I do get the "smells like a cross between a barnyard and a gents' restroom, complete with its urinal cakes and other cover-up freshener" comments, but it is really not in an off-putting way as it is easy to imagine if reading it over and over again. It is not really the kind of smell I personally want to wear, but I would not be offended by smelling it on someone else, as the fresh nature of the scent is far more dominant than the supporting "dirty" notes. I will say that those looking for the notes should read some of the reviews and not be swayed one way or another by the pyramid at the top of this page, as it is much more complex and complete than that indicates, IMO. As for sillage and longevity, they are both superb. My bottom line feeling on Kouros is it is not for me. That said, I can recommend it to folks who like more challenging scents, but don't want "Secretions Manifiques by ELdO" challenging... This classic is definitely wearable, but just not to my personal tastes. Just go easy on the trigger and avoid a blind buy if possible. 3 stars out of 5.
Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent, 1981
|By||Yves Saint Laurent|
|Bottle Designer||Alain de Mourgues|
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