Originally Posted by manatee
Kouros again. You know...
I hear all this stuff on Basenotes about Kouros being a polarizing fragrance. You either love it or hate it, rah rah rah carefully measured discourse rah rah rehashed arguments ad nauseam rah rah blah. As for my own thirty-three-odd years of actually living on this planet (in several places around the globe, just to fend off the inevitable regional argument), I have never smelled Kouros on another human being, and if I did I would be severely disturbed, if not outright disgusted.
Not at all trying to disparage all of you fine gentlemen who are so vastly more well-versed in fine fragrance than I am, but seriously... to 99% of the populace, the people who don't share your refined tastes and knowledge, this either smells like urine or urinal cakes. Sure, this is a masterpiece of composition, and I applaud anyone who recognizes that and appreciates it for what it is, because hey, we're fume nerds over here and that's what this whole forum is about. But every time I hear someone say they actually wear Kouros on a day-to-day basis in the modern world with great success, it can't help but strike me as more wishful thinking internet-boasting than actual proper reality. Because, dude? Honestly. Urinal cakes. Even girls
smell urinal cakes there, and they don't generally tend to even frequent places with urinal cakes in them.
This juice's application for any practical purpose is close to nil. I actually shudder to think what the people around you think of you when they smell that odor on you. I carry a certain sense of admiration for it because of its historical stature, but not once in a blue moon would I be caught dead wearing it because the people around me (as well as every other person in the modern world
) would not even have a clue what to make of me.
It's like a 70s leisure suit: you can appreciate the historical stature, you can see the place it had in its particular cultural epoch and you can understand how it was awesome, but try wearing a Travolta-style white suit to a night out in any modern-day city and see how far it gets you, beyond the obvious novelty status. People will laugh and joke with you for a single drink, but try it beyond that and I'm guessing you'll see just how far the novelty stretches.
Kouros is the fragrance world's polyester suit - it had its time, but that time is over and done with by a long shot. It's an interesting (even intriguing) historical footnote, but in terms of today it is sadly and completely finished.
Kouros is dead; long live Kouros(?)