This is, in Vintage formulation, a really wonderful fragrance. I would think that you would know about it...word to the wise, the reformulation is not like the original juice.
Rich aldehydes, fresh-squeezed orange (as well as other citrus) and a sharp, fresh carnation opening that very smoothly (great use of honey here, yes) into a rich patchouli-laden scent (green & earthy) with a nice rose note that comes forward in the heart with nice spices. Oakmoss in the base, but really an oriental with amber, vanilla, tonka bean, benzoin & smooth sandalwood. This stays in the oriental woody realm for the entire wearing, but also incorporates a lot of nice complimentary notes that could be seen as more floral and even boozy (in the opening). Great use of oakmoss with the honey and oriental notes.
Here is where one would like to draw parallels with Kouros...but they are very different in feel. While there is a clean musk note in the base, there is nothing really animalic in the composition that stands out. The warmth of the scent is part of its beauty - and it is powerful. If you haven't tried it and like Vintage Kouros, I highly recommend it as it delivers great depth of notes and a rich aura scent to the wearer. However, as much as people put it next to Kouros - I find it is vastly different. The civet and heavier musk of Kouros makes it very unique.
For me, Ted Lapidus Pour Homme perhaps has more similarities to Kouros, but is a true Oriental with rich honey, tobacco, incense, fruitiness, and a large number of common notes. However, no civet or animalic musk (although, there is a musk note as well here). Actually, it has more in common with Giorgio for Men - and even then, different.
Vibe here, to me, is everything. Vintage Kouros is far more distinct with fantastic quality ingredients...not to say Vintage Giorgio and Ted Lapidus are poorly made - but a step down and no animalic qualities (civet or civetone in later Vintage Kouros is essential and what makes the bottle so special). Bourdon (for the YSL house) created a classic that is incredibly sensual, powerful yet has a barbershop vibe to it. On clean skin, Kouros is brilliant. That is when I prefer to wear it. While it has the deep spices, honey, oakmoss, incense, leather, patchouli and cloves...somehow, to me - it maintains a wonderful radiant aroma of masculinity. There is a paradox - cleanliness with the 'dirty' undertone that comes from the animalic notes blending with the other parts of the composition. It takes a man to wear any of these scents - not for boys...Kouros perhaps is the most polarizing scent ever created.
Don't try to find a substitute as you will not find one...cheers,
Originally Posted by smellgood4u
Is Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men a cousin of Kouros? I see honey, amber, and moss in the notes for Giorgio. Are they alike?