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    Default Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    No joke, thats an actual name of an upcoming fragrance from YSL. I saw it listed today at Basenotes:

    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26127246.html

    Whats wrong with the house of YSL? Please leave the old classics alone and stop associating them with silly "tattoo" editions.

    Now this may very well end up smelling great (although I highly doubt it), but after Kouros cologne sport, Kouros Eau De sport, Kouros Fraicheur, Kouros Eau D'Ete, and Kouros Cologne Sport Eau D'Ete, its high time that YSL stop diluting the legendary Kouros name
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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    I haven't tried it but look forward to it.

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Sounds great, going by the notes. We'll see.
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    I adore Kouros and it would be interesting testing the new version!

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    Seems that the name Kouros is seen as a money maker by the YSL guys.

    It probably explains why houses like YSL, Chanel, etc. uses consacred names to completely different things (Body Kouros, Live Jazz, Platinum Egoiste, Black XS, and so on). They just put a powerful name the already own to push the sales, no matter how it smells.

    I would not be surprised if they come with a Black Kouros next time.

    P.S.: I wonder why tatoo; perhaps because, when you wear it, you have the feeling that it will stay in your body forever.
    Last edited by smeller; 4th March 2007 at 05:03 PM.

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by pluran
    I haven't tried it but look forward to it.
    Me too pluran.

    Opium Pour Homme Eau d’Orient is truly an excellent fragrance in and of itself and shows that eponymous editions/modulations can work if there is a commitment to quality.

    FWIW, I think YSL does eponymous editions/modulations better than anyone else.

    As a fragrance aficianado, I am not particulary interested in whether another reissue of Kouros is a good marketing strategy or not.
    Clearly, YSL L'Homme was a good marketing strategy, but it's not a strategy that necessarily produces compelling fragrances.

    I admire YSL's commitment to and respect of its classics though. At least YSL doesn't discontinue its fragrances at the drop of a hat if they're not selling particularly well. Now, the strategy behind the availability of YSL fragrances, that's an entirely different issue; I've never been able to understand the machinations of YSL's business mentality when it comes to making their fragrances available for easy consumption. It's a mentality which has always struck me as somewhat schizophrenic.

    I hope that Kouros Tattoo is an interesting fragrance just like Body Kouros was. Who knows? We might be getting something along those lines rather than along the lines of Kouros Fraîcheur (also a very worthy modulation of Kouros and a worthy fragrance in and of itself).

    I had no problem with Live Jazz capitalizing on the Jazz's name. It's one of my favorite fragrances and, in IMO, up there with Kouros as a masterpiece of the perfumer's art. If Kouros Tattoo is half as good as Live Jazz, then I'll be happy. I find it odd that many people expect every release to be the next greatest fragrance. Such an attitude tends to lead to a rather facile, perfunctory dismissiveness. I like to take my time with fragrances and make up my own mind. I try everything once, and resample it many times--over many years sometimes--to be sure I understand the fragrance and become familiar with it. Even for those fragrances I initially don't find interesting, sometimes familiarity comfirms one's lack of interest, more often than not it leads to some kind of acceptance and even, in some cases, admiration. I don't have to absolutely love only the things that are great, and I don't absolutely have to love everything first time. Besides, things change. We change, hopefully. I don't trust the permanence of my own views anymore than I trust those of someone else. I have been known to change my mind both drastically and not so drastically; I am quite proud of such traits.

    I generally don't take notice of negative reviews and don't generally read them. It's a tempermental thing; experience has lead me to conclude that they usually teach me nothing about the fragrance. Negative reviews based on never having tried a fragrance perplex me though. Without being too dramatic, they put me in the same uneasy frame of mind when I hear people wanting to ban films they've never seen or burn books they've never read.
    I try to keep an open mind, which is what I really admire about pluran's attitude to fragrances. Just read any of his posts if you don't know what I am talking about. Temperamentally, I prefer those kind of reviews and those kind of reviewers. I don't get the point of a negative reviews of something one hasn't tried.

    BTW, in the interests of full disclosure, I pretty much have most of YSL's eponymous editions/modulations of their men's and women's fragrances (Opium, Rive Gauche, Kouros, Jazz, Opium Pour Homme, Rive Gauche Pour Homme, and M7) or have tried them all. I even have a bottle of the-impossible-to-find and fugacious Kouros Eau de Sport. I am happy and okay with such abundance.

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    Last edited by scentemental; 24th March 2007 at 08:23 PM.

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    Scentemental I agree - Live Jazz is one of my favorites and staples. But Jazz as a brand name hasnt been much diluted.

    If the new Kouros is, in the eyes of YSL, going to be a fantastic scent, why not launch with a new "name" instead of leveraging the decades old brand? The problem with this approach is that people who are wary of the Kouros name (all that nonsense urinal note talk) will perhaps skip this new fragrance based on their previous perception.

    If Tattoo turns out to be a good scent, I will try it no matter what the name. But it seems to me that they might be missing an opportunity to launch a new "legend".
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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Brand recognition. To the average fragrance buyer, Kouros means much more than YSL. So launching this as a Kouros saves them serious PR and advertising doe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztopp
    Scentemental I agree - Live Jazz is one of my favorites and staples. But Jazz as a brand name hasnt been much diluted.

    If the new Kouros is, in the eyes of YSL, going to be a fantastic scent, why not launch with a new "name" instead of leveraging the decades old brand? The problem with this approach is that people who are wary of the Kouros name (all that nonsense urinal note talk) will perhaps skip this new fragrance based on their previous perception.

    If Tattoo turns out to be a good scent, I will try it no matter what the name. But it seems to me that they might be missing an opportunity to launch a new "legend".

    zztopp,


    I don't think Kouros as a brand name has been diluted. Last time I heard, it was still YSL's biggest seller; I am specifically talking about Kouros and not its spin offs, which despite their relative merits have never been as successful as their progenitor. Also, I think most of Kouros’s supporters out there in this big wide world have never heard of Basenotes or the fabled “pee note”. I don’t see the Kouros name as a deficit in this regard.

    You make Kouros sound like it's a has been; it's not, and I tend to agree with the_good_life's assessment that it makes better business sense for YSL these days to go with an already trusted name when relaunching a fragrance than to go with a new name. This is the reality of a saturated market with new fragrances clamoring for shelf space with even newer fragrances every couple of weeks.

    In order for a fragrance to make a name for itself and to sell well, a fragrance company literally has to spend many millions and millions of dollars on advertising, which, in today's market, with its quick turnover of popular fragrances and short shelf lives, they are not willing to do. It’s a lot easier to go with brand recognition and even name recognition not to mention a lot cheaper. It’s the Curve phenomenon or the “Black” phenomenon. We might not like it, but we are fragrance idealists, and the money is not in our pockets, nor are the purse strings.

    Having said all that, I tend to agree with the sentiments behind your post as quoted above. What we all want is YSL to bite the bullet, commission a great fragrance--or a number of great fragrances--along the lines of Kouros’s greatness. We want it to be brave, to have trust in its product and an unshakable integrity in knowing that quality is a justifiable end in and of itself, but, alas, it’s not our money and Basenotes is not the corporate world. Look where YSL's strategy of producing quirky laudatory men's fragrances got them today. Of course, I would also argue that YSL has itself to blame in large part because of its almost suicidal practices in terms of making its fragrances available for general consumption. Maybe, their failure in the US market is what really did them in. I don’t know. Maybe US retailers didn’t want YSL products on their shelves; it certainly seems that way with the almost total disappearance of YSL fragrances from major retailers' shelves. In Australia, and in Europe, YSL men’s and women’s products are generally available in most major retailing establishments.

    I think it’s a combination of the the failure of YSL products in the US market and that YSL products are perhaps too quirky for the generic predilections and realities of today’s market in general. The launch of YSL L’Homme confirms this to a certain extent.

    Unfortunately, the fragrance industry today--fickle, feckless, behemoth that it is--is, in general, run, to quote Luca Turin, by third rate accounts. We’re lucky these days, if there is an alignment of the stars so that we get first rate accountants along with a commitment to quality, to talent, and to risk. It happens rarely; the last time it happened--in my opinion--in the designer world was with Dior Homme; in the niche world, that alignment of stars happens a little more often--Idole de Lubin is an excellent example--but there’s less to lose in such a world given the differences involved in the economies of scale.

    It’s a vexed problem, for sure, and that’s why I think we should all be rooting for YSL, hoping that is finds a middle ground that will allow it to commission great fragrances along with YSL L'Hommes despite the dictates of the market. Of course, it could always split itself in two and have an upmarket, exclusive line of fragrances, the likes of Dior and Hermès, in order to produce quality and compelling fragrances, but if it does, we'll all be paying more for quality YSL fragrances, something, incidentally, we've never had to do.

    scentemental

    Last edited by scentemental; 24th March 2007 at 08:27 PM.

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Scentemental, I agree that the marketing strategies not necessairily have to do with the fragrance itself.

    As a lover of both Kouros and Body Kouros, I just think it's funny how they used the former's name to sell the later one. Perhaps, if they didn't, it would sell more.

    On the other hand, I don't see my post as being negative about the fragrance itself, not even my comment about the name Tatoo. I just commented the marketing strategies, not the fragrance (which would be impossible, since neither of us ever smelled it).

    I also don't see any negative reviews about the fragrance in itself by other posters here, by the same reason. In my view, they are just reacting to the strategie addopted by YSL, which is ok, because, as consumers, they want something original, including the name.

    And, if someday I smell it, and dislike it, I will not feel bad at all if I decide to make a negative review of it. I would dare to say that negative reviews are sometimes even more helpful than the positives. From times to times, someone have to comment the king's new clothes. The truth has to be said.

    But, it's ok to you to prefer positive reviews. I also enjoy Pluran's reviews, they are among the best (as well as yours), and they're part of the fun I have on Basenotes.

    Peace

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by smeller
    Scentemental, I agree that the marketing strategies not necessairily have to do with the fragrance itself.

    As a lover of both Kouros and Body Kouros, I just think it's funny how they used the former's name to sell the later one. Perhaps, if they didn't, it would sell more.

    On the other hand, I don't see my post as being negative about the fragrance itself, not even my comment about the name Tatoo. I just commented the marketing strategies, not the fragrance (which would be impossible, since neither of us ever smelled it).

    I also don't see any negative reviews about the fragrance in itself by other posters here, by the same reason. In my view, they are just reacting to the strategie addopted by YSL, which is ok, because, as consumers, they want something original, including the name.

    And, if someday I smell it, and dislike it, I will not feel bad at all if I decide to make a negative review of it. I would dare to say that negative reviews are sometimes even more helpful than the positives. From times to times, someone have to comment the king's new clothes. The truth has to be said.

    But, it's ok to you to prefer positive reviews. I also enjoy Pluran's reviews, they are among the best (as well as yours), and they're part of the fun I have on Basenotes.

    Peace
    Peace to you also smeller. I really wasn't directing my response to you at all, nor even, really, to zztopp. I was responding more to the pervasive negativity born of disappointment by what seems like another generic launch. I understand how easy it is to be so negative given the dearth of compelling launches in recent years. I really wanted to make my point that when that negativity becomes a reflex reaction, we are all in danger of losing perspective and even, more importantly, a sense of wonder about this magical passion of ours.

    Again, peace and certainly best regards,

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Scentemental, I see your point, and I agree.

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Has anyone smelt this actually? If not, why do you demand a new name for it? The way I read it, it's going to be this years Eau d'Ete version. If they slapped a new name on it, all of you would lament that they slap new fancy name on old juice. Did l'Homme bother you so much that to you anything they do is bad? As long as they don't dump the original one, everyone should be happy to have numbers of variants to choose from. If I don't like a summer version, I get the original one. Once you get the hang of it, it's not difficult at all

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    I for one can't wait to buy the Tattoo edition, as tacky as the name is.
    I always thought that Salvador Dali PH could've been a Kouros Black. Or they could've named Body Kouros, Kouros Black.

    Anyways, this year's YSL Eau d'Ete is going to be a remake of L'Homme.

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    I wonder why YSL doesn't include JAZZ & YVRESSE in thier summer editions plan? those are hidden gems & needed to be rediscovered..

    I am quite fed up from seeing Kouros edtions every summer & they're all smell the same to me, I hope the tatto one is different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo777 View Post
    I for one can't wait to buy the Tattoo edition, as tacky as the name is.
    I always thought that Salvador Dali PH could've been a Kouros Black. Or they could've named Body Kouros, Kouros Black.

    Anyways, this year's YSL Eau d'Ete is going to be a remake of L'Homme.
    Why make a lighter version of L'Homme?
    Isn't that a super-light frag already?

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by tariq View Post
    I wonder why YSL doesn't include JAZZ & YVRESSE in thier summer editions plan? those are hidden gems & needed to be rediscovered..
    For me Live Jazz is Jazz Summer.
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    why not brand it as Tatoo or YSL Tatoo? The audience they're trying to attract is 20 to 40 and the idea of not having a tatoo is nearly sacreligious amonst them. I know, my son is tatooed, my daughter has a small tatoo. It seems to be a rite of passage, the tatoo not having much importance but the willingness to step up and take the pain and discomft of getting a tatoo.
    My generation skipped tatoo's but my fathers generation didn't and my childrens generation seems obsessed with them. TV shows in this country are devoted to tatoo shops and their day to day machinations.

    I believe YSL wanted the best of both worlds, the Kouros image married to the allure of tatoos. I don't want either so another of the 10,000 or so scents will go unsniffed by me.

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    How come I can't find any info on this online anywhere?
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    I agree with my friend scentemental generally. I have no qualms with YSL using Kouros to sell a new frag. It might have nothing to do with the original but so be it. It is frags with the high sales figures which allow them to take more risks.

    Regarding negative reviews,however, I tend to pay more attention to them than the positive ones, particularly when there is some detail in the review. I prefer a note of caution, especially when something gets a bit overhyped. I do agree with scentemental that it may be necessary to revisit a frag a few times before really understanding why it works (or doesn't work).

    However, with me, I have revisited The Dreamer too many times... I'm a lost cause on that one. :^)
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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    I tried this today, and it's actually quite different from the last summer version. Quite fruity in the beginning, very sour lemony and smoky in the drydown - last years summer version was rather sweet, IIRC, but also closer to the original Kouros. Those who think Monsier Balmain smells too smoky might want to give this a try.

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    Has anyone else tried this yet? Is it available in the US yet?

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    Google shows OzMoz pages and pages that link to OzMoz for Kouros Tatoo.

    did the early Greeks do any Tatooing? here in Metro NY if you're under 40 you have a tatoo. Over 40 50/50
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    and now I'm wondering why YSL doesnt just introduce a fragrance called Tatoo.
    It should appeal to folks who are "inked".
    Last edited by fredricktoo; 30th May 2007 at 06:06 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Managed to get this from John Lewis for £9.99 (100ml) last week. It's an ok fresh fragrance but does just smell like a sporty deodorant to me, albeit it with some citrus (almost sherbety) notes, and to my nose even some furniture polish going on in there. Almost like the floor of a museum, if that's not too pretentious a description. Worth picking up for the price I paid because I was after a new fresh fragrance, but it's not a heavyweight by any means, and I hate the bottle coz it dribbles everywhere when I spray it.

    I might get Body Kouros or even the original next. I'll have a look round the forums for some opinions first though.

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    This was last summers limited edition I thought? And it's not a repackaging of Kouros it's citrusier Kouros. Which means Kouros collectors have to have it,

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    Default Re: Kouros (with 'tude): Tattoo Edition

    Yeah, sorry, when said "new fresh fragrance" I just meant new to me not new on the market.

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    Kouros Tattoo;don't make yourself happy,its nothing special.Smelled it a few times,could buy it for half of the price in Amsterdam but even then i decided to go for the original Kouros.Forget this Tattoo stuff...........

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