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    Default Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Ladies and Gentleman!

    here's to you a *very* rare "KOUROS" EDT pour homme, 100ml 3.3 oz.,
    by Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France.
    Year 1981
    (Please note: it's NOT for sale, it was a precious gift, I'm fond of it)




    Note how reflective the box is: it seems a mirror despite different colors:


    Lateral sides without any lettering (1):


    Lateral sides (2):


    The bottom side, with a white "check" sticker by Squibb Spa.


    The bottom side (the white sticker has historical importance, it's a sort of proof of authenticity, since "Squibb Spa" ended operations in 1989)


    The front side in all its glory (NOTE: there is ONLY ONE BLUE TONE. Plus, in following years colors will change; "eau de toilette" lettering will move in the bottom; the word "Paris" will simply disappear)


    Lettering in the front side


    Lettering in front side (2) ALL LETTERS ARE IN SILVER.
    *IMPORTANT*: note the TWO white bands with THREE silver bands.


    Rear side.


    The upper side (it's only a "mirror")


    opening


    The Cap (IMPORTANT: THE YSL LOGO on the cap is CARVED, and NOT embossed)


    The YSL Brochure, stored in the side


    All pieces


    The bottle (splash)


    Lettering on the bottle: DARK but reflective.


    Lettering: Dark but reflective (2)


    Notice the light YELLOW staining, due to >30 years.


    The lower side, in heavy and thick metal.


    Lower side, mirror-like, with the batch number printed on.


    The Cap with CARVED logo (later, bottles will have an embossed logo)


    Rear of the bottle


    Brochure and presentation of the "new" Kouros line


    Brochure (2)


    And the parfume?
    Well, it's simply KOUROS, in all its glory.
    Andrè
    Last edited by Andrè Moreau; 5th January 2013 at 06:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Good for you. Enjoy bro!

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Awesome post. Love the pics and the historical backgrounds you provided.





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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Oh yeah. You got yourself a treasure there. Enjoy!
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Looks just like mine. Great scent.

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Thank you so much for a wonderful presentation of a legend in the fragrance world.

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Remember, it is for wearing, not drinking.
    These things cannot be long hidden: the Sun, the Moon, the Truth--Buddha

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Not a fan of the fragrance, but I loved your tribute to it!
    Current Summer Favorites:

    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

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    Thank you Andre for a wonderful post. It brought back many fond memories. I went through many a bottle like that and then some when Kouros was my signature scent years ago. I wore it with a heavy trigger finger (just like I do my current fragrances) and got nothing but compliments even from strangers on the street.
    Eventually, the King got tired of me.

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    You are lucky to have the box and brochure as well as the bottle! I just have the vintage bottle and I love it!
    I'm not OLD...I'm VINTAGE!
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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Beautiful box, beautiful bottle. Not a fan of the juice, but I'd certainly love it if other companies tried to go with the mythology theme (Greek, Norse, Egyptian especially).

    Rare find you got there

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Nice one! I have the same (incl. brochure), but 50 ml. Much refined than a current version.
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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    How´s the juice? still good to aply??

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Congratulations! How do you find it compared to the current formulation? More (any) civet?

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Well, if you smell the new version you can still say : "Ok, It's Kouros". But it's a bit weaker and it seems...."diluted".

    Keep in mind the old bottle aged for more than 30 years; and I always wonder how much a modern perfume (ie: entirely, or 99% sinthetic) will be able to "age", without natural ingredients.

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    I wore Kouros on every important date I had from about 1983 to 1990. Women loved it on me.Those were some good years. I know it was reformulated, but does anyone know exactly when?
    Current Top Five:

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    checkcosmetic.net says it was produced 3/12

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    I find this to smell bad. But awesome post and does anyone know of YSL changing the logo and name this year? I read about them adding PARIS to the name...

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Quote Originally Posted by Stew View Post
    checkcosmetic.net says it was produced 3/12
    Yep I have to back it up!
    http://checkcosmetic.net/

    Code: 20781 found on your bottle.
    Date of manufacture: 19 of March, 2012

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    As reported many, many times, checkcosmetic has a very low reliability....

    Yves Saint Laurent products have now a batch code similar to this: " "62H12345...." . (2 numbers, then a letter, then numbers)
    During 2001-2004 it was similar to "2234" (4 numbers)
    During 2005-2011 it was similar to "7EBA" ( 1 number, 3 letters)

    before year 2000, it was simply a 5-numbers code.

    If you want a YSL vintage parfum, simply check a batch code with all-numbers, and no letters

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Well done Andre !!
    & welcome to Basenotes ....

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    There were probably at least 2 reformulations. The last one happened at the end of 2010 (new "enamel" bottle, without metal inserts).


    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    I wore Kouros on every important date I had from about 1983 to 1990. Women loved it on me.Those were some good years. I know it was reformulated, but does anyone know exactly when?

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    I think I'm going to start scoping out Ebay for a Kouros with an all numeric batch code. Like I need another thing to waste my time on . . . .
    Current Top Five:

    1. Creed Green Irish Tweed
    2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
    3. Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte
    4. Bond No. 9 New Haarlem
    5. Creed Original Vetiver

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    It's easier to look for a box with the TWO white bands and THREE silver ones; it's vintage for sure.


    Quote Originally Posted by barclaydetolly View Post
    I think I'm going to start scoping out Ebay for a Kouros with an all numeric batch code. Like I need another thing to waste my time on . . . .

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Jealous! Fantastic Andre. Brings back some memories

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Looks awesome! I have a vintage 200 ml splash bottle, and the batch code is 80200. I imagine your bottle smells fantastic... Mine certainly does.

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    very very nice and amazing pics! thank you very much...
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    Dior Fahrenheit

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Great! Enjoy your treasure.

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    Default Re: Dissection of a rare gem: YSL "Kouros" pour homme, EDT, year 1981 (with pictures)

    Great to see such a passionate presentation. Enjoy!
    Currently wearing: Bois de Cédrat by Creed

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    Quick!


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