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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    I got a vintage mini bottle and wore it for the first time last week. I decided to do something daring, so I splashed it on right before dinner. I was immediately thrilled because it did not smell at all revolting....wow, another great masculine floral!!! So unique!

    So, the dinner went well, however I sense that one of the three at the table was not pleased. I know you are not supposed to wear loud perfume to dinner, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjohnjay View Post
    I admire your courage.
    Blind-Buying Kouros is a ballsy move.

    If you like Insence, Honey, and Groin-sweat, then you'll have found a good match.
    That's an interesting combination. Is there any other fragrance that smells like the original kouros?

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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    A very pleasant experience.
    +1.
    Currently wearing: Grey Vetiver by Tom Ford

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    I cannot stand Kouros. I simply can't abide it.

    It ranks alongside Secretions Magnifiques as the only other fragrance that repulses me.

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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    I love it and hope you do, too. As others have said, though, sweet vanilla is NOT in Kouros's DNA. It's hot sex in the men's room all the way. I wish new designer fragrances were this good, and this willing to take risks.

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    You can expect 1982. Bottled.
    Currently wearing: Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellgood4u View Post
    That's an interesting combination. Is there any other fragrance that smells like the original kouros?
    Joint for Men is an excellent variation on this theme. You also might like Jean Pascal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellgood4u View Post
    That's an interesting combination. Is there any other fragrance that smells like the original kouros?

    Try Boss No.1
    Extra honey and leather to me and a bit toned down compared to Kouros but definitely similar.

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    You can expect a headache... If you are looking for a musky sexy sweet vanilla you should have bought body kouros IMO.

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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    Not a gourmand at all. A one spray scent. Wear it low on your body, like below the belt...or your ankles. Spray it on the your chest, and you'll be overwhelmed. I like the fragrance, but the opening in very challenging. It's only "piss and urinals" in the beginning, but the dry-down is very nice. Furry and bestial!

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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    It arrives tomorrow. I hope it is the old formula and not the new bottle!

    I want a strong Kouros, not a watered down Kouros that takes 10 sprays.

    Even fragrances that take 3 sprays for most people take 10 on me to last all day. It makes buying fragrances more expensive. I hope I get the strong long lasting projecting Kouros with all the dirty notes.

    It would be nice to own something where 3 sprays projects and lasts all day.
    Vintage Kouros rocks

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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    one of the best designer masculines that money can buy...


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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    Quote Originally Posted by change1 View Post
    I love kouros but I'm not sure if you'll like it.... it smells like unwashed balls in a new pair of boxers with a dried streak mark of feces...

    Haha!
    I don't agree, but imaginative description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellgood4u View Post
    It arrives tomorrow. I hope it is the old formula and not the new bottle!

    I want a strong Kouros, not a watered down Kouros that takes 10 sprays.

    Even fragrances that take 3 sprays for most people take 10 on me to last all day. It makes buying fragrances more expensive. I hope I get the strong long lasting projecting Kouros with all the dirty notes.

    It would be nice to own something where 3 sprays projects and lasts all day.


    Oh lord, you really are planning to wear 3 sprays of Kouros?

    This is gonna be good...

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    It's almost here.

    Tomorrow morning it will arrive.

    I am excited and can't sleep!

    Can someone describe what the first spray will smell like?
    Vintage Kouros rocks

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    Quote Originally Posted by smellgood4u View Post

    Can someone describe what the first spray will smell like?
    Urinal cakes. Fortunately it gets only better over time and drydown is sexy manly alpha male scent.
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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    one of the best designer masculines that money can buy...
    What he said.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
    Currently wearing: H.M. by Hanae Mori

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    Default Re: I blind purchased KOUROS. What can I expect when it arrives?

    Kouros is "The Paradigm" of Scents. It's reportedly indicated as the proof that every nose is different from another, because
    50% of people will say "it's the heaven in a smell"; the other 50% , on the contrary, "horrendous".
    Don't wait for answers from other people; only your nose will answer you.
    In my opinion, the vintage Kouros is one of the best masculines ever produced. The modern one is still similar during first minutes, but with less longevity and sillage.
    If you grab a vintage bottle, keep it with you, in any case you'll have a piece of perfume history.

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    whether you love it or hate it, blind buying Kouros is a bold move! Definitely a polarizing scent, good luck with it, and hopefully you will be one of the people who can pull it off.

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    Dear Smellgood4u. You seem excited, as you should be, regarding your purchase of Kouros. The scent has incredible longevity, era-correct construction, and more character than a starving West Coast voice actor terrorizing a talent agency. I will do well by telling you my take on this much-maligned classic.

    Kouros earned a bad reputation for being overly bold and the antithesis of mellow. This reputation had much grease thrown on the fire during the mid 1990's when "shiny, happy" scents began to appear with promises of aquatic notes and fresh florals. Scents like Santos by Cartier, Obsession by Calvin Klein, and Pour Lui by Oscar De La Renta were deemed "demon piss" while demure olfactory happy-faces like Aqua Di Gio, CK-One, and L'eau D'Issey earned praise and accolades (along with gaining sales) for providing an experience much akin to a good day in the laundry room. Splendid. Let's time trip back a little over two decades and join our unsuspecting protagonist, shall we?

    Picture the scene: Marshall Field's Orland Square Mall location, first floor, men's fragrance counter. Our friend is perusing the selection of scents when he realizes that the same company who makes a newer scent he really likes has an offering from an earlier time. He looks at the styled white bottle, emblazoned with the word "KOUROS" and decides, "...never tried this. I'll give it a spin." *spritz* As the scent settles on the top of his hand, he notices a sharp presentation, much like a ladies scent. He gives it a minute before resigning to wash the attempt from his hand, and notices the sharpness fold into a floral impression, which then gives way to something resembling candy. What th.....? HONEY? Are you serious?? Strange, but not a sticky smell. Sweet, for sure, but after minutes....evolving. Some thirty minutes later, the young man still has the sample of the scent on his hand, but now the florals and honey have faded to a light shadow, and the scent of wood has taken over. Not a rich, opulent, milled type of wood, but rather something that resembles.....sawdust. Clearly the smell of a seriously abused type of wood. More time passes and the scent has been on for almost an hour. The young man, still quite new to the concept of fragrance and still lacking cultivated patience, discounts the presentation of the unique scent and goes over 15 years before revisiting it again.

    The young man we speak of here is me. After this attempt at Kouros, I smirkingly regarded the scent as "Sawdust and Honey", and believe you me, once I came aboard Basenotes some 8 years ago, I was surprised and befuddled at why people referred to it as "The Urinal Cake Scent". I'm sorry, I get no "pee note" from YSL's Kouros. I can see where there may be something PERCEIVED as a "pee note", given then florals, spices and honey may react strangely on one's skin. It was about 8 years ago I revisited Kouros, and guess what. No peepee. No whizzy. No toilette. Sawdust and Honey? You bet, still there, still wearing mullets, Cavaricci slacks, and boat shoes with no socks. What gets me is that I have met people who have had a wonderful, woody scent on their person, almost like a green forest. I ask them which scent it is they are wearing and the respond, "...Oh, this is an older scent...came out many years ago. It's called Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent."

    So what does the Great White Hype hold in store for you, smellgood4u? I am not sure, but my wish to you is that YSL's perennial powerhouse finds much harmony on your skin, and even though it may not fulfill your wishes to a tee, I hope the scent works well on you and for you, and that you never have a dull time wearing it. It's hard being someone in a group who is in a middle ground on a scent so polarizing (I do not hate Kouros, but I don't feel the need to really own it. To me, it's OK), but you know what? It's also a lot of fun. I get to stir the pot, and stay emotionally detached as well.

    Enjoy, sir! I hope it works out wonderfully for you!

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