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    Default Kouros longevity

    I just don't understand why I get such a crappy longevity with Kouros. I've had 2014 bottle, now I have 2015 bottle which is alot better than 2014.
    Also I now got my hands on 1990 vintage and it performs pretty much the same as 2015 bottle.

    2-5 hours and it's gone. That's it. No matter if I spray only one spray or hit like 4 sprays. Usually go with just 1-4. More than 4 no way, I would smell like a walking toilet for couple hours. I just don't get it. All this discussion about it being a beast. For me, it seems to be definitely on a weaker side of the spectrum. Otherwise, I love it.

    Skin chemistry?
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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    I get very good performance from 8-10 sprays.


    Since you are in Finland, I'm curious if you've tried Kouros in very hot weather (above 30 C)?

    It's best worn in hot weather.


    P.S. While the scent is somewhat different between recent and vintage versions, all versions I've tried have had uniformly good performance.
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    There is no such thing as 30c in Finland except if talking about minus celsius. It's been now 20-26c plus here, and performance with vintage seems to be about 5 hours tops.

    8-10 sprays? Really? Thought that it would be kinda overkill...
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    Have had no problem with longevity for vintage and current versions in all conditions. (My usual 4-5 sprays under a jacket, shirt, and undershirt).

    Gets me through a working day which is ideal for me.

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    I use only one spray, and could smell it all day.

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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    Quote Originally Posted by parfumeur081 View Post
    I use only one spray, and could smell it all day.
    +1 This!, with original vintage that is.
    Longevity is almost 24 hrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parfumeur081 View Post
    I use only one spray, and could smell it all day.
    +2. I use one spray and even then I spray from a foot away. Kouros is very strong to me.
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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    My 2006 bottle gives me 8 hours

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    Quote Originally Posted by shivsri View Post
    My 2006 bottle gives me 8 hours
    I also have a 2006 bottle in my (Kouros) collection.
    12hrs (at least) fortunately!
    My Top '11' :

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    8-10 hours at least on me, although neither particularly liking nor using this fragrance (did test this just of curiousness to see how it lasts and develops)

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    I even smell it on my collar after washing. Men this sh*it is so strong that sometimes I'm afraid of it. Can't imagine what would it be with 3+ sprays. And I'm speaking of winter/fall time, but even when I use it on summer - it's very strong and overpowers a lot of other "summer" fragrances. Still sometimes I find it cloying when it's really hot.

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    2 sprays on the lower chest, one for each side, 6 hours ago. For 4 hours its been only a faint skin scent. Wife only smelled it by sticking her nose to my chest. I can smell it but barely if I try to stretch close enough.

    This is from the vintage bottle. Pretty much the same experience with current stuff. Although I think vintage smells better than current, both perform poorly. Opening is strong but it just dies away very fast.

    Maybe I'll just hit more sprays next time. Usually I do get pretty ok performance from perfumes.
    Currently wearing: Bracken Man by Amouage

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    Even little bit of sweating destroys the performance of my fragrances, i have noticed. So, might be the hot weather, we have been having? +21-26C for last 2 weeks or so.


    I have been considering that maybe i should try spraying on clothes, when it is really hot. Spraying on hair might work too.
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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    I get fine performance with just three sprays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I get fine performance with just three sprays.
    I agree. I have a 2014 and a 1998. They both smell the same to me. What I have noticed is that if I overspray (4-5) versus 2-3, is that the 2014 bottle smells cheap. The 1998 smells the same no matter the number of sprays.

    To add, I've found Kouros to be a 2-3 spray max for best performance. This isn't a fragrance that improves with over application. In fact I believe it's a detriment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wadeboss View Post
    Even little bit of sweating destroys the performance of my fragrances,
    Might be something like this. Although I do not notice this with another fragrances and I've noticed this issue with Kouros during winter time too. But maybe my sweat and Kouros does not mix up well and other fragrances do

    I'll try to add one spray more next time and see what happens, although I do not think that matters much. There seems to be few other threads here in BN I found people with same kind of issues. So maybe it just is like that on some people.
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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    Unfortunately it could be a skin chemistry thing. There are always weird things going on regarding performance of a fragrance on skin.

    I was using 10-12 sprays of Infusion d'Homme in Phoenix which is very hot (though I was mostly indoors), and I was getting decent to good performance. I just shifted to Chicago 4 days ago, and now the same fragrance with the same number of sprays seems to have very poor performance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    I get very good performance from 8-10 sprays.
    8 to 10 sprays of Kourus? Man I am happy I live in a different continent from you. Kourus projecst TOO much and it is very polarizing (I hate it), you should be happy if yours does not project so as to not choke people around you.

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    Strange. Have you checked with other people? sometimes nose fatigue plays a role, if another person who meets you actually smells it, then it could be nose fatigue.

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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    20 sprays around the neck and all around your chest...( the hairier the better)....
    make it dry then wear shirt or whatever

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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    Quote Originally Posted by Francolino View Post
    20 sprays around the neck and all around your chest...( the hairier the better)....
    make it dry then wear shirt or whatever
    LOL Francolino - better off just washing & rinsing in Kouros!!! I go with 4-6 sprays & it lasts 12+ hrs & this is the version from 2012-2013; older versions, or true vintages last way much longer with just abt 3 sprays.
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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    2 or 3 sprays gives me 10+ hours. 2014 or 2015 bottle

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    Quote Originally Posted by badarun View Post
    LOL Francolino - better off just washing & rinsing in Kouros!!! I go with 4-6 sprays & it lasts 12+ hrs & this is the version from 2012-2013; older versions, or true vintages last way much longer with just abt 3 sprays.
    I do this only with the newer batches which often get layered with vintage..in that case I stop at 6/7!

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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    I too like overdosing Kouros a bit. 6 to 8 sprays. I think recent version does quite a fine job.

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    Half a spritz, high into the air, then run through it.

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    I own a reformulation and it's a beast that lasts and lasts.
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    Bump (Forgive the resurrection of this old thread)

    I just want to add I have a bottle from the pre Gucci era 2006 and the longevity lasts all day into the next day. And the intensity is the same from when I first spray it to ten hours later. Ok compared to the Eighties and Nineties version it is more smoother and mellower and not as beastly. But by today's standard it's a great performer, that civet and honey opening is nasal ecstasy.
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    Bump bump.

    I bought a new bottle at the end of last year.

    I applied a couple of sprays over 12 hours ago and I'm still getting wafts of it.

    People that are put off by the 'it's not what it used to be' stories shouldn't be. It's a great performer, it's unique, and I love it.

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    I get 14+ hours with just two sprays. Kouros' performance is absolutely insane. To the OP, it must be a skin chemistry issue. Try seeing if your diet is off or if you live in a dry climate, use moisturizer before you spray it on.

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    Default Re: Kouros longevity

    Quote Originally Posted by tony_i View Post
    Bump bump.

    I bought a new bottle at the end of last year.

    I applied a couple of sprays over 12 hours ago and I'm still getting wafts of it.

    People that are put off by the 'it's not what it used to be' stories shouldn't be. It's a great performer, it's unique, and I love it.
    I agree. Vintage is grungier but all versions are good.
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