Yves Saint Laurent Kouros

4.4

17 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS



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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Over the years I have smelt this on a number of men. Very polarising. Either it smells so good on a man that I ask what he's wearing because I love it, or it smells so bad I want to move away from the guy.

My partner was given this as a Christmas gift. To say it doesn't work on him is an understatement. On him it really does smell like stale b.o. Firends asked him if he forgot to use deodorant, I made him wash it off, and our two cats refused to sit on his lap when he wore it. As I love animalic fragrances I gleefully scooped it up and started experimenting.

On me it smells like Yardley Tweed mixed with the fresh sweat of a healthy young man. It's too strong to use on my wrists or cleavage. Instead what I do is put a small spray on my stomach before getting dressed for the day. Then I wear a woody floral like Tweed, Habit Rouge, Charlie Blue or Ivoire (original formula) in my cleavage.

This way, only I get occasional whiffs wafting up through my clothes. Because I wear it this way, no one has commented either positively or negatively on it. It's my own little secret and makes me feel sexy, confident and powerful (and the two cats don't mind it a bit on me).

Sillage: moderate but muffled by wearing under clothes
Longevity: 12 hours plus, I can even smell it faintly after having a bath.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown


1981 Aromatic Fougere fragrance for men by Pierre Bourdon. Top notes are aldehydes, artemisia, coriander, clary sage and bergamot; middle notes are carnation, patchouli, cinnamon, orris root, jasmine, vetiver and geranium; base notes are honey, leather, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, oakmoss and vanilla.

Back when this was popular (in the 1980s?), I thought it was horrible. I think at that time, I went thorough a variety of fragrances, but I did like to wear men's fragrances such as Chanel Pour Monsieur and Hermes Equipage. I have recently become quite fond of a vintage fragrance Givenchy Gentleman (1974, Paul Leger) that a Fragrantica review referred to as a precursor of both Kouros and Antaeus. And, I have a new appreciation for Caron Yatagan, an acquired taste that contains Artemesia.

So, I tried Kouros again. I have a decant, and most likely it's not vintage, but it comes across as European in sensibility, yet both clean and a bit musky. The clary sage and artemisia give it the sense of masculine fougere. Perhaps a little like vintage Eau de Hermes. I will check the notes and update later.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Black

I was curious to smell this famous cologne. I have to admit I was scared. I'd heard people describe it as the smell of a crotch..i don't know what they're on about but I LOVE this scent
it's deep, compelling, doesn't smell sanitized. It smells dirty, lived in, sweaty...This scent is dead sexy. The second I smelled this I thought this is the kind of scent a MAN wears.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

It is my DH's signature scent and this is a yes to the question whether I would buy it again. I cannot say I can wholeheartedly give it all the 5 lippies, because it's a tad too linear to my nose and a bit nosehair-curling at the application. But it does settle into a nice dry white floral scent with a slight dash of just-out-of-the-freezer aquatics stirred into it, and i would say it's a good tonic to one's senses. I do not think it shines in colder months: it's razor sharp then and just doesn't peak because it lacks temperature for a full blossom. Still, a great one from monsieur YSL - a reliable timeless classic.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Other

YSL Kouros is one of those love it or hate it scents. I will say, my initial impression was that it smelled horrible, just like a urinal cake and nothing else. However, deciding to give this a second chance was well worth it. I adore this stuff.

Kouros commands ones attention with its strong incense-y opening, but becomes much softer over time, yet still powerful enough to remind you it's still there. The dry down is warm and spicy with a bit of sweetness. Each time I've worn this I get nothing but compliments from people who've never smelled it before.

I think YSL stopped marketing the EdT in the US, so this is not available in stores at the moment. However, that could change.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Okay, I've gone back to the department store three times to get spray samples of this, which means I need a whole bottle. Glorious with a fascinating, slightly repellent strain of civet and musky 'skank' that blends so well with the notes of incense, sweetness and pure hot cleanliness. Kouros conjures up such a strong image of old-school, sexy masculinity for me that I wonder if Dad wore it in his heyday. Husband may wear it, if he asks nicely.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is the fragrance my boyfriend wears and i simply adore it..! We've been together 3 years now and this smell still makes me go crazy. It's very masculine and sensual... Not masculine as in "this is heavy enough to make a room full of people faint" or "this is cheap and smells like bottled sweat=manly" like several men's fragrances out there but masculine as in captivating, rich, sensuous, mature, warm and a bit spicy. Best men's fragrance i've ever smelled... I actually love it so much that i got a bottle to use for myself !! Costs 45Euro for 50ml/1.7oz and i highly recommend you to try it out and maybe buy it as a present for your boyfriend, hubby or even yourself!

Top Notes: Laurel, Artemisia, Coriander, Bergamot
Middle Notes: Carnation, Cinnamon, Geranium, Jasmine
Base Notes: Vetiver, Patchouli, Amber, Musk


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Kiehl's Original Musk + florals + stagnant water from the toilet tank = Kouros. Potency like you wouldn't believe. Ostentatious. Louche. Sillage for days and the staying power of a tattoo. The top notes are alarming when you first spray it on. As if someone ran a dozen urinal pucks through a juicer. The cloying camphor note recedes somewhat as the musk base and sweet florals move ahead. Am astonished that so many women find this sexy. Coincidentally, the day I ordered my bottle I went to see the play "God of Carnage." Kouros has a cameo where they use it to try to cover the stench of vomit. The thought of that combo is really scary. Look, it's a well-conceived frag but I would never wear it, any more than I would wear a pocket square that matches my tie, gold ID bracelets, pinky rings, or wife beaters. If I wanted to go this route, fragrancewise, I would wear Kiehl's OM. That offers the Kouros base without the camphorous, urine-soaked accord, cloying florals, and dank basenote of water that's grown stagnant around the base of a toilet. If you think I exaggerate, try a sample of Kouros. Chandler Burr, who I find completely off the mark with Yatagan, is on target when he wrote that Kouros can get you expelled from a restaurant. Unless it's a restaurant full of other Kouros fans.

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Smelled this on a friend and thought it smelled amazing. Going to pick some up for my DH.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

O M G! This is the HOTTEST thing I've ever smelt in my LIFE!! Can't comment on the staying power of course ;) But it's hot hot hot HOT!!


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