Kouros 1981 Eau de Toilette

Kouros (Eau de Toilette) by Yves Saint Laurent
Bottle Design Alain de Mourgues
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According to EssenceVitae Research Team A perfume by Yves Saint Laurent for men, released in 1981. Furthermore The scent is animal-spicy. Projection and longevity are above-average. It is being marketed by L'Oréal.
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Reiser

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The smell of the white city
Mr Reiser spent the early 80s as a student in Paris. The Coming out had been completed at the end of the 70s in the homeland. Now there was a lot of horizon, and Paris stood up for it. The future a white sheet that we would describe as long and beautifully as possible. So we hoped. The city was white then, too. White pants and loud shirts, the uniform on boulevard and campus. We would have liked to buy them from Saint Laurent, who made the most beautiful ones, but we couldn't afford it. We just looked at them in his store. It was white. And scented with kouros. In the white customer toilet the milk-white Kourosseife. YSL was one of our heroes. He had already gotten naked in the 70s, when the shame of the province still ruled us. Now we lived in his city, which promised great freedom, and we could see him in person. In theory. I have never seen him, at La Coupole he was always just gone or would come very soon. I'm sure. So they said. He never came. But we had Kouros, his fragrance, of which Luca Turin will later write in his "Little Book of Great Perfumes" that it smells "like the tanned skin of a guy with pomade in his hair who just got out of the shower". How could we not like it? Saint Laurent had posters hung on which the flat, marble-white bottle, which was modelled on archaic youth sculptures, was placed in front of a blue sky next to an incredibly perfect naked man. The smell was as shockingly loud as our shirts and clubs, which were called discos at that time. Dirty and full of flavors like these shirts at the end of a far too long party night full of loss of control. Loud and dirty we liked; and we had nothing against the Parisian "tearooms", the urinals, with which our scent was quickly associated. Kouros smelled like our nights, sounds and escapades. It did not stand in the room as a defined aroma, it was the cast-iron vessel of many completely incompatible aromas, which suddenly came together so fittingly and overwhelmingly, as if it could not be otherwise. Herbs, animal and human secretions, woods, chemicals such as those from detergents, Campari, the dominant coriander, which was actually used in all perfumes of the 80s. Very pungent green notes. Something smelly and aquatic. And at the same time a very peculiar sweetness, which was perhaps due to the honey. We learned that the animalistic puff that hung longest was called civet. We decided to think of Kouros as a sexual perfume. A fragrance as a bet on the future. The reactions of the people in the bus and metro confirmed that the Sillage was strong and our scent was not their scent. That's the way we wanted it. At night, in our bars and discos, all of Paris really smelled of Kouros. At least that's the way my memory wants it. And as narrow boys we ourselves were probably never closer to a Kouros than in those days. Kouros created a lasting bond between us. In the lecture hall we recognized each other when we noticed this smell. We wore him like the signal cloth in our jeans. This is the magic that a fragrance can have: it creates stable connections to places, times and people. And however the scent changed in the following decades, it stayed with us as the white leaf was gradually written on. Not at all what we thought. A virus came and emptied the bars and discos. People switched from the dance floor to the hospital bed. It happened so fast that we didn't even understand what was happening to our world. Now we smuggled kouros to the AIDS stations instead of flowers, so that our friends at least did not have to miss the familiar scent. And the tape held until the end. Above the increasingly frequent mourning societies there was a feather-light Kouros cloud that testified that we did not regret our wild years but mourned them. Which showed that we saw ourselves as a community. At some point, most of those who survived had left Paris. Kouros was getting weaker, but that was all right, we were. The civet aroma is now extracted from algae. I have no objections. As long as I can still recognize the scent. And when we meet today, here in Berlin or elsewhere, all of us gentlemen in their sixty-something years, longtime survivors or simply lucky devils, then at least one of us has hung up Kouros as a sentimental reminder of our white city and the noisy good years. We don't wear kouros often anymore, but when we do, we know why we wear it. And sometimes it's enough just to pick up the marble white bottle.
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Schrippe

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A friend for life
2021,
in the middle of the city, Pippilotta, my Rüd*in , feels the urge to run. A trickle towards the curb, where the zinc garbage cans ready for pickup steam away.
The air between the rows of houses shimmers. The heat, that unbearable heat that can't touch you in the country or by the sea.
My dog, who was given the name Dieter by his family of origin due to his gender, toddles further and further in the direction of Stammpinkelecken other Vierbeiner*innen.
Wait, there was what....A mirage? Supposed to happen when it's over 35 degrees in the shade. A man, as if in slow motion, floats past us. That smell coming from him, I know that smell.

Catapulted into the late 80s.
The locker rooms of the BSG Traktor Groß Lindow.
That's where the big boys played.
Sometimes brothers took the little ones there. Somewhat time-delayed to the training of the juniors, the ball game hour of the Windelk-i-cker took place. Not with a, although that was also true for one or the other. Boah, what has stunk there some.
Luke did not.
He was three months, two weeks and five days older than me. Our brothers were the star players of the place. When our playtime was over, we would roam the sports field, proud as Oskars. Towards the cabins of the adults, which was also allowed to be used by the half-stars.
We schmoozed around the corner of the showers and laughed ourselves silly about the celebrating players and their rituals. It smelled like cheap consumer soap. No lather, just a lather. From the urinals, separated only by a curtain of burlap, a mixture of limestone and urinal balls wafted over. In addition, the stench of players' shirts soaked in sports sweat, manufacturer Kristall, VEB Trikotagen. After foot it smelled also.

Memories of various scribbles come up. Spellings of Ferkeleien, which have opened up to us only much later. The man and I grin at each other.
Hello Lukas, is that you? How I have missed you. The boy who was my sparring partner in sports...long ago.
He tells me that he had to leave the pied nest of our childhood. Also, to be able to pursue his interests for the same sex, without spies behind the curtain. He tells about the pain he had to suffer because of his inclination in the small town and in the family and that's why he decided to stay in the city after graduation.
Only now I understand why my mother broke with Luke's....

How I recognized you, after all you would have changed visually a lot?
By your smell Lukas. How could I not recognize you? You, who were my shoulder to lean on, to cry on, when I thought I would have to travel to the angels in heaven after Daddy's death. You who held me in your arms when we sat trembling in the tree house for fear of discovery , because we called the ABV Schwabbelbacke. What have our Muttis laughed; actually only mine, if I have that correctly in memory.
Lukas, I never forget you and always recognize you among millions.
By your smell, the scent of the carefree time when neither of us knew much of the adult world or even would have been able to claim all the promises life gave us.
Kouros, the scent of our big brothers, who promised so much and kept it too.

(Kouros Vintage)

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Tougher Than the Rest
This fragrance is my most worn fragrance for 20 years. He's been with me since I was a kid in my eighties. Deeply rooted in my limbic system since it was very popular at that time. For my childhood nose, he was also the epitome of perfume for a man.
Decomposing this fragrance into its nuances and components is almost a matter of rest. He just smells like Kouros. And that's what I think it is! When a perfume is a fragrance experience and you can't think of anything else.
Or to have to say: "Smells like Kouros!" "Reminds me of Kouros!"
Standing alone, setting standards, a rock in the surf.
Kouros doesn't care about opinions.
Kouros does not want to please.
Kouros needs no applause.
Kouros is not holding out the other cheek.
Kouros does not subordinate himself.
If you find yourself now, it could be your scent, too.
Pretty sure you should bring charisma and some life experience, maybe some scars and of course the ability to make and defend unpopular decisions However, in situations where you should be balancing or actually subordinate, I would advise against using this fragrance. Examples of this would be an interview in a therapeutic context or an interview. Before visiting a perfumery, I would also leave it...
In contrast, there are also situations in which you need Kouros!
Due to the enormous dominance and brutal durability you can use Kouros like a tool.
Busy working days, violating someone's opinion, enforcing something...
A handy example:
Long working day coupled with an excessive afterwork, then still (what was her name again) conquest on the other side of the bed, got up much too late, no time for shower.

Kouros will take care of it.

Finally, I remember one more song: Sisters of Mercy-Detontation Boulevard

PS:
For all the Tinderboys, Parshippers, Hipsters and other Bubis: YouTube Jeremy surely has the right one for you!

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Luca75

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Get out of your comfort zone - a masterpiece from another time!
Kouros is difficult. Kouros is unique. Kouros seems out of time.
Kouros you can only love or hate - so my experience.

Briefly about me:
Am in my early 20s and student, so in principle actually not the target audience for Kouros, if you believe the people on Youtube, but still I have to give my two cents here today to this masterpiece from a time in which perhaps some things were better? I do not know, am a child of the 2000s, but if you believe some people, maybe some things were really better in the past, but let's finally start.

Scent:
Kouros enters with an olfactory explosion. Bergamot brings in an extremely fresh note, the counterpart is taken over by the sage and coriander, which counter the freshness with a tart note. Immediately at the beginning you know: this is a man's fragrance! Tart, masculine, strong, light hints of a fougère chord. In the heart note, the fragrance becomes more floral. I definitely smell patchouli and that light rose here. The interesting part for many comes in the base, when the animalic notes join in. At first, you don't smell anything of civet, musk or oakmoss. At some point, however, these notes break out and the fragrance transforms. Initially, as described, still rather fresh-spicy with barbershop hints (hints! Please do not put on the gold scale) - later it becomes animalic. You get at some point this note - described by many as urinous effect. The comparison with urine or a train station toilet does not come from somewhere. When I first tested Kouros at Müller some time ago, I also immediately had this association. Immediately I had the feeling that I had peed on my arm. Now this sounds extremely disgusting, but it's not as bad as you think. If you can get that association out of your head, you can. It also took me some time to warm up to Kouros and even when I still smell my arm today, I think about it - but it just doesn't bother me as much anymore. It's part of the scent and it only smells that way directly on my skin. When I walk through my own scent cloud, the scent smells much milder - nevertheless, we have an animalic here that you have to like and be able to wear. Many people can't, hence the criticism of Kouros. The scent also gets a bit sweeter to it in the base. The evolution of Kouros is stark and almost borders on niche quality for me. With few designers today you still have such a stark development of a spicy-fresh fragrance to an animalic-spicy and dirty fragrance.

Kouros is great in its own way. Getting used to, but a masterpiece through and through.

Durability / Sillage:
Both very good, although my newer batch is not as brute as claimed by many.
I get a good 9h out, sillage initially for it really strong. Could also be that I get smell-blind, but well dosed you can put the fragrance on well.
Much more I can not say about it, with the evaluation here I go in principle.

Can give you there also a dewy example, so you can estimate the sillage:
This morning Kouros applied, then been away for half an hour, came back and the stairwell has smelled as if I had just run through - no kidding, I was shocked myself how intense the scent is, although I no longer perceived it so myself. Therefore, rather something gentler with the sprayers, you do your fellow man with it no favor.

Flacon:
I celebrate! Kouros is an icon on the perfume shelf. Anyone who deals with perfumes or knows anything about them will probably take a step back upon sighting Kouros on your perfume shelf. The bottle and its contents are intimidating these days, you get the feeling. The bottle has cult status, but is quite well made and massive even so. The sprayer is only okay, I think.

Price-performance:
Admittedly, the fragrance is not quite cheap, about 70€/100ml. For this you get here but also such a unique fragrance with cult status and very good durability and sillage. I can not complain - here there were already fragrances from YSL in a similar price range, which were significantly more boring.

Back to the beginning, after we have worked off the fragrance rating:
Kouros is not a fragrance for everyone. Kouros is not a fragrance that I would put on every day. Why? Well, Kouros is brute in all forms. The scent is too potent and too intrusive to squeeze into a room with 300 other students with. The scent is too potent and intrusive to shine with in an office. You have to admit that we are no longer in the 80s, when (as I know from stories) many things were more "egal" than nowadays. Today, people feel attacked if you have applied one spray too many perfumes. The current society is definitely a bit too prudish in some points. Sure, there are people with allergies etc., but from my own experience I can say that nowadays people get triggered much too easily and are much too sensitive in some points. For me, it is part of it not to overdo it with perfume and take certain consideration for other people in this respect, but if you are then insulted even with 10 sprays of Versace pour Homme Eau de Toilette (an incredibly shallow fragrance) because someone does not tolerate citrus notes - you have to ask yourself. After all, no one takes me into consideration, I have the feeling. Very masculine fragrances are nowadays no longer so the thing - we all wear somehow only Naxos, Le Male and Co. (which are super cool fragrances, serve only as an example). That's why it's always a bit of a shame when I'm standing in front of the shelf and would love to wear Kouros and the first thing I think of is, "Who could I get on my nerves with this?". I hope you guys get my point and don't feel attacked. I, as already written, extra do not wear Kouros in such situations where it could be inappropriate - although sometimes I would feel the need to test it ;-).
Kouros can already be a kind of "get out of your comfort zone" for some, because you just need balls and confidence to wear that one.
You will be noticed 100%, I can assure you. But you have to live with receiving certain comments that are negative. You have to live with the fact that some people might remember you as the guy with that scent that smells like "cat piss".
But: You will be remembered! That's already more than you achieve with many other fragrances today. For me, Kouros has been a special experience and he has given me again a completely different look at fragrances or put me also times completely different fragrances in front of the nose. Through Kouros I came across Antaeus Eau de Toilette and Lapidus pour Homme Eau de Toilette. The second is now also in my collection and is also incredibly good. The fragrance definitely seems a bit out of time, but I do not find that bad - it revives charm.

Conclusion:
Kouros is a masterpiece in every respect and a piece of fragrance history to take home.
Whether there will ever be something like this again?

Long live Kouros!
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Yves Saint Laurent : Kouros - A statement!

Who grumbles here, has probably never really understood Yves Saint Laurent. And also not the high art of perfumes.

This fragrance is a milestone of haute couture fragrance creations and it is an absolute statement, a very successful statement. It is profound and fascinating and it is impossible to imagine life without it anyway.

He is the provocative and stylish statement of a man who was something different and who has thus gravely shaped the fashion world. A man, by the way, who has struggled with many contradictions and inner conflict, a man who has nevertheless, and probably because of this, had such a formative effect on his time as hardly any other in his industry. One of the most creative minds of his time in his profession.

In particular, his fragrance creations are primarily well thought-out provocations.

Provocations (like opium, or champagne), to which one is gladly addicted, because they are so refined. Because they also provide the outside world with a tool to make a statement. Everything follows conscious philosophy and a clear idea of what it should embody. Small universes with proper depth extend here.

Kouros is the prototype of what radiates masculinity and eroticism. It is a fragrance for individualists, not for the mainstream. The risk of rejection is always already included here, it has been part of the strategy. Kouros is a classic, whether you understand that or not.

A fragrance for men, not for boys. Because immature or mainstreamers will never really understand such fragrances and always quite silly, sometimes below the belt about it, because they can not do otherwise and because this philosophy, the statement, will forever deny themselves to them of a revelation.

Connoisseurs, on the other hand, will notice very quickly that here is a true masterpiece, which has involuntarily given generations of perfumers since its creation so some headaches, because it was just a provocation and also a small outrageous revolution for the industry.
By the way, Kouros has a lot in common with Joop Homme in its composition. However, Joop Homme has also been often enough and somewhat unjustly put down, although the accumulated sales success over the decades, similar to Kouros, has spoken quite different words.

So it doesn't hurt at all to look into the reviewed matter once before you then somewhat embarrassingly and publicly flaunt your lack of understanding and knowledge, instead of silently accepting your own inability.
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ElysiumElysium 8 years ago
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You either like it or you don’t. To me, this is the most animalic thing I know about fragrances. So damn manly, dirty, healing, mysterious.
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GuapoGuapo 3 years ago
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I've been using it since the early 80's (still a teenager). Like it or not, a milestone in perfumery. A unique, eternal fragrance. Love it.
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RobbieXRobbieX 3 years ago
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A polarizing and powerful ultra masculine perfume. Lasts on clothes 'til you was them. Iconic, classic!
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KuraiKurai 3 years ago
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Sweaty soap-honey-civet-moss that won't leave anyone indifferent. Either it repulses or it brings out the beast inside
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BertolucciKBertolucciK 3 years ago
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Strong opening with coriander and clary sage. Then patchouli and carnation with musk, civet, leather and a touch of honey. 80's manly scent.
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