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Eucalyptus spice, pleasantly composed
I came across the fragrance Body Kouros from Yves Saint Laurent more by chance when I clicked on Parfumo through the fragrance portfolio of YSL.
That was back when I was an uninvolved fellow reader here.
I couldn't stop being amazed when I saw all the scents YSL had and has. Paris, Rive Gauche, Jazz, Opium, Kouros, those were all terms to me. But beyond that I was still quite ignorant. But that should change with the closer study of the extensive perfume database.
The Ur-Kouros is one of the fragrances I never found suitable for me. But I won't go into that here So I read something about Body Kouros and thought, oh well, if this is a branch of Kouros, then it's not for me But when I read about the scents and direction, I became very sensitive. I like oriental and sweet and a relation to Le Male, och yes I will get myself one day But Body Kouros is unfortunately not to be found in the shops. But I took the risk and dared a blind purchase, the price for 100 ml was extremely low, the financial disaster would have remained very small, should I not like the fragrance.
But the scent immediately surprised me in the most pleasant way
The fragrance was created by Annick Ménardo, a perfumer who has created some beautiful fragrances, including Hypnotic Poison, Hypnosis, Roma Uomo, Boss Bottled, very well-known and also popular fragrances in the mainstream sector. Furthermore, some fragrances for Yves Rocher.
We also have Mrs Menardo to thank for the much appreciated Bois d'Armenie.
Born in Cannes, she first studied medicine and biology, which are not the worst qualifications for a perfumer. She trained as a perfumer at the French institute ISIPCA in Versailles, and was then for some time assistant to Michel Almairac. Since 1991 she has been working for the Swiss fragrance manufacturer Firmenich. So Mrs. Ménardo can show quite good references, I think.
But the question is, can Body Kouros do anything??
Yeah, in my opinion, he really can do something. First of all, I don't even find the scent particularly oriental at all.
I'd rather classify it as spicy-sweet. Body Kouros starts right away with a strong eucalyptus tone, which comes across very cool and fresh. Eucalyptus is accompanied by a slight hint of incense and a lot of spice from mace, a spice that should never be missing in my home, I find it finer and less strict than nutmeg After a while the scent becomes a bit sweeter due to benzoin, but there is also a certain pungency throughout the entire fragrance, this may be the camphor tree. Camphor likes to tingle its nose a bit. The sweetness itself is not extreme and does not stick in the nose.
In my opinion, all this is a very balanced combination, nothing scratches and stings, nothing is obtrusive and nothing is too heavy.
And in comparison to the original Kouros no animal is sneaking around. That makes the scent for me in any case wearable and sympathetic.
The fragrance retains its cool undertone throughout, as the eucalyptus always remains in the lead.
By the way, I can't see a clear similarity to Le Male. The spicy sweetness may seem quite similar at first, but Body Kouros has its own course and is altogether more reserved.
The whole thing also lasts for a very long time, a normal working day with a good 8 hours is easily possible. A certain scent is present, but with a moderate dosage nobody should get breathlessness.
For going out Body Kouros also makes itself very beautiful.
Due to the cool-looking course, Body Kouros can also be worn in milder temperatures in spring. In summer I have not tried it yet.
One could philosophize about naming for a long time now. Why was Kouros chosen, why Body? One probably thought that under the well-known name Kouros the fragrance would sell better. And Body... Well, let's not go there. We all know that one applies scents to certain parts of the body :-)
For my taste, Annick Ménardo has created a fine and pleasant fragrance here, which I love to wear and where I can find nothing to blame.