Walking through the mall a while back, I made my waythrough a crowd of people gathering outside a restaurant.
And as I passed a group of men, a familiar scent waftedto my nose.
It was YSL’s Kouros.
I was immediately reminded of the early ‘80s, when I was incollege and bought it for my then-boyfriend as a birthday gift.
I loved its unusual scent, so different from anything I’d ever smelled before.
And I admired the sleek, coolly marbled white bottle trimmed in silver, almost architectural in its beauty (rather fitting,
actually, since he was an architect).
We traveled abroad for several weeks as I accompanied him onone leg of his fellowship, and he wore Kouros every day of that trip.
Not long after that, we parted.
Ours was an extremely painful breakup, one that left me feeling utterly bereft and even physically sick for a while.
Getting even the slightest whiff of Kouros in the months afterward would upset me.
But time truly is a great healer and eventually I came to realize that these things work out for the best. The hurt has
long since receded and I am now happily married to a wonderful man.
So Kouros, which once would have brought me to tears, now conjures good memories of being madly in love and
experiencing the splendor of Europe.
It has always impressed me as a warm, elegant,almost-European scent.
(It gets some grief from those who find it a bit “dirty,”but I’m very sensitive to civet, cumin and the like and it
never bothered me.)
What fragrance evokes a deep response in you, for better or worse, when you smell it now?