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    Default Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Was looking at my collection (again) and realized, every single cologne I own has some degree of sweetness to it! I want to try something way different, so any good recommendations? Much obliged.

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Yatagan is the antisweet. You have to try it!

    Others I would suggest that I know are Tumulte and Encre Noire.

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    Rien by ELdO. A dirty, dry, dusty, mineralic + animalic leather that manages not to be an overly heavy scent despite what you'd imagine. It's not heavy but it is STRONG! Apply with caution.
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    Tam Dao by Diptyque

    Wood, and then some wood.
    Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.

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    Channel Antaeus
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Punisher View Post
    Was looking at my collection (again) and realized, every single cologne I own has some degree of sweetness to it! I want to try something way different, so any good recommendations? Much obliged.
    Givenchy Xeryus - aromatic woods, with good sillage and longevity.
    Lalique Encre Noire - dry, almost sharp, vetiver
    Versace Homme - old-school maybe, but still good
    Chanel No. 19 - Beautiful on a woman, distinguished on a man.

    If you're ever interested in sampling niche fragrances, check out the Comme des Garcons Incense series and Synthetic series.

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    Kouros, or, for a more modern interpretation of it, Kouros Tattoo Edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scentologist View Post
    Channel Antaeus
    I should be getting a sample of this from a friend soon. Also, I forgot about Kouros, that one's good. If only it came in a .5 oz size, would be perfect. Don't need 50 ml.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hob Dobson View Post
    Chanel No. 19 - Beautiful on a woman, distinguished on a man.

    If you're ever interested in sampling niche fragrances, check out the Comme des Garcons Incense series and Synthetic series.
    I have to disagree with No. 19. Although it's green and has a leather note (more in some forms than others), it also has some beautiful floral notes, and that's not exactly what you were looking for.

    I agree with the Comme des Garçons line - everything I've tried except the original EDP was very dry (anti-sweet).

    In my wardrobe, I find Eau des Merveilles to be one of the least sweet.

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    Charactere by Daniel Hechter

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    If you really want an eau de cologne, Monsieur Givenchy is a great, bone-dry one. If you're thinking more broadly then Kouros is very very dry and Rive Gauche PH is quite dry, too.

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Rive Gauche has some sweetness and creaminess to it.

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    Gendarme and the variations

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    No sweetness?

    Yatagan
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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    For niche? PG - Cuir d'Iris is *incredibly* dry. Just trying this one tonight. Also, Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist.. beautifully dry yet floral at the same time. I can't find any sweetness in either of these whatsoever.

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    YSL Pour Homme Haute Concentration. A lot of lemons in the top notes but they are anything but sweet IMHO. Aramis (1965) would be another candidate with its leathery spiciness all the way through.
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    Sander for Man by Jil Sander - the one in the low slung elliptical bottle.
    Last edited by mr. reasonable; 22nd August 2009 at 04:03 AM.

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    Francesco Smalto PH
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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Some good suggestions here.
    One way to say anti-sweet is to say dry, thus my thread of this week will give further input for you.
    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=234311

    Cheers, ody
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    Th Different Company - Sel de Vetiver
    JPG - Fleur du Male Cologne

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    YSL Kouros

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    cdg 2man

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    Versace L'Homme
    Penhaligon's Blehiem Bouquet
    Hugh Parsons Yellow

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Yatagan - Caron
    Encre Noir - Lalique
    Avignon - CDG
    Querelle - PG
    Salvador Dali pour Homme (please just read the BN reviews!)
    ointments and perfume delight the heart....

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    My first thought was totally Salvador Dali Pour Homme. That scent is absolutely the opposite of sweet. It borders on unwearability for me though.

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Agreed on Encre Noire and Sel de vetiver.

    Will add:

    Paco Rabanne PH
    Annick Goutal Eau de Lavande (reviews mention vanilla dry down, but I get no sweetness from this one)

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    JPG - Fleur du Male Cologne
    No way!!

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    No sweetness at all in Vetiver Extraordinaire!

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Second Tam Dao; add Gucci PH. Same reason (woody) but in a darker way.

    I would also add C&S no. 88. It is mostly a sharp, peppery, soapy green to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    No way!!
    With due respect: do you actually know La Cologne Fleur du Male, in the opaque bottle, with the strong soapy notes, the flanker about one year after Fleur du Male - well, you know this scent, which I had referred to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    With due respect: do you actually know La Cologne Fleur du Male, in the opaque bottle, with the strong soapy notes, the flanker about one year after Fleur du Male - well, you know this scent, which I had referred to?
    Yep, this one is much greener less sweeter than the FdM, but I still found it has floral sweetness to it. I apologise if the way I reacted earlier was offensive to you, it was not my intention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewfoo View Post
    Yep, this one is much greener less sweeter than the FdM, but I still found it has floral sweetness to it. I apologise if the way I reacted earlier was offensive to you, it was not my intention.
    Man, I"m the last one here to take any offense Especially if there was no offense at all.
    Of course I accept your opinion. The last time I tried it was a good month ago, and in my brain it's an all soapy scent, with no sweetness whatsoever - that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy View Post
    Man, I"m the last one here to take any offense Especially if there was no offense at all.
    Of course I accept your opinion. The last time I tried it was a good month ago, and in my brain it's an all soapy scent, with no sweetness whatsoever - that's all.
    I respect your opinion too, thanks for clarifying

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    TY for link guys. I guess dry is the adjective I want.

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Gucci PH (2003)? I found the amber to be quite sweet in this one. Yes, a dry opening - but a fairly sweet amber dry-down.

    Tam Dao is a good one, but C&S No. 88 has a sweet rose accord.

    Perhaps I'm taking devoid of any sweetness a bit too far.


    Quote Originally Posted by LiveJazz View Post
    Second Tam Dao; add Gucci PH. Same reason (woody) but in a darker way.

    I would also add C&S no. 88. It is mostly a sharp, peppery, soapy green to me.

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    Seriously, if dry is what you want, check out ELdO's Rien. Also, Let Me Play the Lion by Les Nez.

    Azzaro Visit has a hint of sweetness (the sweetness naturally present in nutmeg) but does not smell sweet in any true sense.. it's a woody incense that is nutmeg laden. A lot like Tam Dao but imo better (Tam Dao has some really scratchy synthetic quality to it that is far more muted in Visit), for much less money, too!
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    You may try Un Bois Sepia by Serge Lutens, it's rather sour and definitely masculine.

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    JHL by Lauder?

    Can't discern if it has any sweet notes, but man, is it masculine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butthead53 View Post
    JHL by Lauder?

    Can't discern if it has any sweet notes, but man, is it masculine.
    Really??? I think JHL has very sweet oriental amber and vanillic base notes.

    Meanwhile, for some more dry suggestions:

    Givenchy Vetyver
    Sel de Vetiver
    Bois d'Ombrie
    Sienne l'Hiver
    Kyoto
    Geranium pour Monsieur
    Padparadscha
    Parfum d'Habit

    and perhaps Sycomore
    Last edited by Off-Scenter; 23rd August 2009 at 12:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vibert View Post
    Really??? I think JHL has very sweet oriental amber and vanillic base notes.
    LOL...I could be wrong.

    Yatagan, previously mentioned, strikes me as the ultimate "dry" fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butthead53 View Post
    ...Yatagan, previously mentioned, strikes me as the ultimate "dry" fragrance.
    I won't argue with that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Punisher View Post
    TY for link guys. I guess dry is the adjective I want.

    dry hey !! try Krizia Uomo .

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    How about Odeur 53? Right now I can't remember anything sweet about it (sometimes it smells of city street steam vent to me) but sometimes it smells like freshly dried laundry, and maybe that has a trace of dryer sheet in it.
    That girl, that bottle, that mattress and me.

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    Default Re: Colognes devoid of any sweetness.

    Dang I've never heard of these. I've tried Encre Noir only, which is basically the only nonsweet scent I've ever tried. Very sharp cedar and vetiver.

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