L'Occitan is powerful and smoky, lavender with a hint of wood smoke.
Two simple, dry lavender scents are Crabtree & Evelyn Lavender Water and Geo. F. Trumper Lavender.
And I must mention Czech & Speake's Oxford and Cambridge. Very nice stuff.
As an afterthought on a less traditional lavender, what of Parfum d'Empire's Fougere Bengale? (Copied from Lucky Scent)
"Inspired by the Bengal part of the Ancient Mongol Empire, the warm and animalic notes of Fougere Bengale recount the famous Bengalese tiger hunts in the heart of the Assam jungle where the humidity is permeated with the odor of hay. With Fougere Bengale, Parfum d’Empire also reinterpret the fougere genre by adding to the traditional blend of lavender, tonka bean and oakmoss a sensual and honeyed tobacco accord and a mouthwatering gingerbread note. Is it a fougere? For sure! But the sophisticated, subtle gourmand-ness adds a surprising and extremely enchanting twist to the classic composition. The fragrance opens with the freshness of lavender, so popular with the English dandies. Then, the dry warm notes of hay take us to Bengal, to the Assam tea plantations. The mild tobacco, a glimpse of the British officers’ cigarettes, mingles with the animalic scents of the Indian brushlands. Finally Fougere Bengale welcomes us to an oriental palace where the enigmatic patchouli, vanilla and tonka bean evoke silk and cashmere. This suave, mysterious scent with animal sensuality, a blend of traditional and modern, will be equally adored by lovers of the impeccably classic perfumes and the offbeat, unusual contemporary creations."
Oxford and Cambridge, by far, as it is the most natural smelling scent that isn't listed as all natural, that I've ever smelled.
A blast of very natural, linalool heavy lavender, along with some camphor (rosemary) and a cool bite (menthol from the mint), over a warm and very rich, very natural oakmoss base. Simple and wonderful, and best of all, it truly has the aromatherapeutic qualities of the oils present in it (which can't be said for most lavender oriented scents out there).
Right there with you on this, Strollyourlobster. Three classic scents but the Nicolai is the one I turn to most often.
++ for Gris Clair, which seems to work in serious heat and humidity, and Taste of Heaven, which is perfect for a luxe black tie sort of events altho I am beginning to get a little wary of it's tenacious, (verging on eternal), relentlessness . . .