Yes, it's a spectrum. From my POV, it looks like what the OP doesn't enjoy is a distinctively gourmand sweetness. The question is whether that eliminates all sweetness from consideration or just fairly sugary things.I feel like there are a whole lot of sweet scents recommended in this thread. Obviously we have different definitions of sweet.
I completely agree with you... B/c I own French Lover and New York (although I have the intense, not regular). Never tried Epic man though. I also remember I have a sample somewhere of Black by Comme des Garcons. Need to try tomorrow.I would say French Lover is a great one for winter but it works all year round. It's a bone dry scent so no hint of sweetness or gourmand here.
New York Intense was mentioned before, but I would say regular New York is just as good.
One of my favourite scents for winter, would have to be Amouage Epic Man.
Equipage is a good one. It’s so cozy and warm and friendly, without relying to sweeteners to achieve the effect.Équipage and Bel Ami (Vétiver). I'm also looking for more of these scents with less sweetness. I'm especially getting tired of vanilla which is in way too many fragrances, Habit Rouge EDT and EDP are really all I need for that.
Excellent, smoky suggestions -- some of my favorites!Must add Comme des Garcons - Black, which a just rediscovered (although performance is not stellar, just decent)
And Bois d'Ascece by Naomie Goodsir (or, in the same smoky Real, a city on fire by Imaginary Authors)