To my nose, anise is by far the dominant note during the opening, this should have been called "Richard James Cologne Anise". Lavender is there, but faintly.
I concur 100% with Carter-Blood who said: Some other notes do appear occasionally but are difficult to define. There is a mixture of notes in the heart of this perfume on which not a single note predominates, although I would say is kinda fruity. I would like to credit that as a well blended perfume, but I do not know if that is the correct assignment.
The base is more of the same just getting weaker and weaker to die in a wimpy woody note due to the cedar/patchouli accord.
Sillage and longevity are low, people will notice you, but will not run away from it either.
I like the total effect of the perfume and the uniqueness of this perfume, you will have to work hard to find something similar, but not enough to get a thumbs up..