Such a nostalgic scent. An homage to the 90s.
With this version of Green Tea, I was excited about the camelia; I've long forgotten how it smelt in nature, but am acquainted with the hair treatment camelia oil. And this is exactly how the camelia note smells to me here—a little bitter, green, smoky, oily, heavily leaning on the masculine side.
Overall, Camellia, the way it plays out on my skin, is even more unisex than the original, so much that it could be labelled something like "Aqua Sports White For Men" and no one would really feel it misplaced. The citrus and fruit are not too sweet, just adding a little bit of sunny juiciness, mixed well with spices and surrounded by aquatic, white florals, which only lend a clean touch and do not voice themselves loudly. The whole is underlined by a very nice cooling sensation, provided by such as celery seeds, fennel and caraway; they are more subtle and gentle in their refreshing effect than mint which can often appear too sharp or aggressive to me, like in the opening of the original Green Tea.
The above reminded me of L'Eau par Kenzo Pour Homme— in fact, Camellia to me smells like a cross between the latter and the unique, citric-aquatic goodness of Azarro Eau Belle from the 90s as well.
Although my expectation based on the ads and description ("inspired by the Asian feeling of peace and tranquility") was not met, this is still pleasant enough in its more sporty way, like relaxing in the cooling shades at the white poolside.
Projection is skin-close, but I could still smell the optimistic remnants after more than 12 hours, spraying before bed. After it has lost its initial spicy edges and settles down, the fragrance becomes even more likable.
Camellia seems to be both package- and contentwise the 'odd' one in the line of EA GT flankers; I wouldn't have even recognised this as a flanker, since I couldn't find the green tea in it.
Still, GT lovers might like this as a most sportive version of the original, less mild and citric but more aquatic, fruity, spicy and a little flowery; so, even if the lovely white petals on the box wouldn't suggest, I'd recommend it to those looking for a non-sweet, floral-aquatic, pleasantly cooling fragrance for summer and humid heat, conjuring moments of youthful lightheartedness.
10th December, 2016 (last edited: 16th December, 2016)