I couldn't get past the citrusy-minty opening of the original Green Tea, but was curious about the camellia note in this flanker. I can't remember the smell of the natural flower, but here, it is like I know from the hair treatment oil - a little bitter, green, smoky, heavily leaning on the masculine side.
Camellia opens with a non-sweet fruity-spicy mix, joined soon by watery white florals which only lend a clean but not soapy touch and remain in the background. I can smell fennel and caraway, providing a very nice cooling sensation; I find these more subtle and gentle in their refreshing effect than mint which I often find menthol-like and too harsh, as in the opening of the original. Once the initial spicy edges had subdued, Camellia became skin-close and stayed for more than 12 hours with its optimistic remnants.
Although my expectation based on the ads and description ("inspired by the Asian feeling of peace and tranquility") was not met, this is still very enjoyable in a more sportive, extroverted way with the sense of relaxing in the open air, in the cooling white shades at the poolside. Overall, I find this a nostalgic scent, like an homage to the 90s - a mix of Kenzo L'Eau Par Kenzo pour Homme and Eau Belle d'Azzaro.
The tea note was non-existent, and I wouldn't have recognised this as a Green Tea flanker. Camellia is less citric than the original, but more aquatic, fruity, spicy, just a little flowery, and even more unisex. It has been discontinued, but for the low price, worth a try if you are looking for a unisex, non-sweet, floral-aquatic, pleasantly cooling fragrance suitable for summer and humid heat.
10th December, 2016 (last edited: 19th March, 2017)