Our Xerjoff Ceylon samples and decants are rebottled by Scent Split from genuine fragrance bottles. Scent Split is a wholly independent entity not affiliated, connected, or associated with Xerjoff.
Original bottle not included with purchase. Scent Split rebottles the genuine fragrance into smaller bottles.
This tea scent is worlds away from the floral/effervescent (Tommy Girl, Moschino Funny), ethereal/ephemeral (Jo Malone Darjeeling), and even fruity/resinous/dignified (Le Labo The Noir) takes on tea by other designers--each of which are also favorites of mine. What caught my attention before the bergamot, honey, or tea of the ScentSplit description was an animalic volatile (almost ammoniac) note (I'd guess it's a synergy between oud and jasmine sambac), which is joined by the sweeter, fuller oud signature early on. The woody/musty aspect of oud and the fermented-leaf-tannic aspect of tea flow together seamlessly below the ammoniac sting and animalic sweetness. The bergamot and honey surround the tea at the heart and reinforce its linalool aspects; its woody darkness gets reinforced by sandalwood. Some hours later the animalic note has dissipated, replaced by a sweet, tenacious vanilla/amber or benzoin-like drydown; there was almost a whiff of tobacco as the darker facets of tea blended with this on their way out.
As soon as I put this on my husband exclaimed over it. Ceylon is a keeper--and reserved for romantic occasions.