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Better than back then?
I think there are few "fragrances" that have so crammed themselves into the noses of customers, especially in American culture. There are probably likewise few brands that has caused more social uproar with its fragrance than Abercrombie.
From the successful concept of the brand, the polarizing image, and the aggressive marketing for the time, you can think what you want. Likewise of the obviously dirty management, the class action suits at that time because of smell nuisance before the stores and ....
Fact is, the fragrance had (had) an image problem, it was too strong, too violent, too much "AF". In addition, there were new legal regulations, which, in addition to the complaints about the too strong scent, contributed to the fact that the fragrance was reformulated. Died was the fragrance for many, and after the storm of media attention, the brand as a whole never really recovered.
DUA, a brand that is dedicated to copying other fragrances and can sometimes more sometimes less applause for it, has hit the nail on the points here and won with me a real customer. If you know the scent from back then, you'll get it back here 98% of the time. It smells like pure vintage 2002, a neat fresh, green, woody powerhouse that you can sense on me for >12h. In the head, heart and base the scents are incredibly similar. I won't describe the scent itself in detail, there are already various perfect descriptions for that. My feeling is that it's even more potent than the original from back then, but I never compared the two 1:1, because I don't currently have one. Anyway, people have told me several times a day after I've had two sprays on the back of my neck that I smell good and what it is. My impression is that many have the fragrance no longer so on the screen, so I have the actually revived in my circles.
If you're so insane as to want the Fierce from back in the day back at all costs, give this one an unrestricted blind try. Tried a few copies. Too fresh, too synthetic, too scratchy, too watery. Alas.
If DUA has this one in stock again, I will definitely buy a few more bottles as a bunker!