This is definitely different from what is sold in the U.S. and if memory serves me, it smells pretty close to what was sold 20-30 years ago. However, regardless of it's authenticity, it's a pretty harsh after shave. Makes my skin burn and not in a cooling good way but like I just splashed on battery acid. I love the smell, and the burn does go away in time but I prefer other ASs - Floid, Alt-Innsbruck, for overall better performance - smell and skin soothing ability. This one I kind of dread using... But then again this is much less expensive than those I mentioned. Recommend keeping in your rotation for nostalgia but understand it's gonna hurt your skin. Interestingly, the new formula everyone complains about, is actually easier on the skin. Maybe proctor and gamble was on to something when they changed it.