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  1. Re: GQ - "The Best Cologne from Each Fragrance Family"

    Agreed. It’s a pretty good mix even if I don’t agree with many of the catchphrases accompanying each listed fragrance. Was also pleasantly surprised to see Boutonniere No.7 showing up alongside Grey...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Mandodari is already sold out when I ordered the rest. Must be good, eh?

    I have never tried Turkish Leather before so I cannot confirm if Anatolia is its latest incarnation. I find it very nice...
  3. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    @psawjack. Given your preferences for animalics I’d have thought you’d have Oud Maximus in your shortlist.



    That would stand out in a coffee joint. I think Musk Khabib’s smooth profile makes it...
  4. Re: I just tried “I am trash” from ELd’O and...

    Hard to recommend anything without knowing your scent preferences. Are you able to sample them first or are you planning to throw the dice in a blindbuy?

    One particular favorite of mine that IMO...
  5. Re: Which niche brand you think is well worth the price?

    Indeed. When nothing’s been changed except for the packaging and disproportionately heftier price tags, somehow you can’t help feeling ‘shortchanged’.
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    Re: Do you wear perfume for workouts?

    That IS indeed surprising. I guess it depends on the kind of gym one goes to.

    Cologne overload is not much better than deodorant deficiency IMO. Gyms are for resistance training and...
  7. Re: What health problems can a frangrance cause? Do "healthy" fragrances exist?

    Fragrance obsession could be a mental health issue...
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    Re: Ensar Oud Tigerlust

    Sometimes a good fragrance is just too complicated (read: a lot of ‘work’) for regular wears. The way they craft their copies while exciting often leads to high expectations and inevitably,...
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    Re: Do you wear perfume for workouts?

    N9, at least not specifically l for workouts though I might still have some residual skin scent from my SotD. I usually avoid the peak hours anyway.
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

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    Re: Everybody Hates Hugo Boss

    Used to wear Baldessarini to office in the late ‘90s. Haven’t found anything from the house worth getting a full bottle of since. I guess I’ve kinda written the brand off.
  12. Re: Scent of a freshly mown or late season prairie (hay, chamomile, narcissus, coumarin, broom)

    Amazing well-taken shots, rynegne!
  13. Re: Scent of a freshly mown or late season prairie (hay, chamomile, narcissus, coumarin, broom)

    Cartier Les Heures Fougeuse might be worth checking out.
  14. Re: Maybe a crazy question.What do you think of the term "Fragrance Community"?

    I don’t see a problem with the term ‘fragrance community’ as it clearly differentiates itself from ‘fragrance industry’. Just don’t ever abbreviate it to ‘FragComm’ and make me cringe.
  15. Re: What is your least favorite part about buying a perfume?

    Buying identical looking bottles only to find the contents been reformulated for the worse. It’s a deplorable practice - very deceptive and borderline criminal IMO.
  16. Re: How much should you spend on my fragrance collection?

    What people choose to do with their money is none of my business. Personally I’d spent way beyond what an average person would so I’m really not the best person to ask about what is ‘reasonable’...
  17. Re: Do samples feel weaker on you than the actual bottles?

    Yes, but expectedly so due to the limitations in application method / applicable amount imposed by the smaller dab sampler vials or atomisers.
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    Re: A Citrus Exploration

    Finally, a thread on citrus fragrance exploration! Wow, Kotori I am taking down notes. I LOVE basil as a citrus partnering note btw.

    The base is always a problem for citrus fragrances isn’t it?...
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    Re: Parfum Prissana discussion thread

    Sampled Natsumeku and Moragot recently.

    Natsumeku is a chirpy citrusy frankincense that smells uplifting and comfortingly familiar. Unfortunately it fails to bring anything new to the crowded...
  20. Re: Would you buy a perfume brand that you never heard of? Why or why not?

    Yes, if I like what I’m smelling and it has a decent evolution. Or at the very least it has garnered praise from reviewers who share similar tastes in fragrances.
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    Re: Antonio Gardoni for Berceuse !!!

    Don’t particularly care for the musical analogy but the notes /movements look promising...
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    Re: Ensar Oud Tigerlust

    Congrats! Though I’m guessing your financial advisor might not share your enthusiasm...lol.
  23. Re: Perfumes you tried recently that have been utter disappointments

    Cuir de Russie by Anna Zworykina. IMO it’s way too ‘woody’ for a leather.
  24. Re: Personality types and colognes/perfumes.Do you believe in it?

    IMO fragrance to fit personality traits is mostly marketing. I do believe in the power of marketing /suggestion. If it somehow serves my purpose and offers me a new insight /fun perspective on the...
  25. Re: Do you wear fragrance even at home alone?

    Hell, yeah. It’s....skanky oud good time!!! Lol.
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    Re: Santal 33 weak perfomance?

    If you finished a bottle of Santal 33 in just one year you must be a frequent & heavy user, well accustomed to its strength.. Perhaps your nose just got tired or so used to Santal 33 it no longer...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Question to those who get that ammonia-like ‘cat piss’ opening in Siberian Summer: how long does it linger noticeably on you? I’m aware of the adage ‘first impressions last’ so I can’t quite estimate...
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    Re: What's Your Tom Ford Collection?

    Beau de Jour
    Tuscan Leather
    Tobacco Vanille
    Sahara Noir
    Grey Vetiver
    Italian Cypress
  29. Re: Unique and interesting, but still compliment getting?

    Since you don’t wish to smell like every other guy wearing colognes perhaps you shouldn’t even go down the same ‘cologne’ route. Are you game to try some oud oils or attars instead?
  30. Re: recommend the smell of quiet confidence for a nervous young man

    He sounds perfectly fine (& well adjusted) to me. Sometimes we parents are the ones guilty of nitpicking out minor inconsequential ‘flaws’. What he said about wanting his own signature scent is...
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    Re: Enhancing projection...... myths

    NOTHING works. I’m being completely honest here. At least nowhere as well as we think. I have tried them all. The brain is just too adept at tuning out existing stimuli as it scans for new ones. One...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    ALL of them, once they’re sold out lol. :wink:

    But if you’re talking about classic house DNA, I’d say all 3 except for Plumeria de Orris.
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    Re: Your top 5: aldehydic florals

    Chanel No.22
    Le Galion Sortilege
    Chanel No.5 Edt
    Parfum d’Empire Le Cri de La Lumiere
    Sonoma Scent Studio Champagne de Bois

    They just don’t make them like they used to...
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    Re: Floris London Opinions

    Light-wearing mostly with few notable exceptions but generally updated to more modern sensibilities. If you appreciate quieter yet elegant scents this could be a house worth checking. I love a...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Yes, people in crowded cosmopolitan cities tend to mind their business and hold their tongue so I’ve learnt to look out for non verbal cues /body language telltale signs. But I’m hardly the heavy...
  36. Re: recommend the smell of quiet confidence for a nervous young man

    Quiet confidence. That’s something I’ve always had in spades even as a kid. I’d style my own clothes, design my own T-shirts, fashion jewellery out of scrap telephone wires and wear them to parties....
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    Re: What am I doing here?

    As far as I’m concerned I’m still a novice. Welcome to Basenotes!
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Nor have I. Perhaps we both hang out with too polite a company or they happen to be skank lovers. Lol.
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    Re: aggarwoodassam/dixit&zak

    Oh, why did I open this thread?? Look what I found...another rabbit hole! :tongue:
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    Re: Legitimate decants

    I can vouch for Surrender to Chance and The Perfumed Court.

    Alternatively head over to the Basenotes splits section to find more reputable sellers though available fragrance options may be...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    No, most don’t. Other than OG Ottoman Empire and Siberian Musk that impressed right off the gate, the others you mentioned only got significantly better with age at which point they’re usually long...
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    Re: Latest Rochas - L'Homme Rochas!

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    Cheap formula in a fancy bottle, no doubt. It happens all the time. But if it is competently blended, even cheap formulas can still smell good! But I wonder if the marketing budget is up to...
  43. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

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    A Mon Seul Desir by La Via del Profumo /Abdessalam Attars
  44. Re: tom ford smell difference 100ml vs 250ml

    Dude, that’s not even a tester. Lol. Just the regular flacon you’re not even supposed to sample from! :lolk:I’d have fired that SA...

    But yeah, some scents smell a little different when you dab vs...
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    Re: Just received my 6.7 TDH

    It’s still a good one IMO. Enjoy your generous stash!
  46. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    Congrats, Cwliias.

    Is anyone here familiar with the lotus note? Never had any prior experience with it, it being lotus of Thai origin or elsewhere.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I agree it is fully backup worthy. At $150 it’s like nothing else out there. But I might layer it with the OG Siberian Musk if I needed that little extra musk.
  48. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

    Ah that explains it. Thank you for the clarification, dear Profumo and for your generosity. Your nose is as ever much more finely tuned than mine could ever be. Perhaps it seems ‘light’ to me as I’ve...
  49. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    Lolz. I love Sir Winston & I love pissed off old ladies especially this one:-

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  50. Re: AbdesSalaam Attar / La Via del Profumo - official fragrance discussion thread

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    A Mon Seul Désir by La Via del Profumo


    Listed components:
    ambergris, ylang ylang, petit grain, lemon tree (?), tuberose, rose, gaiac, narcissus

    Received a generous decant of this...
  51. Thread: Di Ser

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    Re: Di Ser

    Spraying using an atomiser bottle.

    It (spraying) disperses the fragrance into smaller individual droplets, exposing more surface area for evaporation to take place. So yeah, mixerscent could be...
  52. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    lol.
  53. Re: dries van noten par frederic malle - made with real mysore sandalwood ?

    I must be extra sensitive but I could smell the abrasively woody synthetics the last time I sampled it. Sorry, but no mysore... Clearly I’m not a fan.
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    Re: Woody Floral Musk For Teens

    Ermenegildo Zegna Florentine Iris
  55. Re: "Your Mean Grandma" perfumes - can you recommend me some?

    +1 on Gres Cabochard. I can imagine it on a tough old woman though I don’t understand why I would want to go there lol.

    But probably NOT 24 Fabourg nor Cristalle as these still seem relatively...
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    Re: Ensar Oud Tigerlust

    Post your views as soon as you get to try it, guys. I’m skipping this one. I’d love a sample but 5 ml is probably too much for something that I strongly expect wouldn’t be getting regular wears.
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    Re: Save Money and Buy Big ?

    What many here fail to appreciate is that you only realize the savings when you finish the big bottle or offload to someone else at cost. For many of us that’s a big IF. But don’t feel too bad; many...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    I’m still waiting for my WPII decant to arrive. Anyone else here has done a comparison with the 1st version? If anyone is planning to, may I suggest you do it via a blind smell test? Just so we could...
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    Re: Xerjoff More Than Words last forever

    Crowded field so the Xerjoff has to give an extra of something else. But it’s nice- I came close to buying a bottle.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    A big YES - take my money already - from me. :laugh:
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    Re: Aaron Terence Hughes

    ‘Vegan’ is IMO a sneaky way to describe ‘synthetic’ as if we don’t already know that. It grates whenever it’s used more than once in a copy. Hope his fragrances do a better job.
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    Re: Date night fragrances for hot weather

    I find MFK Lumiere Noire pour Homme perfectly suited for sultry nights

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  63. Re: Rose Prick - I'm not makin' this up !!! LOL

    What?! You lads never had your hands pricked by a thorny stem of roses before? :smiley:

    This time I actually thought it’s a well thought out name, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, befitting the brand’s...
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    Re: Combatting dog smell in car

    Cheaper option: leave a few pieces of charcoal in the car. They work nicely as carbon filter.
  65. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    15 ml. Enjoy...! :smiley:
  66. Re: Fragrance Influencer / YouTube Fragrances - Treasure or Trash?

    I’m more comfortable with collaborative efforts with a known brand. Nikhil’s (PerfumeGuru) collaboration with ALD for instance yielded Koh-I-Noor- one of the best sandalwood floral I’ve ever had the...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    From his latest IG feed Adam’s finally working on a green Hojary frankincense, co-distilling it with cardamom in sea water. With the recent tincturing of white ambergris, I’m half anticipating (...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Sadly for fans, it’s becoming typical. That mad rush happened before in the Siberian Musk 2 & Ottoman Empire 2. But that was due in part to the pent up demand and hype/reputation surrounding the...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    If you’re used to power frags from the likes of Rasasi, these attars aren’t likely to be your thing. But I do admit the samples are really tiny. While they can give you a good idea on the scent they...
  70. Re: Star Wars Characters And Their Corresponding Fragrance

    Azzaro Chrome

    Up next - Queen Amidala
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    Re: Bogue MEM Thoughts

    Well said. I like MEM. I it ranks among Gardoni’s more wearable stuff. Someone used ‘revulsion’ to describe it earlier in this thread and I just cannot wrap my head around that. I know you can’t...
  72. Re: 2020 - What is the ONE fragrance you most hope to add to your collection?

    La Parfumerie Moderne Annes Folles before the outfit goes defunct...though I sincerely hope not.
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    Re: Fucking Fabulous for high school?

    Eh, who says Axe body sprays are kosher for school? Lol. Only non-scented deodorants and anti perspirants are allowed. Any ‘olfactory contraband’ will be...uh confiscated. :smiley:
  74. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    It’s a marketing play. Fans of the original will be curious to at least try it. New customers who like it might be tempted to seek the earlier versions while those who don’t will probably stock up...
  75. Re: Fragrance Influencer / YouTube Fragrances - Treasure or Trash?

    Take it or leave it. I really don’t care either way.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Considering he’d just released War & Peace II, it wouldn’t be anytime soon. Which is fine as the wallet’s still hurting, lol. Any update on future releases usually shows up in ALD Instagram feeds.
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    Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    I can’t help having gut level reactions to many fragrances. Certain fragrances just seem to favor or elevate certain moods. But as a rule I don’t dress nor apply fragrance according to my prevailing...
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Lots of love for Russian Musk here. The attar works a real treat too. Thus far we’ve had ver.2 of War & Peace, Siberian Musk and Ottoman Empire though the latter 2 never seemed to reach the heights...
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    Re: What is your ideal perfume longevity?

    As long as I need it to last. I certainly don’t need any fragrance to outstay their welcome.
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    Re: Save Money and Buy Big ?

    What a tiny little boy...

    :wink:
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    Re: Centauri Perfumes

    Thanks, Earlyn for that very helpful post/ review.

    At $200 for 30 ml, Centauri is up against the likes of Areej Le Doré, Bortnikoff and Auphorie - all 3 similarly leveraging on high quality...
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    Re: Roja Reckless - nose check

    I have the EDP. I don’t find it all that spicy in the drydown. Maybe I don’t spray enough...
  83. Re: Latest Stephane Humbert Lucas - Isra & Miraj!

    Interesting inspiration for a name. How good is the ambergris component?
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    Re: Fucking Fabulous for high school?

    I actually prefer highschoolers not to smell of any colognes...at least not in school. If I were the headmaster I’d have instructed you to scrub it off...or get out. Good thing I’m not running a...
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    Re: Just Jack perfumes - Tom Ford clones

    Nice packaging & presentation. Would have made a nice Christmas stocking filler. Can’t say the same about the name though. Just lame...
  86. Re: Is Boucheron pour homme (1991) blind buy worthy?

    My thoughts exactly. Good thing I didn’t blindbuy it.
  87. Re: Star Wars Characters And Their Corresponding Fragrance

    Areej Le Doré War & Peace for Saw Gerrera

    Up next ... Chirrut Imwe
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    While I do find Siberian Summer likable (easily my most frequently worn from the 5th collection), one does need to get over that challenging cat piss vibe before it truly becomes accessible even if...
  89. Re: What is your ratio of samples to bottles?

    Oops. My bad. I meant to write 4:1. Didn’t know where that ‘0’came from. Lol. But yeah, I’ve had prized samples evaporating on me. Never ever store them in atomisers. Only use vials.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    It’s always good to set aside a ‘FUN’ account for precisely this scenario. Some prefer to call it a ‘War Chest’. JBS1 has started an ALD fund which is something I often advocate for. You never know...
  91. Re: What is your ratio of samples to bottles?

    Best guess - around 4:1. Love sampling. Must have spent thousands on them over the years but who’s counting? :smiley:
  92. Re: Bortnikoff perfumes (take note Areej le Dore fans!)

    My top 5 in no particular order:

    Bonheur
    Sir Winston
    Oud Monarch
    Oud Maximus
    Musk Cologne

    Btw has anyone else got their sniffer on Vatinee? What’s the verdict?
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    Congrats! It’s a good one for sure.
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    Re: If you like a leather perfume...

    Great question.

    Personally, I’m attracted to leather scents as they remind me of a long held tradition of repurposing a natural material to create something that not only lasts but gains more...
  95. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Natsumeku by Prissana Parfums

    A sunny citrusy & uplifting frankincense-driven fragrance but a littte too shortlived for comfort.
  96. Re: Scent of the night - what fragrance did you sleep with last night

    Areej Le Doré Walimah attar
  97. Re: Just getting started and need some advice.

    *Paging for Chewbacca...
  98. Re: Dossier perfume - showed up in Facebook feed

    For anyone who basically has a dead nose... or just doesn’t care. Someone else will come along with cheaper offers, no doubt.
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    Re: Areej le Doré : The Official Discussion Thread

    No problem. I’ve worn nearly every ALD to work except for Inverno Russo and the ouds. Just wear a spray or half spray to the sternum under your shirt. But do look out for the more sensitive...
  100. Re: Star Wars Characters And Their Corresponding Fragrance

    ELDO Fat Electrician

    Up next...Princess Leia Organa (in gold bikini). :wink:
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