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  1. Re: What was your first niche fragrance and what would you have bought first if you could go back?

    First niche was SMW in 2004, during a very tumultuous period of my life. Later swapped it with another Basenoter.

    If I had to do it again, it would be GIT (not that it would have mattered anyway)....
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Aventus
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Trusty ol' MI.
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    Re: INVICTUS by PACO RABANNE

    It's easy to sample: Macy's, Sephora, and Ulta all sell Invictus. Chances are that you have at least one of them in your neck of the woods.

    As for the scent itself: it's not bad at all (and this...
  5. Re: Describe the following 3 fragrances as creatively as you can in 25 words or less

    1 Million: Never mind the unusual potent smell. We put EDM - The Chemical Brothers - in the ad. And that's REALLY why it sells.

    It should be noted that I saw them in concert when "Further" came...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

    Frapin - L'Humaniste

    Worked out very well for the day.
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    That honor is a three-way tie between Mugler Cologne, Straight to Heaven, and M7. (Honorable mentions go to Terre d'Hermes and A*Men.)

    Because the Kilian is so potent, not as much of it from a...
  8. Re: Worst retailer that you've done business with

    It's funny that a nine-year old thread of mine has arisen from the dead... and how times change. Neiman Marcus, my original subject of ire, changed their tune on plastic about two years ago. IMO,...
  9. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I had the meeting today. As a result, I decided to pull the plug on this project and remain in the advertising business for these reasons:



    Staffing issues. As I planned to be the...
  10. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I took a look at your website, and your fragrances sound great from the note descriptions alone. I will definitely consider selling them when the time comes to open up.
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    Re: Bombed the office today

    Broke a bon-bon of Bond No. 9 Brooklyn in my bathroom once.

    The whole bathroom smelled like Brooklyn for a whole week. And knowing the potency of Bond No. 9 scents, you could smell it pretty dang...
  12. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I can't say much else besides the facts that we will have aggressive marketing coupled with sampling and ways to keep customers loyal.
  13. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    A little bit of an update:

    I talked with someone from our entrepreneurship center on campus today. He wasn't a fraghead like I am, but I brought a rough draft of the business plan that I worked...
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    Re: SOTD:: Sunday August 31, 2014

    Frapin - L'Humaniste
  15. Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    In ten years of regularly wearing fragrances, there has been only one person who ridiculed me for my hobby. And that person is a prankster uncle that is an Old Spice loyalist in real life, so...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
  17. Re: "If I could only buy 30 designer fragrances..."

    1) Terre d'Hermes
    2) Encre Noire
    3) John Varvatos Vintage
    4) Mugler Cologne
    5) A*Men Pure Malt
    6) Bleu de Chanel
    7) Platinum Egoiste
    8) YSL M7 (vintage or current)
    9) Boucheron Pour Homme...
  18. Is it just me, or does Flower of Immortality have an asinine amount of longevity for a light scent?

    I know that Flower of Immortality isn't a favorite By Kilian on Basenotes, but I love this stuff. Peaches plus vanilla = yum to me.

    Still... I put it on 25 hours ago and can STILL smell traces of...
  19. Re: Express Reserve for men (Reformulation) is a SUPERB fragrance for it's price range

    Can't vouch for their suits, though I hear that they are on par with ones costing 4-5x as much, but I haven't found a better fit than their 1MX dress shirt or polos that garner more compliments than...
  20. Re: What can Creed do to fix the batch inconsistencies?

    THIS.

    Even with the (minor) variations, Creed's quality in general has been very good by niche or any standards.
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    Re: Your top 3 strictly masculine scents

    Terre d'Hermes
    PdN New York
    Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men
  22. Re: What can Creed do to fix the batch inconsistencies?

    Keep in mind that Creed's production techniques are, for the most part, handcrafting in small batches.

    You don't declare an all-out war on your favorite maker of handmade soaps over batch...
  23. Re: Express Reserve for men (Reformulation) is a SUPERB fragrance for it's price range

    A review like this and the fact that I shop at Express pretty regularly for shirts and such means that I may have to give this a sniff next time I stop by Express. Express Honor is great, too - a...
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    Re: Fragrance free days or zones?

    Occasionally, yes - when I am shopping for fragrances, have a major cold, or need to clear my nose.
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    Re: What's the one ingredient you hate?

    For women's fragrances, probably civet - but only in large quantities. When well-blended and in small amounts like in Shalimar, No. 5, or Coco, it can do its part in making a great fragrance. But in...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, August 25, 2014

    Mugler Cologne for a hot, sticky day.
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    Re: Forbidden fragrances for high schoolers

    A*Men (so strong, it will disrupt tests)
    Kouros (makes you smell like you just finished a grueling PE class)
    Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men (unless you're Ferris Bueller)
    Boucheron Pour Homme (does...
  28. Re: Bond No. 9 SOP for him/Bond No. 9 HTTP= Aventus ??

    I own Aventus and also have a large sample vial that Bond No. 9 sent to me of The Scent of Peace for Him. Like many here, I don't smell any similarity between the two - one can own both of these...
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    Re: Was Kouros ever made in the USA?

    Not sure, but fragrances have been made in multiple locations in the past and even today. This dates back to when Coty set up a US plant almost a century ago to circumvent duties on fragrances.
    ...
  30. Re: See New Michael Kors Men is exclusive to Macy's

    The bottle looks like a mix of the ones for vintage M7 and the original Michael for Men.

    Will sniff next time I'm at Macy's. Apparently, it's in our local store now, but it wasn't when I was in...
  31. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    Welcome to Basenotes! There's still quite a ways to go, but I'll keep all of you posted with updates.



    We won't do e-commerce at first. But when we do, we will consider international shipping.
  32. Re: What's your fragrance for your last day on Earth?

    Same here - the name alone makes it a natural choice, and it's my all-time favorite.
  33. Re: What's the most expensive fragrance in your collection?

    Two Kilian scents compete for this prize: Straight to Heaven and Flower of Immortality, both with a US MSRP of $235. And both were gifts.

    But what makes the Straight to Heaven special among the...
  34. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    Our options in Fort Wayne right now are Macy's, Carson's, Von Maur, Sephora inside JCPenney, Ulta, and Perfumania. The Sephora has a limited selection when compared to a full-size store, the Von Maur...
  35. Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    ...That would be me! :)

    Hurdles remain, however. First, I still have to go through one more year of college. This semester will help, with classes like human resources, managerial accounting,...
  36. Re: Large Drop in Celeb Scent Sales Reported by Elizabeth Arden

    Funny thing that no one has mentioned yet: this loss comes from the company that basically invented modern celebrity perfumes with Elizabeth Taylor's Passion in the mid-1980s and White Diamonds a few...
  37. Gerard Way (of My Chem)'s first solo album to have track "Drugstore Perfume"

    Leave it to the former frontman of a group called My Chemical Romance to have a song about aromachemicals in his first solo album, "Hesitant Alien" (out Sept. 30 in the US). Not too many details...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsbOuaFh0Rk

    Here, it's Frapin - L'Humaniste. Worked out great on a hot, humid day.
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    Re: Picking a chocolate scent as a gift

    Out of the list, Rochas Man.

    In general, Hanae Mori HM EdP (which has more chocolate than the EdT).
  40. Re: Your top three discontinued frags you'd want to see returned

    I still consider M7 to be in production - even though it has been reformulated, in a new box/bottle, and IMHO (but don't flame me for this), still true (though not identical) to the vintage juice....
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Same here.
  42. Lincoln scenting their dealerships - with the help of the perfumer for Bond No. 9 Hamptons

    As part of Ford Motor Company's continued plans to make people think that Lincolns aren't gussied-up Fords anymore, the brand now has a smell: Essence of Lincoln, created by the same perfumer who did...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, August 17, 2014

    How's this one?

    My SOTD is Terre d'Hermes parfum.
  44. Re: in the market for something fresh & citrusy

    Frapin L'Humaniste comes to mind. Some say that longevity is an issue (though it wasn't for me), so get a sample before purchasing.
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    Re: SOTD:: Saturdayy, August 16, 2014

    Frapin - L'Humaniste
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    Re: Best fragrances with a lot of ISO-E super -

    Better yet, walk by Abercrombie & Fitch - as stated earlier, Fierce contains a lot of ISO E Super, and they spray everything in the store with it plus use it like Glade for the actual store.

    Our...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    F is for F Pour Homme Free Time by Salvatore Ferregamo
  48. Re: Now you can eat Estée Lauder Private Collection

    Between this and Fauchon's Angel pastry, I think we just might be seeing more edible fragrances.

    But a line has to be drawn. I would happily eat a cookie or other baked good based off of Shalimar,...
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    Poll: Re: How Do You Buy Your Fragrances ?

    All of the above, but it depends on the scent.



    For designer fragrances, I typically buy from discounters - either reputable online stores (FragranceNet, BeautyEncounter, or FragranceX are my...
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    Re: New: Joop! Homme Extreme

    First there was Le Male Terrible, then 1 Million Intense, and now this. Next thing you know, Thierry Mugler will launch A*Men Pure Impact.

    Slowly but surely, the sillage monsters are getting...
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    Re: Best branded male fragrance

    As an adman, I have to say the By Kilian line, hands-down - in both design and execution.

    The packaging exudes class - beautiful lined keepsake boxes combined with simple yet elegant bottles. And...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Same here, except I applied it in the morning, so it's also my SOTD.

    Yeah, I love that bottle of Aventus that I got to pieces, but Straight to Heaven is still my all-time favorite.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Creed - MI
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    Re: Came back from vacation, found stuff stolen.

    THIS.

    While it usually isn't the case, airline ramp agents around the world can have "sticky fingers". This is more common when an airline farms out their ramp work to a third party with less...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Same here! Loving it more by the minute.
  56. Thread: First Cologne

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    Re: First Cologne

    First one was a gift: Ralph Lauren Chaps from a friend at the age of 6. Never wore it, didn't like the smell of it.

    First one I wore: Gap Dream, from Gap's old unisex line of fragrances, at the...
  57. Re: Your most loved and hated note in perfumery currently.

    Love: leather, oakmoss, vanilla (when done right), patchouli (ditto), birch, oud
    Hate: animalic musks and other animalic notes, that syrupy synthetic musk found in everything from Chrome to Wall...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, August 11, 2014

    Lalique Encre Noire as it was raining and overcast earlier. But now it's warm and sunny again.

    You can't win every time, I suppose.
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    Re: What Cologne Do You Hate to Admit You Like?

    By Kilian Flower of Immortality. The whole Asian Tales line gets a lot of flack on Basenotes, but this one gets a bunch of it.

    Other people may see it as "extremely overpriced" and "weak". My...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    W is for W by Banana Republic
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    Re: Today I Bought August 2014

    After being on the fence for three years, I bought a bottle of Creed Aventus.

    Why on earth did I wait so long to get this?
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, August 10, 2014

    My first wearing from my bottle of Creed Aventus for my scent of the day. Dang, this is good stuff.

    Rest in peace, TwoRoads. Your contributions here will be greatly missed :(
  63. Delta Air Lines discontinues duty-free fragrance (and other product) sales

    http://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/2014/08/07/update-delta-ceases-duty-free-sales-today/

    Having flown internationally a few times, the selection on board wasn't that good anyway - duty free shops at...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    T is for Tommy T Girl
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    M is for Midnight Poison by Dior
  66. Re: Finally broke down and bought Aventus... Hail to the king!

    In the past, that was the case without a question. But looking at the sheer number of posts here, Aventus has turned it into a fight for the crown.
  67. Re: Finally broke down and bought Aventus... Hail to the king!

    With the recent Creed price increases coupled with a return to college for my final year in 2 1/2 weeks, that wasn't an option.

    On a brighter note, I will smell even better this year than I did...
  68. Re: Finally broke down and bought Aventus... Hail to the king!

    With the iffy consistency of discounter-purchased Creeds, especially Aventus and GIT, I wouldn't do that. (And let's not forget about the game of Russian roulette known as eBay.)

    Discounters are...
  69. Re: Finally broke down and bought Aventus... Hail to the king!

    In case anyone was wondering, I got batch number A42B13U01. It's a 1 oz bottle.
  70. Finally broke down and bought Aventus... Hail to the king!

    For a little over three years, I've been debating it, testing it, retesting it, and thinking to myself whether to buy it or not.

    But today, I did it. I bought Aventus when I was strolling the Mall...
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    Re: colognes for classroom use

    Ditto.

    Many of the suggestions listed would work fine as well, but I'm surprised that Mugler Cologne hasn't been mentioned. Perfect for the classroom.
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    Re: What fragrance matches your occupation ?

    Math teacher: Gaultier to the Power of Two
    Fan of The Matrix trilogy: Pi Neo
    Whitewater rafter: Eau Sauvage
    Funeral director: Eternity
    Pot dispensary owner: Euphoria
    Copier Repairman: Odeur 53...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    L'Humaniste - Frapin
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, August 4, 2014

    Mugler Cologne
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    Re: The perfect 10 scent wardrobe???

    I'd split it evenly between 5 niche and designer fragrances.

    The 5 niches:
    -By Kilian Straight to Heaven (if you get the travel spray set, it can be had for under $200)
    -By Kilian Back to Black...
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    Re: I just ran out of L'eau D'issey 2day :(

    Ditto.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, August, 2nd, 2014

    Creed - MI
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    Re: What fragrance is your guilty pleasure ?

    My SOTD, actually: By Kilian's Flower of Immortality. People here call it one of the brand's worst fragrances, with terms like "too light", "too fruity", and "not worth the $235 price tag". But IMO,...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black To Be Discontinued.

    Must be why Von Maur stopped carrying it - one of the last chains to carry it in the US.

    Had a bottle, never fell in love with it.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, July, 29th, 2014

    Cooler day - perfect for YSL M7 Oud Absolu.

    I've owned both the 2002 version (I even drained a bottle) and this, and unlike some here, I find the current version to be true to the original, though...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 28, 2014

    Same here.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Bond No. 9 - The Scent of Peace for Him (from a sample)

    Repeat after me: this is NOT an Aventus clone.
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    Re: Harrods stopped giving samples

    Nothing new to me. Here in the US, Von Maur (a upscale chain mostly in the midwest) stopped giving out samples of everything but the fragrance brands with cosmetic lines attached or that have vendor...
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    Re: S O T D : Saturday -July , 26, 2014 😎💫

    Terre d'Hermes parfum
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July 24, 2014

    Kilian - Flower of Immortality
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    Re: Questions on l'humaniste

    I don't drink, so I can't comment on that aspect of L'Humaniste. I can say, however, that I get a lot of compliments on it (mostly from fellow college students) and that three sprays = 10+ hours of...
  87. Re: Article: Addicted: 10 Years On and Still a Rambling Fragrance Junkie, or a Letter to Basenoters

    Let me count the ways...

    Thorny path with a favorite fragrance? Happened to me with B*Men.
    Discontinued a favorite? Happened to me with B*Men (again).
    Reformulations? Yes. But no popcorn and...
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    Re: spice bomb alternatives?

    Another similar fragrance to Spicebomb is HiM by Hanae Mori.
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, July 20, 2014

    SOTD: L'Humaniste - Frapin
    SOTE: Flower of Immortality - By Kilian
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Musk Oud - Kilian (from a sample)

    I love this stuff... it's like a smoother, better-crafted version of the late, lamented M7 Fresh. Even at the price that's being charged for it, this one is...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, July 18, 2014

    Creed - MI
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Flower of Immortality - By Kilian

    I know that this doesn't get much love here. But I did get three compliments on it today. Great summer scent.
  93. If comic book superheroes had cologne lines

    I know, some of these superheroes already have kids' fragrances. But what if they decided to take on the likes of Armani, Dior, Gaultier, and Chanel head-on?
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, July 14, 2014

    Frapin - L'Humaniste
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    Re: Bvlgari Man in Black - New Release 2014

    33 posts and no Johnny Cash joke? That's about as shocking as a day on Basenotes without 25 mentions of Aventus. :D

    Joking aside, this does sound very interesting, and is one of the more...
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    F is for F Pour Homme Black by Salvatore Ferregamo
  97. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    Sure enough, just a few minutes ago, I caught a whiff of green-bottle Polo.

    Not surprised.
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    Re: Mindless Alphabet Frag Naming Game ~ PART 5

    A is for Armani Eau Pour Homme
  99. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    I'd go for something with a tropical vibe, naturally - like VIW, Tommy Bahama St. Barts, or Ananas Fizz.
  100. Poll: Re: Fragrance to wear to a Cheap Trick concert (poll)

    Thanks everyone! I'm at the concert, and chose Mugler Cologne for the event.

    Surprisingly, the most common scent so far is another Mugler fragrance: the unmistakable and high-potency Angel...
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