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    Re: Guerlain L'Heure Bleue 2015

    It's time for LHB to get its mojo back. Mitsouko is much improved post 2013
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    Re: Powerhouse Fragrances for women

    Aha, that knowing smile is not part of everyone's repertoire. Indeed, Knowing was a powerhouse, but today it just stinks IMO. I loved that rose hip scent to the original. Well spotted K at Night!
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    Re: Hi I'm Alex

    Hi Alex, My husband has a great many on your list. He's 66 years old, a very stylish man, even though I say so myself. No matter how many you collect in the pursuit of the perfect signature fragrance...
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    Re: Powerhouse Fragrances for women

    My moniker, the infamous Bal a Versailles, but very obscure these days. Alien is the one that gives me a mini choke/stroke today.
  5. Re: Favorite Spring Florals- what are yours?

    Mr Ken Russell has a point in that we don't celebrate inexpensive fragrances much. To his April Violets I would like to add Yardley's Iris, a firm favourite of mine in any season and one I never tire...
  6. Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    Chamade doesn't last on me but it does fit the bill. Dear 'Balmain de Balmain' is lovely on a spring walk
  7. Re: Favorite Sping Florals- what are yours?

    It's autumn here in the Southern hemisphere but the days are very similar to spring minus the blossom, the grass is dewy and the sun is weaker. Perhaps a good day to wear Annick Goutal's Le Muguet?...
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    Re: Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc

    There's always a catch in the throat when a perfume is compared to Apres L'Ondee. I must track this down. Thanks for the Grain de Musc reference, mikeperez, I read that with interest
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    Re: Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc

    This is available online, the perfume discounter with an X....for a very good price.
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    Re: Recommendation for daughter #2

    Lady Gaga's 'Eau de Gaga' is a green tea unisex fragrance that may appeal to her. Eau de Cartier or the Concentree version. Burberry Brit Rhythym (see Bois de Jasmin's review)Or, since she's there...
  11. Re: What is the female 'Aventus'? I require a quality fragrance for my sister

    Slap me down if you will because I confess to not having sniffed Chanel's Misia, but if somebody bought it for me I think I would explode with joy
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: SOLVED!

    Fantastic conclusion, serendipity at play here. Mumsy, thank you for posting translations and links, which I read. There are so many references to the quality of 'drug store' (we call them chemist)...
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    Re: 24 Faubourg , Hermes

    If you gained a little confidence then the pleasure is all mine
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    My bottle was actually purchased in Fiji by my Aunt. It was very pale, probably EDT and I was hugely disappointed with it given my taste for 'mammoth' perfumes. Also a gift from my Auntie was "Le...
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Obsessed. Cachet? Charlie flanker? On the matter of poor silage my absolute worst from that period was Fidji. I wore it around the same time as the original 'Zen'
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    Re: 24 Faubourg , Hermes

    Read Victoria's assessment of Mitsouko vintage and modern on Bois de Jasmin. Her credentials are impeccable and she finds that the post 2013 Mitsouko rejigged by Thierry Wasser is a very close to the...
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Sweetie, I simply had no idea of how spoilt I was. My Mother would get cross if I gave bottles away, but I thought it was 'easy come, easy go'
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    I wore Ma Griffe when I was a teenager back in the early 70s. My Mother amassed a large collection of perfume dregs from being a housemaid at an International Hotel and I wore ridiculously mature...
  19. Re: Advice needed from the fairer sex: Inexpensive safe bets...?

    Perfumes by Gres. Madame Gres is supposed to be very similar to Coco Noir and Lumiere Noir is very similar to Coco Mademoiselle. Mauboussin by Mauboussin has 4 stars from Luca Turin and is cheap and...
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    Re: 24 Faubourg , Hermes

    I thought the Iris Nobile I bought myself for Xmas was a kinder, gentler Mitsouko but in the end these are challenging, big shouldered fragrances. There are days when I wear a touch of something...
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    Re: Good fragrance for rainy days

    I think Hommage a L'Homme Lalique is nice for a rainy day. I sometimes borrow this from my husband's collection
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Jacomo Silences?
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    Re: Mystery vintage chypre: your help to identify it please

    Can one assume that the original perfume and its sample have been kept in ideal conditions? Perhaps 'Shocking' could be added to the list
  24. Re: Flankception, what's the deepest a company has gone with a flanker?

    So, the purpose of the OP was to discuss market loyalty? The brand, rather than the fragrance? Narciso created 'For Her' ....then "For Her' EDP..... then 'For Her' EDP In Colour version and so on....
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    Re: Donna Karan Gold - EDT or EDP ?

    I had to give the EDP away. It was simply too powerful and I probably should have stayed with the EDT. As mentioned the EDP bottle is modern art, full marks of respect to both the fragrance and the...
  26. Re: Flankception, what's the deepest a company has gone with a flanker?

    Now the lady is talking my language. So many flankers it drives me crazy; even the latest, which demands its own title is 'For women'
  27. Re: Anyone else bet a sour smell as Shalimar is settling down?

    A personage no less than Francis Kurkdjian gets the same experience I do with L'Heure Bleu-burnt rubber, pure and simple, but I don't remember it with Shalimar.
    Eau de Shalimar is my only Shalimar...
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    Re: Brutal Honesty 101: What and why?

    L'Artisan's Figuier Extreme is great on my husband, there's a soft white polish scent to it that I associate with woodworking and therefore masculine to me. He made Quasar his own too. We live in New...
  29. Re: Best brands of fragnances under 100$.

    Try Eau de Gaga, which is basically a green tea fragrance, but it's new and inexpensive. I don't mean Gaga's first fragrance, Fame, but the new one (Red Box, Black Bottle)
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    Re: Fragrance sisters

    For the budget conscious I believe that Gres Lumiere Noire is so similar to Coco M that paying Chanel prices could be a thing of the past
  31. Re: Most worn in March and first quarter of 2015

    It was a hot summer here in the Antipodes. I wore Burberry Brit Rhthym with Pour un Homme, I wore Apres La Mousson when a couple of Cyclones tracked our way (didn't hit) and Eau du Sud on hot summer...
  32. Re: a thread started by a man for your opinion on Dior Homme Intense..........

    My husband is a 66 year old man, a trained mechanic, a self taught carpenter and plumber, who loves cars and yachts. He loves Dior Homme & Intense; it is his favourite 'going out' fragrance. If an...
  33. Re: In which my husband has an embarrassing perfume incident in Switzerland.

    And the SA probably thinks that rubbing one's wrists together will crush the molecules. Love the story
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    Re: Habanita L'esprit

    The bottle is a siren song entrancing me, it sings 'pick me, pick me' It's got a trace of Habanita in it, but just a watermark. I'm sure it will be great on you Danieq
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    Re: Imagine that

    Thirty six years ago he wore Devin and I wore Bal a Versailles. I seldom wear it now, he has a reformulated bottle. What better memory is there than scent on the skin of the person we love, always...
  36. Re: Cheap non-sweet Floral / Citrus / Aquatics in the vein of Tuscan Soul and Un Jardin series?

    You probably won't believe me but Eau de Gaga is a green tea perfume of some charm. Don't mistake this with Gaga 'Fame' which was her first perfume
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    Re: Habanita L'esprit

    Completely agree Primrose. I must search out the new EDP
  38. Re: Looking for a birthday perfume suggestion

    It is my understanding that Japanese women aren't raised in a culture of perfume. If that is true then I would choose one of the Hermes perfumes from Jean Claude Ellena. Eau Narcisse Bleu is a...
  39. Re: Amarige - help with alternative 'highly specific' ideas please

    The tuberose came out quite strongly in the dry down. Thank you for letting me know
  40. Re: Opium - Please, Please Somebody Help!

    Mumsy knows best. Yes, I gave up ciggies in the early eighties. So true. As a reconstituted virgin and non smoker I can now even smell Jean Claude Ellena's creations. LOL. Just joking, I love JCE and...
  41. Re: Opium - Please, Please Somebody Help!

    My first bottle of Opium came to me in 1979. It contained high levels of eugenol and was the only fragrance a colleague asked me not to wear. To say that it is watered down these days is an...
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    Habanita L'esprit

    Not in fragrance base. I have owned this for a while. Does anybody else have any thoughts on it? The bottle alone exudes retro glamour
  43. Re: Amarige - help with alternative 'highly specific' ideas please

    I should have been more specific Cazaubon and now am intrigued whether the Lumiere you have is vintage or reformulated. The vintage did have tuberose and is the one my Mum wore.
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    Re: Today I bought March 2015

    For Ken Cosgrove. Love both, and both of them just demand to be worn on certain occasions
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    Re: Today I bought March 2015

    For N. Cal with the Dior Homme Intense-I bought it for myself, my husband stole it.
  46. Re: Advice on fragrance for a female friend.

    For this young woman I suggest Nuit Etoilee by Annick Goutal. It has to be the Eau de Parfum version because the EDT lacks depth. Buy it at an online discounter to meet your budget. This perfume was...
  47. Re: Amarige - help with alternative 'highly specific' ideas please

    My Mum liked Lumiere by Rochas. She was born with a partial cleft palate and has undergone surgeries (brutal, botched in Ireland in the 1920s and successful life changing reconstructive in New...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    I grew up with Wright's Coaltar soap always at the ready to neutralise vomit or shite smells. Automatic washing machines didn't exist, clothes got washed in an agitator machine with a wringer on the...
  49. Re: Could you help me find some new fragrances?

    The new Chanel is getting a lot of love around the traps, so try Misia by Chanel. Annick Goutal's Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille is a nod to retro glamour, Songes is a tropical thrill and Nuit Etoilee...
  50. Re: Ladies- which fragrance gets you the most compliments?

    Cuir Amethyste, Narciso For Her (EDT, Black Bottle) L'Air de Rien
  51. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    I note that a man shops for perfume alone, usually with a partner in mind. Women tend to impulse buy if with a friend. The more I know, the less I know, and that's all I know
    Good luck with this...
  52. Re: Advice Wanted; Suggestions For a Perfume for Young, Trendy Woman Living in a Hot Climate

    How about a completely unisex perfume? Eau Narcisse Bleu (Hermes) has enough vanilla to satisfy a female but enough tartness to cut through heat and humidity the way that a male cologne does. It's...
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    Dahlia divin

    Have I missed something? Is Dahlia Divin not in the database?
  54. Re: Another "Please Help" thread. (Xmas gift)

    Annick Goutal bottles make a lovely gift. Based on what you have said I recommend 'Nuit Etoilee' in the EDP form. On me this is superior to Eau de Merveilles (and Claire des Merveilles) with good...
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    Re: I need help ladies

    I fell in love with this at Le Labo in San Francisco. I almost mentioned it but went for the rich buttery Portofino vibe of the Nobile, lovely suggestion as always Kumquat
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    Re: I need help ladies

    I think Iris Nobile in the EDP would be wonderful (Acqua di Parma) Brides want to wear something that nobody else is wearing. My daughter wore Champaca Absolute by Tom Ford. Knowing what I know now...
  57. Re: Patch-Musk-Citrus-White Florals around $100/bottle?

    The Aqua Allegoria range from Guerlain might hit the spot. The two big sellers are Pampelune and Herba Fresca but others may like to make suggestions
  58. Dateless and desperate, it rivals Fifty Shades....

    Dateless and desperate, it rivals Fifty Shades. Perhaps the books primed a few submissives and Chanel No 5 is aimed at them. Good luck Bazza
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    Re: New to florals need some advice

    Maitre Perfumuer et Gantier's 'Ambre Dore' is lovely with great staying power
  60. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    As do I Primrose but the original poster was mickey taking with the heading, after all, there are some Viking men in this discussion who might consider, and then have, posted the converse question in...
  61. Re: Long Lasting Oriental Perfume for Winter

    Rossy de Palma, also known as Eau de Protection by ELdO. Big is best!
  62. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    I was starting to worry about the cut in mail deliveries. As with Danieq I, too, have a Mr Fantastic who has navigated this male/female thing with me for thirty five years. He also took on a seven...
  63. Re: Recommendations for 50-year whose husband doesn't like florals

    All the best for your perfume experience. Whatever you choose it doesn't define you, it only enhances the person that you are
  64. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    I know that my husband would never wear Dior Homme Intense if the bottle said Dior Femme Intense. I am pathetically cracking up at the mental picture. I wore the lovely Lalique Homage Homme for a...
  65. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    Hi lpp, I wasn't offended by the comments, just that the female discussion got censored, not the men, It was a year ago and similar expressions were vented. Moved on, with humour and acceptance, this...
  66. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    There was a male/female bias discussion going on here a year ago. The women who got slapped down by some of the male posters noted that, at the same time, there was a discussion running in the male...
  67. Re: Fragrance Recommendations Needed.....

    Prada Candy if she liked Burberry Brit and Chanel La Pausa (Les Exclusifs-we are all agreed)
  68. Re: Recommendations for 50-year whose husband doesn't like florals

    Hermes Eau Des Merveilles is worth considering. I personally love Chanel No 19, it would be my signature if I had such a thing but the EDM is just so 'modern' and its nice to break out into new...
  69. Re: Do you think wearing men's colognes is degrading?

    But the hot house flowers will enjoy the topic and sales of Candy will save the American economy
  70. Re: Sweet Oriental oud recommendations

    My husband and I both wear Ambre Dore by MPG
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    Re: Late November Wedding Fragrance

    The Grossmith story is a wonderful tale of how a Property businessman and his wife discovered he was a descendant of the Grossmith family. They sunk their life savings into restoring the grandeur to...
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    Re: Most dreary fragrance?

    The most dreary smell is unwashed person/clothes/stale cigarette smoke IMO. Anyone who makes an effort, even if all they can afford is Axe, is all right with me
  73. Re: Shopping for Mom: "Spicy and Exotic" for a Chanel 19 wearer

    "Knot' is a lovely thing, everything about it is a marketing dream. For something a bit zany I'm thinking Love Potion No 9 by Penhaligons, it really is spicy and exotic.
  74. Re: Guess which Basenotes legend is thinking about starting a niche fragrance shop...

    All business advice is wonderfully covered here. Your staff will be your biggest asset. They will be able to discuss the perfume history of a great many houses in a friendly but nonchalant manner,...
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    Re: Luca Turin - latest reviews

    For any of those interested in the mechanics of smell, an article in the New York Times adds more receptors to the lock and key theories. I saw Ms Sanchez's comment on Bois de Jasmin's Facebook page...
  76. Re: Who else keeps a spreadsheet of their fragrance collection?

    Nobody has mentioned the 'gave away' section, like the rag bag for clothing you have weeded out. "It no longer fits' or "It fell apart" or 'The buttons fell off"
  77. Re: Any suggestions for a woman's fragrance that actually smells like AMBER?

    Gandini Lavender Gold and Amber seems to fit the bill. I am a collector of beach amber, correctly described as fossilised resin from trees that met their death thousands of years ago. I just happen...
  78. Re: Please Name your Favorite discontinued perfume which you would like to be relaunched !

    Doblis by Hermes
  79. Re: Suggestion for a feminine but woody fall fragrance?

    Nuit Etoilee in EDP has grown in my affections, I just keep reaching for it. Mr Cosgrove is on the money with the Narciso for women in the white bottle if you like Gardenia types. Hiris by Hermes...
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    Re: Late November Wedding Fragrance

    My daughter wore Champaca Absolute by Tom Ford and Victoria Frolova of Bois de Jasmin wore Carnal Flower (mentioned because you did)
    I hope you have a wonderful day
  81. Re: What is your favorite Musk fragrance?

    Bruno Acampora. Have to try this. Impossible to get where I am but I'll fly the big white bird sometime soon
  82. Re: What is your favorite Musk fragrance?

    Musc nomade for me
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    Re: molecule 01, a bestseller ?

    Great story, great illustration
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    Re: molecule 01, a bestseller ?

    Very well said by Abraham above but of course we don't need to spend XXX smackers to smell good. Perhaps we want to smell mysterious, or unique though and that is where Molecule suggests it works to...
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    Re: molecule 01, a bestseller ?

    Let's get back to the original post-Why Molecule 01 doesn't attract much love on Basenotes. Dear Choco, Molecule 01 is a bit of a rip off, as is Coca Cola, premium wine and kitchen cleaners (Baking...
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    Re: Any love for Jour D' Hermes?

    I own several JCE fragrances and enjoyed his book, diary, that outlined his life. His brief, from Hermes, is for day time scents that curtsey to Hermes day wear clothing, it isn't to venture into...
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    Re: molecule 01, a bestseller ?

    Many top sellers contain large amounts of ISO E. I facebooked my friends (older women mostly) to see what their favourites were and if they thought their fragrances were 'natural' which I guess meant...
  88. I recommended Basenotes to a man I met (with his...

    I recommended Basenotes to a man I met (with his partner) at a perfume counter. He was a paramedic and we laughed at how many old dears commented on his fumes even when they had medical issues severe...
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    Re: Sweaty Guy Needs Some Help!

    Responding quickly because there is no chance of a critique offending anyone. TDH is my husband's most complimented fragrance, is true, but not actually my favourite. He wore Aramis Devin when I met...
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    Re: Sweaty Guy Needs Some Help!

    I would find it difficult to criticise any fragrance and I adore lime.in a composition (jo Malone got rich on that one)
    The fragrance journey is fun, with a bunch of enablers to keep the road trip...
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    Re: Sweaty Guy Needs Some Help!

    Mmmmm. The thought of a Terre D'Hermes room candle is positively sexy. Let's push the boat out. When I was selling my house I spritzed the entire house with Yardley Lavender Spa Treatment just before...
  92. Re: With perfume, without deoderant: a potentially gross-you-out quandry

    My friend uses Tea Tree natural deodorant (Sydney is a hot climate for most of the year) but I can't bring myself to wear it unless I was wearing Yatagan or Devin and I prefer those on men, not a...
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    Re: Sweaty Guy Needs Some Help!

    Terre D'Hermes is my husband's most complimented in-a-random-way fragrance(the lady at the Post Office Box, the lady at a Showhome etc) I love Quasar up close (Christopher Sheldrake made this way...
  94. Re: An aromatic, herby perfume with lasting power

    I love Nuit Etoilee by Annick Goutal. Mint and citrus are very much present over an amber and iris base. It is supposed to represent a night spent under the stars. Only the EDP has good longevity. It...
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    Re: Soft but long lasting perfume?

    Haha, it's just as well we're all different, my husband used degreaser to get rid of a spray sample of Jovan Musk for men and just about throws up every time he walks past the stand in the Warehouse...
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    Re: Soft but long lasting perfume?

    I've been on a musk crusade lately, trying as many as I can. They are all listed above by other contributors. My personal favourite is Musc Nomade but it's expensive. A little different, a perfume...
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    Re: Advice Please

    Diva by Ungaro, Couture by Loris Azzaro, Cinema by YSL, Y by YSL and Fleur de Cristal by Lalique. Cheap and cheery at online discounters
  98. Re: Serge Lutens - Jeux de Peau or Santal Majuscule?

    I think there was a poll in which Cherguii was declared the favourite SLutens by Basenotes contributors at the time. I like Jeux de Peau and Gingembre. Ambre Sultan is too similar to my Ambre Dore...
  99. Re: Looking for new (to me not necessarily "new") oriental woodsy ambery spicy women's fragrances

    I would hazard a guess that Elixir Eau de Merveilles might be the Hermes or the original. This seems to be, with Terre D' Hermes for a man, the blockbuster Hermes in recent years
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    Re: July Purchases

    From Enzed I so agree. Being a perfume hobbyist in the Antipodes is a limited affair compared to all these acquisitions. Boohoo, sobs
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