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    Nautica Regatta ?

    Saw a 1.7oz for $10 at Marshall's, which is definitely a steal if it's any good. Anyone tried this Nautica frag ?

    I already have Nautica Voyage and Blue, which are wonderful.
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    Versace Versus: startled reactions

    Although I didn't think this one was a real-headturner, I've had several reactions from males and females. It's definitely a unique fragrance, sort of sexy, mysterious, hard to categorize.

    This...
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    Re: Frag that you most liked unexpectedly:

    Conversely, my most disappointing frag *ever* based on the rave reviews on BN was Burberry London. Smells like paint thinner with a some port wine.
  4. Thread: Versace Versus ?

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    Versace Versus ?

    I'm not really a fan of Versace's line of frags, but I remember sampling Versus in the 90's and liking it, but not enough to get a bottle. It's still available so was wondering if it's worthwhile....
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    Frag that you most liked unexpectedly:

    Definitely Unforgivable, considering the bashing it received on BN, the cheesy name, and P.Diddy as the star selling the frag. Probably the best "celebrity" frag I've ever owned or tried.

    Second...
  6. Re: Initial thoughts of Chanel Allure Edition Blanche

    What a coincidence, I sampled Chanel Allure Blanche and Kenzo Indigo at Sephora a few days ago. For the Chanel, I see it a being a business-like, conservative frag., but this might be quite appealing...
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    Boss Aqua Elements:

    Anyone else really like this frag ? Sort of like a more aquatic version of Lacoste Pour Homme. Beautifully done.
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    Frags and temperature:

    One of the challenges of wearing frags is finding the environmental conditions which will best optimize a frag. For example, Nautica Blue definitely smells better in hotter weather, and can be...
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    Frags and temperature:

    One of the challenges of wearing frags is finding the environmental conditions which will best optimize a frag. For example, Nautica Blue definitely smells better in hotter weather, and can be...
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    Chanel frags: perfumey

    Today, I applied a couple of sample sprays of Chanel Blanche Allure, and it's a perfumey sillage monster, far from the light fresh frag others had described. In general, I find the Chanel frags too...
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    Loss of sense of smell from smoke ?

    I've noticed that the day after being out at a smoky bar, I can't seem to smell as well, especially my frags. The first couple of times, I thought my frags had weakened or gone off, but this wasn't...
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    Re: Recent Fragrance Binges?

    lol Lucky #6 is the epitome of clean/synthetic. I sort of picture a surgery room, it's got that antiseptic green smell. Anyway, sort of liked it for a while, but just a passing fancy.

    The one's...
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    Re: Most you have spent on a frag ?

    Holy mackeral.$750, $850, $1200 frags !!!!!!!

    The $750 frag is worth more than my entire collection of bargain bottles. With a frag this expensive, I'd refuse to shower for days and spray it only...
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    Most you have spent on a frag ?

    I'm not very familiar with the high end frags, but am wondering what the price range is on these. For me, $60 is getting pricey, and shelling out $100 for a frag would give me palpitations.

    I...
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    D&G masculine: latest frag

    Overall, I would rate this frag a pleasant experience, and a well-made one. After the initial burst of citrus (lemon) lasting about 30 minutes, it enters a mild herbal/floral phase. It seems as if...
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    Sean Jean Unforgivable: misunderstood frag

    Of all the celebrity scents, I think this one has been discredited out of proportion to how good it actually is. It's far away from smelling like "bug spray" or "air freshener".

    It's a strong,...
  17. Perspective on BNer comments on "bland" frags:

    It seems to me that many fragrance collectors on this forum like their frags with sharply defined character and identities so anything that smells too derivative or lacking extreme individuality is...
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    Re: CK Euphoria: who likes it ?

    It is light, but with my skin chemistry, two sprays was enough for sillage up to four feet away. I guess it all depends on skin chemistry. 15 sprays (lol) and I would have been sent home by my boss.
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    Re: Swiss Army Mountain Water:

    I agree it's not sophisticated, but the strong menthol/camphor note combined with the aquatic elements is unusual, and gives it a rugged, energetic, outdoorsy character, otherwise it would be just...
  20. Thread: My epiphany

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    Re: My epiphany

    I find that the more artistic a frag, the stronger the association with mental imagery and emotions. Some of the classic frags are "archetypes" in that they capture an essence so powerfully that by...
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    Swiss Army Mountain Water:

    Being a Swiss Army fan of the Classic and Altitude, I tested the Mountain Water version at Kohl's. It's definitely in the mold of Cool Water Davidoff, minus the rough herbal/spicy edges, with a...
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    Exceptional: almost (sigh)

    I know many of you have sample vials of this from Fragrancenet.com orders. I *love* the first 30 minutes of this frag, it's everything that Ralph Lauren Romance was trying to achieve but couldn't.
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  23. Re: Is there a frag that we all (or most) can agree on that smells great?

    I'm one of the minority who doesn't like Azzaro at all. I think as close as you can get is GIT by Creed. I'm very sensitive to any harsh or rough ingredients in frags, and this one passes the test.
  24. Re: If you were to pick just one fragrance - all weather, day and night, for every occasion

    XS Paco Rabanne.
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    CK Euphoria: who likes it ?

    I tested this at Kohls' recently, and took quite a liking to this CK frag, much better than the other CK offerings such as Man/Contradiction/Truth/CKBe since Obsession and Eternity.

    It's in the...
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    Sergio Tacchini: latest new frag

    Got this frag yesterday and am wearing it today at the office. This one has the urban, cosmopolitan, masculine aura of Givenchy Gentleman with some Fendi Uomo.

    The character is a bit too aloof,...
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    Re: XS Paco Rabanne: great frag

    lol Renato. I guess with six sprays, XS could easily be a loud, here-I-am-everyone cologne. For me, two sprays is just enough, wouldn't dare do six for fear of being stoned.

    I agree it's in the...
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    XS Paco Rabanne: great frag

    I'm really enjoying one of my old-time favorites now and appreciating it's sheer versatility, whether it's walking in the park, lounging around the house, at the office, gym, you name it, smells...
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    Re: Burberry London/Ungaro III: reactions

    Haha. That's cute.
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    Burberry London/Ungaro III: reactions

    I bought these two a while back based on the just about unanimous over-the-top reviews on basenotes. Anyway, after several outings with these frags, I think they are over-rated.

    Someone described...
  31. Hugh Parsons (blue) or D&G Masculine. Which do you prefer ?

    I'm trying to decide between these two, and since there's some overlap, wondering which of the two Basenoters prefer, or if they are distinct and good enough that I should get both.

    It seems both...
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    Re: Colognes that make you nauseos

    Kouros, Grey Flannel, and Obsession/Eternity when overapplied.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    This one is easy. Swiss Army Classic. This one has women swiveling their heads, or stop dead in their tracks.
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    Giorgio: wearable ?

    A couple of days ago, I saw Giorgio on sale at TJ Maxx. I know it's strong, even the reformulated version, but is it the type of frag that's still pleasant and wearable, despite it's strength.

    I...
  35. Thread: Sergio Tacchini:

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    Sergio Tacchini:

    I'm thinking about doing a blind buy of this frag based on BN reviews. It's supposed to be an excellent fresh, crisp, minty scent. A "safe", pleasing frag, like XS or Swiss Army.
    It's selling for...
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    Nose sensitvity and skin chemistry:

    I've noticed that one's skin chemistry actually is actually variable, not a constant, as people may think. It will vary from morning to evening, season, and even with age. Yes, the same scent smells...
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    Re: Gucci Nobile: frag I most wish to be back

    All I can say is those basenoters with the 4oz and 2oz bottles, be sparing with the sprays since a new 2oz or 4oz will cost you well over $200 for 2oz, and $300 for 4oz, that is, if you can get it at...
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    Re: Gucci Nobile: frag I most wish to be back

    Well, I looked online, and it's not in stock at the big online shops (fragrancenet, sephora, perfume, scentiments). Fragranceshop is selling 1oz for around $60. Saw a 4oz selling for well over $100 a...
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    Gucci Nobile: frag I most wish to be back

    This was one of my favorite frags years ago, and by the time I looked for a new bottle, it was discontinued and selling for a mint (still less than Creed, mind you) online.

    This was an...
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    Re: Nautica Voyage: Wow

    Nautica Blue is a different experience than Voyage. Voyage is like being on the high seas, you can really feel all the nautical elements, while Blue is like sitting by the ocean in Spain on a spring...
  41. Lemon frag: D&G Masculine/Eau de Rochas/Hugh Parsons Yellow ?

    I don't have a really good lemon scent, and was wondering which of the above do you prefer. I have sampled D&G Masculine in the past and quite liked it, a mellow lemony frag. The other two I haven't...
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    Re: Current thoughts on Acqua Di Gio

    As a great fan of the fresh genre, it's surprising that ADG is one of my least favorite scents in this favored category. As someone quite aptly described it, "shrill and hollow" are the things I...
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    Re: Grey Flannel: should be banished

    I've never had such a visceral reaction to any other frag, and I've smelled alot of "dark" scents (M7, Messe de Nuit, etc.). Nothing comes close to GF. I find the name entirely inappropriate, Grey...
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    Grey Flannel: should be banished

    This is a respose to Cologneist regarding this frag, and my reaction is so strong I had to post a separate thread for it.

    A while back, I bought a 1oz bottle of GF, and after wearing it once, was...
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    New samples: Tsar, Exceptional

    Ordered some samples from Fragrancenet.com recently, and from initial testing liked Tsar (Van Cleef Arpels) and Exceptional.

    I know Tsar belongs to the infamous 80's powerhouse group, but to my...
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    Re: Swiss Army Altitude:

    Swiss Army Classic is a beautiful frag., one that has a certain spirit or soul, masculine but tender, that always makes me feel special. I imagine Richard Gere in Officer and a Gentleman/Pretty Woman...
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    Re: Swiss Army Altitude:

    Yes, I agree, the Swiss Army Classic is fantastic fragrance 10/10 frag (my favorite), and better than Altitude. I'm just saying Altitude is quite a good fresh scent, better than many other ones out...
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    Swiss Army Altitude:

    Since Swiss Army is near the top of my favorite list of frags, I bought a small bottle of Altitude. In the advertisements, the frag is supposed to evoke the feeling being in the snow-covered Alps.
    ...
  49. Thoughts: Photo Lagerfeld Original versus reformulation

    Yesterday, I sampled the reformulated version of Photo at a Perfumania store and was really surprised that the new version is not only different, as in totally bland, but so waterered down that I...
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    Terre d'Hermes: sampled at Neiman Marcus

    Went into the more expensive fragrance department yesterday to sample Terre d'Hermes amidst all these other pricey brands (Parma, Bulgari, Cartier, etc.).

    My reaction to this frag is that it's not...
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    Evolution of scents:

    It seems to me that men's fragrances have gone from one extreme to the other. In the 80's, you had these powerhouse frags which were at the edge of creativity in perfumery. Problem was, the sillage...
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    Re: Lacoste Pour Homme:

    You have two bottles of Lacoste (lol). With these stronger fragrances, 1.7oz will last me up to a decade !
    For a modern fragrance, I find Lacoste has more character than many in it's genre.
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    Lacoste Pour Homme:

    Although I find the Lacoste line generally pretty lame and unattractive, Pour Homme is quite a good, "modern" fragrance in the genre of the DKNYs and Guccis. It's got that chic, urban, yuppie aura.
    ...
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    Rotating frags/nose burnout:

    I've noticed that it's important to rotate frags often, if not daily, because the nose becomes desensitized quickly with a particular frag, even if it's a strong one.

    With one frag, you'll be...
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    Michael Jordan: one of best sports frag

    I know I'm going to get flak for this, but I really like Jordan as a sports scent (the version with the black rubber base).

    Whereas most sports colognes smell cheap, sharp, and synthetic, Jordan...
  56. Thread: Terre d'Hermes:

    by liszt
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    Terre d'Hermes:

    For some reason, I'm intrigued by this frag of the more "expensive" ones, probably because it seems unique and the price is still in the affordable range (=not Creed).

    I look for a light,...
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    Nautica Voyage: Wow

    I've tried many aquatic scents, and this one just blows them all away. There's an incomparable breezy, open air, ocean spray, misty feel to this one. Voyage is a super aquatic, although more "sporty"...
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    Re: Women better noses ?

    I certainly don't think it's creepy for a guy to comment on a nice frag I'm wearing, unless he comes within inches of my neck and inhales deeply with eyes closed and goes "aaaaaah".
  59. Re: New West - the first and still the best sporty fresh scent!

    I'm looking for a 1.7oz bottle, but it seems all I've seen is the large 3.4oz online.
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    Re: Women better noses ?

    I think this is probably more the case, men are better at analyzing or dechiphering scents, but women can smell frags in very low doses and maybe have a better overall "olfactory picture" of a scent....
  61. Thread: XS Paco Rabanne:

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    XS Paco Rabanne:

    I used to wear this frequently a while back a got a nostalgia pang today. It's deceptive in that it's actually quite a complex and subtle scent for a "freshie", easily worn, and has amazing...
  62. Thread: XS Paco Rabanne:

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    XS Paco Rabanne:

    I used to wear this frequently a while back a got a nostalgia pang today. It's deceptive in that it's actually quite a complex and subtle scent for a "freshie", easily worn, and has amazing...
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    Women better noses ?

    Not to be sexist (lol), but it's been my experience that women seem to have a keener sense of smell, and certainly react to smells, more so than men on average.

    In the morning, I spray a small...
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    Fragrances as art:

    It occurred to me that fragrance-making could be viewed as a legitimate art form, one perceived through olfactory senses, akin to music for the ears, painting/sculpture for the eyes.

    Viewed from...
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    Amazing noses on basenotes:

    I'm really amazed at the olfactory discrimination of basenoters, and am convinced a good portion have a much better than average sense of smell.

    For myself, I don't know the smell of many...
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    Pino Silvestre/ Horizon:

    Enjoying my recent orders of these frags. To me, they are similar, being fresh, airy scents, one a green herbal (pino), the other a blue aquatic (Horizon). Both are relaxing, comfortable scents...
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    Re: Fragrances and personality type:

    I find that the heavy, "masculine" fragrances with alot of musks and woods put me in a very bad mood. About a month ago, I put on some Quorum before I went out to a nightclub, and I couldn't wait to...
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    Fragrances and personality type:

    The theory is that you should wear fragrances that match your personality type. In general, I've noticed there is a correlation in the type of fragrance and the personality. However, I've noticed...
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    Powerhouse scents of the 80's/90's:

    I'm attracted to the vibe and atmosphere of scents like Drakkar, Red, Quorum, Lagerfeld, Escada, etc., and admire them for their conceptual daring and innovation.

    However, I cannot wear just about...
  70. Thread: Lagerfeld Jako ?

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    Lagerfeld Jako ?

    Not as famous as the Lagerfeld Classic or Photo, I vaguely remember sampling this one in the 90's and liking it. Maybe someone can refresh my memory, but it smelled very nice, sort of like a...
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    Maybe becoming a fragranceholic:

    Ordering new fragrances *before* receiving the previous order. Checking basenotes daily. Getting bored of scents purchased two months ago.

    A spendthrift by nature, so I don't think this will ever...
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    Hugh Parsons (blue) ?

    Waiting on my orders for Ungaro III, Pino Silvestre, and Horizon to arrive. Someone recommended Hugh Parsons as a really good fresh, natural scent with some complexity.
    Would like some comments on...
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    Re: Anyone try Southern Blend by McGaw?

    Southern Blend immediately captures an image of a strapping, good-looking Southern boy in a cowboy hat and big buckle belt. It's a mild, pleasant fragrance, not overly boozy, woodsy, or musky, very...
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    Photo Lagerfeld: thoughts ?

    Since I like "fresh" fragrances, I thought this might be a good choice. I remember sampling this a long time ago and recall it had that disco boy, clubby feel to it, but not really a strong,...
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    Spray versus pour:

    To measure the desired strength of a fragrance, I find it better to dab the frag on a fingertip from a vial or sample bottle. I spray from the original bottle into a vial or small sample bottle.
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    Usher: good fragrance

    I know this frag is scorned on BN for being commercial, bland, synthetic, etc., but I found this to be a good fragrance, a dark citrus with a similar sensibility to Unforgivable. The ingredients...
  77. Thread: Pine scent:

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    Pine scent:

    To finish off my small collection of "fresh" scents (green, citrus, aquatic), I need a nice pine scent that's not too strong. I have Swiss Army and Jordan which are green grassy/leafy scents, but not...
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    Re: Horizon (Guy Laroche):

    Thanks guys. Yes, $10 is about the price of lunch.
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    Horizon (Guy Laroche):

    I saw a 1 oz for $10 on Perfume.com, and was wondering what people think of this. I would like a "rainy day" scent that's nice-smelling and romantic, and not all gloom and doom (lol). Reading some...
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    Help with Hilfiger line of frag ?

    Looking for one in the Hilfiger line but there are so many, including several variations of the Tommy. Anyway, looking for something fresh, well-balanced, not too sharp/spicy/sweet, just really nice....
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    Scents for different places and times:

    I've noticed that certain scents which work well at night or when going out can be really strong during the day, or in an enclosed space (i.e. office). Something which smells nice in the evening can...
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    Swiss Army Classic: Underrated great fragrance

    For those who like a subtle, beautiful scent, this one is worth a revisit. It's a very well-balanced scent, slightly fresh, green, spicy, woodsy, and a refreshing break from all the strong spicy,...
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    Perfumesglobe.com: Poor service (scam ?)

    Recently, I placed an order with this online retailer, mainly because of the low prices. However, I noticed I didn't get a confirmation e-mail afterwards, and when I tried calling several times,...
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