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    Re: Tobacco Oud or Oud Wood

    Truth. And Rania J is priced half of Tom Ford PB line. But one has to love real oud, as Rania J is unapologetic: I own Oud Assam, I love it but not obviously easy to wear in all circumstances.
    That...
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    Re: Tobacco Oud or Oud Wood

    Tobacco Oud= great tobacco frag with a hint of wood. Bold, strong, but not easy to wear in all the contexts.
    Oud Wood= sandalwood frag with a wet woody twist in the opening. Good but not great, poor...
  3. Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    Chanel Boy - because it's simple and very elegant
    Chanel EP - the inventor of the "sparkling metallic" note
    January Scent Project Eiderantler - very innovative
    Penhaligon's Sartorial - genius:...
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    Re: Bottega veneta pour homme

    A very nice frag for Late Spring/early Fall days, very airy. Too bad they discontinued the Extreme and Parfum versions.
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    Re: Best Acqua di Parma

    Colonia Ambra
    Note di Colonia III (but wait for discounters, as it's terribly overpriced)
    Colonia Intensa
    Colonia (original)

    Even if not groundbreaking, the blu bottles line is nice-ish, but...
  6. Re: Pascal Morabito - Thoughts? (Excluding Or Black)

    Thank you all for having shared your thoughts!
  7. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I know, so did I. I just don't care and keep asking. Sometimes there are more SAs than customers in, I make them work haha. That's their job, if they're not happy, they are free to GTFO their job. ...
  8. Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    Used to be sold at Sephora until 6 months ago, then disappeared.
    TF Noir Anthracite is a masterpiece imo, but it's very dry and spicy. I would only recommend if you like stuff like Lutens Serge...
  9. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    EX-ACT-LY.

    Extra advice:

    - do not limit yourself to going to mainstream perfume stores (Sephora, malls...), but go to luxury dept stores (Neiman Marcus, Saks, Barneys, Bloomingsdale..) and...
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    Re: Oud Wood Performance

    Don't know about your batch, but I tried Oud Wood several times in stores, trying to understand what the hype was about, and every time it became a skin scent within 30min, then nothing after...
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    Re: Oud Wood Performance

    Well... 2 years later, I can tell you did an amazing deal by exchanging Oud Wood with AA, since AA is considered one of the references in the ambers dept, and it's now discontinued. Even If you...
  12. Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    The Essenze line retails for $200+ a pop, and except for rare exceptions, can be found on ebay at $100-300, but these are rare. Only the regular collection is/will show up at Marshall's/TJMaxx.
  13. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Totally agreed, on my skin too. AS is cited each time there's an amber thread, but imo overhyped. I tried many ambers, and found this one to be more a Bay Leaf Sultan than anything amber. Quite...
  14. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/455449-Best-affordable-amber-fragrance-for-men-under-100?p=4629204&viewfull=1#post4629204
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    BV Illusione is nice, but lasts 10 min on my skin. Not worth the price.

    Since you're 55+, I would ditch Aventus, and Pegasus. Too sweet/playful, more for college people (that's the image I figure...
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Great choice!
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Not really, I failed :(

    Agreed for the GIT recommendation over Aventus.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Brooks, if it wasn't for the Bentley Intense accident, I would say that our tastes are really identical! ;) Sorry guys - private joke.

    Back on tracks: I also feel that Icon is a step up. I own 20+...
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    Re: January Scent Projects

    I tried 4 of them:

    - Selperniku: has been very well described by previous posters, so I'll leave it as it is. Not similar, but in the same category as Lutens Jeux de Peau. My least favourite,...
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Nothing smells of cedar after Burvuvu. A must smell!
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    They're different. To my nose, GPH is a great designer fragrance, while Burvuvu is a masterpiece, a different category in terms of perfumery art. But again, pretty different: Burvuvu is all about...
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    It's stronger, woodier (but not sharper), multi-dimensional, a masterpiece. (not obvioulsy easy to pull out though)
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    Re: Cedar! Cedar!

    Totally agree on that one, I was about to suggest it when I saw the thread title!

    Also interesting to me is Diptyque Tam Dao, as well as a couple of cheapies: Azzaro Visit, and Montana Graphite.
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Since you didn't like Icon, I would suggest you sample Neroli Portofino first, since both are neroli-centered frags (although Icon is heavier, with its vetiver/woody base)

    Creed Aventus? Nice...
  25. Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    GGA is the new M7 :)
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    In Chicago, Egoiste disappeared from Bloomingsdale, Saks and Neiman Marcus recently (I think), and I'm pretty sure it was still present one year ago. As for Antaeus, I've never seen it on shelves...
  27. Re: Which Gucci Guilty is the best out of the 3?

    Just realized this thread has been revived, and I already posted my thoughts 3 months ago.
    Post Deleted.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    Egoiste is still available on their online store in the US, but it's a long time I haven't seen it on shelves in bricks 'n mortar stores. The beginning of the end for that one also?
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    It's "out-of-stock", as well as Pour Homme.
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    YSL France answered me: RG production "will be discontinued soon".
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    No. This time it's worldwide, and for real. RG and PH are out-of-stock on YSL french online store, and I just received a confirmatory email from YSL Beaute France, stating that RG "will be...
  32. Re: Rive Gauche La Collection (the square bottle) Discontinued???

    I just got a confirmatory email from YSL Beaute France that RG "will be discontinued soon" (it is "out-of-stock" on the french website - like for Pour Homme - but it is my understanding it is...
  33. Re: New: La Nuit de L'Homme Eau de Parfum (2019)

    I confirm. I just received the answer from YSL Beauty France, confirming that RG is discontinued. Regarding the other 3 of the line (M7OA, PH and Jazz), they did not have any information, but my...
  34. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    Good timing... YSL Beauty France answered my email (that I sent 3 weeks) just today. So: They confirmed that RG "will be discontinued soon" (it is my understanding that it is already discontinued),...
  35. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    Thanks ZC!
  36. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    That's correct for YSL La collection: on YSL's french website, both Rive Gauche and Pour Homme are "out-of-stock" (but have not been cancelled from the site... is it just temporary?), and only Jazz...
  37. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    AdP Chinotto di Liguria: very interesting
    AdP Cipresso di Toscana: no-go
    Escentric Molecules M03 (was just a meh) +E03 (very interesting by itself) first time layered= masterpiece!
  38. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Exactly my thoughts!
  39. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts in such a detailed way. FYI, it's Sheldrake that blended it. All rumours that he was not working anymore with Lutens were just rumours.
  40. Re: Escentric Molecules - let's talk about it

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on that line.
    Agreed with you. E03 is the one that made me the best impression, I may pull the trigger on that one, as well as M03 for layering.
    E02 is not bad...
  41. Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    Out-of-topic, by I just got my hands on a nearly full Vetiveryo edp for $90 shipped. One of the most beautiful rooty vetiver I got my nose on so far, masterfully rounded by a subtle - but noticeable...
  42. Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    Truth. Unfortunately, many dept stores haven't understood yet that they are now mostly limited to be showcases for brands, where customers come mostly to test, before going online to buy their...
  43. Escentric Molecules - let's talk about it

    All EM threads are old, closed, or focused on just one or two fragrances of this line, so let's start from scratch!


    The whole line is based on synthetics, with the "Molecules" being - supposedly...
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    Re: Best of Montale Paris

    Can't think of any "equivalent" to Reflection, Santal 33 and F Fabulous in the Montale line.

    Dark Aoud would be the Montale alternative to TF Oud Wood imo (even if not really similar), since these...
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    Re: Best of Montale Paris

    I only have approx. 3% of hednic's Montale collection, but have smelt quite a lot of Montale (even if not everything). My acquisitions so far have been:

    Original Aoud (oud/saffron/hint of rose)...
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    Re: Le Labo Another 13

    Initially, Another 13 was a custom fragrance made for a paper magazine called "Another". Like it or not, but if you had that impression, that means they really nailed it!
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    Serge Noire is all about cloves, spices and incense. No cardamom in this one.
  48. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Costume National Cyber Garden
    Knize Ten
    Jovoy Les Jeux Sont Faits
  49. Re: The Bogart Joint: Officially Un-Official House of Jacques Bogart Thread

    Indeed I don't want to haha, I believe your words!

    Thanks for the Avon suggestion, I take note of that.
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    I love the smell of cacao itself, it's just that I find it cloying on my skin and find it too feminine for my tastes (I have L'Instant de Guerlain EDP and find it cloying. I wish I had bought the EDT...
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    Re: Top-tier cacao scents

    Not a fan of the cacao not ein general, but surprisingly one of my favourite vetivers has a chocolate supporting note: Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental.

    Also, a frag with a prominent cacao note:...
  52. Re: What are the best/most reputable Clone Houses/Fragrances?

    I would generally tend to agree with you, but I bumped in a couple of clones, of which I've been shocked how close these are from the originals:

    - Franck Olivier Eau de Passion (~$17/100ml),...
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    Re: Modern Masculine Lavender Fragrance

    According to your description, what would fit is:

    - Lavande by Molinard (a carbon copy of TF Lavender Extreme for a fraction of the price)
    - Serge Lutens Gris Clair (my favourite)
    - MFK Masculin...
  54. Re: The Bogart Joint: Officially Un-Official House of Jacques Bogart Thread

    I love OMS Oud Edition (once I get past the synthetic sweet opening)
    I learned to like Bogart (Signature) a little more everyday, and I'm slowly moving towards a love.
    I did my best with the...
  55. Re: Anyone purchased Tom Ford private blends from Fragrancenet?

    Lucky you!
  56. Re: BDC Parfum vs The One EDP vs YSL Ultime

    I guess the impression of gasoline given by the violet/nutmeg combination. I love it, but it may indeed be quite challenging for some. Fahrenheit is not an office scent for sure.
  57. Re: BDC Parfum vs The One EDP vs YSL Ultime

    Same here without any hesitation. Fahrenheit is a masterpiece, and has good performance on my skin. That said, unlike the other 3 you mentionned, it could be challenging for some noses, thus try...
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    Re: Cardamom fragrance recommendations

    Zegna Madras Cardamom
    Dunhill Icon Elite
    VC&A Cologne Noire
    Bvlgari Man Black Orient
    Cartier Declaration
  59. Re: BDC Parfum vs The One EDP vs YSL Ultime

    Given that, I'm tempted to answer none of these 3.

    But if forced to choose, in terms of performance BdC parfum is the uncontested winner here.
    That said, I much prefer YSL L'Homme Ultime in terms...
  60. Re: Perfumery Education? Just say NO to Perfumersworld training.

    Subjective referred to my opinion of single person, following your remark.
    I'm open to believe that Mr Kiler is right on the content of his criticism, that said perfumeworld is an amateur hobby...
  61. Re: what's your experience with Pryn and Strangers Parfumerie

    You are entitled to have your opinions, but it seems that many wouldn't agree with you on that statement, especially those who have to think twice before buying expensive stuff, and thus test a lot...
  62. Re: Anyone purchased Tom Ford private blends from Fragrancenet?

    FragranceNet is very legit. One of the major US online retailers. That said, they have sometimes stock management issues, or pricing errors. It happened to me once, I ordered a 100ml tester of Ombre...
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    Re: Leather for Summer

    Hermes Bel-Ami Vetiver
    Bottega Veneta ph EDT
    Molinard Cuir
    Elie Saab Cuir Ylang
    L'Essence de Cerruti (more suede-like leather)
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    Re: Storing your Scents

    For me, just a simple wooden closet in my bedroom (closed/protected from light), on the lowest shelf. (not very convenient, but fresh air tend stay at a lower level).
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    Re: Storing your Scents

    Given the size of Hednic's collection, I think fragrance "museum" or "repository" would be more accurate.
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    Re: Roja Dove Sampling

    Totally agreed. Amouage is one of the best bang-for-the-buck in the segment of fragrances available in mainstream luxury dept stores.

    Also agreed that in terms of artistry, Tauer and Fazzolari are...
  67. Poll: Re: Vote please, potential next purchase

    Same feelings. The original L'Homme is not bad, just pretty generic, and short lived. If I should choose one, I'd suggest to try YSL L'Homme Parfum Intense, which is the only one of this line that...
  68. Re: Terre D'Hermes EDP vs. Eau intense vetiver (Performance)

    More than the performance, I'd suggest you re-try them and choose the one you prefer in terms of scent, as I find them very different.

    Imo, Eau Intense Vetiver shouldn't have been branded as a...
  69. Re: Javanese Patchouli vs Patchouli Absolu

    I agree that JP is the reference for a clean patchouli. Just a like for me though, as there's not much happening in this one, and the performance is average (at best).

    That said, I am biased and...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Guerlain Bois Mysterieux
    Monsillage Aviation Club
    Penhaligon's Cairo
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    Re: Dior Vetiver - still available?

    That is what I was scared to hear... I guess I'll have to invest on a decant then. Thank you Hednic!
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    Re: Dior Vetiver - still available?

    Well, I guess I'll have to stick to Serge's VO (my favourite vetiver over 20 I own, and maybe 50 I tried). Thank you for your reply
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    Re: Dior Vetiver - still available?

    Most similar fragrance to Dior Vetiver?
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    Re: Dior Vetiver - still available?

    Purple Oud and Mitzah will soon be available again in the US. On the other way, Cuir Cannage and Leather Oud have officially moved out.
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    Re: Carven l'eau intense bottle worthy?

    I'm a vetiver lover, I own ~20 vetiver-centered frags, including Carven Le Vetiver (white bottle+grey wooden cap) that I love. I tried the new Carven Vetiver (green bottle) and it has been the first...
  76. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Just received my free samples in the mail today!
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    Re: L'Homme Ideal Cologne

    I should have said EDC "expectation", more than concentration, since unlike for wine, there is no regulation defining which denomination defines which concentration. Tomorrow I could release a frag...
  78. Re: Pascal Morabito - Thoughts? (Excluding Or Black)

    Thank you for sharing your opinion. I read that Black Agent is a copy of Bvlgari Man in Black - do you share that view?
  79. Pascal Morabito - Thoughts? (Excluding Or Black)

    Just wanted to open a thread to share opinions and learn more on Pascal Morabito's under-the-radar fragrances (that is: the whole line-up, minus Or Black).
  80. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Robert Piguet Bois Noir
    Robert Piguet Bois Bleu

    I'm in a "ballad with Bob in the wood" kind of mood...
  81. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    I smelt it no later than last week at Bloomingsdale. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on that one. (will have to check if it was the EDT or EDP that blew me away, though)
  82. Re: New Fragrance: Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme - has anyone tested it yet?

    People like us :)
  83. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    I'll be in Paris in one month, and stop by the Palais Royal store. I'll share my thoughts on that one as soon as I will have put my nose on it.
  84. Thread: Booze

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    Re: Booze

    The more I read about Bentley Intense, the more I'm wondering if I haven't gotten a badly stored bottle, for real. I don't get any leather in that one. Just strong vanilla, patchouli, and cheap...
  85. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    I'm not sure to understdn. You rate L'Orpheline **** (meaning that you quite like it). Turin rate it **, qualifies it of "dismal jasmine", and you still agree with him. I'm missing something.
  86. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Please be respectful. We're talking about a third party. I didn't insult you.
    Anyways, thank you for worrying for my brain, but modestly, I feel quite comfortable at that level.
  87. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    The truth is: no one knows. It's only rumors based on the fact that he's no more listed on BN and Fragrantica as perfumer for the recent Lutens frags, and that Lutens' line tried a new direction (but...
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    Re: L'Homme Ideal Cologne

    Just saying it's overhyped. But I agree with you it's nice, and will keep it too!
  89. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    I'm afraid you are confusing a "troll" with "someone who has a diverging opinion" compared to yours. Furthermore I don't see here what is unappropriate in what to OP asked. And one of the reasons why...
  90. Re: New Fragrance: Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme - has anyone tested it yet?

    Exactly my feelings on this one.
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    Re: L'Homme Ideal Cologne

    If only. By applying 10-12 sprays at 10 min interval (double layering) I barely smell it after 3 hours by sticking my nose on my skin. I know it's an EDC concentration, and at $30/100ml, that's ok...
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    Re: Korloff: any thoughts?

    Any thoughts on that one?
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    Re: L'Homme Ideal Cologne

    I confirm the general opinion that despite it is pleasant and the combo Grapefruit/Almond is original for a summer frag, it has poor performance. I paid less than $30 for a 100ml bottle: not a good...
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    Re: L'Homme Ideal Cologne

    That's unaccurate. It still appears on several Guerlain international websites (US, Canada, Italy, Spain, and several others). They just stopped distributing it in some countries (Russia, UK and even...
  95. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Glad you like it. So I m not sure why citing Turin since we both seem to agree that he needs a nosejob.
  96. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    I'm going to repeat myself, but "couche" is also an old word that means bed. Here it is "Devil's Bed".
    Also, google translate is in my experience one of the poorest online translators.
  97. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    My wardrobe is not up to date, and anyways there's no need to own a fragrance to smell it- just go to Barneys or whichever Lutens retailer you have nearby. I'd suggest you try to have your own...
  98. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Change of direction, there's no doubt, but drop in quality I disagree. I love the old loud bulldozers, and also think that most recent ones (l'orpheline, la religieuse and some the Eau series) are...
  99. Re: La Couche du diable by Serge Lutens : Oud

    Haha I will! For now I m in the US, it hasn't arrived yet, but I will be in Paris next month... so...
    As of now, the only notes we know of is Oud and Labdanum. Obviously, there's for sure much more...
  100. Re: Really disappointed with CDNIM. Where to go next...Parfums Vintage?

    Compared to the majority of people, I may. But based on your comments, I actually feel very open-minded compared to you.

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    I disagree. Marketing is the result of market...
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