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    Re: Amouage Bracken reformulation?

    I know in most cases the bottles are fine, but I sometimes wonder about the quality of stuff that ends up on the gray market. I mean how did it end up there in the first place and what happened to...
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    Re: Amouage Bracken reformulation?

    Is it possible there was a reformulation within the UK line at one point, so that some UK produced batches are good but others not?

    I wore my UK bottle about two weeks ago and it was just as...
  3. Re: Versatile office niche scent for under 150$?

    This is a nice choice.
  4. Re: Versatile office niche scent for under 150$?

    I would consider New York Intense.
  5. Re: What does Richard James Saville Row smell like?

    It’s like one of those 1980’s aldehydic floral chypres with that kind of dirty, slightly skanky edge to it. Definitely masculine, and if some niche company released it as a sort of ‘throwback”...
  6. Re: Anyone else not a fan of beast mode performance?

    There's something I find extremely satisfying about giving an atomizer a few good spritzes. If I have to approach the sprayer like it's a nuclear weapon, it's not as fun.


    Therefore, I'm not a...
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    Re: Mancera Red Tobacco

    I would definitely choose Mystery Tobacco over this, I think it's just a better tobacco fragrance, less sweet and bombastic, but still plenty powerful and easy to enjoy.
  8. Re: Reversals of Judgement: Reappraising your verdicts

    I rarely change my mind about fragrances from stuff that I don't like to stuff that I like. It's much more common for the reverse to happen--I'll like something for a while that I end up disliking...
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    Re: Just curious- EX NIHILO

    They're not designer enough to grab the Creed and Tom Ford fans and not niche enough to grab the real fanatics. And considering their price, these are the groups that I could imagine buying their...
  10. Re: Warm weather fragrances that are NOT citrus based?

    Prada L'Homme

    Carven L'Eau Intense (I don't know...grapefruit is listed in the pyramid and it might be there a little bit, but this one's mostly about mint and lavender to me)

    Guerlain...
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    Re: Suggestions for a good 'Suede' fragrance?

    There are a lot in the niche realm, but if you're looking for a solid, quick choice in the designer area that won't cost you an arm and a leg, there are plenty discontinued bottles of Fan di Fendi...
  12. Re: Money not a factor Tom Ford Tuscan leather or Rasasi La Yuqawam

    I'm late, but...

    Tuscan Leather by a long shot.
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    Re: Best mens floral fragrance?

    Not a category that I enjoy that much, but a few that come close to working for me and smelling very nice to me are:

    Ambre Nuit
    Fleur Narcotique
    Lumiere Noire Pour Homme


    EDIT: I guess...
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    Poll: Re: Holy Grail: Powdery Floral (iris) Leather

    As soon as I read your title I thought "Cuir Ottoman."

    That is the definition of a "powdery floral iris leather." Beautiful scent. The perfect blend of a soft, powdery iris and clean, plush,...
  15. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Thanks, Morrison. Honey Oud is a great one.
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    Re: Your 2020 Summer Rotation Selections?

    I’ve been taking more of an anything-anytime approach this year, but these are my summer-specific scents that I’m looking forward to wearing now that it’s warm:

    Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cool...
  17. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Any final recommendations before I place my order? I'll be ordering these before Friday.

    Okay. So I've taken all of your recommendations into consideration along with some of my own interests...
  18. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    Especially the 2012 edition. The myrrh in that one is righteous.
  19. Re: Are You Passionate About Style/Fashion/Grooming As Much As Fragrance?

    No.

    I’m not a total schlub, but I’m not nearly as into my clothes as my fragrances.
  20. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    Yeah,...my bad.



    Thanks for clarifying. For some reason I had it in my mind that the black bottle version was called Eau Sauvage Eau de Parfum. That’s what I was (wrongly) referring to.
  21. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    I canít tell if weíre supposed to be discussing the Parfum or Eau de Parfum. Letís try to keep them straight.

    The 2012 and 2017 Parfum are both excellent for different reasons.

    The EDP is okay.
  22. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Yeah, I tend to avoid fragrances that lean feminine since Iím not a big fan of floral notes or white musks to begin with.

    Iíve tried a couple in the Jardin series but honestly canít remember...
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    Re: Amouge Reflection Man

    It does smell like Le Male on first sniff, but itís also a much deeper and more three dimensional scent and I think itís differences will become very apparent over time.

    Wear Reflection for a few...
  24. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Adding Issey Miyake Pulse of the Night to this list. (It sounds good!)
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    Re: Ultimate wide appeal 5 fragrance wardrobe

    I like that you have a mix of light and dark, and thatís important in 5 fragrance wardrobe. Your choices are your choices so it doesnít make sense to recommend anything else. Though Iíd consider...
  26. Re: Gentle Fluidity Silver is a better version of Greed Irish Tweed

    No connection whatsoever.
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    Cheers to that :beer:

    IB is one hell of a scent!
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    Poll: Re: Blind buying for 60th present

    Haha..,okay.

    Eau Sauvage then!
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    Dior Homme Sport 2008 (50ml)

    I’ve now opened my 100ml backup and will most likely abandon my corporeal frame before I empty its contents.


    2008 is such a good version of DHS. I feel bad that...
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    Poll: Re: Blind buying for 60th present

    I couldnít think of a better 60th birthday present fragrance than a bottle of Green Irish Tweed.

    Splurge for your 60thóyouíve earned it. :thumbsup:

    Get Eau Sauvage on your 61st.
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    Re: Parfums De Marly - Layton - Longevity issues?

    Yep.

    Gotta watch for that anosmia, it can get you into some sticky situations. As a rule of thumb, unless you’re going to be outdoors the whole time, I wouldn’t ever go more than three sprays...
  32. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    I’m not really looking to get into that right now. I have Tuxedo from the YSL line, which I love, and that’s the only one from the line that I like enough to own. All the Dior and Chanel exclusives...
  33. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Thanks for the lengthy reply.

    I have DH 2020, wrote a lot about it when it came out, and was one of just a few people around here who had some positive things to say about it. I wear it now and...
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    Re: Viking by Creed and Old Spice Original

    I never used this combo though I get impressions of Old Spice in Viking and feel the two are related to some degree.

    I can imagine they would work well together.
  35. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Added:

    Artisan Pure
    Polo Deep Blue
    The Scent Private Accord
    L’Ombre des Merveilles (sounds good!)
    Eau des Merveilles Bleue

    I haven’t tried any of the Hermes Merveilles series other than the...
  36. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    That would be great if all I wore were women’s fragrances.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Emporio Armani Stronger With You

    I think this smells nice. Yes, generic, in that sweet tonka “mall-y” modern men’s sort of way, but it’s actually a really nice smell and stands above most of the others.
  38. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Thank you so far, guys. I’m going to keep a running list as we go to keep it organized. If you don’t see one of your recommendations included it’s because I’ve either smelled it already (Orage, for...
  39. 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Buysblind is using 2020 to sample sightedly, in an effort to reduce clutter and in order to prevent my wardrobe from getting too big now that I've worked so hard to reduce it.

    I'd like to order...
  40. Re: I wonder what stock will be like at retailers for fragrance

    At my local Marshall's?

    Probably the same old bullshit they've had for the last 5 years: Norwegian Wood, Burberry for Men, John Varvatos, a few Tommy Bahama fragrances, some crappy CK stuff with...
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    Re: Which one of these Xerjoff are FBW?

    Naxos
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    Re: Help Finding My Signature Scent

    Explorer
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    Re: The Official Creed Viking Thread - Part 2

    This is good to hear. I have a Viking batch from the first several months of its release and I love the stuff. I’m glad it hasn’t changed, I’ve been considering a backup for a while now.
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    Re: Why did you wear what you wore today..

    If you ever wanna smell a Mancera that’s like Millesime Imperial + Silver Mountain Water, try Wild Fruits. It’s a very nice summer scent.


    I wore BR540 because it’s good weather for it, about 65...
  45. Re: What is the least amount of time it's taken you to go through 100 ml?

    I never have. The most I went through was an 80ml of Guerlain Homme LíEau. It took about 6 years, and the only reason I drained it is because it was one of just a handful of bottles I owned my first...
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    Re: Is Bleu de Chanel Parfum a Dud?

    I think the fragrance in question here is the Parfum, not the EDP. Have you tried the Parfum?
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    Re: Is Bleu de Chanel Parfum a Dud?

    Not at all, as far as Iím concerned. I prefer it a good deal to the EDT and find that it has an excellent sandalwood in the base. It projects well and lasts forever. To me, itís like they took the...
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Balance

    Bought 3 (Explorer, Amber Fever, and Molecule 02).

    Balance = +12
  49. Re: praising Bracken Man -- paging fans of this Amouage

    Hmm.

    Bracken Man has better longevity than 90% of my fragrances. It lasts up to 16 hours on me and continues to develop even within the 8th hour.

    I don’t doubt your experience or anything, but...
  50. Re: praising Bracken Man -- paging fans of this Amouage

    LOVE the dry down. I think it’s amazing. And it’s pure classic barbershop for me. It’s like fragrance literally does a 180 from a humid, dark green, earthy, spicy outdoorsy type of scent to a very...
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    Re: What are your Top Ten Fragrances?

    I have an all-time top ten (those that have remained high for a long time and at one point were all top ten contenders, some may not be there now in my current top ten, but they're still hanging...
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    Re: Summer Green Citrus?

    Apparently “Salted Mango” is very popular these days. I haven’t smelled it yet however.
  53. Re: Truth Must Be Told: Reviews based on Sample Vials are not as reliable!

    This is an interesting point. I’m not positive, but I’m inclined to believe that what you’re saying is basically true.

    I think the conflicts/differences of interpretation arise because of two...
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    Re: Other frags similar to Beach Hut?

    DS & Durga Boston Ivy has a very similar Ivy/mint accord, which puts them in the same ballpark considering how important that particular note is in each composition.

    But theyíre different too of...
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    Re: For the noses that know........

    Your nose may be honing in on the patchouli note that each share, but other than that they’re nothing alike, in my opinion.

    Bracken Man begins with an intense dose of fragrant cloves, becomes...
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    Re: Carven l'eau intense bottle worthy?

    I respectfully disagree. I don’t think they smell alike at all.
  57. Re: Close comparables to Tom Ford Costa Azzura Acqua?

    As far as affordable and accessible designers, I was thinking Bvlgari Aqua Marine is in the same ballpark, I’d recommend the regular Aqua for someone looking for the regular Costa Azzura equivalent...
  58. Re: Being "repellent": Confessions of reactions to Castoreum,animalic musk,cumin, powerhouses, civet

    Cumin in fragrances has almost always smelled like b.o. to me, so scents like Rose 31, Declaration, etc., never work out.
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    Re: Today I bought May 2020

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.3606.jpg

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.51384.jpg
  60. Re: Being "repellent": Confessions of reactions to Castoreum,animalic musk,cumin, powerhouses, civet

    It’s funny because among frag heads, 88 is often referred to as a very gothic scent, and here a random person (most likely not a fragrance fanatic) who just happened to be standing in line with...
  61. Re: The Beginner-to-Intermediate '3 fragrance Pack'...with *NO REPEATS*

    1) LíAir du Desert Marocain: a great example of the creativity and novelty that segments of the niche world have to offer. Unlike anything commonly found in department stores.

    2) Egoiste: Itís...
  62. Re: Being "repellent": Confessions of reactions to Castoreum,animalic musk,cumin, powerhouses, civet

    I generally avoid fragrances with heavy amounts of these notes, but Zoologist’s Bat and its soil tincture mixed with musky bat fur smell got me the dirtiest looks I’ve ever experienced the first time...
  63. Re: Dior Dune Pour Homme vs Diptyque Philosykos EDT and EDP

    Were you aware that it’s been discontinued?
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    Re: Escentric molecules are you a fan??

    Excellent.

    I think I’ll be picking it up this week and I’ll drop a comment in the thread about what I think. I like ambroxan a lot as it’s used in a lot of recent, modern releases, so this sounds...
  65. Re: Dior Dune Pour Homme vs Diptyque Philosykos EDT and EDP

    What I like about Balade is that it’s a bit less literal of a fig fragrance than Philosykos, and I find less literal fragrances tend to have a more replay value and versatility.
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    Re: New Parfums de Marly Sedley

    I ended up selling my bottle. With Viking, I felt like I had the same territory already well-covered. And when it came down to wearing Viking or Sedley, the Creed always won out, partly due to its...
  67. Re: Dior Dune Pour Homme vs Diptyque Philosykos EDT and EDP

    To my recollection Dune is drier and perhaps a bit woodier. It’s more leaf than juice. This is about all that I can recall in terms of comparison as it’s been about 5 years since I’ve worn it...at...
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    Re: Help Finding My Signature Scent

    :shocked:
  69. Re: Truth Must Be Told: Reviews based on Sample Vials are not as reliable!

    I can’t argue with this!

    Well said. :)
  70. Re: Truth Must Be Told: Reviews based on Sample Vials are not as reliable!

    I can understand appreciating brevity but I never quite understood this mentality. A lot of people who say things like this won’t hesitate to watch a ten minute YouTube video of a guy sniffing his...
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    Re: Help Finding My Signature Scent

    I was originally going to recommend Prada L’Homme, but you said something about looking for a less powdery scent, and L’Homme could definitely be viewed as powdery. Then I was going to recommend...
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    Re: Escentric molecules are you a fan??

    Foamy, thank you for answering my question with your informative comments! I appreciate the response. I’ve always suspected that they’re more than something I could just throw together with a few...
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    Re: Escentric molecules are you a fan??

    Something that’s never really sat right with me regarding this brand:

    People say, that for something like Molecule 01, all you would have to do is buy some ISO-E and mix it with perfumers’ alcohol...
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    Re: How do you control your purchases?

    Stay off Basenotes!
  75. Re: Truth Must Be Told: Reviews based on Sample Vials are not as reliable!

    I agree.

    I don’t think sample vials (specifically dab vials) give an accurate impression of the fragrance. I think they’re enough to give a general idea of whether or not it’s a smell you may...
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    Re: Other freshies with Creed-like refinement?

    A few other niche houses that tend to have “fresh” sorts of scents, or at least fragrances with a less heavy, and more buoyant, effervescent feeling are:

    James Heeley

    A Lab on Fire

    ...
  77. Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute is Gorgeous. Why is there such a controversy?

    Ehhhh....whatever.

    I respect the fact they put something out that bucked the mainstream trends but Iím just not crazy about the way it smells.
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    Re: Xerjoff Naxos........What a beauty !!

    I'm surprised no one mentions Rochas Man when comparing Naxos to other fragrances. I get a lot of Rochas Man with a little Pure Havane.

    It's a wonderful fragrance, but I wore it out to dinner...
  79. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    :thumbsup:
  80. Re: Prove me wrong: 80s designer fragrances were often the quality of today's niche scents

    I don't know enough about 80's scents but I'm going to guess that they were a lot better quality than today's niche.

    I think the majority of niche is pretty shitty, to be honest. There are some...
  81. Re: Has anyone done a 'best of/quest for citrus' type thread?

    Yes, "kotori" did an excellent thread about a Citrus Quest. She got her nose on a lot.

    Here's the link.
  82. Re: Another you can only have one fragrance, which is your choice? Thread

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.35300.jpg

    If I had to go with exclusively ONE signature scent I'm going with something that's versatile, matches my personality and style, and is easy and...
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    Re: Blind buy Micallef Royal Vintage?

    I like it, and it's a very elegant, low-key gentlemanly version of Aventus, but the performance is lacking to some degree. It seems that people find the performance somewhere between terrible and...
  84. Re: Hacivat vs Elysium Parfum Cologne..... which do you choose?

    If it came down between one or the other I'd probably go with Hacivat, just because I get such awful performance from the Elysium PC.

    But I would take Elysium Parfum over Hacivat in a heartbeat....
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    Re: Your 2020 Fragrance Balance

    UPDATE from February 13.

    Previous balance = +8

    Bought one (at the end of February/early March....Elie Saab Vetiver)

    Current balance = +9
  86. Re: Is there anyone here who has NOT smelled original Calvin by Calvin Klein?

    I've never smelled it.
  87. Re: Name Your "Number 1" Budget, Bargain Fragrance that is TOBACCO centered

    Aramis Tobacco Reserve

    EDIT: I see the guy above beat me to it.


    +1 in that case
  88. Re: Seriously beginner question, How does one apply fragrance?

    This is a more complex question than it seems, and it's not a dumb question at all. It took me a couple years to really figure out the best way to apply it for myself. You have to experiment a lot....
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    Re: Roja Parfum Colognes

    Thank you, Mike. :thumbsup:

    Mystery solved!

    By the way, that's a great SOTD you've got there. Amazing stuff.
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    Re: Roja Parfum Colognes

    Creation-E (Parfum Cologne) is fantastic. Currently one of my favorite scents; interesting and complex with a very appealing vanilla-coke aspect, and very, very long lasting and projecting. I love...
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    Re: creed aventus ... is it worth it?

    If you think a blind buy of a small bottle of Aventus is crazy, then you're better off just buying a bottle of Club de Nuit Intense Man by Armaf or a bottle of Montblanc Explorer.

    They're...
  92. Re: What is the MOST authentic Oud-like Oud note outside niche?

    I don't know...

    But I always found Oud Malaki one of the best designer oud fragrances.
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    Re: Citrus fresh niche vetiver

    I would go with Haitian Vetiver by Zegna or Elie Saab Vetiver No.6
  94. Re: April 2020 Shut-in "I thought I was gonna die" Binge-athon

    I’m very happy to hear that you’re healthy and feeling better! That is wonderful news.

    Naxos is amazing; an incredibly smooth, aromatic, and long-lasting honey-tobacco. FBW 100%. Treat yourself...
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    Re: Mancera vs Montale which is better?

    I find Montale tricky too.

    Honey Aoud and Vanilla Cake are the two that I’ve enjoyed the most. Vanilla Cake is a great vanilla-almond gourmand. Of course, if you’re not into gourmands, it won’t be...
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    Re: Mancera vs Montale which is better?

    In general, I find Mancera a bit crisper and brighter, and their fragrances more aligned with my taste, while I find Montale more rubbery and thick, more bombastic, with big, enveloping florals....
  97. Poll: Re: Do You ENJOY the CREED Batch Variation Phenomena?

    Practically speaking, this makes complete sense. I think I've used TWO backup bottles in my entire life. It took 10 years to get to them and they were both for 50ml bottles I had bought my first year...
  98. Poll: Re: Do You ENJOY the CREED Batch Variation Phenomena?

    The fragrance world is full of rabbit holes, my friend. This is one I've actively avoided, along with "vintage," and discontinued scents.
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    Re: Suggestion for some who loves Black Orchid

    Thanks. My first impression of this one was a more masculine, more subdued version of Black Orchid. Different, but in the same ballpark. It's a very nice fragrance too.
  100. Poll: Re: Do You ENJOY the CREED Batch Variation Phenomena?

    I haven't done this yet, or even come close to doing it, mainly because I haven't cared that much. But this batch or bottle or whatever of Green Irish Tweed that I have right now is so damn good that...
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