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  1. Re: Guerlain Homme EDP: Advice needed.

    Can anyone tell me the difference between the current Guerlain Homme EDP and the original Guerlain Homme that looked like this:

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.3638.jpg
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    Re: buying first niche parfum

    If you like it, go for it - but it's important to understand what "better" means. Better is what you enjoy more. Only you can know that. I don't let hype determine my own tastes.

    My advice: use...
  3. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    Indeed. Like this one:



    That's comedy.
  4. Re: Must try 'clean' niche fragrances?

    Castile.

    It's hard to find anything cleaner than Castile by Penhaligon's. To me, even Mugler Cologne isn't as Clean as Castile. Castile is amazing stuff. Imagine if you bought a bar of the...
  5. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    Since the year 47 A.D. they've had a fleet of ships scooping it up in the Atlantic. In fact, Viking was named in honor of the first encounter a Creed ship had with the Vikings, during which the...
  6. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    The Brooklyn Bridge is for sale again, so anything is possible. It must be true. I read it on the internet.
  7. Re: Creed Millésime Impérial discontinued (& possibly many other perfumes) - EU regulation at its fi

    Well, if you're going to make your first post an attempt at trolling, I must say, you went all in.
  8. Re: Tom Ford - Tuscan Leather - Alternatives?

    +1 for Ombré Leather
  9. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    Does it smell at all like clean laundry? If so, it's probably Aqua Universalis.

    You mentioned above that you also smelled YSL L'homme, and you prefer L'homme. If so, why worry about the MFK...
  10. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    My guess is Aqua Universalis.

    Don't let the word Aqua throw you off. For MFK, Aqua doesn't mean aquatic.




    I do that too, and the colors I think of have nothing to do with the marketing. ...
  11. Re: Will "Ambrox Sensitivity Syndrome" soon become prevalent?

    +1

    Sauvage is a perfect example. I strongly suspect that what most people think is ambroxan in Sauvage is actually whatever Dior is using as... uhm... well, as a fixative or, perhaps more...
  12. Re: NEW Dior Sauvage Parfum 2019 Official Discussion

    That is the definition of a cash grab.
  13. Re: Will "Ambrox Sensitivity Syndrome" soon become prevalent?

    It's just a fad. It'll pass, just as every other fad eventually does.

    Think back on the 90s when scent after scent abusing calone flooded the shelves. Before that, it was oakmoss. Now, it's...
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    Re: Phaedon Tabac Rouge thoughts

    I'm bumping this up because I'm enjoying Tabac Rouge so much tonight. I only own a sample, but holy moly, this one is tempting! I realize how similar it is to Tobacco Vanille, but it seems lighter...
  15. Re: Which Maison Francis Kurkdjian cologne sample is this?

    There's no way to answer your question if you don't describe what you're smelling.

    As I type this, there are six portraits on the wall to my right. Any idea who they're pictures of?
  16. Re: Chanel feminines enjoyed by us guys

    I keep meaning to try their Les Eaux De Chanel Paris line - especially Biarritz and Deauville.

    I love Eau De Cologne from the Les Exclusifs line.

    I like Coromandel a lot, but it's LOUD and...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    If it weren't so expensive, I'd be tempted... but ...I'm a situational wardrobe kind of guy and for my style, it's not particularly versatile. It would be a perfect cool weather date scent, but I...
  18. Re: Your Favorite Fragrance For A First Date.

    1725 if dressed up, Castile if not.



    None. I was so clueless that I didn't even realize we were on a date until afterward.
  19. Re: Pleasant surprise @ Sephora

    I think Acqua Neroli by Clean is really good. It's not as good as Neroli Portofino, but if it's showing up at discounters for under $50, the price difference is hard to beat. I sampled the two of...
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    Re: Axe....seriously??!?!?

    What a fantastic comment.

    There was a study done regarding wine and price that found wine drinkers judge what they taste based on what they think it cost. If I'm not mistaken, the magic price...
  21. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    :tekst-toppie:



    If it's a member with multiple accounts, all of their accounts would get banned because multiple accounts aren't allowed here (I assume I don't have to explain things like IP...
  22. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    Nope.



    You're so new to the fragrance community that you needed the word performance explained, yet you're discarding a lengthy post that told you exactly what you wanted to know because THEY...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Azure Crystal Man, by M. Micallef.

    I only have a sample. I assume this sucker is a pricey little devil, but it's really nice! Each time I try...
  24. Re: Talk me off the ledge or push me off, your choice

    +1

    Especially if you like Renaissance 1861 by Xerjoff. They're not the same, but they have enough in common that if you like one, you'd probably like the other, not to mention that a 200ml bottle...
  25. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    "Performance" is basic fragrance community terminology. It refers to how a scent wears in terms of longevity, projection, and sillage.




    +1



    Absolutely. I see people complain all the...
  26. Re: Talk me off the ledge or push me off, your choice

    Have you tried Bergamote Soleil by Atelier Cologne? It's very long lasting, and the bergamot is OUTSTANDING! The base is a letdown for me, but it does have a lot of fans. If you like it, this one...
  27. Re: Designer or Niche: A Reevaluation (very long post)

    You could really be a Beau Brummell baby if you just give it half a chance.
  28. Re: Designer or Niche: A Reevaluation (very long post)

    Absolutely.

    Too many people smell with their eyes, not with their nose.

    "There's a new band in town, but you can't get the sound from a story in a magazine" --Billy Joel.

    P.S. It's aimed...
  29. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    Reformulations happen for many reasons, not just regulations. It's a fact we all have to accept even though we don't like it. Over a period of decades, there will be changes. The idea that the...
  30. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    Of course it would. Different ingredients behave differently, especially if they replaced a natural ingredient with a synthetic. Also, there's no way the only change over a few decades was the...
  31. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    It's more complicated of a topic than my explanation, especially when it comes to the aroma chemicals being used these days.



    Eau Sauvage Parfum isn't an EDP concentration of Eau Sauvage, sadly...
  32. Re: Fahrenheit - Quite possibly the greatest fragrance ever made

    Fahrenheit is one of the most fascinating scents I own.

    Sometimes, I get tons of gasoline.
    Other times, I get mandarin and florals, but no gasoline at all.
    Sometimes, that leather base really...
  33. Re: Went in to smell one thing but left loving something else

    Isn't that awesome when it happens?

    :thumbsup:

    I'll have to try Noir Extreme again sometime.



    I've been on a bit of a Noir kick lately. I'm starting to think that one is very underrated.
  34. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    Those are words to live by.



    That's not how it works at all. EDTs are perfume. EDCs are perfume. EDPs are perfume. "Eau De Parfum" is a kind of perfume. It isn't another term for perfume....
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    So good. SO GOOD!
  36. Re: posting the long detailed reply I received from Villoresi about 'Uomo.'

    Summary: It's been reformulated.

    Expect any fragrance that old to have been reformulated multiple times. They cite changes due to bergamot, but you can be sure other ingredients changed as well. ...
  37. Re: Designer or Niche: A Reevaluation (very long post)

    Pisces Iscariot
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    Re: TdH Does Smell Like TdH

    Go to a store. Spray your arm with TdH. DO NOT JUDGE HOW IT SMELLS WHILE IN THE STORE. Leave the store before judging. That's very important because the air in the store will be flooded with...
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    Re: TdH Does Smell Like TdH

    Are you absolutely sure you're not confusing TdH with TdH Parfum?

    I ask because I get much more orange from TdH Parfum than in TdH. I think I even get more orange in TdH Eau Tres Fraiche than I...
  40. Re: Which one? Fahrehnheit EDT, Absolute or Parfum ?

    It really is.

    Make a list of the top 100 masculine scents ever made and there's no doubt that Fahrenheit is on it. It's probably even top 25.

    There are two things about Fahrenheit that amaze...
  41. Re: Which one? Fahrehnheit EDT, Absolute or Parfum ?

    Detectable.

    DNA.

    It's important to understand what those terms mean. Without understanding the terms, one will misinterpret the reviews.

    If you smell Terre d'Hermes, you'll be able to...
  42. Re: Which one? Fahrehnheit EDT, Absolute or Parfum ?

    I hope the OP realizes these three scents are totally different. Fahrenheit Absolute and Fahrenheit Le Parfum are not stronger versions of Fahrenheit. They're flankers that smell very different...
  43. Re: Best citrus note for summer - your preference

    My favorite citrus note for summer is bergamot.

    I'm such a sucker for bergamot, but I haven't found one that I love yet. Bergamot 22 by Le Labo dries down to a meh fake wood base. Bergamote...
  44. Re: A question for those like me who can't afford to buy niche perfumes.

    That's a fine strategy if your goal is to be convinced or persuaded that you're supposed to enjoy the same things somebody else does.

    Just because I think Castile is amazing, it doesn't mean you...
  45. Re: I contacted Villoresi about Uomo and they say their formula hasn't changed

    ...bbbbb but... I read something on the INTERNET!!! Some anonymous person said something ABOUT SOMETHING!!! And it must be true because I read it on the internet!!!

    :undecided:

    Seriously...
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    Re: Your most worn July 2019

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    Castile by Penhaligon's
    10 wears





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    Re: Maison Francis Grand Soir

    I agree. It smells fantastic... but it's not for me. It's too loud for me, but like I said, it's really good. I think it pulls off a neat trick in how it wears. It's a huge scent, but it manages...
  48. Re: Anyone use Aftershave AND Cologne?

    Nope. I also don't toss ground chuck on top of a ribeye steak or pour grape juice into a glass of merlot.



    That's caused by the alcohol (and sometimes other antibacterial additives), not the...
  49. Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    I don't think that's norlimbanol, though it is chemical nonsense. The base of Pegasus is norlimbanol (that scratchy prickly bone dry chemical structure that doesn't smell natural in any way). If...
  50. Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    No apologies necessary! :thumbsup:

    You asked a fair question.
  51. Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    I don't know. A lot of their modern masculines are sub par. Bleu goes a bit heavy with the harsh fake wood chemicals, Allure Homme Sport smells like it was designed by committee, and not a good...
  52. Re: Any houses on your “no buy list”

    I'm done buying Creed bottles. If I find any more Creeds I want, I'll buy decants instead.

    My bottle of Aventus has a peeling label and a failing sprayer.
    My bottle of Royal Oud has a sprayer...
  53. Re: Suggestions for sandalwood fragrance for summer

    Royal Oud is my pick for sandalwood in the summer. In fact, I'm wearing it as I type this. It's more of a creamy cedar/sandalwood kind of scent, and I should mention that summers have very low...
  54. Re: Did all of you reach a bit of a "turning point" after a certain time in the hobby?

    Two things marked a turning point for me. They happened around the same time.

    1. I decided to wear my favorites more often instead of focusing on variety.

    2. I realized I love when a scent...
  55. Re: How Should I Build My Collection?

    There's no right or wrong way to build your collection so long as:
    A: you can afford what you buy, and...
    B: it makes you happy.

    It really is that simple.

    I can't tell you how you should...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I've never cared if something is timeless. I only care if I enjoy it and if it suits me. Vintage/Classic style doesn't suit me at all. There's a gentleman in my neighborhood who usually wears a...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I only have a sample. I'm big on sampling before making any purchases.

    What is H2H?

    I may need to revisit Acqua Di Parma Colonia Essenza. I thought it smelled more classic than modern. ...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.12192.jpg

    Neroli Portofino is so good. Something about it didn't click with me when I first tried it years ago, so I wrote it off. Oh, how wrong I was.
  59. Re: A*Men Formulations Today: How is the Performance?

    I get very good performance from it, but... A*Men wears in two phases. The first hour or so is loud. After that, it settles in and wears closer to the skin but it lasts a long time.
  60. Re: Settled on Dior Homme Cologne, But What About..

    +1

    I need to revisit Edition Blanche, but I greatly prefer Chanel Allure Homme Sport Cologne over Dior Homme Cologne... but since the OP already owns DHC, the Chanel would be redundant.

    Mugler...
  61. Re: Nose is confused and conflicted

    100,000% THIS.

    If you build a wardrobe out of fragrances you love, you'll always wear fragrances you love. Seems obvious, right?

    If you build a wardrobe out of fragrances you like or admire,...
  62. Re: Which is your favorite Musk fragrance?

    Muschio Bianco by Acca Kappa is outstanding, and it really does smell like its name ("White Moss").
  63. Re: new to forum - howdy to all and looking for suggestions

    You seem to like fresh and clean.

    - Castile by Penhaligon's

    - Aqua Universalis by MFK (the original, not the Forte)

    - 1725 by Histoires De Parfums, if barbershop sounds appealing to you. ...
  64. Re: Creed's Royal Water vs Penhaligon's Castile

    Indeed, the two are quite different. I prefer Castile, but Royal Water is very good, and it is such an underrated scent. I think more people should try it - especially Creed fans. I know this will...
  65. Re: Anyone else bored with 'masculine', summer-y, fresh citrus scents?

    +1

    Granted, I'm talking about quality dry woods and incense, not that norlimbanol harsh scratchy fake wood fake incense nonsense.

    A great example of a dry woody scent for summer is Royal Oud. ...
  66. Re: Anyone else bored with 'masculine', summer-y, fresh citrus scents?

    I'm bored to death of the current crop of masculine summer/citrus scents, but for a bit of a different reason.

    Almost all of them dry down to a base of harsh synthetic scratchy nonsense that...
  67. Re: Creed's Royal Water vs Penhaligon's Castile

    Castile isn't similar to Himalaya at all. Sure, Himalaya lists musk, but to me, it's far more of a sandalwood/ambergris scent.

    Castile and Royal Water aren't similar either, but they're closer to...
  68. Re: Impressions, dispair and misery on me - search for a new summer scent

    I'm not a fan of that one at all. It gets way too heavy, especially in the base, for a sport or fresh scent. The clash between what the first hour does and what the rest does... oof. I don't get...
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    Re: I just don’t understand...

    What you're missing is the era Kouros is from. Think about the 70s, and then think about the 80s. Kouros was created just as one of those eras was colliding with the next - I don't only mean...
  70. Re: Civet. Please explain this note, and share your favorite fragrance that features it up front.

    Or a band (but not a good one, sadly).
  71. Re: Civet. Please explain this note, and share your favorite fragrance that features it up front.

    Tom Ford Noir does a good job of modernizing it.

    I find it interesting that Noir EDP lists civet but Noir EDT does not even though I can smell the note in both. As I like to remind people: Notes...
  72. Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    Have you tried Prada L'Homme?



    If you like Neroli Portofino, I would strongly encourage you to pick up a sample of Castile by Penhaligon's. They're quite different, but if you like one I'd be...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    I'm really impressed by Tom Ford Noir Eau De Toilette. It's very similar to the original Tom Ford Noir (in the black bottle), but it's a bit...
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    Re: PHLUR - Anyone?

    In particular, this quote from that link sums up my opinion of so much of the new pseudo-niche junk we're seeing everywhere these days:



    I don't know if he's talking about Phlur, but good...
  75. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    dupe. oops.
  76. Re: Choose and Rank Your 10 Favorite From This List

    My top ten from your list:
    Royal Oud
    Aqua Universalis
    Terre d'Hermes Parfum
    Prada L'Homme
    Pomelo Paradis
    Green Irish Tweed
    Fahrenheit
    Reflection Man
    Xerjoff Nio
  77. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    To answer the original question: One fragrance to recommend for a beginner... Acqua Di Gio. Over the past 20+ years, it has become the everyman smell. It's as good of a starting point as you'll...
  78. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    This is the definition of Macy's management.

    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times here: When you find a bad sales assistant, you've found a bad store. Don't blame the SA. They're...
  79. Re: Creed - Original Santal - Options?

    I don't get a connection between Egoiste and Original Santal. They smell nothing alike.

    I DO get a connection between Egoiste and Bois Du Portugal. BdP is outstanding, but it doesn't smell like...
  80. Re: Creed - Original Santal - Options?

    Original Santal is so shockingly close to Montblanc Individuel that I would bet nobody could tell which you were wearing if they smelled you a half hour after spraying it.

    The two scents have...
  81. Re: SOTD Stats - Most Worn, Milestones

    You're so right about number geeks. That's me. :thumbsup:

    It's funny how I hate math but LOVE numbers. When I realized I'd worn 1725 and Aqua Universalis 98 times each, I made sure to wear...
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    Re: New Haarlem question

    Scarce is right.

    I haven't tried Rochas Man, but if I really wanted to smell like waffles and syrup I'd go to IHOP. I have a sample of New Haarlem, and I don't get it. I love breakfast, but I...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    The heart of Terre d'Hermes Parfum is ridiculously good. All day long, I've been getting occasional wafts of a rich Earthy orange. So good!
  84. Re: SOTD Stats - Most Worn, Milestones

    How quickly the stats grow has a lot to do with how many scents you wear regularly.

    ...With a huge wardrobe, stats don't grow fast.
    ...With lots of variety, stats don't grow fast.

    It's easier...
  85. Re: How do you break a mental "Tie" between scents to pick a SOTD???

    When I can't decide between two options, I use the second hand on an analog clock to help me choose.

    Let's say I'm trying to choose between wearing Endymion or Gph II. I'll say to myself:
    "...if...
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    Re: Finally Dior Homme Sport 2017

    It's not that the iris in DHS 2017 is imperceptible.

    DHS 2017 isn't an iris fragrance. DHC 2013 isn't an iris fragrance either.
  87. Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    Curve and Hanae Mori H.M. EDT

    ...but I feel no guilt! They're great. :thumbsup:
  88. Re: Pick Top 5 Most Masculine Fragrances You Have Smelled?

    Fahrenheit
    Givenchy Gentleman - the real one, not the new junk
    Kouros
    1740 Marquis de Sade
    Tom Ford Extreme
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    Re: Armaf

    But even if you're fine with it... even if you don't mind the harsh blatantly chemical bone dry abrasive smell of it... it smells absolutely nothing like anything used in Aventus.

    Like I said, I...
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    Re: Armaf

    Seriously. The base of CDNI is mostly just norlimbanol. It's junk. I'm blown away by the idea that people think it smells like Aventus... but I have to remind myself that most people only seem to...
  91. Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    Funny you should say that. My bottle of GIT was an impulse purchase. In 2015, I found a 75ml on a discounter for around $75, I think? The price was so low that I felt like the risk was worth...
  92. Re: The Official Creed Green Irish Tweed thread!

    The stuff Creed likes to say cracks me up.

    All fragrances age in the bottle. Wines do too. And bourbon, brandy, scotch, etc etc etc. Some beers even improve with age (especially darker stuff...
  93. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    I trust his review as being honest. I don't always agree with him - or with anyone else. My opinions are my own. I'm nobody's parrot. But even though I don't always agree with him, I always trust...
  94. Re: SOTD Stats - Most Worn, Milestones

    I have no idea. I'd swear I'm picking up some patch deep in the base, but it's not listed among the notes. There's definitely something earthy in there. The important thing to understand about...
  95. Re: Is terre de Hermès eau fraiche an unsung hero

    It's really good. I was totally wrong about it when it first came out.

    I only own a small decant, but I've debated buying a bottle.

    TdH Parfum is still my favorite from the lineup though.
  96. Re: SOTD Stats - Most Worn, Milestones

    I know, right?

    Castile just clicks with me. I've been wearing it an average of 10x a month since late 2017. I keep expecting to get bored with it, but instead, I enjoy it more and more.

    It's...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    https://fimgs.net/mdimg/perfume/375x500.474.jpg

    Sometimes, I forget just how good Green Irish Tweed really is. This is not one of those times. :thumbsup:
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    Re: - - - -

    Hhhhmmmm... 4 comments and the OP bailed on the topic.

    I take the opposite approach to some of the comments above. Lots of folks on basenotes say they wear whatever, whenever. Not me. I wear...
  99. Re: SOTD Stats - Most Worn, Milestones

    2 of my top 3 are only two wears away from hitting triple digits.



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    213 wears
  100. Re: Are Creed fragrances big sellers?

    Are Creed big sellers in terms of niche fragrances? Absolutely.

    Are Creed big sellers among all fragrances? Not at all.

    Even in big cities, sales of designers will be much higher than Creed,...
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