RANDOM POST: My Candle Collection



Here is the candle collection that my bf and I currently own. As you can see it's nothing spectacular or extraordinary. We have a grand total of 22 candles....

3wicks
1 2011 Winter
2 2012 Tis the Season
1 SAS Apple Crumble
1 SAS Caramel Apple
2 Tuscan Herbs
4 Espresso Bars
1 Lakeside (currently burning in living room)
1 Lakeside Summer vers. of Mahogany Teakwood
2 Boathouse  Row (1 currently burning in bedroom)
1 Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearamint
1 core version of Lavender Vanilla

1wicks
1 aromatherapy Orange Ginger (my bf ADORES this and is sad that it is no longer being sold)
1 Summertime Soda
1 Oakmoss Vetiver
1 2012 Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin
1 2012 Spiced Cider

not shown 1.3 oz 1wicks
2 Tis the Season
1 Winter

We're probably not gonna buy candles for awhile. We might get Sea to Santorini or stick with Lakeside as our last scent for the summer. And with fall (and our birthdays) approaching, we gotta save it!

Here is a youtube video talking in depth about this collection. Enjoy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv2QGMBZMtQ


BBW RANT OF THE DAY: Fall Scents part deux

BBW is sho nuff bringin their A game this fall! In addition to the usual fan favorites (Leaves, Cranberry Woods, Cider Lane) there is cornucopia of new scents and lines that are going to be tested and hopefully released wide.

First of all it seems that there will be a fall themed Fresh Picked line...which I think is GENIUS!!! And it totally fits, what with the autumn harvest and orchards, etc.

BBW will be bringing back...

  • Pear - brilliant idea!!! I know when I think of pears, I think of fall not spring. And the scent, with its vanilla sweetness and creaminess, screams autumn!
And it seems that we'll be seeing 3 new scents...

  • Freshed Picked Apple - is this the elusive apple that supposedly supposed to be released in the spring? I'm guessing this is "Gingham Apple"? I don't understand why this is being released since Farmstand Apple is in the release lineup...*sigh I dunno
  • Fresh Picked Blackberry Spice - I'm thinkin blackberry jam or pie filling
  • Freshed Picked Harvest Coffee - repackage of "Espresso Bar" ?! I will be HIGHLY surprised if it isn't!
There will also be pumpkin themed line of test scents, which I'm assume we will get a sample of on BBW Pumpkin Festival July 29th. They are...

  • Pumpkin Apple - pumpkin and apple with cinnamon and clove....I don't think it would like these two scents together
  • Pumpkin Pecan Waffles - pumpkin waffles with caramel and brown sugar ...bleggghh
  • Pumpkin Carrot Cake - spiced pumpkin, rich carrot cake, and creamy frosting...I'm not sure about this one
  • Pumpkin Hayrides - pumpkin, caramel cider, and golden oak..this might be interesting
BBW is also releasing old pumpkin-y test scents

  • Pumpkin Carving - aka Pumpkin Patch. Basically Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin's twin brother
  • Creamy Pumpkin -  spiced pumpkin, caramel and warm cream; I don't understand why this is testing cuz it was released wide last year
  • Roasted Pumpkin Butter- whipped pumpkin, toasted cinnamon and creamy vanilla butter; apparently this smells like peanut butter
  • Blueberry Pumpkin Patch: Blueberries and pumpkins..not a combo I thought would've gone together. Most reviewers, when it was testing last year, said that it smelled like cereal or granola
Please watch Tinadivalicious' videos on these test scents when they were released last year..hilarious!!! 


Lastly BBW will be releasing two other yet unnamed lines of test scents. These are really interesting; it's gonna be fun guessing which will be released wide

Completely new scents include...
  • Harvest Gathering - red apple, cinnamon leaves and cranberries...this sounds pretty good but I wonder how close this will smell to "Leaves"
  • Tailgate - hickory, football leather and moss; mmmm very masculine! sounds like it's gonna be "cologne-y", very Boathouse Row-esque
  • Flannel: bergamot, mahogany, and musk; hmmm, male version of "Cashmere"?
  • Cedar Wood Trail - cedarwood, neroli and musk...BBW sure does love musk! this could be quite nice..though I'm wonderin if this a repackage of "Cedarwood Oak"?
  • Pumpkin Woods- pumpkin, autumn spices, and vanilla bean... OK, this sounds EXACTLY like "Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin"
  • Vanilla Vetiver - luscious vanilla, aromatic vetiver, and crisp bergamot..they lost me with the vanilla..what does this have to do with fall?!
  • Coconut Wood - exotic sandalwood, rich coconut, white cedar...*facepalm again I ask..what does this have to do with fall?!?!
Repackages, reformulations and returning test scents include
  • Applewood Bonfire - repackage or reformulation of "Bonfire Maplewood"?
  • Sweater Weather - "Snowed In" with eucalyptus...I'm sooo excited about this one, I've heard sooo many good things about it
  • Cider Doughnuts - "Cinnamon Sugar Donuts" with a dash of "Spiced Cider"? I am actually kinda excited about this...I love apple cinnamon-y smells
  • Bergamot Woods - definite repackage of Villa Bergamot. I know Villa Bergamot was a successful scent but is necessary to bring it back? I t doesn't strike me as a fall scent, definitely more of a spring and summer. Besides, with Blackpepper Bergamot coming out, do we need another bergamot heavy scent?
  • Sandalwood Citrus - this tested a few months ago; I guess BBW wasn't a 100% sure about this. According to Littleballadeer, this smelled like "Cool Waters" cologne
  • Sage and Cedar - this tested alongside Sandalwood Citrus. The notes in this are kinda funky. Check out Touchthefiretwice's vid on this test scent line
  • Pinecone - I actually sniffed an old 1wick of this in the store recently (Pinecone used to be an odor-eliminating scent awhile back), it's really nice! However with its notes of spruce, evergreen, and cyprus , it's smells very winter-y
Now be forewarned, everything is subject to change. Some of these might not be released at all and some might remain test scents..with BBW, you never know.
 I for one am very very excited; fall can't get here quick enough. There's light at the end of the tunnel!

All info from Tess/Lifeinsidethepage, Kelley/Sweetkelleyxoxo and Cia/Seeitloveitbuyit

BBW RANT OF THE DAY: Fall Scents

Even though I'm enjoying summertime, I really can't wait for fall. Autumn is truly my favorite season for so many reasons...cooler weather, leaves changing colors, my birthday, my bf's birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. I also love fall themed fragrances; give me a spicy cinnamon-y apple-y type scent and I'm a happy homo! With that said, fall is when BBW scent-wise really shines!

* sigh Y'know...I think BBW tries a little too hard or sometimes not hard enough during spring and summer...what with all the tropical and fruity stuff. And this year in particular was pretty lackluster

Tropical line - nothing exciting, just the usual fan favorites
Spring line - once again nothing exciting, only two new scents once of which was a hot mess (Lily Pond)
Fresh Picked line- snoresville; not nearly as good as last year
Italian line - kinda interesting but most of the scents were hit and misses
Lakeside Summer line - a lot of hype but wound up bein a bit of a let down
Destination line -  *yawn

BBW was not on top of their-game; they didn't bring it and fans across the land were very much over it! And to add insult to injury, there was the much anticipated summer Semi Annual Sale which wound being a huge let down; funky markdowns, hyped up sales that were far from a bargain, little to no rarities or hidden gems and fans, if they hadn't already, were started to give up hope. However, with the release of the Fall Bakery candles during SAS, it made everybody look forward to what fall had in store; cleanse everybody's palate so to speak. The next coming months really could be a time of renewal for BBW and lure scores of discouraged and disillusioned fans back to the Promised Land.

It seems like BBW will be bringing back all of the fall fan favorites

  • Black Pepper Bergamot - OMG...OMG...I am sooooo glad this will be back in rotation. I was in tears when they stopped selling this and I have been waiting patiently for its return!
My two fall staples
  • Leaves - Leaves IS fall...PERIOD!!!
  • Cranberry Woods - soooo good!
The rest includes
  • Autumn - blah, nothing too exciting. Leaves is waaayyy better
  • Autumn Day - aka Acorn and Fig.. blah
  • Cider Lane - I really wanna try CL this year; I remembering sniffing it in the store last year and it smelled funky to me. But everybody RAVED it and that it smelled better once lit
  • Farmstand Apple - nothing exciting
  • Cinnamon and Clove Bud - ugghhhh, I can't stand this. It smells like Big Red gum or Hot Tamales candies
  • Fresh Balsam - never understood why BBW started selling this in the fall; to me, it's more of a winter-y scent
  • Lemon Mint Leaf - why?!
  • Marshmallow Fireside - total fan favorite..not mine though
  • Nutmeg and Spice - aka White Barn No 1, (possibly Aromatherapy Vanilla Cinnamon?) very nice scent
  • Pumpkin Caramel Latte - no pumpkin, all caramel
  • Pumpkin Cupcake - Frosted Cupcake with cinnamon and ginger
  • Spiced Cider - love this!
  • Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin - standard generic fall time potpourri pumpkin-y scent
fall release info from http://lifeinsidethepage.blogspot.com/

SHOUT-OUT!!!

I just want to send a quick thank you to some folks that have been quite supportive in my BBW themed endeavors...

First of all, to Cia from http://shoppinsweetheart.blogspot.com/. She sent me a very nice email today with all kinds of helpful info for my blog better. She mentioned me on her blog today in a list of both old well known BBW bloggers and newer upcoming ones that she liked. I thought that was all very sweet and I truly appreciated it!

I also wanna thank my three favorite YouTubers...Littleballadeer, Touchthefiretwice and Tinadivalicious. First of all, they totally kickstarted my obsession/addiction to BBW candles with their awesome videos. Also they were very supportive with me starting this blog and encouraged me to start making videos of my own!

And of course my bf for all his support!!!

Once again, thank you all!!!!

NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO

I decided to finally make a Youtube video, my very first! Not surprising, Littleballadeer and Touchthefiretwice persuaded me to start making some, so I decided what the heck!

This vid is about my recent SAS haul, nothing too exciting! I have another video about all the candles I have so far so I'll be posting that real soon.

So enjoy!!!
 

DOUBLE CANDLE SPOTLIGHT: Summertime Soda and Oakmoss Vetiver








Summertime Soda
Product: candle
Area used in: living room
Time Period: June –
Description: Quench your thirst with a crisp, bubbly fragrance that features a blend of citrus and vanilla topped off with a hint of cherry

So this is one of the few hidden gems that I found during SAS. At first sniff, I didn’t like it. Some people complained that it had a generic lemon cleaner smell and I totally got that.  You know how BBW is with lemon scents- it’s either sugary sweet or cleaning product-ish.Then I smelled it again and it smelled different. I found myself really liking it! I got the soda aspect of it; a bubbly fizzy effervescence that kinda tickled my nose. I’ve heard SS compared to like a generic 7-up/Sprite; to me, it smells like Mountain Dew…to be more exact, the cherry flavored Code Red Mountain Dew. The “hint of cherry” is exactly that..a hint. I don’t get vanilla…thank god! (I really don’t know why BBW likes to throw vanilla in EVERYTHING!!!)

*sigh tunneled..Tunneled...TUNNELED! The wick was puny and offcenter; the wax around the side was just chillin. And the throw was sooo weak; I had to deeply inhale to smell anything

I do wish that I found a 3wick of this cuz I hate 1wicks. In opinion, SS really should’ve been released wide.
Oakmoss Vetiver
 Product: candle
Area used in: bedroom
Time Period: June –
Description: Infuse your home with a luxurious blend of oakmoss, vetiver and lavender
 * This was in an unnamed line of wood/herbs blended test scents: Sage and Cedarwood (cedar chips), Whitewater Birch (Verbena Waters/Lakeside-esque) and Sandalwood Citrus (Cool Waters cologne)
I was sooo  excited that I found this as this line was not released wide. For the most part, they were written off as epic fails for smelling too “cologne-y”…which I hate when people use that word to describe blends like this. I mean of course something like this is going like cologne cuz these are notes that used in cologne! I mean heaven forbid that BBW releases scents that aren’t floral or bakery….but I digress…
 Yes, there is a *sigh “cologne-y” aspect to it. Touchthefiretwice said in his review that it reminded him of certain shaving cream and I agree with him. When I sniff OMV, it reminds of an ol school barbershop with the red and white striped sign outside and the barber inside is whipping up hot shaving cream to lather on your face before he shaves you with a razor. I do smell all of the notes; the oakmoss and vetiver gives it a damp earthy/woody smell and that hint of lavender wraps them both up nicely. To me, OMV smells like a mix Villa Bergamot and Boathouse Row.
 Like Summertime Soda, I really wish that I found a 3wick instead. The throw was weak and it tunneled like crazy. Despite it being a hot mess, I’m really glad that I found it.   

BBW RANT OF THE DAY: Semi Annual Sadness

Before I say anything, I just wanna say VERY disappointed I was with the sale! And apparently I was far from the only one. Once again, BBW got everybody's hopes up only to let everyone down! It just was not worth it! there weren't too many really good bargains. Okay so 3wick candles were $10-11...whoopdy-friggin-doo!!! That's just a glorified 2 for $22 sale. And I 'm just speakin for myself, but the most of the candles that were discounted were not candles I had any intention on buying! And in my area, there was NOTHING 75% or 90% OFF, not candle-wise! No rare hidden gems, no oldie but goodies but just the same shit that is on the website. I was really hoping to find a Seaspray or Verbena Waters or any discontinued scents for that matter...but no, no such luck. Back to the complaint at hand. The bargains were just shitty... $3 wallflowers, $6 duo packs...once again whoop-dee-doo! And yeah it was cool that BBW brought back old school body care like Juniper Breeze (which I don't see the hype about that scent), Country Apple, Cotton Blossom, etc and other lotions and fragrance mist for 75% off.. which is nice if you're into their body care...which I'm not. The ONLY hightlight of SAS in my opinion was the release of the Fall bakery scents..which, to me, wasn't even that exciting cuz a) there were only 2 scents that I was even remotely interested in and b) they were only 45-50% off!

Anyway, let's get to real deal..my haul....

As you can see, it's quite small and nothing too extraordinary. And this is after raiding THREE different stores! Each store got more and more disappointing with their lack of good stuff!

So the first store...my bf and I go in and we're both super excited about what we could find. As were lookin around, the sales associate took it upon herself to "help" us...which would've been fine if she wasn't doing it every other minute..pointing out stuff, spraying stuff, giving recommendations to stuff I was not remotely interested. But the thing that bothered me the most was she kept pointing out things "men" would love. Just because I 'm a guy doesn't necessarily mean I'm there to buy "guy" stuff; if I wanna buy perfume and girly lotion and FFMs and floral candles (which I don't btw), that's my prerogative! Besides I'm sure I know more stuff about BBW products than the average sales associate does so let me look around and leave me the hell alone; if I need your help, I will ASK!!!

Anyhoo....so the first I did was sniff the fall bakery candles...*sigh Caramel Apple and Kitchen Spice were the only ones I liked. For some, Apple Crumble smelled strange; maybe it was a bad batch. Next I moved on to the $3 hand soaps; I was specifically lookin for Lime Basil and Ocean Citrus. After digging thru all of the Island Margaritas and Rainkissed Leaves, I finally found some Ocean Citrus..no Lime Basil unfortunately. Then I went to the candles..no rarities, ho hidden gems and of course they had the test scents I wasn't interested in - Pizzeria and Lily Pond...omg...those two STINK!!! Pizzeria smells too much like dough and tomato sauce and Lily Pond just smells like old dried hotel soap and swamp water. Oh and there 4oz/1 wick Eucalyptus Mint Apple and Lilac....uuuugghhh,  disgusting!!!

After lookin and sniffin around, we got....
  • 1 Ocean Citrus hand soap 
  • 2 Espresso Bar 3wick candles
  • 1 Caramel Apple 3 wick candle
  • 1 White Citrus and 1 Noir Shower gel
  • 1 Lemon Zest shower scrub
After using a survey coupon, it came to be $40-somethin bucks


Then we went to the BBW in one of the big malls here. Once again, nothing exciting! My bf kinda gave up at this point but I was determined to stay optimistic..however that didn't last long.  I had no luck finding the stuff that I was looking for, like the Lime Basil soap. For some reason, this store had an overabundance of Fresh Lavender soap, which I like but was not wanting to buy any at the moment. I was sure this store would have some rare oldie but goodies but no, not so much. The only ol school candle I saw was a 2012 version of Lemon Mint Leaf.  And no test scents except Lily Pond..uuugghhh! There were however a few surprising hidden gems though so that kinda made up for things

Here our purchase was even smaller. From this store, we got...
  • 2 Boathouse Row bulbs (cuz we're about to burn the candle soon) and 2 Beach Cabana bulbs
  • 1 Summertime Soda 4oz/1wick candle and 1 Oak Moss Vetiver 4oz/1wick candle (OMG those smell so good!!! )
  • 1 Midnight Pomegranate FFM (which I thought was discontinued but it's actually just gonna be an online exclusive)
  • 1 Ocean anti-bac
After the survey coupon, that came to be about $20-somethin dollars

Then on the third store. This was in a very generic lookin outlet mall. The few times I've been there, they almost never have what I'm lookin and this time was no different. I gave up trying to find some good stuff so I decided to find something for my mom and grandma whose birthdays are coming up soon. I looked in the True Spa bin..nothing good (though I did find some infused spa socks but they were just 50% off, not a bargain so not worth it) Then on to the lotion bins; it was all Dark Kiss and Black Amethyst, both of which are too "Old lady-ish" for these two ladies! . I sprayed one FFM after the other, once again nothing they would like. They had Sparkling Blackberry Woods and Twilight Woods out the wazoo! Despondent, my bf and I left the store completely EMPTY-HANDED!!!!

Once we got home, I got desperate and made an online order. There was a deal for 20% of a $25 order as well as a $1 shipping for a $25 order. However with shipping/handling and sales tax they both came out to be the same total, over $30. So I took one item out and didn't wind up using either deal.

I bought...
  • 1 Lime Basil hand soap (finally got my hands on one)
  • 1 Apple Crumble 3wick candle (despite that infamously bad burn)
  • 1 Lemon Zest shower gel
Those should arrive Thursday or Friday.

So yeah, that was my SAS experience...DIS-A-PPOINT-ING.COM!!!!

While it's rumored that sales will get better in the oncoming weeks, I'm not holdin my breath. Methinks I'm going to take a break from BBW for awhile, probably until fall. I'm just tired of being let down and disappointed. Hopefully by the time the fall scents come out, BBW should have their proverbial shit together, fingers crossed!

RANT OF THE DAY: Semi Annual Sale Wishlist

So as everyone knows, BBW's Semi Annual Sale is right around the corner! I for one am very very excited. BBW products at 50-75% off....hell yeah!!! And BBW seems to have sweetened the deal be releasing old school fall-ish bakery scents to further entice us!

There are some things I wanna stock up on.. I want...

As many Espresso Bar candles as I can get (hopefully the Italian line will be on sale)

One Eucalyptus Tea shower gel (if that's not discounted, I'll get a Lemon Zest)

One Midnight Pomegranate spray (as it is getting discontinued)



I also wanna get my hands on....

A Lime Basil anti-bac deep washing hand soap

An Ocean Citrus anti-bac deep washing hand soap

An Ocean Pearl anti-bac deep washing hand soap (even though it's not discounted)

One Apple Crumble candle (even though it tunnels/canyons like crazy)

One Caramel Apple candle




And here is my wish list of things that I hope that I see...

A Black Pepper Bergamot candle

A Seaspray candle and bulb

A Verbena Waters candle

A Cucumber Melon limited edition duo bulb pack


SAS starts tomorrow online and in stores Wednesday. I ...can't...WAIT!!!!

BBW SPOTLIGHT : Pink Sangria

image source: Bath & Body Works


Product: candle
Area used in: living room
Time Period: June

Description: Hello Pink Cocktail! Enjoy this pretty and refreshing mix of zesty mandarin, crisp apple, watery pear and sugared berries


I totally ignored this scent for the longest time; it was just one of those candles that did not jump out at me at all. Because of the rosy pink wax color and sugary sweet fruity notes, I kinda just shrugged this off as a girly girl smell. One day my bf mentioned this candle in passing so I thought I'd give it a sniff. I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised so I decided to give it a try.

First of all, before I say anything, this candle is TOTALLY misnamed! This is PINK LEMONADE!!! There's nothing remotely sangria/wine-ish about this at all! It smells like true legit straightup tangy lemonade with crushed berries. Perhaps its the mandarin note that gives this a lemonade-y smell and there's a definite sugared muddled raspberry/blueberry/strawberry note that makes sweet. I wonder if this is a repackage or reformulation of "Pomegranate Lemonade" cuz that also smelled like straight up pink lemonade.

The burn was ok; the flames sometimes were low but the wax pool was always even. And the throw is STRONG! You can smell this almost instantly after lighting it.

For some reason, BBW didn't release PS wallflower bulbs like they have in the past. I heard thru the grapevine that the Bellini CafĂ© bulbs from the Italian Piazza collection smelled just like PS so that's what I got. The bulbs smell EXACTLY what PS should smell like! At first sniff, BC kinda smelled like cough medicine or old cough drops however plugging them in, they smelled really good. Unlike PS, the BC bulbs has a wine/sparkling grape juice aspect to them with dash of extra fruitiness. I'm glad the bulbs don't smell like the actual candle cuz the BC candle is STANK!

*sigh I don't know what to think of PS. There's that misleading name. Also I'm not a fan of the sometime low flames. But the aspect that really makes me not a fan is the smell. There's a strange alcohol-ey chemical-ly gasonline-y smell; I'm not sure if that's BBW's way  of mimicking the alcohol red wine aspect of the "sangria" or if it's just ingredients of the wax. Either way, it's a little offputting. I've burned thru one and I have one more left that I just lit before writing this review. With that said, I'm kinda ready to move on to something else.

Final thoughts...BBW, change the name to Pink Lemonade cuz that's more fitting; sangria it is not! And get rid of that strange chemical smell! Until then, this is not repurch!


RANT OF THE DAY : Double Releases

So BBW has a strange habit of releasing two different versions of the same candle at the same time in different collection...for no reason! Sometimes it's a popular scent, sometimes it's a not so popular scent. Sometimes one candle performs better than the other or they're both equally as disappointing. More often than not, one candle might look and burn better but the throw winds up being much weaker. What's the point of this craziness?! I guess I kinda get the method to their madness from a marketing strategy standpoint; basically it's a contest to see which one customers will gravitate to. However, shouldn't that sort of thing be happening in test stores first? Shouldn't there have a discussion of preference before these candles are released nationwide? It makes absolutely no sense!


Why were there two "Leaves"? Why I ask you, why? It makes no sense. Some said the "white wax" version burned better but the scent was lighter while others said the "brown wax" burned bad but the scent was stronger. However all agreed that it was the same scent with no added notes or reformulations.  There was no need to have two of these at the same time! Personally, I like the label of the of white wax version but I like the look of the brown wax. Had it been my call, I would've kept Leaves in the White Barn collection and kept the wicks but added a brown/tan tint to the wax.
 
 
Once again, why? Why are there two these?! While I like the slate blue of color of the Slatkin version and the snowman on the label is cute, but what does that have to with the twisted peppermint/candy cane  scent that it's so supposed to be mimicking? The BBW version should've been the only one released, period!
 
What's the point of this? Did we really need two of this? Is PM even really worthy of being a core scent? Couldn't this have just been in the Fresh Picked line and then let it disappear?
 This actually pissed me off! If ALL things BBW could've picked to be in Fresh Picked line, they picked this?! After they already released this scent for the spring?! And they're both hot messes!!! Both have no throw and tunnel like crazy!
 
 


 Really BBW, REALLY?! You re-release a candle that nobody likes! Honestly, I like the label of the old version better, not that I would buy it. Once yall released the new and improved version, why did yall keep the old one?
 

The worst offender by far!!! There was absolutely NO reason for MT to be released in the Lakeside Summer collection...none! MT was originally supposed to be a "fall" scent and now magically it's a "summer" scent evoking being on the deck of a boat. Really BBW, REALLY?! This is bullshit with a capital B! And besides, isn't MT is supposed to a core scent now? What's the point of releasing this in a new line only to discontinue it in order to release the core version? Moreover you're still selling the original one despite it being one of the worst burning candles EVER! What BB needs to do is get rid of the hot mess version and totally revamp it. Get rid of the white wax and the label cuz the're both boring as hell! Keep the same colored wax and wicks from the Lakeside version, create a new label and release it with Black Pepper Bergamot as core scents!
 
 
Seriously BBW, GET IT TOGEHER!!!

 all image source: Bath & Body Works

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