Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Top 10: Spritz Toners

The Acid Toning Top 10 was so well-received I thought I'd follow it with the most logical choice. These spritz toners/floral waters are ideal as either a second tone (spritz) or just your general tone for those of you that don't use acids and/or on days you aren't using acids.

These are a mix of budget chemist buys and high-end luxury. The differences being that some are water with added minerals such as zinc and magnesium, whilst others have added peptides, rice bran oils, rose oils etc - just more 'oomph'.

All are used frequently in my routine.
In no particular order.

Bioderma Crealine Eau Dermatologique - a great budget buy - similar to Serozinc except this has added zinc, magnesium and softening sugars including rhamnose. Lush.
La Roche-Posay Serozinc - finally made available in the UK last year, this is great for those of you with combination skin and acne - but can be used by all skins, including the most sensitive.
Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray - reviewed only last month on here, this is borderline liquid moisturiser. Use this if you need a 'wet' face after you've spritzed. In the best way.
Vita Liberata Skin Plumping Peptide Mist - aloe vera, added peptides, a ton of flower extracts give you this beautiful mist from VL. Their tanning products are amazing but their skincare deserves more attention.
Cowshed Camomile Refreshing Toner - lavender and chamomile waters make this refreshing, soothing and calming. Another good 'wet' one.
Caudalie Organic Grape Water - frequently overlooked by the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, this is soothing, calming and very affordable. I use this far more than the Elixir.
Melvita Organic Rose Beauty Mist - rosewater with added glycerin - this packs a little more punch than your regular rosewater. Again, not extortionate, in a tin, great for travel.
Chantecaille Pure Rosewater - a beautiful, luxurious rosewater - usually only available in the summer months due to limited source ingredients, this is one of the Rolls-Royce Rosewaters. it also forms the base water of all Chantecaille skincare.
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist - this is the 'busiest' product. It contains everything from Royal Jelly to red algae to green tea to rice extract. Very, very soft on the skin.
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence - aloe vera comprises the base of this product, making it extremely hydrating and soothing before you even get going with gotu kola, rice extract and willow bark extract. Absolutely beautiful.




N.B. I'm taking it easy on here this week/next as the children are on Easter break. I'll reply to as many comments/questions here and on social media as and when I can, but it may take a little longer than usual. Thanks!

79 comments:

  1. I have three of these already \o/ I use some of the same skincare as Caroline Hirons, my life is complete!

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  2. Have you heard of the Hado Labo (?) hydrating toner. Its super popular in the East.

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    1. my fav!!! been using it for years

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    2. What do you think of it? Does it help with blemishes etc?

      I use the serozinc atm but considering getting the HL one.

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    3. I cannot be without the Hada Labo Gokujyun toner! Its officially called a lotion, but its watery in consistency and is meant to be used as a toner. I use the heavier milk & cream forms too in the original Japanese formulation.

      To Anon above, I started using this to address dehydrated combination blemish-prone skin & it helped me in 2 ways - (1) less blemishes because with adequate hydration my skin no longer needed to compensate by producing more sebum, and (2) when I do get blemishes my skin bounces back very quickly. When I fixed the dehydration issue my skin became a lot less sensitive & became strong enough to tolerate other products. Hope this helps!

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  3. What about Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary Mist?

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    1. My favourite too
      Have tried five of the above but Queen of Hungary is still my favourite
      Just look at the number of times it appears on Caroline's empties blog

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    2. I was a bit surprised to see that it was not on the Top10 list.

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    3. Was going to ask the same as I was planning to move to the Queen of Hungary mist for this step after finishing the Chantecaillle Rose Water, per seeing it in Caroline's line up so often.

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    4. Another vote for Omorovicza's Queen of Hungary mist, my fave.

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  4. These kinds of posts are great! Love "Top 10" posts!

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  5. I get SO giddy when I see these lists appear now. Answering my prayers (and basically making my shopping lists for me at this point). Also relieved I didn't buy the Kerstin Florian neroli mist in light of this top 10.

    I recently have become quite taken with Earth Science Herbal Tonic Mist, a snip at less than $10 at my local health food store (even cheaper than the MRRP) - it's not as moisturizing as Clinique Moisture Surge, but includes hyraluronic acid and it's fab. And they have the entire inci list on the website (http://earthsciencenaturals.com/product/232/Herbal-Tonic-Mist-8-oz.-.html)! Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Panthenol, Glycerin, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Sargassum Filipendula (Algae) Extract, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Biotin, Niacin, Sorbic Acid, Sodium PCA, Sorbitol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).

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    1. I have seen this brand around too (Toronto) and have been wanting to try it. This spritz sounds good :) Have you used it on top of makeup as well?

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    2. I haven't tried it on top of makeup. To be honest, I love the Clinique Moisture Surge's very fine spray and I think anything less fine would feel like a bit of a shower to me. I guess I could hold it further away to avoid that. But I have a travel sized Clinique Moisture Surge in my desk at work and love it.

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    3. Hi guys, can you tell me where the spritz comes in to play? This is the order of my products I use.
      1: cleanse with Emma hardie
      2: then I use pixie glow tonic
      3: then moisturise with oilatum natural repair face cream.

      So am I supposed to use my Clinique moisture surge after I use the pixie glow tonic?!

      I'm have pcos with dry acne skin all over my face and body.

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    4. Hannah, I hope you found the answer before now, but yes, use the moisture surge AFTER pixi :-)

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  6. Should acid toners be used in every routine?

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  7. Again, great post! So easy to understand why you like these products and the difference between them... Yeah, and I do also own some...
    Have fun with the kids this week!

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  8. So pleased with these top 10 lists - I only started reading your blog last month and it took quite some time to read through all of the posts - would putting the top 10 and cheat sheets into a seperate section for newcomer

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    1. Hi, the cheat sheets actually are all linked at the side of the page. For the rest, the posts are tagged by topic, so if you click on a topic that you want to read about (like "top 10"), then all of the posts that have been tagged with that topic will show for you. Hope that helps!

      ~El

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  9. I'm LOVING these "Top X.." !!

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  10. Are maple/agave syrop and honey OK as a sugar substitutes? How to treat vitiligo ?

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  11. Love these top ten posts! Thanks Caroline! I've been wanting to get a refreshing toner for a while but was dithering over which kind to get. Think I might give Caudalie Organic Grape Water a go now :)

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  12. My posts never come through. I wonder if I'm doing something wrong.

    At what age do you think is appropriate for people to add to their skin care routine (Meaning stuff other than cleansing and moisturizing). My 11 yr old watches your videos and wants to start adding. I told her she was too young and her skin was beautiful but she wants an age she can start. :)

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    1. The disappearing posts thing confused me for a while, too. It says "Publishing..." and then shows up with an empty comment box. What seems to be happening is that the comments go into a moderation queue, it's just that the site doesn't have a notification message saying that the comment will show up after approval.

      I can't give any pro advice, and I'm obv not Caroline! But I think I was about 14 when I started using a full daily skin care routine and the occasional mask. That's about when I started wearing makeup properly (e.g., more than a swipe of flavoured lipgloss!) and it seemed to go hand in hand, as I needed to be able to remove said makeup effectively. It definitely didn't do me any harm starting then. I swore by the Body Shop All-in-one Face Base powder foundation all through my teens, which they actually still make!

      ~El

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  13. If i have combinación acné prone skin, how about the lotion tonique douce of nuxe?

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  14. Yeah these top 10 posts are so helpful! I would really appreciate one with your top ten serums/oils. I'm on a budget right now, but after next month I will be able to spend a bit more money on skincare, so I'm already listing things I want to try :)

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  15. La Roche-Posay Serozinc sounds like my kind of Spritz Toner! Thank you, Caroline!! I will give it a try.
    Alina

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  16. Love the top 10 posts! Thank you!

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  17. Loving these lists! This spritzy toner thing though has always had me a bit confused. I don't get why I need one, I don't think I want a wet face (thank you) and then my serum or moisturiser doesn't go on properly and just slides off. I'm sure you're all face-palming or 😱 at my ignorance but please enlighten me!

    Where does it fit? How do you stop the face cream slidey thing?

    Current routine is
    Micellar eye make up off
    Cleansing balm
    Pixie tonic / Clarins acid
    Retinol 0.03%
    Eye cream
    Night repair serum
    Decleor balm

    And AM is
    cleanser
    Pixie
    Decleor oil or a serum
    Eye cream
    moisturiser
    SPF

    thank you for any comments on this and as to where a spritz would be required!

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    1. The spritz toner goes right after the acid toner. For the wet face, some serums absorb better on damp skin, and so do most facial oils. So it really depends on what you're putting on afterwards!

      ~El

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    2. Glad you asked this - I don't quite understand either :)

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  18. these top 10 lists are incredibly helpful! I'm definitely going to bookmark this page so I can refer to it when I'm in the market for a toning spritz. much love to you as always, Caroline!
    xx
    michellewearsmakeup.com

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  19. Anyone know if the bioderma crealine is avaliable in Canada?

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    1. I don't know about the toner specifically, but I've definitely seen Bioderma Crealine products in Shoppers locations with bigger beauty halls, so there's a good chance the toner is available too.

      ~El

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  20. I really want to try the La Roche-Posay one...it's now on my list as it sounds perfect for my skin type. :-)

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  21. The grape water is my choice over the elixr too, great minds.

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  22. Any dupes for La Roche Posay Serozinc or Bioderma Crealine Eau Dermatologique in the US? we cant get them here! :(

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    1. Good question, I also want to know!

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    2. You can by them in the US from online sellers. I've purchased Serozinc many times.

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    3. I want so badly to travel to London/France and bring back what we can't get here in the US. I wonder if I can get enough people interested??

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    4. you can buy them online.. i use lookfantastic.com they do free delivery to US

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    5. I emailed lookfantastic and they said they cant ship aerosols. Thats what ive been seeing everywhere that sells serozinc online. has anyone had any luck with any other websites?

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  23. I love spray toners, I fend them so refreshing and they're just so easy: spritz and do something else while it absorbs. Anything that simplifies my skin routine is a plus haha x
    http://thewhimsicalfox.blogspot.com.au

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  24. Please review the Boots products, especially the Botanicals line. I'd love to know you're thoughts as I use may of their products! :)

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  25. Dear Lady Hirons, do you leave the spritz on your face to dry and hen follow with the next step or dry it after a minute or so? Read so many contradictory things on how to do that
    Thanks a lot

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  26. Hi Caroline, been searching high and low to find P50 toner, where can I buy this?

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  27. I would love a top 10 Retinol products :)

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  28. Another newish blog reader here and I love these top 5/10 lists - they are so helpful and a great way to get an overview before reading your more detailed posts on the products. Please keep doing them! Enjoy the rest of the Easter holidays :)

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  29. Thank you for these. Very useful indeed. Please could you do a top 10 for serums.

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  30. No MV organics? Which one would be equivalent but do more and/or be cheaper? I like using it to loosen up their Rose moisturiser when I'm feeling a bit oily. Thanks

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  31. Caroline: Can't quite put my finger on it but this round up of cleansing balms looks and sounds...ooh...a bit familiar somehow.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/apr/12/best-everyday-cleansing-balms

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    1. If she got actual cash to write that I'll be mightily pissed off. Even using 'filth'. Don't get me wrong, it's not like it's a trademarked word or anything but COME ON. 😡

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    2. This isn't a round up of cleansing balms!!

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    3. Oh my...that article is almost theiving...take it as a compliment that she is 'trying' to be like you...however...she doesn't quite it the mark! (Raises one eyebrow! 😝)

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    4. MC is comm ed on the Obs. Surprised to see someone so senior sailing so close to the wind plagiarism-wise. *Slightly* more understandable if it was the work experience. Do they think no-one's going to notice?

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    5. I saw it yesterday and thought the same thing. Though perhaps too eager to ingratiate herself with the Eve Lom PRs.

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  32. LRP Serozinc is now sold in the Boots in Westfield in Shepherds Bush according to Facebook Caroline!

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  33. Hey Caroline. It was recently recommended to me to use the Fresh Rose Floral Toner. I'm curious what your thoughts/opinion on this toner is?

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  34. Opinion of Amanda Lacey rosewater or Santa Maria Novella rosewater?

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  35. I was excited at the mention of Bioderma's water as an alternative do Serozinc only to realise it's not available in my country either!!! What did I do to deserve this? Skincare hell! Thank you for this post. :)

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  36. Dear Caroline,
    I have changed my whole skincare routine according to some of your recommendations and my skin has changed dramatically. Especially your advice on cleansing has been incredibly useful to me. Before, I washed my face with a certain foaming facial soap and used a clarifying lotion loaded with alcohol. The idea of a balm cleanser on my face (currently using Lush Ultrabland) or even an oil on my sometimes blemish-prone skin was once horrendous for me. Not to mention the acids... (what a dangerous sounding stuff!). However, my skin cleared up almost completely and I am currently very happy. Practically every product I bought recently has worked for me and has made a difference.
    I'm from Germany and I also translate many of your blog entries to my best friend's mother, who suffers from spots as well as wrinkles (how rude). She is constantly integrating some of your recommendations into her routine and her skin is also improving.

    Thank you for your great work and for your hilarious style of writing.

    Yours,

    Carolin (without an e), 26, English and French teacher

    PS: French pronunciation is not as hard as it seems. I would love to give you a lesson :))

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  37. Bought the Clinique Moisture Surge Spray after your review last month. I'm currently taking Roacctuane so having something I can spritz on throughout the day to combat the dryness has been a complete skin saver. My acne couldn't be controlled by skincare but you have really helped me learn how to look after my super dry roaccutane ravaged skin. Even my dermatologist is impressed with how my skin is coping. Thank you so much Caroline!

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    1. Hi Louise,
      I am on roaccutane too and having trouble dealing with my skin and the dryness. May I ask what you are using?
      Thank you!

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  38. Jane Scrivner does a stunning hydrasol I use after acid toning! :-)

    xo
    Sara

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  39. How do you feel about Darphin's Intral toner for red, sensitive, acne-prone skin?

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    1. Hi I'm not caroline but I bought the intral toner based on what I read about it on this blog. I love it! I'm prone to spots, redness (around my nose and cheeks) and have sensitive skin and I find the intral toner very soothing and refreshing. I use it after my pixi tonic. It doesn't aggravate my skin at all. I will be re purchasing the darphin toner once it's finished. I hope this helps!

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    2. I too love the Darphin. I wouldn't say it has decreased how many spots I get (I'm starting to think nothing 'skincare' ever will) but it definitely helps take the redness out of them and also out of the rest of my face. It's not a spray though so I guess if it was on Caroline's top 10 it wouldn't be on this one.

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  40. What about the body shop vitamin c one?:)

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  41. Just bought Serozinc on a "2 bottles for £10" sale at escentual.com and I'm really looking forward to giving it a try. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  42. I can't find the Bioderma anywhere :( I've looked under Crealine and Sensibio (looks like the name changed). I'm in the UK. Am I doing something wrong?? Please could someone link me to a seller? Thanks :)

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  43. Hi Caroline! Congratulations on your blog's 5 year anniversary! Have you tried Lush' Eau Roma toner? I have been using it for a month and loving it! I am considering the Tea Tree Water as well for those days of the month when my skin goes crazy. My skin is dry, but those pesky hormones...

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  44. I am in my 50's with pretty good skin and always come back to the Liz Earle Instant boost skin tonic. I have found affordable dupes for the cleanse and polish, but not for the skin tonic- to me it smells of pure heaven and is also very moisturising. Thought you might like to know tree are people older than you reading your blog, Caroline!

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  45. Hi Caroline, a question that troubles me: do you wipe off the excess of your spritz toner after use, or let it dry on its own? I've heard elsewhere that you should always gently wipe your face after spraying with thermal waters (otherwise it dehydrates the skin) -- but does this apply to all the rest of sprays as well? If you could, please, give me a clue.
    Thanks!

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  46. Dear lady Hirons,

    What do you think of the Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol? Yay or nay?
    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 20, Alcohol Denat, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Benzalkonium Chloride, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Disodium EDTA, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, d-Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.

    Thank you!

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  47. I had a reaction with the Melvita Organic Rose Beauty Mist after 2 days of use. So sad... :(
    Now I wanna try the Caudalie Organic Grape Water.

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  48. A real Shane I can't get any of these in my country.

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  49. Caroline should i always spritz straight after my acid tone? does it not make the acid tone less effective? :)

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