Lemon Burst DIY Deodorant

In my recent post What we have done so far to move towards self-sufficiency I went over what I believe self-sufficiency is and also what methods we have already put in place. After making the majority of my cosmetic products naturally (found in this post) I then ventured into making almost all-natural liquid laundry soap! Shortly after that I decided to tackle homemade, natural deodorant because I was running out of what I had on hand! So I’m sharing the recipe I used below and will conclude with my review on this product after about a week of using it.

 

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I found the recipe for this online on Pinterest and you can find it here. I chose to go with this one because it called for ingredients I had on hand, minus the cornstarch. I later learned that cornstarch is a “drying agent” and so it helps to reduce or absorb the actual moisture. The baking soda helps to neutralize any odor, coconut oil helps to moisturize the skin and also act as a carrier oil for any essential oil you use in the recipe.

 

Lemon Burst DIY Deodorant

-4 tablespoons of coconut oil

-2 tablespoons of baking soda

-5 to 10 drops of lemon essential oil

 

Quick directions:

1- Melt your coconut oil BRIEFLY in a microwave for maybe 10 seconds.

2- Add your baking soda to your coconut oil and mix well.

3- Add your essential oil to the mixture and mix well.

4- Put mixture into whatever container you want it to be in (old deodorant bottle, small bowl, etc) and put in the fridge for about 30 minutes for it to form into more of a solid.

5- Remove from the fridge and use as you would any other deodorant.

 

Here is the break down!

 

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The 3 stars of the show…well the only stars in this show!

 

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Baking soda in bowl

 

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Coconut oil at room temp…

 

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Coconut oil briefly warmed…

 

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Add coconut oil to baking soda

 

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Add lemon to mixture, sir well! Then sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.

 

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After being in the fridge for 30 minutes this is what it looks like! I put mine in this container because it was small and I had it handy and I do not have any old deodorant bottles in the house to use because I previously used spray deodorant.

 

My review…

 

I will say at the very onset I quickly noticed how the coconut oil moisturizes my skin! I have long thought that underarms are sadly forgotten areas of skin on our bodies that we tend to overlook! If you’re a woman you shave them every day or every other day, wash up, get out of the shower and don’t moisturize it like you do the rest of your skin and then put deodorant on there. And say we pretend there aren’t toxins, metals and cancer causing ingredients in store bought deodorant…we still neglect our under arms! So the daily moisturizing I get now from the coconut oil makes my under arms feel…HAPPY!

 

The lemon scent is just very subtle, I think it’s really perfect! When I do another recipe and I go for something maybe more fruity or floral I think I might choose to make it a bit stronger smell wise, just to have that enjoyable aromatics.

 

Sweating! I have noticed very minimal sweating after a week of using this deodorant. I made sure to do some work in the yard on top of my regular stuff to test out the STRENGTH of it and I never had an issue.

 

Moisture: I did notice that from the time I’d first apply it and then for about 2-3 hours after my under arms felt moist. I’m assuming this is due to the coconut oil on my skin and the lack of the cornstarch which absorbs moisture. So the next time I make this recipe (after I run out of this since it is mostly efficient) I will make sure to have the cornstarch on hand and then also try a different essential oil just for fun!

 

Have YOU tried to make homemade, natural deodorant? Can you share a recipe with me that you have found that works wonderful? And have you tried any spray natural deodorants?

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

 

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UPDATE: I wanted to take a minute to update this post because after a week of using this homemade deodorant I ran into an issue. I think it is because I didn’t use the cornstarch that the original recipe I had found called for (because I didn’t have it). But what would happen is when I did start to sweat, there would be no odor but there would be moisture. After awhile of that I found that I always wanted to have my arms in the air to let my arm pits air out, lol! After it moved beyond the annoying stage (and me stubbornly persisting) I began to get a rash on my skin, I’m assuming from the moisture sitting on the skin and my arms being down the majority of the time. I tried putting coconut oil on my under arms when I went to bed to moisturize the skin but that didn’t do much to help it. So after 2 days of a small rash on each, I quit using it. I will soon redo that recipe with corn starch and when I do I’ll post an update post.

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All natural skin care routine

So when I tell people I want to do everything all natural, homemade or organic in my home I get questions on beauty or skin care. So I’m going to share what I currently do for skin care and also which remaining store bought items I plan to replace next!

 

This is my little stack of homemade, all natural face products. I do not make all of these. The two that have little labels a friend of mine in New Mexico makes. She is an esthetician and knows what she’s doing and I met her a few years ago here in Arizona and after she taught me how to understand MY specific skin, I bought a few products from her to work with my skin and the results were amazing! So now she has moved to NM and I order these from her online either through her site or her Facebook page. You can find her business Facebook page here!

 

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Okay, so please don’t judge my plastic containers as I AM on a mission to replace all plastic containers with glass but that is actually pretty hard to do and a process to find all different shapes and sizes if you don’t want to just go on Amazon and buy them all brand new. That being said…

 

My products are:

Organic coconut oil (top left container): this is the remainder of my organic coconut oil that stays in its glass jar until it gets to the bottom and I put it in this thing to make it easier to use each time in the shower.

Use: I use this to wash my face, remove make-up, remove dirt, you name it. It gets all the make-up off including water proof mascara in a breeze! You just wet your face, put some on your fingers, rub it in all over you face and eyes then use a warm wash clothe to wipe it off. You will see the dirt and make up come off on the cloth! AND…it’s so gentle that after I rub it in on my eyes I can open my eyes to find my wash cloth, which I often do, lol, and it doesn’t burn or anything!

My homemade facial/body sugar scrub (left bottom container): I make this and you can find the recipe about half way down through this blog post of mine.

Use: I use this on my body daily and my face every few days as a gentle exfoliator. Sugar is actually gentle enough that you can use daily on your face if you want but someone with more sensitive skin might want to do every few days on their face. I could handle daily but honestly I just don’t take the time to do it.

Raw Shea Butter with Tea Tree Oil (glass black container front and center): This is a homemade mixture my friend does that is specially blended for my skin. The shea butter is whipped because I prefer that texture over any other after a few different tries. The Tea Tree Oil in it is necessary for MY skin to help kill bacteria as I have skin that is prone to that cyst acne which is the kind that happens under the skin and then you get white heads. Basically due to excess toxins, dirt on pores, pores being too big or too open and the dirt getting trapped in said pores. Also, she pointed out to me that people who are Native American tend to have issues processing cheese and so sometimes they/we can have acne or white heads caused by the cheese basically trying to escape the body, lol! Sounds crazy but makes total sense to me as I LOVE cheese…..tremendously! And I won’t give it up to have a 100% clear face, that’s for sure.

Use: This is my daily moisturizer! After washing (and the side effect of moisturizing) my face with the coconut oil in the shower, I then add this moisturizer as soon as I get out. A little goes a long way and so any morning I forget to use it within a couple of hours my face feels tight and dry.

Peppermint Epsom Salt for bath (back right green glass bottle): this is a therapeutic salt bath mixture I made and you can find the recipe here!

Use: This is good to use for the therapeutic benefits of Peppermint or just to soften skin in the bath. I shower more than I take a bath but when I do this is what I use to spoil myself.

Lemon Burst DIY natural deodorant (bottom right small container): this recipe I just made yesterday and after I’ve had a few days to use it and try it out in different situations then I’ll finish my blog post about it with an honest review of what I think of it.

Use: Deodorant….dur. =)

Lemon Cream Face Mask and Scrub (middle right glass container): this is another one my friend in NM makes for me. After working out on the property here all summer I noticed I had a few dark spots above my upper lip and also above one eye brow (odd, huh?) and I freaked out. I sent her a message and asked what was happening to my skin. After many questions she determined it was likely sun damage =( due to me being outside so much and not using any SPF or wearing a hat. Another sad face moment.

Use: This mixture was created for me after her trial and errors and the lemon in it helps stimulate skin to have new growth of healthy skin. So this is a powder mixture that when I want to use it as a mask I just mix it up in a tiny bowl and I actually use one of those hair color mixing bowls and brushes and mix it up into a paste. Then I get my face wet with warm water, apply the mask generously and let sit for 30 mins. Then I wipe off with a warm wash cloth. This is something that could heal the sun damage but she said it could take 2-3 times a week for a few months to see the difference. I’m patient and all but in truth I do this maybe once a month when I remember. It isn’t high on my list of things to do. But if I want to feel like I’m pampering my face (or say I’ve spent all day outside working) then I’ll wash my face (to get it clean), do my sugar scrub (to exfoliate dead skin) and follow up with the lemon mask (to replenish and pamper my skin) and my face feels super happy after!

 

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Shameless selfie! Lol! I took this picture not smiling so you can just SEE my skin. I love my skin! This is post shower, after putting on my tea tree oil moisturizer and yes…I’m wearing mascara. But that’s it. I try to not wear make-up much. If I’m home (which I generally am for days at a time) I wear no make-up and not even mascara. If I have to run a quick errand or something I’ll put on mascara because I am blessed with long eye lashes and without mascara I feel like I look tired. If I am “dressing up” I wear powder, blush, eye shadow and mascara. But really all that stuff is nothing but crap for your skin. So I try to really limit it. My esthetician is working on an all natural powder for make-up now made out of something wonderful but she’s still ironing out the kinks so when that is done I will totally try it!

 

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These are the ONLY remaining beauty/hygiene culprits, which I will be eliminating in the near future; herbal essences shampoo (15 year avid user), Vaseline lotion (6 year avid user), herbal essences spray gel for curly hair (10 year avid user), Dove bar soap (probably 15 year user), Dial liquid hand soap (I’ve always loved Dial) and then Arm and Hammer tooth paste. This tooth paste I’ve only been using about 6 mths but I really love it and the results I’ve had, which I think is thanks to the baking soda in it!

 

So since I just switched to natural deodorant I think my next change will be the toothpaste, when I run out of this because I don’t want to waste what I have on hand. I also have like 12 bars of Dove soap, lol (I shop at Sam’s Club) and I hope by the time I run out of that not only am I making my own homemade soap but that it has cured and is ready to be used. I am reaching out to my NM esthetician about ordering some of her homemade soap to replace all the dial liquid soap I have at each sink in the house. We’ll start there and not buy any more of that and then replace the Dove once I run out of it.

 

I have been researching all natural shampoos but I have some ingredients to buy before I can try a few recipes. I also have found a lot of info on LOTION BARS home made and I’m super excited to try some of those. I’m totally confident I can find a luxurious diy recipe for lotion to replace Vaseline…which I use religiously (daily) on my entire body head to toe, okay…foot to collar bone! And if I ever go a day without lotion (I forget or I’m in a rush post shower) I can tell all day long and it kills me. So I need a good solid replacement. And this bottle is running low and I really do not want to buy another…

 

So there ya go! If you have recommendations on diy all natural shampoo, conditioner AND the light spray gel for curly hair I am all ears! I am most concerned about what exactly I’ll replace my spray gel with because it took me years of trial and error to find this 1 product that works perfect for my naturally curly hair and makes my hair feel just the way I want it too, not too firm, not too loose. So, please comment here and share any recipes you have tried that work!

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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ALMOST all natural laundry soap liquid

In our efforts to go as homemade and natural as possible, I decided it was time to switch to homemade laundry detergent because…well…I was running out of the store bought stuff, lol! So after going over probably 30 recipes and finding a few that used products I already had (I was not going to go buy anything to make this happen!) I found the one I wanted to do. I had actually had it saved on Pinterest for about 2 years!!! Finally…the time has come!

 

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Let me clarify why I call this ALMOST all natural! Reason being is the recipe calls for any bar of soap you want to use…which isn’t natural unless you make your own. In the future after I’ve learned how to make homemade soap then my laundry soap will be made with THAT and at that time I’ll feel more comfortable calling it “all natural homemade laundry soap”. =)

 

I really dislike those recipe blog posts that are like 15 paragraphs long and you have to skim through all that and all their photos before you get to the actual ingredients and directions SO I won’t do that to you. In case someone comes across this post simply to check the ingredients list and see if it includes what they want to use or have on hand, then here ya go!

 

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Ingredients:

1 bar of soap (any kind you want)
2 cups of Borax
a big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons or if you don’t have one you can improvise like I did)
a grater
a funnel
a long spoon
2 empty gallon jugs/containers

*optional essential oil for scent

 

How ya do it simply:

1-Grate your soap into your big pot off of the stove.

2-Pour 1 gallon of hot tap water to your pot, put pot on stove and bring to a boil.

3-After a rolling boil, add your borax to the pot. It will bubble up, that’s normal.

4-Let this mixture boil long enough that it thickens up slightly. It won’t become a gel but it will feel slightly different in consistency.

5-After that you add your 1 gallon of cold tap water to the mixture. Your pot will be full or close to. The mixture will take on the color of whatever soap you used, FYI. Simmer that for maybe 5 minutes.

6-Remove from heat, turn off stove, let it sit for about 20 mins.

7-Add your drops of essential oil to the mixture for whatever scent you want.

8-Use your funnel in your clean, dry jug (I used milk jugs) to pour your mixture into.

9-Put it in your laundry room and use. Each time you use it give it a shake first and then measure out 1 cup per load of laundry. All done!

 

Now for the detailed picture filled description of what to do and what everything looks like during the process in case you like those kinds of posts! =) 

 

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Grating the Dove white bar of soap (the bar soap I use myself and have in bulk). This was fun, not like cheese but still fun!

 

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Just the middle left now…

 

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This is what it looks like in the pot with a whole bar of soap grated into it. It actually makes a lot!

 

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Pour your 1 gallon of hot tap water into the pot and turn on the heat!

 

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Bringing it to a boil…

 

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Then add your 1 cup of borax…(see disclosure below, you really need 2 cups of borax)

 

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After adding borax it foams up like this.

 

Disclosure: I first did everything up to this point, added 1 cup of borax, brought to a boil and rather quickly the bubbles rose to the top (like 5 seconds) and I had to move the pot off the burner. So I thought “Okay, I brought it to a boil.” And proceeded with the following steps. After adding cold water I didn’t feel like it was thick enough so worried I hadn’t boiled it enough. I scooped out some water, added a second cup of borax since the recipe I was following called for 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda and so I decided I’d substitute all borax totaling 2 cups of borax. So then I brought it to a slow, gentle boil to let it roll for a bit to see how if it’d begin to thicken up.

 

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After it boils and thickens only slightly (it won’t be like a gel) add  your 1 gallon of cold tap water. Let me say my big pot I have here is my double boiler I use for my pasta and it only holds about 1 and 3/4 gallons, which I measured out and knew before starting the recipe. So for MY recipe I just did 3/4 a gallon of the cold water to bring the mixture up to the rim knowing that when I’m done it will not completely fill 2 milk jugs and that’s fine.

 

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Fillin’ her up to the top…

 

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Letting that mixture sit off the heat to bring the temp down before adding essential oils.

 

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I added lemon because it is a great cleaning agent and I love the way it smells!

 

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This fun process here…adding the mixture to the milk jugs.

 

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As I mentioned above, because the 1 pot I have to boil in only holds about 1 and 3/4 gallons, I knew these jugs wouldn’t be full when I finished. So I just put enough into each to be even…I am OCD after all.

 

NOW…Some added input on my opinion here. I noticed upon researching this that there is a lot of hype and stigma out there that these homemade laundry soap detergents will not get your clothes clean, leaves dirt and residue in your clothing and whether that be because your soap is weak, the washer doesn’t agitate it enough or whatever…I have formed an opinion on this myself.

Let me give you a brief back story; I don’t buy Tide. I’ve never been able to bring myself to buy products like Tide and Charmin because they’re “the best” and the most expensive. I think that is marketing BS and there are cheaper products that get the job done…or at least almost do. And I have never been one to enjoy wasting money, no matter what that is on. Being as I’ve been a single Mom for a long time and yes I have a boy and they seem to get the dirtiest clothes around and add to that now with me working on this homestead and trying to repair the grounds and stuff, we both frequently have nasty clothes. And we haven’t even started adding farm animals yet!!!! But so what I want to say is that, I have been using generic CHEAP liquid laundry soap (like dollar store cheap) for YEARS. And after moving in here we have this super old, I wouldn’t even dare show ya (lol!) washing machine and no dryer. We hang everything on the line. It was a necessity when we first moved in and I quickly, QUICKLY grew to love it as it reminded me of summers in Arkansas helping my Mamaw with the laundry on her clothes line.

 

Something about looking out your kitchen window and seeing clothes flapping in the breeze on the line makes me feel like the world is right. Maybe that is a bit dramatic but every time I see my clothes on the line I think to myself “Yep, I’m drying my clothes…TOTALLY…FOR FREE!” It doesn’t require me to buy a dryer, I’m not wasting electricity and therefore I also have cheaper electric bills every month. To me that is a win, win, win all around.

 

So when I hear people talking about homemade laundry soap just not good enough and maybe even bad for your clothes here are my thoughts I’d like to point out:

1- My homemade laundry soap has now been used on 4 loads of my laundry and my clothes come out of the washer clean.

2-I use a homemade epsom salt scent booster in my wash as well and my clothes home out smelling fantastic.

3-I’m about to make a homemade vinegar fabric softener which will also help with the “health” and longevity of the actual fabric as well.

4-We hang dry our clothes so not only does the sun add another level of disinfectant but the good ol’ fashioned wind makes the clothes smell even more heavenly when I bring them in.

5-I use a homemade stain remover recipe for stains that are real hard to get out and that goes on clothes BEFORE going into the wash, only when needed.

6-We aren’t picky! We are country folk, doing our best to live on the land, get to being one with nature and if 5% of the dirt particles do not come out of my clothes and I put those clothes back on my body do you think I’ll notice? No! Because if it is a day that I’m not leaving home to work with my real estate clients my old jeans, boots and worn out t shirts go right back on me for me to right back outside to work again and get dirty all over again,

7-The conspiracy theorist living inside of me says that all this hype to NOT use homemade laundry soap is media or government driven to STOP people from being or TRYING to be self sufficient. And since I won’t go into politics here, let me just say, I wouldn’t believe any experiment, video or website I saw about how homemade laundry soap doesn’t work because I just don’t want to and I don’t trust most “people’s” opinions. Now if you’re living the same lifestyle I am or am trying to live, and YOU tell me it doesn’t work then THAT is something I’d ponder.

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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Many uses for Peppermint Oil

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’m not talking about actual peppermint candy, although it is delicious and there are NUMEROUS recipes (especially sweet treats and especially THIS time of year..you can find MY personal favorite peppermint treat recipes here) that have glorious peppermint candies in them…this post is about the fabulous uses for Peppermint Oil!

 

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First and foremost, the facts!

Peppermint is actually a HYBRID MINT PLANT that is a mix between a water mint and spearmint plants!

 

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Peppermint can basically grow anywhere but they do prefer moist, shaded locations and they expand underground. Because they can grow so rapidly, for a home gardener it is often recommended to grow them in pots to try to control just how much they grow or spread out.

 

Interestingly, Wikipedia says:

“Pliny the elder, 79 AD, an ancient Roman author, natural philosopher and naval and military commander wrote Naturalis Historia. It tells us that the Greeks and Romans crowned themselves with peppermint at their feasts and adorned their tables with its sprays, and that their cooks flavoured both their sauces and their wines with its essence.”

Find the full content here!

Most people won’t grow peppermint plants and go through the process of making peppermint oil THEMSELVES and so for the sake of that I won’t include that information here. But, I do hope to do that in the future myself just to see how it goes and when I do I’ll definitely share the details!

 

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So most people who are accustomed to using any essential oil knows that they can just go out and buy in a wide variety of places. You can get them online, health food stores and also a lot of direct selling companies do oils now as well. So get it where ever you get it...as long as you feel it is a good product then you’re good to go!

 

 

 

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Uses I’ve found to be amazing AND work:

-peppermint sugar scrub for the skin (peppermint acts as an antibacterial)

-peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle sprayed on anything itchy (bug bite, bee sting, etc) not only has a cooling affect but also somehow takes the itch right out. (Since this is sprayed directly onto the skin I heavily dilute it and only use about 5-7 drops of peppermint oil to the whole container of water)

-stomach aches! If you or a child have a stomach they can not only suck on an actual peppermint candy but  you can also get peppermint oil on your finger and rub it onto the stomach. It tends to work just as fast as something like pepto bismal.

-homemade peppermint bath salt, my own recipe found here.

-use peppermint oil and other oils in a homemade mosquito repellent! Here is the recipe I’ve tried.

 

 

Uses I’ve researched but not personally tried yet:

-externally it can be used for muscle pain and nerve pain.

-in folklore peppermint oil has long been used for nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, indigestion, irritable bowel, and bloating.

-in aromatherapy the smell of peppermint oil tends to provide alertness and so it can be good to use in your homemade bath products (as long as you follow the proper ratio for essential oil and carrier oil in the recipe so that the peppermint doesn’t cause any skin irritation, do your research)

-make a homemade peppermint lip scrub and find the directions here.

-make a homemade flea shampoo for dogs, directions here.

-try a homemade diy peppermint toothpaste recipe here.

-use honey and peppermint oil to make a homemade facial toner, found here.

-make a heatwave peppermint spray to cool you down! You can find info on that here.

 

If you are eager to research peppermint oil more I urge you to do so. It is but one tiny plant but as you can see, so many uses! And if you’re living the homestead life, I can see why Peppermint Plant is one that we all need on our homesteads, if only for upset stomachs and bug repellent!!!! =D

 

XoXo,

Elizabeth

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