Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh Sugar! Secrets of the Scrub

I have be so
SWEETLY surprised 
with the response to the 

I wanted to share what we experimented with this weekend...


My daughter wanted to "jazz" up the colors.  
We tried to match the eye-popping hues from
the Jelly Belly Candy Canes...






We experimented with a few different food coloring options and
we had the most success with these...


After all of the neon,
I made a more civilized, soothing version for my friends...

a simple scrub, 
sans the coloring and fragrance.


 With all these exfoliants,
this year's Christmas gifts should be
SMOOTH sailing!

**UPDATE**
Since this post, I have experimented and tweaked the recipes
For the Colored Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
(to fill a pint jar)
2 cups granulated white sugar
1/3 cup LIGHT olive oil (or any light color oil)
1/8 cup melted coconut oil
(or more olive oil/any other oil is fine too, I just like coconut)
1/4 tsp peppermint extract or essential oil
(I have had the best luck with this)
gradually add coloring until desired color is reached

This is not an exact science! and I am not claiming to be any sort of beauty product expert :)
It is fun to experiment, add a little more sugar, a little more oil, more or less extract
 until it looks, smells and feels how you would like it.


**and after numerous times testing the colored sugar...
it may color skin VERY slightly but washes off easily with soap and water**
if you are nervous about it staining skin, 
I suggest doing thicker white layers and thinner red layers when you put in the jar
or try these holiday scrubs that use no dye
Wintermint and Cinnamon Sugar

Store in a cool, dry place and it will last well over a month

No,
 the colors will not run together if you pack the layers in "tightly" but once scrub is used they will blend together

and try these Spa Gifts as well:
Coconut Sugar Scrub

Sea Salt Bath Soak



 

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131 comments:

  1. You (and your daughter) are nothing short of brilliant! Love this happy, practical, delightful gift!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  2. I don't know which I like better...the all white...or the beautiful colors together...lovely!

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  3. Rub-a-Dub-Dub that is Perfect for the Tub!! What a "sweet" gift! Scrub all your holiday worries away... ahhh ;)

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  4. Oh I love the colours! I'm 40 and white to be is just not enough. I'm with your daughter, the brighter the better ha ha. Love this idea and that' so super you shared your yummy recipe so we can all indulge this holiday season :)

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  5. I found this post through Pinterest. What a great idea for a party, stocking stuffer, or gift! I'm so excited to try this :) I think I may do some small jars for my daughters' stockings, and a few of the regular size for gifts! ~Melissa

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  6. THese are so cute. I love all the colors. Everything is just perfect. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now. http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-it-up-wednesday-7.html

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  7. LOVE THIS! The colors just make you want to use it!! LOL!! I have been looking for a few scrub recipes and I am definetely using this one :) Thanks!

    http://imprintalish.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-home-all-decorated.html

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  8. These are fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. These are really cute :) I wonder, have you tried using the really colorful ones? I just wonder if the color would stain your skin?

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  10. Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/candy-cane-sugar-scrub/

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

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  11. How do you keep the colors from staining?

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    1. Do you mean staining your skin? It doesn't!

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  12. How long can you store the scrub before it goes bad?

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    1. I have never had a problem with it "going bad"

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  13. This is a great idea! What size jars did you use? I have a birthday party to attend this weekend, and this would be a great gift!

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  14. Love these. I think I've just found my stocking stuffers for my friends this year! Thank you very much!

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  15. I do have a question. After you add all the ingredients together, do you let it dry out or how do you get the granules dry again? Can you tell me what is next on the red card after add all ingredients? Do you spread the mixture on a pan or on napkins? Thank you for your help. This looks awesome and I can't wait to make them. lorina@heyjohnnyb.com

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    1. Hi anonymous,
      you add all the ingredients together and mix, no need to dry anything out. The scrub is not really dry, it is similar the consistency of damp sand.

      I just made this coconut sugar scrub: http://www.jacolynmurphy.com/2012/08/scrubbing-up-some-bridal-shower-party.html that I like even better!

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  16. Alexis, How did you make the little "swizzle stick" that is on the jar with the plain sugar? Is it simply coated with the scrub and dried out? Does it hold up pretty well...as I love the way this looks!

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    1. I should have said something about that! It is a rock candy sugar stick that I bought. It is just for fun to eat, not to use in the scrub!

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  17. I've had salt scrubs but never sugar scrubs. Is it not horribly sticky?

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    1. Not Sticky at all! Don't ask me why :)

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  18. Do you just use granulated sugar? And when you make it do you just mix it up in a bowl and then place in the jars?

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  19. Have you ever used baby oil instead of the olive oil? I don't care for the smell of olive oil and was just wondering if baby oil would be a good sub. I'm thinking the lavender baby oil would smell wonderful.

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    1. Yes, as you can see in the original recipe I used baby oil but I switched it to light olive oil (which doesn't have much of a scent) because I thought the baby oil smell was too over powering. Lavender would be great...I would try it, you can't go wrong!

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  20. Does the neon coloring run or color your skin or shower?

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    1. I did exactly as you and I used the neon colors... blue, green and purple and it immedietly turned my hand blue!!! It is still blue.. Did I do something wrong? Don't see that I did! It looks just like yours! Any tips??

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  21. Can u use vegetable oil instead?

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  22. Do the bright colors stain your skin?

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  23. Do you color it before layering? Or after its in the jar? :)

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    1. Hi Tara,
      You make the different colored scrubs and then layer in the jar...

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  24. With your updated recipe, do you still use the corn syrup?

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  25. Very cool!! Love cool colors and the layering. I can't believe that red won't stain your skin. :o)

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  26. I have made 8 already! I used this recipe before, but never thought of using the food dye. Can't wait to give them to my football moms! Thanks!

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  27. Alexis - you have just stretched my Christmas budget. Thanks! I can't wait to try this.

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  28. Alexis - you have just stretched my Christmas budget. Thanks! I can't wait to try this.

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  29. This is a great idea except for the cake icing coloring, that's what I buy my daughter when she wants colored streaks in her hair and it lasts a long time. All in all though I can't wait to try this.

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  31. Wouldn't the corn syrup make is sticky? What is the actual purpose of corn syrup? I found this on Pinterest and I LOVE IT! Thanks!!! I made a sugar scrub in the past and it was YUCKY! Looking forward to trying this.

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    1. There is a revised recipe at the bottom of the post!

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  32. This is a great idea and the red turned out great but how can I get the white to stay white? After olive oil it turned a yellowish color... :(

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    1. Was it Light Olive Oil? I would add more sugar...

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  33. No, regular olive oil. That must have been my mess-up. I'll try another batch with light olive oil. Thanks! :)

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    1. Or any oil would work...it is kind of fun to experiment

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  34. I made the peppermint scrub using olive oil and it turned the color a light yellow? what kind of oil can i use to not make this happen?

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    1. I use LIGHT olive oil...you can use any oil you would like. Add more sugar to make it whiter

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  35. I too am also having the same problem with the white being a yellowish color and I actually used "extra light" virgin olive oil thinking that would work better then just the "light" oil and its still yellowish. To my understanding isn't the "light" or "extra light" referring to the taste of the oil and not the color?

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    1. I buy the least expensive light olive oil at the supermarket I am sure they all vary in color but I haven't had any issues...just add more sugar until it is whiter or any oil will work.

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    2. almond oil works great too and it is very light in color

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  36. Ok nevermind the problem was like what you mentioned in your earlier post.......add more sugar.

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  37. Omg this is so cute and a total budget saver for Christmas. I home school so this is a perfect arts n crafts time for my daughter and me. Thank You!

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  38. Omg this is so cute and a total budget saver for Christmas. I home school so this is a perfect arts n crafts time for my daughter and me. Thank You!

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  39. What are the directions to use the scrub? Do you put it on a wash cloth, and how much so I can add instructions with it as a gift! Please. First time making this and don't usually use scrubs.

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    1. You can put it on a washcloth or scoop a little out and lightly rub directly on skin.

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  40. Did you ever have a problem with the colors running together eventually? I wanted to make the red/white peppermint stripes but I heard of another girl (slightly different recipe)that the stripes started to run together after about a week or so... My guess is because when you start using the scrub then the colors will mix but I didn't ask her.

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    1. No I didn't have a problem with the colors running. I packed the scrub in the jar in tight layers.

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  41. Do you mix oils and extract with ALL the sugar and then color half?

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  43. I love this recipe and I want to try it out for a Christmas craft show I'm doing in a few weeks. I was thinking of using half-pint jars. What would you recommend for pricing?

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    1. Hi Emma,
      Great idea...email me!
      jacolynmurphy@comcast.net

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  44. I made the candy cane sugar scrub and the red turned my hands red. Is there a specific food coloring I should use?

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    1. as I said above, mine colored the skin slightly but came right off with soap and water.

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  45. trying this right now, but do i melt down the coconut oil? and im also exp. with a dash of Koolaid for color & scent in one batch! ( peach/ mango )

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    1. Yes, I melt the Coconut Oil. Let me know how it goes with the Koolaid...GREAT idea!

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  46. how long does this scrub last? i would like to know so it doesn't go bad before i give it as gifts for Christmas. thanks!

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  47. Does it need to be refrigerated?
    Love the colors by the way!

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  48. We're do you buy coconut oil

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    1. Most grocery stores have it, I get mine at Trader Joes

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    2. What department. Food? Bath and body?

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  49. How long does it last after it is made?

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    1. A month or more...I have not seen it go "bad" if stored in a cool place

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  50. Can you substitute something else for the coconut oil? Like to make one for myself as well as my female family members, but I'm allergic to coconut!!!

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  51. what is the scrub for your face?

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  52. I am not sure what you are asking...this IS NOT for your face, body only

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  53. How did you pack it in the jars??

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  54. I love this idea! I have sensitive skin so I will probably not add the food coloring. Has anyone had issues with the flavorings irritating skin? Thanks for a great idea!!

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  55. Adorable! I think these would make great party favors or stocking stuffers and could use baby food jars. :)

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  56. Could you use the coconut oil in place of the other oil as well? Or do you think it would overpower the peppermint oil scent?

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    1. You can use a little but it does alter the smell...give it a try!

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  57. Love this! Where do you reccomend buying your jars?

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    1. Thanks so much! They have them at most grocery stores, Target, Walmart, etc.

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    2. I was thinking of using the restraunt (spelling?) style pourable sugar dispensers...they are only a dollar at the local Dollar Paradise store. To pack the sugar down, I have some of the old, tiny Tupperware savers that would fit down into the sugar jar and use the saver bottom to pack down the mixture. The mixture should be able to pour out of the sugar dispenser spout without clogging, shouldn't it?

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  58. Going to make these as Christmas gifts for my friends and family. Being a single mom, money is tight and this is perfect for all my girls that is affordable and awesome. Thank you very much for sharing this!

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  59. Not wanting to sound greedy.....but do you by any chance have a printable for the tag you would make available? I am NOT gifted in that area at all!!!

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  60. Email me I have no way to contact you!
    jacolynmurphy@comcast.net

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  61. I love them! Can I get the printable tag also? Thank you so much!! :)
    stacieyek@yahoo.com

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  62. Sorry, I don't have it in printable form!

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  63. Hi Alexis - what size jar did you use??

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  64. Thanks so much! I have 8 oz bottles for gifts and wanted to make sure I wasn't way off base! :)

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  65. I absolutely LOVE this and I am SO thankful you posted this! I am on a budget for sure and have been looking for the perfect budget friendly yet cute gift to give my fellow teachers! this is so cute I will give it to friends also if it works out for me! My only question is about the oil. I have vegetable oil I can use in place of coconut so I would use 1/3 c LIGHT olive oil and 1/8 c of vegetable oil? I guess my question is do I need to make sure to have 2 different oils or would just vegetable oil alone work? Thanks so much!

    Samantha

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    1. any combo of the oils will work, just experiment and see what you like!

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  66. I love this!! I have one question. how do you get the sugar to stay white? whenever I do it, the sugar turns yellow and it doesnt look as pretty...:/

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    1. make sure the oil is light in color and if it looks yellow add more sugar...

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  67. What are there scrub for?

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    1. They are body scrubs to exfoliate your skin!

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  68. Hi, I found this through Pinterest and would like to make it for my sis-in-laws for Christmas. Maybe it's just me but I'm confused as to how to put the jar together. Do you mix the oil, sugar, food coloring and flavoring to each "layer" or who do you assemble it? I'll admit to being craft-challenged.

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    1. Hi Laura,
      Sorry for the confusion...I make one batch of each color, then layer them in the jar. I pack in tight on color (just with a spoon) then the next layer until it is filled. Let me know if that doesn't make sense.

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  69. So, you mix the sugar with food coloring, peppermint & oil for each layer?

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  70. Was just wondering if you could put anything in this to make a candy cane kind of smell?

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  71. could you use vanilla extract instead of peppermint, or would the coconut oil overpower that?

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  72. could i use vanilla and no coconut, and still have it smell like vanilla?

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  73. I love sugar scrub! especially when they are as pretty as this :) gonna try that some time soon

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  74. would oil only and vanilla still smell like vanilla?

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    1. thanks a bunch! i am going to give this to my mom for Christmas

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  75. is that a mason jar? my only concern with these jars is that the center piece of the jar is seperate right? seems like it would be impractical while showering to deal with a 2 piece lid? any suggestions?

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  76. LOVE this DIY. Thank you so much for sharing. Pinning away..

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  77. I love how cute the candy cane sugar scrub is. I want to make these for all the ladies in my book club. I am somewhat dubious about the red food coloring making your skin red. Any suggestions that will really help to make this less of a problem??? So a great idea. (there are 15 ladies in my bookclub so coming up with an inexpensive give is a challenge) Thanks!!!
    Cyndy Fowler

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    1. Hi Cyndy,
      It barely tints the skin and once the white and red layers are mixed when they start using it, it is even less. You do not need to use much coloring at all, even if it is a lighter red than I did it is still really pretty in the jar. You could also make the red layers very thin.
      I also did these holiday scrubs that use no dye
      http://www.jacolynmurphy.com/2012/11/scrubbing-in-for-holidays.html

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  78. I'm planning on making a few of these to gift to friends and family this Christmas as a little something extra. Do you mix in all of the ingredients all at once? Is there any special order or procedure when mixing?

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    1. Yes, mix it all in together, no special procedure

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