Peregrin Tugwood's Guide To Looking Great (and Feeling Fine)

Peregrin Tugwood was the great nephew of Sacharissa Tugwood, who pioneered cosmetic and beautifying potions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While following his great aunt's approach to beauty, Peregrin was known to take a more holistic approach to the concept, also concentrating on muscle definition, stress-free demeanor, quick wit, and memory. Tugwood's Guide to Looking Great! (And Feeling Fine) was first published in 1965, but quickly had multiple re-printings. It appears here in its most recent publication from 1993, and includes any corrections or additions to the original recipes.

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Sun-Blocking Potion

Chapter 3
Sun-Blocking Potion

Estimated Brewing Time:
68 minutes

One and a half (1.5) L of water
Three (3) caterpillars1
Five (5) almonds1
Fifteen (15) ml lemon juice 2
Thirty (30) g zinc shavings1
Four (4) moths2*
Ninety (90) ml Flobberworm mucus3

*any type of moth is fine, but luna moths have been found to be especially effective


1. Bring one liter of water to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
2. Add three caterpillars and five almonds to your mortar and crush it to a fine powder.
3. Add half the contents of your mortar to the cauldron. Reserve the rest.
4. Increase the heat to 383 Kelvin (110°C/230°F) for three minutes. Then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
5. Stir twice counterclockwise.
6. Add 15ml lemon juice to the cauldron.
7. Stir thrice clockwise, leaving ten seconds between each stir.
8. Carefully add 15g zinc shavings to the cauldron.
9. Increase the heat to 383 Kelvin (110°C/230°F) for ninety seconds. Then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
10. Add four moths to your mortar containing the caterpillars and almonds and crush to an even consistency.
11. Add the rest of the contents of your mortar to your cauldron.
12. Stir once counterclockwise.
13. Add 15g zinc shavings to the cauldron. Stir thrice clockwise.
14. Add 500ml of water to the cauldron.
15. Leave the potion to brew for 53 minutes.
16. Add ninety ml of Flobberworm mucus before storing.

Pale yellow; brownish-silver (yellow sparks); vanilla

To Store:

The Sun-Blocking Potion should be stored in a dark place for up to one year. After one year’s time, it will not be harmful, but will not block the UV rays of the sun.

To Use:

A thin layer of the potion should be applied topically to any skin that will be exposed to the sun. This potion will block all UV rays for up to twelve hours, and should be reapplied at that time. Allergic reactions are uncommon, but can include green or purple splotching of the skin and itching. If this occurs, wash the site under cold water and use a counter-potion. If the splotching does not disappear after two hours, consult with a healer.


The Sun-Blocking Potion should only be taken topically, never orally. Ingesting the potion may lead to stomach cramps and ulcers. In rare cases, it has also caused fever.
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