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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Tinting Tincture

Chapter 8
Tinting Tincture

Estimated Brewing Time:
176 minutes (Two hours, 56 minutes)

Total Brewing Time:
Varied (See Maturation Notes)

Ingredients:
Two (2) L of water
Thirty (30) ml Gomas barbadensis2
Sixty (60) ml lemon juice1
Sixty (60) g Indigofera peculia1
Four (4) pomegranate seeds2
Three (3) pitted* cherries1
Four (4) fairy wings2
Fifteen (15) ml giant squid ink1
Thirty (30) g dried nettles1

*If you purchase your cherries unpitted, it is recommended that you pit them during the brewing process following Part One.

Instructions:

Part One:
1. Add thirty ml of Gomas barbadensis to the cauldron and bring the heat to 373 Kelvin (100°C/212°F).
2. Heat the Gomas barbadensis for three minutes.
3. Reduce the heat to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
4. Add 250 ml of water to the cauldron.
5. Add 30 ml fresh squeezed lemon juice to the cauldron.
6. Add 15 g of Indigofera peculia to your mortar and crush it into a fine, even texture with your pestle. Add the crushed material to your cauldron.
7. Stir once counterclockwise with your wand.
8. Allow the potion to brew for 53 minutes.

Deep violet; none; licorice

Part Two:
1. Add 500 ml of water to the cauldron.
2. Add four pomegranate seeds and three pitted cherries to the cauldron.
3. Stir twice counterclockwise with your wand.
4. Allow the potion to bubble for 15 seconds.
5. Add four fairy wings to the cauldron.
6. Stir three times clockwise.
7. Increase the heat to 373 Kelvin (100°C/212°F), then reduce the heat to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
8. Allow the potion to brew for 40 minutes.

Pale red; yellow; burnt almonds

Part Three:
1. Add 15 ml of giant squid ink to the cauldron.
2. Add 30 g of dried nettles to your mortar. Crush it to a fine, even powder.
3. Add the crushed nettles to the cauldron.
4. Stir once counterclockwise with your wand.
5. Add 250 ml of water to the cauldron.
6. Allow the potion to brew for 32 minutes.

Black; black; pine needles

Part Four:
1. Add 500 ml of water to the cauldron.
2. Add thirty ml of lemon juice to the cauldron.
3. Stir once clockwise.
4. Add 45 g of Indigofera peculia to your mortar and crush to a fie powder with your pestle.
5. Add the crushed Indigofera peculia to your cauldron.
6. Increase the heat to 373 Kelvin (100°C/212°F) for three minutes, then reduce the heat to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
7. Stir twice clockwise.
8. Allow the potion to brew for 18 minutes.
9. Cool: ten minutes.

Clear; white or clear, possibly pale blue; olive oil and lavender

Maturation Notes:

For the first 24 to 72 hours, the potion should be left in a room temperature environment with moderate light exposure. This allows it to mellow and become less volatile in nature. The longer the finished potion is left to mature, the milder the potion becomes.

To Store:

Depending on whether the user wants the potion to lighten or darken hair, it should be stored differently:

Lightening: Following maturation, those who wish to use the Tinting Tincture to lighten his or her hair should leave it in a bright and sunny environment. The temperature of the place in which the potion is stored should not matter, although overall the potion generally should not be stored below 5℃ (41℉).

Darkening: Following maturation, those who wish to use the Tinting Tincture to darken his or her hair should leave it in a dark environment without access to sunlight. The temperature of the place in which the potion is stored should not matter, although overall the potion generally should not be stored below 5℃ (41℉).

The Tinting Tincture can mature almost indefinitely, but the effects will be more pronounced the longer it sits in its vial. It should never be applied to the hair after approximately three months of storage.

To Use:

For Hair: To use the tincture on hair, one should combine sixty ml of the finished potion with between fifteen ml and 30 ml of water, depending on hair length. Using a slim brush, one should brush the potion onto the hair, particularly making sure to cover the roots in full. After the potion has been applied topically to the hair, it should be allowed to set for five to seven minutes (leaving it on no more than eight minutes). After this point, it can be washed, dried, and styled as normal.

For Eyes: To use the tincture on eyes, one should combine five ml of the finished potion with sixty ml of water. A mundane eye dropper should be used to put two to three drops of the diluted potion into each eye. This can be repeated once every twenty minutes up to five times to lighten or darken eye color.

Caution:

The Tinting Tincture is a relatively harmless potion that can be applied to the hair or eyes with little worry. Allergic side effects rarely occur with the final product, but when they do, they will usually cause mild to moderate rash, itching, and irritation. Ingesting the Tinting Tincture will cause an upset stomach and other mild but unpleasant effects.
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