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  1. Sobre Perfumería Viceroyalty of Hyspia’s On Perfumery Hyspian Cultural Codex I: Volume II [!] Missives can be seen hung up around the Haense and Hyspia streets. A one-of-a-kind perfume created for the Princess Sofia de Pelear of Hyspia as a gift upon her Quinceanera. On Scent Theory There are varying theories as to scent and more importantly, perfuming. It is said that the scent one uses can make a difference in their day to day life. Much like one would dress the part for the role they wish to take on, this is believed to be along that same vein. Despite its stark difference, if one wishes to take on a more flirty scent, they’d do best to look into hints of vanilla or spicy notes. It’s believed that those scents are associated with home and that of a home cooked meal, which makes this theory an interesting one as every upbringing is different. For those seeking something more light-hearted, airy, floral scents would be the go-to. It’s said to generally improve someone's mood, allowing it to give its more light-hearted atmosphere and is said to even trigger happy memories. Now, on the opposite end of this, you have woodsy scents. Crisp, aromatic notes that more often than not reminds someone of nature. In theory, it is said that it’s worn by outspoken individuals, natural leaders and namely, extroverts. The last of the four main scents variants would be that of something that you’d simply call fruity. A citrusy scent, which can easily be cloying if not used in moderation. Fruity scents are theorized to be all about personality, drawing attention to oneself and are meant to be fresh and invigorating. While these are sub-variants, these are the four main types of scents you’d find in perfuming and as written below, this will be touched on more, covering what is used in the making of perfume, on dousing yourself versus subtle scents and otherwise. What is Used? In the making of perfumes, there are a few things to keep in mind. While the ingredients are an important and key component when making any perfume, colors and tones have certain associations but it isn’t an exact science. Brown perfumes are associated with something more woody and dense, bringing it under the woodsy scent variant and occasionally the flirty scent variant. By knowing its final appearance beforehand, it’ll allow you to further plan ahead as to the make of the perfume bottle, just how to empathize the scent and otherwise. The same can be said with pale pinks being associated with more floral scent variants and hot pinks for something more sweet and light. Alongside this is green tones, associated with light and fresh scents, giving three main colors and meanings to choose from when planning your particular perfume bottle. When choosing to make a perfume of the flirty scent variant, you’d find that using vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and/or cloves will be your friend. This makes a strong scent that lasts well over-time, giving it longevity. The second scent variant, that of the floral scent most often has that of roses, lavender, jasmine and/or lily of the valley. This perfume tends to smell like freshly cut flowers, and is not as well-known for its longevity throughout the day. If using citrus based oils with it, you’d wish to store it properly, lest it go bad. Our second to last scent variant is our woodsy scent, which ranges over from our more delicate materials, you’d find wood-based ingredients used in this, such as roots, resins, moss and leaves. This has more longevity much like the first variant listed, lasting longer throughout the day and thus, being recommended to use in moderation. Our last scent variant is the fruity piece, where flowers and fruits alike are combined to make this personality-packed scent. Some ingredients you’d see in this are jasmine and gardenias paired with fruits such as melons, apricots or coconuts, typically luscious flowers and juicy fruits. Its longevity is much like the second scent variant, not quite well-known for lasting throughout the day but unlike the second, this one is recommended to use in moderation due to its cloying nature. Too much can make the eyes water and the throat choke up. Dousing Yourself vs. Subtle Scents A good rule of thumb is if you can smell yourself, you put on too much. Imagery and Bottles There are three main material types of perfume bottles, alongside shape types alike. You have bottles primarily made of terracotta, glass or porcelain with the shapes being that of a spray bottle, roller-ball bottle or an entirely solid perfume jar. When it comes to perfume bottles, the shape, appearance and even make of the bottle can make the difference between a long-lasting scent and one that simply wisps away. When using a glass bottle, it is important to pick something darker that protects the liquid within from any visible light, heat or otherwise. Without it, it can lose its scent, begin to smell rotten even and/or discolor entirely. The benefits of using glass is due to its sturdy construction, which keeps other scents from leaking in and destroying the intended product and that it is cheap in comparison to the other types. Terracotta perfume bottles naturally have their own benefits and cons alike. Its make allows the liquid to stay cool and prevents leakage. Another benefit is that the longer it sits, the headier the scent grows over time, akin to wine. When using these bottles, ensure the terracotta is fired first or it will absorb the liquid in question and make waste of a perfectly good perfume. Our last type is that of the porcelain bottle, designed most often as the more expensive of perfumes, it would generally hold veins of gold or silver throughout. It’s an opaque bottle, which protects any visible light, heat or otherwise from getting in and ruining the liquid within but keeps one from viewing the contents entirely. Spritz vs. Roll-On When in doubt, spritz. Imagery upon a perfume bottle of any type within Hyspian culture is something you’d find is of great importance. More often than not, you’d find religious iconography or that of the scenery of our homeland. Such examples are of the iconography of the Blessed Francisco upon a cologne bottle, or the vivid scenery of the docks of the Ciudad de Plata islands upon a terracotta bottle. Each bottle is an artistic masterpiece in of itself. The Three Phases In the closing commentary on this documentation of perfuming within Hyspian culture, I’ll touch on the three phases of scent. The first scent one would pick up is the top note, it’s what immediately grabs an individual's attention, though the effect decreases quite a bit after a few minutes of application. The second is the heart note which is arguably the most important. It is most noticeable of the three, forming when the top note has evaporated and is more important in forming a harmonious union between the top and base notes. The third note is our base note which carries its own importance as the one that is long-lasting. It’s nuanced, developing something different for each person and one of the reasons why scent theory and matching your perfume to you is most important. It stabilizes the entire perfume, and much like the name, is its base in everything. While perfumes may seem simply a scent to choose from, there is much more to it then simply approaching a merchant to order! Signed, Her Highness, Sofia de Pelear, Princess of Hyspia
  2. Origin Dewberries, also known to the Dark elves as "Lunar Berries", is a form of bio-luminescent flora native to the deep caves of Nor'Asath. Both the flowers and the berries themselves have a great many purposes, but the plant itself is few in numbers. General Facts Dewberries thrive deep underground where light is little but water is plenty, and can thrive in any space that has bio-luminescent algae, water, and darkness. If given time, one will see the single flower of the Dewberry plant open and produce a yellow light on each stamen end that, if seen from below, looks like a small cluster of stars. Farmed plants will never have as brilliant a light due to the algae never having all the natural nutrients they need and the possibility of multiple plants being grown in the same area. If natural light is brought upon the plant, all color will recede and the plant will die in a few minutes if not put back in the shadows, however, light produced from other plants, animals, or fire do it no harm. Uses - Perfumes made out of the petals themselves will have a scent that reminds one of the night air, crisp and with a bite. - Cooking with both the flower, leaves, and berries is highly recommended, if cooked correctly the berries themselves add a nutty flavor to most meats while adding a berry flavor when sugar is present. The leaves act as a spice leaf, to be added only when cooking and never eaten. When added to low and slow cooking Dewberry leaves add a herbal and slightly floral scent. The flower petals do not add anything to cooking except when dried up and ground into a powder, when in this powder form the petals act like a spice, imparting a soft heat. - If the stem is ground down into a paste, it can be used for a basic surface level numbing agent. Perfect for scratches, itchiness, and all other sorts of small injuries; though much more mild in effect than herbs specialized in such a role. Redlines; -Dewberry plants, while mildly effective in medical use, are not as effective as other herbs in specific roles; acting as a mild remedy. -Dewberry plants are player-signed, and do not require ST signature. -Dewberry plants are not noded. -Dewberry plants may not mask the taste of something which would otherwise offput it (Such as a lore-approved poison or curse, unless otherwise stated in the lore-approved poison/curse's lore.) -Dewberry plants do not have any alchemy signs or symbols.
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