Apple of Purity
Members of the Apple of Purity are a quasi-ascetic subgroup of Hedonites which focus more of nourishment of the mind and the pursuit of freedom rather than overindulgence. They focus on mental pleasure over physical.
The Pursuit of Self
The highest goal of the Purist is the understanding of the self. The reason that it is this understanding which leads to Transcendence, and since Transcendence seems to be the only true universally marked progression of the self, it must be the highest calling and most noble pursuit. They use the laws of Hedon to pursue this goal, for without fetters they can push themselves to questionable limits or try questionable things in their pursuit of self.
"The unexamined life is not worth living"
A Hedon Trap?Some believe that Hedon maintains the Purists as a way to demonstrate a moral high ground, and holds that Purists are likely a slippery slope towards being pulled into the more "depraved" depths of Hedon.
First they lure you in with notions of being a Purist. It's not so bad, is it? Be a bit of an ascetic, pursue personal joy and universal joy? Soon you've slipped into the Heart of Hedon, and from there you get Enveloped in the Rose. In the end, Desire's got her claws sunk into you, and you're lost.