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Florida water is a light, fleeting American cologne water that has been in constant production since it was first introduced on February 14, 1808. It has very natural smelling notes of Clove, Cinnamon, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Neroli and Musk. One of it's most common uses is as a true toilet water, meaning that it is added to water in a wash basin to cleanse and refresh the body. It is also used as a very light cologne. Due to its ability to create a sense of well being, it has, over the years, been also adopted by a wide variety of spiritual practitioners to be a holy water of sorts, for spiritual purification and psychological well being. In addition, its other purported uses are quite numerous: as a room spray, personal deodorant, as a compress on the forehead to relieve headaches, as a massage liniment, applied topically to help relieve fevers, as a foot soak, an astringent, pre and post shaving lotion, hair tonic, after bath splash and as a mood enhancer. People often even wash their floors and spray their draperies with it in order to keep the house smelling lovely. The name Florida Water, is based on the idea that Juan Ponce de Leon, discovered Florida in 1512 while searching for the Fountain of Youth. The manufacturers claim that the formula has not changed since 1808. I have used Florida water for over 30 years, and it smells the same now as it did when I first used it, so I have no reason to not take them at their word. It's a wonderful scent, and at $3.00 per bottle, it is always worth having on hand.
18th January, 2011