If you've ever been curious about Florida Water, what it is and where it comes from, enjoy the following facts and tips for use.
1.) Florida Water is a perfumed cologne that has been around since the mid-19th century. It is made from a blend of herbs and flowers, including lavender, rosemary, orange blossom, jasmine, bergamot and lemon. The scent is light and refreshing with a hint of spice to it.
2.) The origins of Florida Water can be traced back to its creator John Murray Spear who created the cologne in 1808 while living in New York City. He originally called his creation "Murray's Lavender Water" but changed the name when he moved to Tampa Bay in 1835 where he renamed it Florida Water due to its popularity there.
3.) One thing that hasn't changed much since Florida Water's inception is the vintage style of its label. The label, inspired by the mythical Fountain of Youth (which legend has said was also located in Florida) was drawn by famed illustrator, cartoonist and writer George du Maurier.
4.) An interesting fact about the history of Florida Water is that it was used as a spiritual cleanser in many African and Caribbean religions. It was believed to have cleansing powers, which could ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. This belief has been passed down through generations and is still used today.
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