Florida Water est. 1865 $15.99

$15.99

Given the label, ” The Universal Perfume”, the name refers to the Fountain of Youth said to be located in Florida.

Florida Water is a perfumed spirit which became popular in 19th Century North America. They say it was what lavender and Eau-de-cologune was to Europe. Although both the Germans and English had their own brand-name of Florida Water, it was more popular in America. Once you try it you will be hooked.

The label is based off of original labels from 1865.

The first Florida water known in the US dates to the early 1800’s. It was well known before 1830. By 1830 it was already available in most Perfumery, Druggist and Pharmaceutical houses in America which usually produced their own. This means that Florida Water’s recipe varied somewhat. It was only in the late 19th century that the bottles were standardized for all Florida Water. Previously to that Bottle designs also varied which is why it is hard for researchers to pinpoint the exact date of Florida Water’s beginnings.

Historical Excerpts:
1. In 1840 Eliza Leslie directed her readers: “On the Toilet table keep always your dressing-case, your bottles of Cologne, Florida Water, etc.. and a large pincushion.”
2. In 1864 the circular of a Philadelphia drug and chemical wholesaler included Florida Water in an assortment of sizes listed under, ” Lists of Drugs and Medicines which should be Purchased by a Country Store keeper.”

Florida Water was used by both men and women as a toilet requisite. it was used as a cordial and stimulant, as well as a breath freshener, Cologne, body spray, bath water, perfume for the body and handkerchief, sick room refresher and much more. Victorian etiquette manuals warned young ladies against the “offensive” impression made by a strong perfume, but Florida Water and Eau de Cologne were recommended as appropriate for all, along with sachets for scenting the linen and fresh flowers in the corsage. Large quantities were also used by barbershops as cologne and aftershave. In the 1880s and 1890s Murray & Lanman Florida Water was advertised as “The Richest of all Perfumes” and “The most Popular Perfume in the World”.

 

 

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Florida Water is a perfumed spirit which became popular in 19th Century North America. They say it was what lavender and Eau-de-cologune was to Europe. Although both the Germans and English had their own brand-name of Florida Water, it was more popular in America. Once you try it you will be hooked.

4 1/4 oz Ingredients: Bergamot, lemon, Turmeric, Orange, Jasmine, Alcohol, distilled water, Lavender, citrus

These products are created from original historically reproduced recipes carefully researched and lovingly made from the preserved archives of apothecaries, perfumers, ancient herbalists and the curators of medicinal wares as early as the 1300’s. Brought to you by LBCC HISTORICAL PRODUCTS, these ancient elixirs combine the wisdom of the past with the celestial magic of herbal alchemists that defies time.

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Weight .011 kg
Dimensions 4 x 2 x 4 cm