Florida Water isn’t water at all, but a cologne traditionally used for enhancing the outcome of rituals and for protection. It is also used as an offering to ancestors or deities, as spiritual cleansing and protection spray, or used on money for abundance. The uses are endless. You make the magic so do with it what feels right.
If you like very precise recipes with exact measurements, then this one isn’t for you. I create my Florida Water all willy-nilly and sometimes change out a few ingredients. Tonight, I’m sharing with you my base recipe so you can create your own batch. Keep in mind good Florida Water takes patience and must cure for 4-6 weeks for the best outcome. My recipe uses perfumers alcohol, but you can substitute it for a carrier oil if you prefer. I like my Florida Water to smell strong and last long, so the essential oils are the majority of my recipe. I make it in this order:
Start with a clean, sterilized container
1 part botanicals: Cinnamon stick pieces, cloves, dried orange, and lemon peels, ginger root, flowers such as rose petals, lavender, and jasmine (or all 3!).
2 parts essential oils: Bergamot, Sweet Orange, Lemon, Cinnamon (a little goes a long way so I recommend only a few drops), Nutmeg, Ginger, Rose or Jasmine, and Neroli. As a guide: 3 parts citruses, 2 parts floral, 1 part base notes (roots/resins/nuts/cinnamon)
2 parts carrier medium: I use Perfumers alcohol SDA-40B. You can also use grain alcohol, but do not use isopropyl! If you do not want to use an alcohol carrier, I would recommend fractionated coconut oil, all the benefits but is water dispersable.
Let us know in the comments how yours turns out.