January 12, 2015


Florida water by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0
Florida water by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

Florida Water Cologne is an all purpose blessing in a bottle. It has been in use for over 200 years and it is still just as vital today. It is a staple in many different spiritual traditions. In my post Bless your soul with Florida Water I talk about how ” it is used everywhere from Peru to Italy to Surinam for sacred blessings. People wear it as a cologne like the name implies, or in any multitude of other ways. It seems to have undercurrents of lemon, lavender and bergamot. It’s a sweet citrus blend that is truly delightful.”

Murray & Lanman's Florida Water photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0
Murray & Lanman’s Florida Water photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

21 Ways to Use Florida Water Cologne

  • Recommended for dozens of uses and here are a few to get you started.


Florida Water Cologne photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.
Florida Water Cologne photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.
  1. Blessing Floorwash– Add Florida Water to your normal cleaning mix to add extra blessings of protection.
  2. Direction Foot Bath– Take a small basin or bucket, add warm water and a splash of the water and dip your feet to give you a blessing of guidance and direction.
  3. Dancing Feet Bath– Take a small basin or bucket, fill it with Florida Water, Rose Water, and 5 drops Ylang Ylang oil for a special blessing for your feet when you need to dance.
  4. Remove Negativity Bath – Draw yourself a bath, add a dash Florida Water, a handful of sea salt, and 3 drops of Frankincense oil. Use whenever negativity has got a hold of you.
  5. Happiness Bath – Draw yourself a bath, add a dash of Florida Water, a dash of Rose water and 3 drops of Lavendar oil to bring happiness and blessings.
  6. Laundry Rinse – Add a dash of this magickal Water to your fabric softener or final laundry rinse to bless and protect your clothes.
  7. Do a Pre-Ritual Cleanse by applying Florida Water to the back of your neck.
  8. Use it as Offering Water in the cemetery to honor the ancestors.
  9. Use it as Offering Water at the Crossroads to open your path.
  10. Bathe your crystals and magickal jewelry in diluted Florida Water to cleanse and protect them.
  11. Make a Good Luck Spray from Florida Water, Spring Water and 3 drops of Patchouly oil. Use before playing the lottery or gambling.
  12. Place Florida Water and Sea Water in a bowl under the bed to invite good dreams.
  13. Make a Protection Spray from Florida Water, Sea Water, and 3 drops Myrrh oil. Use generously.
  14. Sprinkle on windowsills and thresholds to protect your home and welcome good energy.
  15. Place a cap full of it in with your hair conditioner to bless your head.
  16. Make a Divination Blessing Spray from Florida Water, Tap Water and a small piece of Amethyst crystal in a spray bottle. Use before reading tarot cards on your hands, and on the space where you are doing the reading.
  17. A large Sacred Circle Blessing can be performed by sprinkling Florida water counterclockwise around your Home or ritual space.
  18. A small Sacred Circle Blessing can be performed on your ritual tools by laying them out on a cloth and sprinkling Florida water counterclockwise around that in a circle.
  19. Place a bowl of Florida Water under your sink with a quartz crystal in it for an easy Kitchen Blessing.
  20. Create a wash for 7 day candles in glass from tap water, holy water, and a dash of Florida Water.
  21. To do a Wallet Money Blessing bathe a cowrie shell in Florida Water, then carry it in your wallet or pocket for financial success.

This list is just a beginning, please leave your own special uses for this magickal water below, and if you like what you have read please share, share, share the blessings !



February 19, 2014

Murray & Lanman’s Florida Water photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

“Voodoo smells great,” this is one of the first things my godchildren say to newcomers to our rituals. They are right. One of the most divine things about Voodoo and Santeria is that these religions find a way to deliciously bless and protect participants with some delightful magickal scents. One of the main blessing ingredients used is Florida Water. This isn’t actually a water at all. It’s Florida Water Cologne, it has an alcohol base and a history as long as my arm.


Murray and Lanman’s “Most Popular Perfume in the World”

There is no other. For over two hundred years this preparation has been the gold standard of excellence. My Sicilian Strega-tastic Great-Grandmother used it as part of her daily routine and also as a blessing for St. Anthony. I’ve known Shamans who use it as a blessing to heal and access the world of the ancestors. It’s scented power wafts across boundaries, cultures and worlds.

The Murray Hill neighborhood in New York City was named for one of the company’s founders. There is even a quaint educational film about the history of this company.

Florida Water



How To Do Voodoo Blessings Done Rite


In New Orleans Voodoo practice we employ Florida water on almost all occasions. It is used for water blessings and consecration of altars. During possession trance Florida water is used to help the person transition between worlds. It is rubbed on the back of their neck, hands and feet. Florida water Cologne can be used both for grounding or protecting an individual during ceremony. Buy the large bottle and use liberally.


How To Use Florida Water in Santeria (Lucumi)


Every Santeria/Lucumi practitioner uses Florida Water. I’m not prone to making bold statements, but this is definitely true. Murray and Lanman’s first foreign factory was in the Santeria( Lukumi) hotbed of Havana, Cuba. The common belief is that this became a much used ingredient as access to more rare and unusual ingredients for the Orisha became difficult to obtain.

In Carlos Montenegro’s Santeria Formulary it is added to both bitter( for banishing) and sweet (for attracting) herb floorwashes. Montenegro covers almost everything in this valuable resource. I was fortunate enough to interview him before his death, and I was amazed and astounded at the wealth of his knowledge.


Use It Often

Florida Water, Murray & Lanman photo by Boston Public Library. Licensed under CC 2.0

You can do almost anything with Florida Water. People have been known to call it the “baking soda” of the Pagan world. I like to say it’s like liquid quartz crystal. An all purpose formula that lends itself to any direction you choose to point it in. First and foremost it is used for blessings and honoring the Lwa or Orisha ( Gods.)

It is used everywhere from Peru to Italy to Surinam for sacred blessings. People wear it as a cologne like the name implies, or in any multitude of other ways. It seems to have undercurrents of lemon, lavender and bergamot. It’s a sweet citrus blend that is truly delightful.

Varla Ventura’s Blog of the Bizarre It is an ingredient on the list of Spells to Damn Your Enemies. Even more mainstream Wicca practitioners use it to sprinkle over their altars and shrine. Florida Water can be used in almost any circumstance. Put some in your ritual bath water, sprinkle it on your shoes to guide your footsteps, bless your space and your self. What are your special uses for Florida Water? I would love to hear them.







July 13, 2018

Rose water photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Water is life, and Rose Water is no exception. A long time ingredient in Hoodoo and other types of magick, Rose Water is a sweet and refreshing element in many different types of spells and rituals. Magickally it is used in spells for love, romance, healing, psychic energy, and protection. As a beauty product this can be used as a moisturizer, toner, hair rinse, a skin and face spray, and is even used as an ingredient in cooking.

Rose Water Instructions

There are many commercial preparations on the market, but you can also make your own if you want. The blog Everything Under the Moon tells us how :

Make Your Own Materials

• 2-3 quarts rose petals
• water
• ice cubes
• pot with rounded lid
• brick
• bowl that fits inside pot

1. Place the brick in the center of the pot. There is nothing magical about the brick. Its purpose is simply to hold the collection bowl above the surface of the roses.
2. Put the rose petals in the pot (around the brick) and add enough water to barely cover the petals.
3. Set the bowl on top of the brick. The bowl will collect the water.
4. Invert the lid of the pot (turn it upside down), so the rounded part of the lid dips into the pot.
5. Heat the roses and water to a gentle boil.
6. Place ice cubes on the top of the lid. The ice will cool the steam, condensing the rose water inside the pot and making it run down the lid and drip into the bowl.
7. Continue gently boiling the roses and adding ice as needed until you have collected the rose water. Don’t boil off all the water. You’ll collect the most concentrated rose water in the first few minutes. After that, it will become more and more dilute. Turn off the heat when you notice the condensation isn’t as rose-scented as you would like. You can collect between a pint and quart of rose water in 20-40 minutes using 2-3 quarts of rose petals.

Rose Water Happiness Spell

If you haven’t noticed already I love to use this ingredient everywhere. One of my favorite spells from my book Love Magic is for a Happiness Water Bath. It combine equal parts of Florida water, and rose water, along with lavender and carnation oil. You can use it in your bath, as a floorwash, or just sprinkle it around for great blessings of joy.

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January 30, 2016

Kolonia 1800.
Kolonia 1800.

The religions of Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo and La Regla Lucumi (Santeria) are marked by their wonderful smells. These sacred scents are present in the form of magickal oils, incense, and waters. The waters are most often colognes, detailed formulas of herbs, oils, alcohol, and actual waters to bring about positive change. By far the most popular water is Florida Water, used in all different recipes for love, healing, and more. A close second in popularity is certainly the Cuban cologne known as Kolonia 1800. This famous formula is made by Crusellas and Company, a Cuban company that traces it’s origins back to 1863. Some websites say this product is a good cologne for men that will bring “immediate freshness,” but that isn’t it’s only purpose. There are several magickal uses for the colognes, some of which are listed below.

  • Kolonia 1800- Used for all purpose blessings and cleansings.
  • Kolonia 1800 Con Sandalo (Sandalwood)- The use of Sandalwood here adds an extra level of protection from negativity and evil.
  • Kolonia Con Lavanda (Lavendar)- Lavendar works as an all purpose psychic amplifier in your magickal recipes. It can be used for healing, protection, love, money, and more. In the religion of Brazilian Candomble it is used for all of the different Orixas.
  • Kolonia Con Vetivert- Vetivert is used to bring calm, and also blessings of love and money. It is a popular ingredient in formulas for Hi-John oil, where it is combined with Hi-John Root to give success in court cases and legal situations.
  • Kolonia with Tobacco – This is also used in court cases and spells to remove negativity.

Kolonia Consecrating Water– Use this spell formula to consecrate and charge your magickal tools and spaces.


1 cup Kolonia Water
1 cup Florida Water
1 cup Sea Water
½ cup Rose Water
Quartz crystal
White cloth

kolonia 1800 at the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, 828 N. Rampart St. New Orleans. All rights reserved.
kolonia 1800 at the Voodoo Spiritual Temple, 828 N. Rampart St. New Orleans. All rights reserved.

Place the white cloth on your altar or ritual working space. Combine all ingredients together in a large glass, or ceramic bowl on top of the cloth. Lift the bowl into the air to bless it with the ashe or energy of the universe. Alternatively you may magickally charge it with whatever method you are comfortable with. Place the ritual items you wish to consecrate on the cloth and sprinkle the water around them counterclockwise in a circle. Leave them in this circle overnight. They are then ready to use. You may put the rest of the water mixture in a spray bottle or other container and use to bless your items in future.

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June 21, 2014

St. John’s Eve Voodoo Blessing Ceremony preparations 2014, photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

St. John’s Eve is thought of as the holiest day of the year in the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. Much of its popularity is due to the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau who, it is believed, held large ceremonies for St. John Eve on the Bayou St. John and Lake Ponchartrain. There is much myth and misconception about this pioneering woman; for more information, please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.

St. John’s Eve is celebrated traditionally on June 23rd. It was a sacred time occurring right around the solstice, a magickal time for light, joy, and blessings ! The following can be used as a blessing water for your self and home. Use liberally !

St. John’s Eve Blessing Water Recipe

Holy Water

River or Bayou Water (Preferably from the Mississippi or even better the Bayou St. John)

Florida Water

3 drops Frankincense Oil

1 handfuls white rose petals

Mix together equal parts of the three waters, along with the oil and rose petals. Take the mixture and make the sign of the cross with it in the air. It is now ready to use for blessings.

For those of you in NYC please join us for our annual St. John’s Eve Ceremony — this year we are having a Voodoo Blessing and BBQ at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Sunday June 22nd 11:30 am (weather permitting.) There will be a chance to leave offerings, ask questions and gather together on this holiest day of Voodoo. Look for us near the BBQ area, bring offerings of flowers, fruit, and your smile!

March 5, 2020

Get ready here’s the magickal hand sanitizer recipe we may not want, but it looks like we’re all going to need. I’ve seen every meme imaginable this week, some of my favorites were:

Wash Your Hands like you were washing Jason Momoa.

Wash Your hands like you just convinced your husband to kill the king.

Wash Your hands like you got a club stamp you don’t want your parents to see.

Wash your hands like you just chopped jalapenos and have to take your contacts out…. and the list goes on.

The truth is your health is no joke. And this latest scare has stores without hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, tissues, and everything else you might need woefully missing. Now before someone complains on this post, yes the following is a recipe for magickal hand sanitizer, but it is also a great recipe for regular hand sanitizer. It has all the necessary ingredients that professionals recommend for cleaning your hands, mainly alcohol. The recipe does however also contain a few magickal boosts to help give you some added protection.

Magickal Hand Sanitizer Recipe


2 cups 99 percent rubbing alcohol (no don’t use vodka or anything else)

1 cup Aloe Vera Gel

1/4 cup Florida Water Cologne

10 drops Lavendar essential oil

10 drops Peppermint Essential oil

6 drops Thyme Essential oil

Plastic bowl and spoon for mixing

Plastic funnel

Bottle for your finished mixture

Combine all the ingredients into your bowl and mix well. Magickal practice dictates that you should stir this counterclockwise to help banish unwanted energy from your life and your hands. Then use the funnel to fill your bottle or container. Use liberally, and as with regular sanitizer don’t eat it, and try not to get it in your eyes or other orifices.

The oils included here also have anti-viral properties so they can help give you some extra protection when combating illness. Lavendar is a great all purpose oil, it can also bring peace and calm to a situation ( which might help you for a number of reasons.) Both peppermint and thyme are also anti-viral, as well as magickally providing luck, healing and success (which everyone needs right now.)

There is, however, no substitute for washing your hands, for at least 45 seconds or more. Please know that this is not medical advice, and it should not be used as such. Please do everything you can to keep yourself and those you love healthy, and be careful out there. And don’t forget to check out the other Healing posts on this blog.

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January 21, 2020

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card image by jmangi1. Licensed under CC 2.0.

I’ve been reading cards professionally for over 30 years and a Daily Tarot Pull has been part of my practice from the very beginning. If you aren’t doing a daily tarot pull, you should be.

Daily Tarot Pull Benefits

  • This will help familiarize you with the depth and complexity of the individual tarot cards.
  • This will help you explore the powerful benefit of a magickal divination routine.
  • A daily Tarot pull will help set the tone of your entire day.
  • Using tarot this way will help you prepare for the both joys and challenges each new day will hold.

The process of doing a single card tarot pull is as simple or complex as you want to make it. Most often I begin as early as possible after I wake.  I like to light a small white candle before I begin, and cleanse my hands and my space using florida water or palo santo. Shuffle the cards three times and spread them out in front of you. Move your hands over the pile slowly. Focus on your day ahead. When ready state your question aloud. Most often I ask what influences will be present in my day, or what issue/situation should I concentrate on today?  When you feel moved pick out a single card.

Some people disagree with this method. A blog post by Jenna Matlin tells us :

“the question which is usually, “How will my day go?”But the problem here is that you do not have enough words for the task. Your one card pull for such a nebulous and wide-ranging question will often cause more befuddlement than actual help.”

I can see the point here, but that is why my question is phrased differently. Much of the success of the tarot lies in the phrasing of the question. If you don’t fully understand what you are asking, you won’t understand the answers you are given. Certainly if you single card makes you confused, ask another question and pull another card. Sometimes I will ask about whether an issue is one relating to finances? Or the home? Or love, etc.? Of course there are many varying meanings to the tarot cards, but this will help you figure out what the limits of these signs are. For example I like to joke about the 2 of cups card. For me this most often means a marriage proposal or a verbal commitment in a romantic relationship. Sometimes I have received it and it signified an actual proposal from a long time partner, while other times I have encountered a homeless gentleman on the subway getting down on one knee in front of me. Both were proposals, but very different. For more insight on the tarot cards please check out the other tarot posts on this blog.

I would love to hear about your experience with using a daily tarot pull in the comments below.  And as always if you have enjoyed what you read here please remember to like, comment, and share !

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