Kananga Water cologne is based on a foundation of the essential oil of Ylang Ylang (also known as Cananga odorata) a tropical tree that originates in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The fragrance is rich and deep with notes of rubber and custard, and bright with hints of jasmine and neroli. The delicate and floral aroma of Kananga Water is appealing and mood lifting.
Kananga water is a fragrant, alcohol-based perfume used in Santeria, Hoodoo and other magickal practices. Frequently incorporated into rituals of purification and in memorializing departed ancestors, Kananga water is very popular among people of African descent in the United States and the Caribbean. It is similar to Florida Water, in that it is known for its cleansing and protective effects.
Plantations for producing kananga water were established by the British in Jamaica in the 19th century.