A well-known mystical fragrance for use while bathing and for the relief of aches associated with feverish conditions. Water is a cologne based on a foundation of the essential oil of Ylang Ylang (also known as Cananga odorata). Plantations for producing Kananga Water were established by the British in Jamaica in the 19th century. Kananga Water, like Florida Water, is used in various rituals including spiritual cleaning, and appeasing the spirits of the dead. Its use is particularly common among people of the African diaspora.
Peter L. Patrick in his list of “Some Recent Jamaican Creole Words”