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White Rose fragrance from Floris, London

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Established in 1730, Floris is the oldest retailer of fragrance in England and is still family-owned today. Nightingale was a notable customer at Floris.

Her favourite fragrances included White Rose and Night Scented Jasmine. After she returned from the Crimean War, she wrote a letter to Mr Floris thanking him for his “beautiful sweet-smelling nosegays”.

You can see the original letter at their flagship store in Jermyn Street and purchase Nightingale’s favourite perfume.

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