The founder of Floris, Juan Famenias Floris, arrived in England from his native island of Menorca to seek his fortune. Shortly after his arrival, in 1730, he secured premises in Jermyn Street in the elegant quarter of London`s St.James. Juan Famenias Floris initially set up business as a barber and comb-maker; however, he soon missed the aromas and sensations of his Mediterranean youth.
In an attempt to put form to these memories he began blending oils, essences and fixatives, transported from Europe, into the first Floris fragrances. He used the skills he had acquired during his stay in Montpellier, which at the time vied with Grasse as the capital of French perfumery. These fragrances were blended for customers on an individual basis, their formulae carefully recorded so further supplies could be made. Fragrance quickly became Juan Floris's true vocation and has led to Floris as it thrives today.