Founded during the Gilded Age in 1898 by brothers James and Ezra Wisnton, Penn Chemists was a Pennsylvania apothecary that specialized in the retail and wholesale trade of patent medicines, house-made tonics, elixirs and scented candles that proclaimed to be the cure for all of life’s ailments. The brothers enjoyed immense success with their “aromatic remedies”, and were known coast-to-coast for the rare and obscure ingredients that they imported from around the world.
That all ended in 1906 with the enactment of the Pure Food & Drug Act, which put an end to Penn Chemists and “quack medicine” as we now know it to have been. James and Ezra drifted into obscurity over 100 years ago, but we’ve brought them back to life with a modern approach and an admirable nod to their original creed.
Today, we present the same complex recipes of rare, exotic and peculiar fragrance oils that were originally used and combine them with a strictly pure blend of natural soy, coconut and beeswax which offers persuasive scents that burn long and clean. We pride ourselves on waxes that are infused with a higher concentration of fragrance oils than most other companies, which ensure a more compelling and lasting scent throw. Unfamiliar, yet mysteriously distinct fragrances that will transport your mind and seduce your senses…still proudly and painstakingly hand-poured, drop-by-drop in Pennsylvania, USA.
“Our world-renowned and meticulously selected aromatic extracts and formulated fragrances have been before the public and deserve first-class ingredients in every respect. We trust to be favored with your complete satisfaction and guarantee that a trial will prove their merits.”
- James Winston, 1898