Founded in 1898 during the Gilded Age by brothers James and Ezra Winston, Penn Chemists was a Pennsylvania apothecary that specialized in the retail and wholesale trade of patent medicines, housemade tonics, elixirs and scented candles that proclaimed to be the cure for all of life’s aliments. The brother enjoyed immense success with their “aromatic remedies”, and were known coast-to-coast for the rare and obscure fragrance oils that they imported from around the world.
That all ended in 1906 when the enactment of the Pure Food & Drug Act, which put an end to Penn Chemists and “quick medicine” as we now know it to have been. James and Ezra drifted into obscurity over 100 years ago, but we’ve brought the back to life with modern approach and an admirable nod to their original creed.
Today we represent the same complex recipes of rare, exotic and peculiar fragrance oils that were originally used and blend them with strictly pure, natural soy, coconut oil and organic beeswax base, which offers persuasive scents that burn long and evenly. We pride ourselves on waxes that are infused with higher concentration of fragrance oils than most other companies, ensuring a more compelling and lasting scent throw. Unfamiliar and mysteriously district scents that will transport your mind and seduce your senses…still proudly and painstakingly hand-poured, drop-by-drop, in Pennsylvania, USA.
Bhutan Classic Candle-
This tiny South Asian mountain kingdom is discovered hiding inside top notes of intense Cardamom Seed, wet Birch Wood and sweet Lemon rind, with center notes of a sweeping fresh breeze of Forest Moss and exotic Chinese Pepper, and a tart base note of burnt Lime peel.
The rarest of all the world's orchids is found hiding in top notes of elegant essence of Rothschild's Orchid blooms and sugary Almond, layered on heart notes of exotic Austrailian Sandalwood and honeyed Vanilla, with foot notes of delicious Coconut nectar and aromatic Amber Cloud.
Central Park Classic Candle-
Realize yourself on a misty morning walk through the park with a top note bouquet of fresh and fragrant Evergreen and cool Mint leaves, and heart notes of spicy Nutmeg and sweet Cinnamon, with foot notes of wet Oakwood and a heavenly Vanilla finish.
Hemmingway Classic Candle-
Isabella Classic Candle-
Named after our founder Ezra Winston's daughter, this sensuous and lush floral fragrance has a top note coalescence of fragrant Camelia blooms and sweet Pear blossom, and heart notes of wondrous Empress Rose laced with delicate Pomelo Mist, and bottom notes of airy Musk and aromatic Bartzella Peonies.
Men's Apothecary Votive Set-
Four of our favorite and most popular men's scents, including the cool and woodsy Lebanese Cedar, the clean and crisp Cut & Shave, thesharp and aromatic Blue Spruce, and our spicy and manly Hemmingway.Four votive candles emblazoned with profile silouettes of James andEzra Winston come nestled together in our signature apothecary box.
Scent Family: Fresh, Cologne, Forest, and Tobacco
Top Seller's Apothecary Votive Set-
Four of our favorite and most popular scents, including the fresh sea scent of Montauk, the rare and succulant White Currant, the invigorating scent of Mustique, and the intensely arromatic Plantation. Four votive candles emblazoned with profile silouettes of James and Ezra Winston come nestled together in our signature apothecary box.
Scent Family: Mixed Ocean, Floral, Fresh and Fruit