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, house-made tonics, elixirs and scented candles that proclaimed to be cures for all of life's ailments. The Winston brothers 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 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.
John 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, Penn Chemists, present the same complex recipes of rare, exotic and peculiar fragrance oils that were originally used, and blend them with a strictly pure, natural soy, coconut oil and organic beeswax base which provides a persuasive scent that burns long and evenly. They take pride that their waxes are infused with a higher concentration of fragrance than most other companies, ensuring for a more compelling and lasting scent throw. Unfamiliar and mysteriously distinct scents 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 demand 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