Making "Scents" of History

Updated: Sep 22

"Nothing brings to life again a forgotten memory like fragrance." - C Poindexter.


I am often asked how I come up with the fragrance names for Gold Rush Wax Co. The answer isn't always the same, it depends on the fragrance. I am a history buff and often see the romantic side of history. In reality, if one were to travel back in time to the California Gold Rush, the smells would not be inspirational for a line of home fragrances. Miners covered in dirt and sweat did not have the convenience of modern daily baths or even deodorant, sometimes weeks would pass before the opportunity would arise, then it could be with water others bathed in!


A fictional freshly washed miner was the inspiration behind our Gold Pan. Lavender growing on a hill in a nearly abandoned Gold Rush town influenced the creation of Coloma. Abundant blackberries in the area of a mine with an unique name became Petticoat Mine

Sometimes I have a name before I have the fragrance and sometimes a fragrance just reminds you of something. American River smells like a summer day spent relaxing with good friends along the river. I laugh when customers smell Argonaut and say "it smells like a sexy man!" because it does! The men headed west in search of fortune were called argonauts.


Rail Road Flat (No. 286 California Historical Landmark)


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