Know someone who misses Philadelphia? Help them reminisce with a candle that smells like home. No seriously, you can do that. Or make the gesture, at least.
A company called Homesick Candles made a splash a few years back when it started selling scented wicked-wax jars themed after various places. Options available include various countries around the world, all 50 U.S. states, several different regions, and many American cities.
Some of these scents are obvious. Ocean-pine for Cape Cod. Campfire for Smoky Mountains. Tanned leather for Aspen. Caviar for the Hamptons.
And for Philadelphia, well, Homesick says its going for “sweet smells from Italian bakeries” by using a blend of musk and vanilla “to encapsulate The City of Brotherly Love.”
Mmmm, maybe. But maybe not. What smells would really rep the city? Herewith we present 9 Philly scented candles to burn when you miss home.
1) Wawa Hoagie Counter
Old tomatoes + heavy oregano + notes of mayonnaise
2) SEPTA Elevator
Urine with a strong metallic undercurrent
3) Philly Pretzel Factory
Stale pretzels + old coins
4) Ninth & Passyunk
Sizzling meat, frying onions and just enough nuance of vomit
5) River Wards
Fireball shot + Newport ash
6) Broad & Erie
Beard oil + dehydrated cheese whiz
7) The Rizzo Statue
Grandpa’s cologne with an undertone of raw eggs
8) Flor de Fairhill
Pinchos + fireworks
9) Manayunk Main Street
Vintage clothing + raw sewage