A whiff of the 909


While shopping at the Cost Plus in her new town of Oxnard, my former colleague Wendy Leung was unexpectedly reminded of the city in which she lived before relocating: She found hand cream, shower gel and shower lotion marketed as the “Pomona Travel Collection.”

“All the toiletries I need for a visit to my former hometown,” Leung remarks wistfully.

According to the tag, the items are “inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean” — oh, the old Roman goddess angle — and are “available in four scents: Sicilian Orange, Turkish Pomegranate, Grecian Fig and Spanish Almond.”

What, nothing that smells like antique stores, salsa or Donahoo’s chicken?

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  • Ramona

    Maybe walking around smelling like Donahoo’s chicken is not such a good idea. Loose dogs, dontcha know.

    And in this heat many of us already smell like antique stores.

    Best to stay with the original scents. Sicilian Orange for me, please.

    [To each his or her own. — DA]

  • Erik G.

    My research assistant, Miss Google, tells me the following:

    “Pomona, ancient Roman goddess of harvest, inspires World Market’s bath and body collection, bringing you fragrant fruits of the Mediterranean. Our Pomona Sicilian Orange Collection is crafted from splendid ingredients to help rejuvenate the skin and soothe the mind.”


    [I know I always find my visits to Pomona rejuvenating and soothing. — DA]

  • http://empoprise-ie.blogspot.com/ John E. Bredehoft

    I would grade this travel collection as “fair.”

    [Heh. — DA]

  • Allan

    How could they leave out the scent of the sea breeze? I’m speculating that this is why you find your visits to the city rejuvenating and soothing!


    “The summer climate of Pomona is very beneficial to persons with bronchial and pulmonary complaints, the elevation, pure dry mountain air and distance from the ocean being desirable. The daily sea breeze is very balmy and the nights are cool.”
    — 1896 Pomona City Directory

    From the same directory:

    Fact #2: Pomona City has over 7000 inhabitants and is growing rapidly. It is one of the most prosperous cities in the State.

    More importantly,
    Fact #5: The Progress has the best clubbing list of any Pomona paper.

    [Clubbing list! Do you think that refers to social clubs? — DA]

  • Wendy Leung

    Next up: The South Ontario and Sylmar Travel Collection. (If Cost Plus were to be inspired by my other previous residences.)

    [Not sure how the public would feel about scents inspired by South Ontario. — DA]

  • Bob Terry

    And if you buy 3 or more do you get the bonus scent “eu da gunpowder”?