"The house itself was owned by a Captain Kittredge who was a sea captain," she said.
However, Hickman, who thought “Kittredge Candles” sounded better than “Hickman Candles,” never realized her company's name would cause such confusion in the business world.
"The person who started Yankee candle is Michael Kittredge and he spells it the same way, so there's been some confusion," Hickman explained. "His [son's] new company is called Kringle Candles” (since Kittredge was taken).
From the very beginning, Hickman has always had a line of “man scents” in her inventory.
"We have 180 fragrances all together. Bacon, beer, dirt, pizza, leather, wild cherry cough drops. They're not bad scents. Dirt is a nice smell," she said.
Besides candles, Hickman also makes lotions, soaps and lip balm in more typical fragrances like ocean mist, eucalyptus and cucumber melon.
"We take about two thirds of our fragrances when we go to a show," Hickman said. "It amazes me that bacon is so popular when we have all those pretty scents."
Last month, Hickman attended the Strawberry Festival in South Berwick where her unusual fragrances were a hit.
"They're a great novelty gift," she said.
Hickman plans to return to Maine this fall for the Summer Solstice craft show in Wells on Sept. 8 and 9. In the meantime, her products and unique scents can be found online at http://www.etsy.com/shop/kittredgecandles.