Manly Candles That Men Will Actually Enjoy
by Kyle Doherty
A few months back I got on a serious candle kick. I’ve always liked candles but my real motivation for buying them was to help my small Brooklyn apartment smell like something other than my rescue Pit Bull Molly.
I started with a couple wood scented (mass produced) candles from Target and quickly became sick of them. I then turned to google and found the concept of “man candles” sometimes called “mandles” (PLEASE never use this word) which is nothing new. There are many brands out there making candles for men, the problem is, the majority are rubbish.
Most of what you’ll find on the web when searching for “manly candles” fall into one of three categories:
- Consumer Brands – these candles are very popular but their attempts to appeal to men fall way short in my opinion. When guys look at these candles, the words tough, rugged, masculine, etc. are the last things that come to mind.
- Gimmicky Candles – I have no idea who buys these candles, I’m hoping it’s only as gag gifts but something tells me that’s not the case. If you search for “manly candles” you’ll quickly come across fart, bacon, and beach babe scented candles…facepalm.
- Expensive High End Brands – finally you have your high end candles for men from brands like Baxter of California and Diptyque Paris. Don’t get me wrong… these are very nice candles but they don’t look that masculine in my opinion and they’ll burn a hole in your wallet. Many often selling for over $50 a piece.
After days of searching online I finally found candles that look and smell rugged and don’t break the bank. To save you the headache I went through – here is a list of 10 great candles for men that I’ve found.
10 Man Candles That Are Actually Manly
Campfire from Hawk & Hatchet
This candle doesn’t just smell like a campfire it makes you feel like you sitting around one. Plus with a rugged name like Hawk & Hatchet, and the cool label to match – it’s a great candle for a guy, or anyone who wants a change from the Pumpkin Spice Yankee candles.
Outlaw from Wild Well Supply
This candle is as manly as it gets. Black wax, woodwick that burns like a road flare, rugged & complex smell, and a rusted metal container.
Sea Salt & Agave from Woodfire Candle Co
Another woodwick candle that comes in a whiskey glass – and it smells great.
Walden Woods from Hearth & Hammer
This San Diego candle company is just getting started and make some fantastic scents. Balsam & Citrus is my favorite.
Whiskey from Wax & Wick
Firewood. Tobacco, and Spruce candle set
from Brooklyn Candle Studio
Brooklyn Candle studio makes some fantastic candles and their “Man Candle” set is one of their best in my opinion.
Wooden No. 1 from Great Bear Wax Co.
This candle makes you feel like you’re actually in the woods and it’s clean, retro label makes it look great as well.
One Night Stand from Italic
Italic’s candles are unique because they come in paint cans and have creative names.
And last but not least we have….
Woods Candle from Brand & Iron
The handmade leather wrap on these candles is what I love about them but they smell good too, especially their woods scent.
There you go. Ten masculine, small batch candles in a wide variety of scents and looks. Hopefully this saves you some of the headache I went through when trying to find candles.
Happy candle hunting!