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.

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.

 Yankee man candles

 

  • 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.

The original man candles

  • 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.

Diptyque man candles

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

Hawk Hatchet Campfire Candle

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.

Campfire from Hawk & Hatchet

 

Outlaw from Wild Well Supply

Outlaw Wild West Supply Candle

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.

Outlaw from Wild Well Supply

 

Sea Salt & Agave from Woodfire Candle Co

Woodfire Candle Company

Another woodwick candle that comes in a whiskey glass – and it smells great.

Sea Salt & Agave from Woodfire Candle Co.

 

Walden Woods from Hearth & Hammer

Walden Wods CandleFor book lovers, Hearth & Hammer creates great small batch candles with unique labels, clever names, and great scents.

Walden Woods from Hearth & Hammer

 


Balsam & Citrus from Craft + Foster

Balsam and Citrus Craft and Foster Candle

This San Diego candle company is just getting started and make some fantastic scents. Balsam & Citrus is my favorite.

Balsam & Citrus from Craft + Foster

 

Whiskey from Wax & Wick

Whisky Wax and Wick Candle
Another wood wick candle in a burly looking container. Definately go with the black container instead of the white if you’re buying this candle for a man.

Whiskey from Wax & Wick

 

Firewood. Tobacco, and Spruce candle set
from Brooklyn Candle Studio

Brooklyn Candle Studio

Brooklyn Candle studio makes some fantastic candles and their “Man Candle” set is one of their best in my opinion.

Firewood. Tobacco, and Spruce candle set from Brooklyn Candle Studio

 

Wooden No. 1 from Great Bear Wax Co.

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.

Wooden No. 1 from Great Bear Wax Co.

 

One Night Stand from Italic

One Night Stand Italic Candle

Italic’s candles are unique because they come in paint cans and have creative names.

One Night Stand from Italic

And last but not least we have….

Woods Candle from Brand & Iron

Woods Brand and Iron Candle

The handmade leather wrap on these candles is what I love about them but they smell good too, especially their woods scent.

Woods Candle from Brand & Iron

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.

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Happy candle hunting!

~ Kyle

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