Let's face it: when you're buying a gift, but you aren't quite sure what to get, a scented candle is the perfect present. It's practical, affordable, and can provide hours of enjoyment for someone that you care about. A good candle can transform any room into a cozy, aromatic environment that's just a little nicer to be in. That said, your task could be a little trickier if you happen to be shopping for a man in your life. Whether you're looking for a sweet gift for a boyfriend or planning for Father's Day, it's no secret that, as men, we can be a bit picky. You always want to buy a candle that you know will be used, so the key here is to know the person that you're shopping for.
If you're looking for the perfect candle that's specifically geared towards men, you've come to the right place. To help you out, we took the time to find the best traditionally masculine candles around. From bold scents like tobacco and mahogany to wood wicks and soy wax candles, you're sure to find the perfect fit.
Our Top Picks:
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Manly Indulgence Last Call
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Boy Smells LES Candle
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Lulu Sexy Man Candle
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Bath & Body Works White Barn Mahogany Teakwood
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Wood Wick Trilogy Cozy Cabin 3-in-1 Candle
A combination of bold, spicy notes and mellower scents to even them out, Last Call is a great choice for any man. Perfect for winding down after a night out or enjoying a movie night in, this is a candle that he'll be excited to light every time. Its premium cotton wick burns for up to 60 hours, and it's available in 16.5 or 22 ounce sizes.
My personal favorite candle brand, P.F. Candle Co. products consistently provide unique scents, plus a clever design that evokes the look of an old-time apothecary. Their Teakwood & Tobacco candle, affectionately known as the "Boyfriend Scent", is among their best and will fill the room with hints of leather, citrus and musk. These candles are on the smaller side at 7.2 ounces, but trust me: once you try one, you'll be coming back for more.
If you're looking for a candle that should appeal to all genders alike, this is the one for you. Appropriately named Les (the French plural article for both masculine and feminine nouns), this Boy Smells candle is designed to make everyone happy. It offers a balanced aroma, plus soot-free, clean burning ingredients that help justify its higher price tag.
If you're looking for class paired with simplicity, the Fireside candle by Craft & Kin is a good bet. A woody yet spicy scent comes out of this natural soy candle with clean-burning wooden wick. The all-black design should fit nicely with any decor and taste, and for the price, you won't find many better options.
If you're trying to give your boyfriend or husband a not-so-subtle confidence boost, the Sexy Man candle from Lulu should do the trick. It's designed to smell like cologne, and boasts some high-quality ingredients and a solid burn time for its size. At six ounces, it's definitely on the smaller end, but you can always opt for the nine ounce version if you want to spend a bit more.
Everything about this candle's design, from the box it comes in to its all-black coloring, insists on sophistication. The rose and sandalwood combo creates a relaxing, woodsy vibe, and it's provide plenty of use with 45 hours of burn time. Plus, Benevolence is a company with a purpose - 10% of all profits go to one of its partner non-profits.
Bath & Body Works has long been known for its top-tier candle selection. This mahogany and teakwood candle is no different, and it's perfectly suited to masculine sensibilities. However, its burn time is something to consider since, despite its larger size, it only guarantees 25 hours.
If you're nervous about choosing the perfect candle, you can cast a wider net with this variety pack. Each candle is four ounces, and you can choose from a few different themes. Our pick is the Bachelor Pad set, which comes with warm tobacco, fresh shave, and smoked suede scents.
For those looking to fill their home with a unique, instantly recognizable scent, take a look at this Tobacco & Vanilla candle. It has a trendy, modern aesthetic, and it's highly scented to ensure that you feel its full effect. The slow-burning wick lasts quite a while and won't require much trimming, making this a luxurious and practical option.
The perfect addition to any home bar or man cave, this Bourbon & Spice scented candle might be small, but it's sure to be a hit. It has a great look with a natural cork top, and the craft cocktail-inspired scent should excite any whiskey lovers out there. Burn time is around 35 hours, and once it's used up, you can check out other Northern Lights scents like Dark Rum & Oak.
For the literary man, the library candle collection from Paddywax is a no-brainer. Whether he's reading or writing, one of these candles should provide some inspiration with relaxing aromatic combinations and quotes from famous writers on each one. You can choose from a variety of author-inspired candles, including Tolstoy, Emerson, Wilde, and more.
Everyone loves a good bonfire, and this Wood Wick beauty provides all the sensory benefits of one without the effort. The layered scent, along with wick embers and signature crackle, aims to give you a sense of the outdoors. Its ellipse shape allows for a more evenly distributed melting, ensuring that you get the most out of it each time it's used.
This Love & Linger candle recreates the magic of the Old West with a leather and campfire combination that makes anyone feel like John Wayne. It's made with premium essential fragrance oils, and with three wicks, the scent is sure to reach every corner of the room.
Another option from Paddywax, this candle is one where you'll keep the jar even after the wax has melted completely. But aside from its look, you can count on an intoxicating Amber & Smoke scent that everyone will fall in love with.
At 17 ounces, this is the biggest candle we included in this list. It's well-suited to live on a coffee table, and it is made from a natural soy blend with self-trimming wicks. The Driftwood & Amber fragrance is powered by natural essential oils, which should compensate for the candle's relatively short burn time for its size.
With this Dark Rum & Oak candle, the only thing to consider is if the scent is the right one. With up to 100 hours to burn, you'll definitely want to be sure that it's one that'll be appreciated. Fortunately, the mellow blend creates a peaceful, enjoyable atmosphere that will please anyone.