Fellas, it’s time to face reality: Candles are freaking amazing. Like nothing else out there, these waxy vessels can make your home smell phenomenal while transporting you to dreamy locations all over the world.
And though candles may conjure up images of your grandma’s house (complete with crocheted coasters, kitten needle points, and a too-sweet aroma of vanilla), they’re no longer kitschy afterthoughts, but full-on statement essentials that can set the tone for an entire space.
It’s time to drop the notion that candles aren’t for guys and get into it! Don’t know where to start? Begin your votive journey with a few of our favorite scented candles for men below.
Square Trade Goods Balsam Fir Scent – $22
Featuring the fresh, crisp scent of pine needles, the Balsam Fir candle from Square Trade Goods is a must for guys looking to get in touch with their inner mountain man. And with a burn time of 55 hours, this American-made product is guaranteed to leave your house smelling great for a long time.
Sydney Hale Bourbon & Brown Sugar – $25
Handcrafted in a vessel that easily doubles as your next whiskey glass, the Bourbon & Brown Sugar candle from Sydney Hale is, put quite simply, a true delight. The long-lasting soy wax is infused with double-oaked bourbon and salted brown sugar caramel for a smoky/sweet combination that can’t be beat.
United By Blue Roadtrip Enamel Candle Mug – $38
What’s better than a candle that smells like cedarwood and spices? A candle that smells like cedarwood and spices that’s also a fully functional mug! Outfitted with a stylish roadtrip motif, this candle from United by Blue gives a nostalgic nod to the open road while perfuming your room with a luxurious, warm scent. Plus, once it melts, it transforms into a coffee cup.
Ethics Supply Company Moonlight Surnada Candle – $38
Inspired by the aromas of Big Sur, the Moonlight Surnada candle is a perfect option for those longing for the West Coast. Featuring accents of native bay laurel, lemon verbena, douglas fir and jeffrey pine, this candle is the ideal anecdote to a cold and dreary day.
Ash & Fir Lodge Scent – $12
If you’re looking for a strong outdoor vibe, you can’t go wrong with the Lodge Candle from Ash & Fir. Produced with notes of balsam fir and freshly split wood, a single inhale from this bad boy is sure to ferry you to the woodsy retreat of your dreams.
Source Adage Pacific Coast Scented Candle – $95
With a robust fragrance of lime zest, cypress, basil and sage brush, this candle is meant to evoke the shoreline forests of the Pacific Coast. While the price is certainly a bit hefty, it’s worth it for the gorgeous smell and the over 75 hour burn time.
Saturdays NYC Fragment Candle – $65
For something a little different from your normal “masculine” candle fare, consider this one from Saturdays NYC. Swapping out the essence of the great outdoors for the comforting scents of patchouli and vanilla, this candle packs a spicy punch that’s bound to linger long after the flame’s gone out.
Candles aren’t alone in the funky smell killing department — there are plenty of other options out there. We recommend these because they make your home smell like a cabin in the woods.