Updated: Jan 9, 2018 12:04 pm
If you feel that your bachelor pad is lacking a certain little something, you can pump a little personality into it with some badass manly candles. Candles don’t need to be reserved only for when you’re trying to get your freak on with the ladies, gents. Just because you’re a dude, doesn’t mean your place needs to constantly smell like sweat and bacon — even if that bacon smell is a delightful one. Without having to resort to a whole interior design overhaul, candles can give your man cave a chill ambiance, as well as make it smell great.
Candles have a bit of a bad rap for being too girly, and let’s face it, your buddy, Dave, would have a field day if he came over for game night and the place smelled like “strawberry and unicorn mist.” But not all candles are created equally, with scents ranging from whisky to tobacco to, yep, even gun powder! So we’ve found 21 of the best manly candles that your buddies will enjoy equally as much as any woman you may bring home, so up your game with these options.
See our picks for the best candles for men by scrolling down to the pictures below.
1. Manly Candles - Manu Home Night Sky Scented Candle
This luxury scented candle from Manu Home in Night Sky smells great, and the simple, beautiful, black glass design perfectly complements any décor in any room of your house. The candle burns clean and even for hours, and the glass is reusable. It is handmade in the USA using high quality wax. The scent is a soothing, relaxing, light aroma of jasmine, suede and white frangipani.
Where to buy: $16.50, Amazon
2. Manly Indulgence Candles - Solas Fois Candle
Can’t really get manlier than Scotland. Fact. This “Fois” candle (Gaelic word for serenity) is made from a natural soy wax, and is scented with the tranquil and cleansing aroma of white jasmine and fig. The creamy white candle comes is a gray smokey glass with silver-tone top, making it versatile for use in any room of the house. With three wicks, and an extended burning time of 45 hours, this candle will see you through many nights.
Where to buy: $18.99, Amazon
3. Men’s Scented Candles - Skógur Home, Coast of Big Sur, California Scented Soy Candle
"Skógur" is an Old Norse dialect for the word “Forest," and these candles are designed and inspired by nature and the great outdoors. These white, eco-friendly, non-toxic, vegan candles are made from soybean wax and the glass container is reusable. The scent is delicate and not over-powering and will fill your house with the subtle aromas of sandalwood, ocean beach, California oak, and balsam. It burns for up to 50 hours so you definitely get your money’s worth.
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
5. Man Cave - Set of 3 Manly Candles from Old Factory
This set of candles comes in three extremely pleasant manly scents: Straight Razor, Leather, and Mahogany. Each 4-ounce candle is handmade in the USA with natural soy wax, and self-trimming cotton candle wicks, and are lead-free. Using only the best premium fragrance oils, each candle burns clean for 25 to 30 hours. The subtle jar design makes it the perfect complement for any decor.
Where to buy: $28.97, Amazon
6. Manly Candles - Wax & Wick Scented Soy Candle
The antithesis of girly, this candle is black and smells of mulled cider. Forget those flowery, overpowering smells, that make you feel like you’re in a perfume shop. These candles give off a fresh, woodsy scent, with subtle, spicy notes of apple, nutmeg, amber, vanilla, caramel, and sandalwood. Made from 100% pure soy wax with a double wick, it burns cleanly for up to 60 hours, and the container reusable.
Where to buy: $24.95, Amazon
7. Manly Candles - Decoware Warm Tobacco Pipe Candle
Here’s a candle scent that will make even the manliest of men, like your grandpa, proud: Warm Tobacco Pipe! It’ll put hairs on your chest, son! This richly scented 2-wick 15-ounce candle’s scent is described as, “brushed suede meld with aromatic greens, soft weathered woods, earthy patchouli and smoky leather.” The artisan-made, soy blend, hand-poured candle has an approximate burn time of 58 hours, comes in a heavy black glass with black lid, and can be used in or outdoors.
Where to buy: $19.62, Amazon
8. Manly Candles - Brewed2Burn - Winterberry Wheat Craft Beer Candle
Guys, this candle is an actual craft beer bottle! Made in America (West Mifflin, PA, to be precise), it smells of balsam fir, cinnamon, tart berries and plum. Each candle is composed of all-natural, soy-based components and will burn for up to 60 hours, lighting and infusing your home with the essence of your favorite craft brews. Plus, as an extra incentive to buy, a portion of the proceeds of every candle sold is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Where to buy: $21.95, Amazon
9. Man Cave Candle from Reserve
This candle for your man cave comes in a reusable whiskey glass so once your candle is finished, after more than 50 hours usage, you can pour in your favorite tipple and use it as a tumbler. The scent is the very masculine Aqua di Gio with bergamot, tangerine and persimmon aromas. Reserve is a small business making eco-friendly products in America, so you can indulge while also supporting American small businesses.
Where to buy: $24.99, Amazon
11. Manly Candles - ArtNaturals Scented Candle Gift Set - 6 Piece Aromatherapy Set
This gray, 6-piece candle set is great for spreading around the house to create a serene ambiance. The relaxing aromatherapy scents are citrus, sweet pea and spice, honeydew and frankincense, peach and prosecco, pear and riesling, and vanilla and sandalwood. Soy wax makes for a healthier, cleaner, longer-lasting, and cruelty-free experience.
Where to buy: $29.95, Amazon
12. Manly Candles - Serenity Aromatherapy Scented Candles, Set of 2
These beautiful dark blue mason jar candles are really stylish and won’t go unnoticed. In a good way. Made with premium organic oils and smokeless 100% cotton wicks, the scents have subtle notes of sun lily, bergamot, orange blossom, peony, and night jasmine. They also have hints of peach, basil, vetiver, sandalwood, evergreen, and the ever manly musk. They burn nice and slow so you’ll get over 100 hours of relaxing aromatherapy candlelight.
Where to buy: $24.99, Amazon
13. Manly Candles - Bath & Body Works, Aromatherapy Stress Relief 3-Wick Candle
After a hard day at work, there’s nothing wrong with just wanting to chill at home. So get into your jammies, pour yourself a drink, and light this Bath and Body Works aromatherapy eucalyptus and spearmint scented candle for stress relief. The eucalyptus essential oils clear the mind while the spearmint essential oils lift the spirit. Made with an exclusive blend of vegetable wax and wicks, your candle won't burn out until well after 25-45 hours.
Where to buy: $21.48, Amazon
14. Fury Bros. Patriot Scented Candles for Men
Fury Bros. have created these fun candles that come in seven different funky, manly patterns and scents. This one, Patriot, is described as “Colony farmed fresh-cut tobacco blended superbly with a campfire on Independence Day. Smoke, spice, and everything nice combine to make Patriot the perfect American tribute.” It comes in a one pint vintage oil can container with top included and is made in the USA with natural oils. It has an approximate 80-hour burn and is vegan friendly.
Where to buy: $29.99, Amazon
15. Manly Candles - Northern Lights Candles Spirit Jar Candle, Whiskey & Tobacco
Whiskey and tobacco. What more do you want when searching for the perfect manly candle? With its tainted glass, and natural cork top, this candle burns for 35 hours while giving you a subtle fragrance of your favorite things. One buyer said, “This is a very well made, mixology speaking, candle. Great scent, beautiful level burn pool, no smoke or waste, fabulous packaging, cannot find anything negative about it, and I'm picky as can be. This is a winner,” while another raved, “I'm a candle snob and this is seriously my favorite candle. The smell is intoxicating and subtly fills up the room if you leave it burning for a while. I wish they made a bigger size!”
Where to buy: $14.00, Amazon
16. Special Reserve Soy Wax Candle, Mr. Fitch's Tincture Scent
Inspired by Ezra Fitch's cologne, this scent exudes lavender, fresh bergamot, and sexy leather accords, deepens into a masculine musk, and finishes with sandalwood. 10 ounces of 100% natural soy wax in a classic Libbey old fashioned glass tumbler, with a nice-fitting metal black lid, you can enjoy this great scent for over 50 hours. These candles are hand-poured in the USA and make a great addition to any bachelor pad.
Where to buy: $16.99, Amazon
18. Man Candles Amazon - Smell My Nuts Scented Candle by Our Own Candle Company
Let’s just clarify right now that this candle doesn’t smell like nuts. Well, it does smell like nuts, but not nuts nuts, if you get our drift. This mason jar candle makes a great gift for someone who can take a joke, and also likes the smell of banana nut bread, toasted coconut and hazelnut. Made in the USA with 100 hours burn time, and only $9.99, this candle is a great buy, and a laugh.
Where to buy: $9.99, Amazon
19. Manly Indulgence Candles Suit and Tie
As chic as you can get, this black candle is for those dapper gentlemen who like a bit of luxury in their lives. Of its notes of jasmine, sandalwood, and sugary musk, one such buyer says it smells like “the remnants of Polo men's cologne after a long day,” And another said, “Smells great! Only have to burn for a short amount of time to fill the room!”
Where to buy: $32.50, Amazon