Aaron Toumazou at GQ listed his favourite scented candles to enhance any masculine living space during the lockdown, including the Man candle by Eym, Smoke and Musk by Earl of East and Kush scented candle by Boy Smells. Many of the candles he chose feature warm and woody notes such as Tobacco, Cedar and Leather.
At Elle Decor, Lucia Tonelli recommends using spicy, smokey, sultry scents to create a masculine vibe in your favourite spaces. They highlight the bestselling Teakwood & Tobacco Candle by P.F. Candle Co. as a top choice for men, alongside LES by Boy Smells – a great candle for men who like something a little fruity.
Do Men Like Scented Candles?
So, why do men like scented candles? I mean really the question should by why on earth wouldn’t they! Firstly having a fire in the home is a very primal thing. For millennia, from the time of cavemen to the invention of the lightbulb, humans relied on the light, heat and cooking power of fire. Tales of hunting prowess were shared between men sat around campfires, the dancing flame becoming a focal point of the evening. Fire represents home and safety, and just because we no longer live outside doesn’t mean that sense of wonder and protection has left us. When men light a scented candle at home it creates a similar ambience of relaxed camaraderie our ancestors felt in the presence of the homely hearth.
Unfortunately, over the years the feminisation of candles has put men off igniting this nightly ritual and connecting to their hunter-gather selves. Thankfully, this has changed in recent years and masculine scented candles with woody, citrus, spicy and smoked fragrances that appeal to the male nose have been created, gaining popularity across the gender spectrum.
The best manly candle scents are often similar to the fragrance of men’s cologne. Warm and woody fragrances are a great place for uninitiated men to begin discovering the best-scented candles for their man cave, but we highly recommend being brave and exploring fresh or floral fragrances too. Boy Smells create amazing candles that defy gender stereotypes and their entire collection is worth exploring for great men’s candles.
The best smelling candles for guys can also help alleviate bad odours (sneakers we’re looking at you) and of course, elevate any man’s bedroom into a romantic space in which to woo. Who can deny the power of candlelight to get you in the mood for loving?