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Best Men’s Candles To Make Your Man-Cave Smell Like New Again

Best Men's Candles

Much like perfume and cologne, scented candles create a signature. They personalize your living space (or man cave) by making it your own. The kind of scented candle you choose not only tells a lot about your person, but it also sets the mood of a room. Choose well and you’ll be king of your lair. Choose wrong and you suffer the consequence of a bad impression.

A scent evokes emotion so begin your selection with the end in mind. Consider the occasion, the venue, and time of day. And if you can, go with a smell that complements your own bottled potion. This can be a handy strategy, more so if the objective is to set your signature scent in stone.

Selecting can be a tedious task, so we rounded up the best scented candle brands for men so you can save time and focus on things that matter.


A Brooklyn based label founded by David and Kavi Moltz. Their scents are original, storied, and inspired by nature, art, and everyday objects. Get their cool (literally and figuratively) Big Sur candle that hints of minty eucalyptus and wet wood. Products are in unique packaging so unboxing is an experience.

D.S. & Durga Big Sur After Rain 7 oz Candle
Big Sur After Rain 7 oz Candle $100

Jo Malone

Established in 1993, British brand Jo Malone is known for their rich and potent perfumes and room candles. The choices are vast, but we like this standout cologne candle with a unique smell derived from dark tree resin. Notes include citrus and wood.

Jo Malone London Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense Scented Candle
Oud & Bergamot Cologne Intense Scented Candle $145

Tom Ford

Tom Ford is a designer synonymous to sleek sexy style. Today, he owns a global brand that offers multiple product lines, including premium candles for men with elegant packaging. The Amber Absolute has hints of vanilla, smoke, and wood – a heady mix that’s warm and ideal for your bathroom.

Tom Ford Grooming Amber Absolute Scented Candle
Grooming Amber Absolute Scented Candle $170

Maison Margiela

Paris-based Maison Margiela offers everything from haute couture pieces to fragrance. This By The Fireplace candle is clean, subtle, and straightforward. The scent is reminiscent of a warm and cozy fireplace in winter. We think this is worth stocking up as a regular.

Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' by The Fireplace
‘REPLICA’ by The Fireplace $62


If you like basketball, then you’ll strike a kinship with Swedish cult brand, Byredo. Owned by former basketball pro and art school graduate Ben Gorham, Byredo’s scents are inspired by experiences and memories. The Bibliotheque candle will give you hints of leather and patchouli, coupled with subtle fruity notes.

Byredo Bibliothèque Scented Candle
Bibliothèque Scented Candle $98

Ralph Lauren Home

We are no stranger to Ralph Lauren. We grew up knowing the all-American label. His latest home line includes impressive pieces that are clean and minimal. For starters, this Bedford Holiday candle – infused with warm currant, juniper, and evergreen – will serve you well if you’re hosting a shindig.

Ralph Lauren Home Holiday Scented Candle
Holiday Scented Candle $102

Tom Dixon

More known for designing furniture and lighting, Tom Dixon also has a compelling collection of home ware and scented products. The smell of this industrial-looking candle is reportedly an ‘olfactory equivalent to a stroll through Hyde Park’. The copper case also makes it a great living room accessory.

Tom Dixon London Scented Candle
London Scented Candle $170

BULY 1803

BULY 1803 is a heritage brand that goes way back to about 200 years ago. While their product philosophy is not entirely unique, the unique packaging is what sets them apart. It’s masculine, old-world inspired, and nothing like you’ve ever seen. Start with this spring-scented Pater Mateos candle.

Buly 1803 Pater Mateos Scented Candle
Pater Mateos Scented Candle $205


Diptyque is a Parisian label born in the 60s. Creating perfumes and scented candles is their specialty, and this is evident in their products. This handmade Baies candle has a rich fragrance from a blend of sweet rose and warm blackcurrant. Use it for an inviting atmosphere.

Diptyque Black Baies Scented Candle
Baies Scented Candle $112

Cire Trudon

If you want to feel like a royal, then a candle from Cire Trudon would be it. The French label has been making candles since the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. Our choice: the Solix Rex – minty, citrus, with a hint of cedar wood. Plus, the packaging is opulent enough to turn it into a centrepiece.

Cire Trudon Solis Rex Scented Candle
Solis Rex Scented Candle $114

Cap d'Arsène

Cap d’Arsène was launched in 2017 with the goal of redefining beach essentials. They offer luxurious beach towels, totes, and scented candles. Yes, there is such a thing as a poolside candle. We like the Sable Cypres, with a refreshing fragrance of marine and pine.

Cap d'Arsène Sable Cypres Candle
Sable Cypres Candle $73

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Best Scented Candles FAQ

How do I choose a scented candle?

Consider your space. Some scents are more appropriate for certain rooms in your house, like a fresh candle for your kitchen. Also, if your room is large with high ceilings, you may need a bigger candle to maximize the scent.

What scented candles are masculine?

Some of the more masculine scents for candles are leather, coffee, pine and sandalwood. Blends like lavender with woodsy undertone and tobacco-infused vanilla are also good options.

What scented candle is best for good night sleep?

To keep you relaxed after a hard day’s work, try scented candles like chamomile, clary sage, and bergamot. Grapefruit, jasmine and ylang ylang candles also work in reducing stress.


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