Think candles are still a ‘girl thing’ ? Think again. Gone are the days you have to grimace at the scent of your girlfriend’s Japanese Cherry Blossom candle filling up your airspace. Here, are the days of being all man and enjoying the scent of a masculine candle. Masculine candle?…Yep. A new wave of sophisticated scents make it completely normal for a dude to delve into the unfamiliar world of candles. I know there’s no shortage of irresponsibly perfumed offerings out there, so I’ve picked my top 10 candles appropriate for any man cave. We’re going for rich leathers, smoky tobaccos, woods, patchouli, amber, and bergamot.
1. Diptyque- Feu de Bois (Firewood)
Description: Feu de Bois is an unusual warm and woody fragrance. Its smouldering aroma captures burning embers with the smokey warmth of Lapsang Tea to create a unique, slightly mysterious scent.
2. Restoration Hardware- Italian Leather
Description: With a blend of Italian leather, weathered wood of mahogany and ebony, silky suede, antiqued leatherm and a hint of tobacco lead, this scent draws inspiration from the natural world and objects found in destinations abroad.
3. Le Labo- Cedre 11
Description: Cedar, birchwood, gaïac and musky undertones for the darkest, smokiest, and dirtiest of them all in the collection. This awesome home scent calls for year-round winters and endless romance.
4. Belstaff- Black Absinthe
Description:Steeped in Belstaff’s unique heritage and spirit of adventure, the scent of exotic woods features signature notes of dark absinthe and wild fig combined with notes of tobacco, whiskey and patchouli.
5. Archipelago- Bergamot Tobacco
Description: Italian bergamot, lemongrass, patchouli, and crushed nutmeg.
6. Molton Brown- Firefly Embers
Description: Top notes of cypres, birch, and cedar wood. Middle notes of black leather and cade. Base notes of tar, amber, and wood.
7. Cire Trudon- Ernesto Tobacco and Leather
Description: The woody fragrance is a medley of rum, oak, tobacco, bergamot, leather and amber.
8. Nest- After Midnight
Description: Cedar wood and a soft suede accord are blended with bergamot and enhanced with a spicy melange of cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon bark.
9. (MALIN + GOETZ)- Tobacco
Description: Top notes: Basil and Rye; Middle notes: Chestnut Honey and Ylang Ylang; Base notes of Tobacco Leaves, Guaiacwood and Bourbon Vanilla.
10. Burberry- Wood Embers
Description: The Burberry wood embers candle is enriched with the intoxicating notes of roasted chestnut, rum, smoky cedar wood, dry oak, and bourbon vanilla.