Let’s do some sports, shall we? I will write a word, and you will close your eyes, count to five and say the first thing that comes to mind. Are you ready? Here we go.

Wait, wait, don’t tell me. Was it “women?”Maybe, maybe not. If so, it’s time to let go of that tired mindset and embrace the candle as the calming, uplifting, attractive little open flame that it is. If not, good for you.

The best candles for men, like the best men, rely on their own skin. Yes, cedar, wood, leather and amber play a very important role in my list of favorites, as they should very well. But good candles for men do not have to be about masculinity in the traditional sense. Some are soft. Some are lavender. And that’s okay.

But since life is all about balance, one of them is an exact replica of a running shoe.

KEY FINDINGS

The best candles for men have some key features in common, such as a subtly masculine candle scent, a respectable burning time and an attractive, eye-catching container. Byredo’s tree house candle, my top choice, embodies these attributes.

Nevertheless, it is quite understandable that not everyone wants to buy expensive candles. My runner-up, the Cedar & Suede Soy Candle from Public Goods, is also fantastic for the reasons mentioned above, but it costs a fraction of the price.

1. THE BEST SAILING FOR MEN: BYREDO TREE HOUSE SAILING

The reputation of the fragrance, accessories and lifestyle house Byredo, founded in Stockholm, speaks for itself. And although his Vela Bibliotèque is by far the most popular, the deepest cuts are usually the most worthy opponents.

Apart from all the noise, who doesn’t love a tree house?

The Byredo tree house candle is at the top of my list of the best candles for men for several reasons. For starters, it has a versatile masculine fragrance with notes of bamboo, cedar and leather. And if you, like me, are a nightly candle burner, you will appreciate the impressive burning time of 60 hours. The attractively minimalist glass of this candle sweetens the pot even more and adds a touch of class to any room.

Aroma: Bamboo, Pepper, Cedar wood, Leather / Size: 2.5oz / 8.5oz / Wicks: 1 / Shape: Round / Burning Time: 60 hours / Material: Beeswax and plant wax

2. THE BEST ECONOMIC CANDLE FOR MEN: CEDAR AND SUEDE SOY CANDLE FROM PUBLIC GOODS

Good candles for men are expensive. Correction: most good candles for men are expensive. Others are cedar wood soy candles and suede for public goods. For less than dollars you get an attractive candle with notes of sandalwood, jasmine and leather, which smells like the day is long.

At this price, these are the candles that you distribute throughout the house while relaxing and reading a book, settling on the couch to watch a movie or setting the tone in the bedroom. Or you can just give it to someone as a last minute gift and call them one day.

3. THE BEST PECULIAR SAIL FOR MEN: AXEL ARIGATO MARATHON SAIL

Axel Arigato created this conversation piece with a wick in collaboration with the candle bar. It is… it’s a shoe. But not just any shoe. It is an exact replica of the Arigato running shoe, down to the last detail.

If you really burn this guy, you should know that, like the Neighborhood 01 candle from Held, he has less to do with the fragrance and more to do with how he looks on your coat or shelf. Spoiler: It will look like a shoe. Apart from that, this would also be a great gift for the man who already has everything.

4. THE BEST MOOD CANDLE FOR MEN – NEUTRAL RED SAFFRON AND CEDAR sapphire

On the other hand, sometimes you just need a super discreet candle that does a lot of heavy lifting when it’s time to take things to the next level with your partner. The brown container does not demand attention, and the aroma is present and in the background at the same time.

The notes of saffron, white tea, musk, amber and sandalwood play with each other to create a sensual and masculine aroma. But not the kind that will punch your date in the face. He’s the guy who doesn’t punch in the face. What is the best guy.

5. THE BEST WOODEN CANDLE FOR MEN: BOY SMELLS CEDAR STACK CANDLE AT SEPHORA

Boy Smells has made a big name for itself since its inception in 2015. The playful and experimental character of the brand is evident in the names of such candle fragrances as Cowboy Kush, Night Rider, Gardener and Park Life.

But, unfortunately, we are not here to talk about fantasy. We’re here to talk about Woodsy. Enter: cedar pile, a masculine blend of cedar, juniper berries, sawdust and white musk. Well, here’s the part where I would normally say something like, “If John Dutton was a candle, he’d be this th…”

6. THE BEST WINTER SAIL FOR MEN: SKANDINAVISK SKOG-TRANQUILITY OF THE BOREAL FOREST

Pine cone. Pine needles. birch SAP. Leather. I mean, the incredibly woody scents go on and on in the Skog candle from Skandinavisk from then on. If you are the type who loves curling up by the fire with a good book, or if the smell of Christmas trees puts you in a happy state of mind, you will love having some of these candles hanging in the house.

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