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Chances are your first candle was a poor introduction to the category (a blazing red wax log promising the essence of apple pie? A pale violet blob touting a total lavender takeover?). Luckily, for gents who care about the finer points of comfortable living, there’s a new, more masculine breed of candle. Far from frilly, they’re more like casual colognes for your home that can be swapped out seasonally or depending on your mood. Here are a few of our favorites.
This creamy soy wax candle sits inside a handsome, bourbon-colored glass jar with a sturdy screw-on lid. The heady cypress scent is tempered by the sweetness of fig—simple and clean. Remember to stash this in a checked bag to avoid explaining yourself to the TSA.
Like a rich fall cologne, this candle blends birch and cedar with leather, giving off a woodsy, campfire-like scent. The thick-bottomed, black glass jar, reminiscent of a well-made cocktail tumbler, feels right at home on the coffee table.
As tasty as salmon and flank steak are, you don’t want your entire living space smelling like them for hours after you turn off the broiler. This blend of soy, bees, and vegetable waxes will mask any odor with notes of lemon, orange, fig, and pepper, plus sandalwood, oakmoss, and amber-patchouli as a base. It’s relaxing and nuanced—like a hearty meal.
The first week back from a tropical vacation is tough, but this wax companion will help you ease in to reality. The telltale combination of coconut, sugar cane, and lemon are a fine reminder of any tropical island.
A trimmed wick will prevent your candle from smoking (and staining the inside of its glass container). It also ensures a slow and even melt, which leads to a nice, round pool of hot wax (the stuff that actually produces the desired scent). Be sure to trim your wick to 1/4 in. before each burn. We recommend using a retired nail clipper.
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