Forget Ties: Man Candle Scents Are “In” This Christmas

Man Candle Scents

Man Candle Scents

What you need to know about men & candles this Christmas

Fact: Men are buying more candles than ever before.

  • Men bought 10% of total candles sold in the U.S. in 2017
  • Total U.S. sales for candles this year: $3.2 billion
  • That means men bought $320 million worth of candles in 2017
  • The trend is expected to increase in 2018

Fact: Average retail cost of a candle in 2017 was $28.

  • Therefore, men spent nearly $27,000 a month on candles
  • That’s 79,000+ candles a month or 2,600+ per day
  • Meaning that men buy more than 100 candles each and every hour, 24/7

— Source of U.S. sales data: National Candle Association

The growing men’s candle market.

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A sizable new market for candles to men is emerging as we roll into 2018.

Men are queuing up to buy more than 100 candles an hour 24/7, and what once was the sole province of women is slowly being encroached upon by savvy men who want their pads to smell as good as they look.

And entities ranging from online retailers to blogs for men are recognizing that.

“Candle sales to men have been growing during the past five years,” says Peter Robinson of The White Company. “In fact, that segment now represents more than 11 percent of our overall online trade.”

Giant retailer Yankee Candle  also recognizes the trend.

Robinson joins the rising ranks of other retailers recognizing this important — and sizable — trend. Other candle purveyors, such as the redoubtable Yankee Candles, will also reposition themselves next year with regard to the male market.

“Men are, and will continue to be, a viable market segment for Yankee,” says Megan Friedman, Senior Manager, Public Relations for Newell Brands, parent company to Yankee Candle.

in 2012, Yankee pioneered a lineup of candles targeted squarely at men. Unfortunately, however, they took a sexist line that didn’t pan out long-term.

Their then-revolutionary lineup of candles for men included such cliched names as First Down, 2X4, Riding Mower, and the surprisingly popular Man Town,  which one female Amazon customer characterized as “sexy — smells like a man who just stepped out of the shower.”

But those angles have faded along with the sale of candles from other market players that focused strictly on novelty aromas for men that mimicked body functions — like farts — and racing fuel.

Today’s man wants more.

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Yankee, for example, has discontinued manufacture of Man Town to concentrate instead on more sophisticated aromas — more in line with style-conscious young men who today are much more likely to buy brands that feature scents like patchouli, musk, amber, and the exotic smell of bergamot.

In 2018, for example, when you type in “Candles for Men” on the Yankee website’s search engine, you’ll get titles ranging from Apple Cider (nutmeg, caramel, and baked apples aromas) to Winter Glow (frosted orange, rosemary, eucalyptus, and spruce.)

Specialty department store and online trendsetters — such as London’s The White Company — are also cashing in on the new niche.

Christmas brings new scents.

With the holidays coming up, Robinson, a White Company executive, expects heavy demand for what he calls their “Winter Winners.”

In fact, a candle simply called “Winter is, he says, a fragrance that has become a best seller. “It has become for many their ‘holiday’ scent. We don’t sell it all year round, but our customers say once it is back instore (usually September) they feel the festive season is upon us.”

Robinson also says they have launched three other seasonal fragrances this year, all of which are proving to be popular with men. They are called “Highland Escape,” “White Christmas,” and “Fir Tree.”

Non-seasonal best sellers among male customers for The White Company include “Relax” and “Restore.” Robinson adds that these are “very relaxing and, again, popular with our male customers.”

Men’s blogs tout candles for men as a hot item in 2018

man candle scents

Leading the pack with its own brand of candles for men is the blog Unproper, started by Jeremy Vos and Cody Sai.

They combine soy with paraffin to get a clean-burning candle that also features a wide scent throw. Their branded candles include Hobart (whiskey and bergamot scents) and East 11 (wood fire and vetiver).

And leading blog for men The Idle Man has a shop devoted to candles for men, including such fragrances as Earl of East’s Smoke and Musk, and Cannabis by Malin + Goetz.

Finally, Mantelligence founder Kyle Boureston, while his blog doesn’t actively sell candles, does admit to having a partiality to one or two, including Voluspa’s Baltic Amber.

“It’s awesome,” he says. “It’s the one I think is great for men.”

In conclusion.

Candles for men — or Man Candles, as they are popularly called — are here to stay. For an updated list of the most popular candles for men — and an interactive guide to the most popular aromas for men — visit


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