Top 20 Candles For Men That Make Your Home Smell Better

You can burn scented candles all year round, but they only really come into their own when the nights fall and the temperatures drop. The Danish concept of hygge is all about using candlelight to defeat the SAD and create a cozy retreat from the world, and who better to trust to hibernate in style than the Scandinavians?

Designer candles are sure to up your hibernation game. The attraction of the flickering light and gentle warmth is obvious. Add a sublime scent packaged like a high-end ornament, and scented candles are a quick way to upgrade your pad. Like interior, fashion and fragrance? Scented candles tick all the boxes.

Practically speaking, room fragrance can help create different moods, encourage different activities in the same room, and help with our sense of routine. “Where we live has been given a myriad of additional uses, functioning as offices, classrooms, training rooms, while all maintaining the same size and at a time when we need our homes more than ever to be a haven of tranquility” , says Emma South, fragrance and lifestyle expert at Jo Malone London.

“The art of scenting the home is about channeling these to add to the spatial dimensions of a home, creating and delineating new spaces within an open space and also helping to structure the day, creating scent signals that lead us from work to leisure, bye tonight.”

So, add a few candles to the bathroom and make your bath time more relaxing, create a focal point on the mantelpiece, give your bed a romantic feel, or light up your workspace with a calming glow — all with the stroke of a match. And what do you get when you spend a little more? A longer, cleaner burn, a pleasant object to add to your shelves and usually a lid to keep your candle nice and clean. Here’s Ape’s take on the best candle brands for men.


Baies scented candle

What Aesop does for hand washing, Diptyque does for candles: it represents the gold standard in aesthetically pleasing, superior scented laundry. We have good authority that Tom Ford’s London headquarters bought Diptyque in bulk before launching his own line. Baies is a popular aroma infused with blackcurrant and rose that is suitable for all seasons, and is a common calling card for fashion trendsetter.

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Frederic Malle

Country House Scented Candle

Frédéric Malle’s latest scented candle continues the tradition of working with different perfumers and comes from Nicolas Beaulieu. Country Home is inspired by the crackling hearth of a Highland retreat with notes of black smoke, hard-grained leather and resinous woods such as pine balsam, pine needle, cedar oil and styrax. It’s the perfect antidote to gloomy, cloudy weather.

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The laboratory

Santal 26 Scented Candle

This cult fragrance brand houses its candles in glass, concrete and vintage paint cans so you can pick your favorite aesthetic for your pad. For the fragrance connoisseur, Le Labo needs no introduction. Fill your home with the smoky, leathery scent of Santal 26.

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Tom Ford

Tobacco Vanilla Scented Candle

Converting his best-selling fragrances to wax was a commercial no-brainer for a man who is very picky about home perfumes. Born from his fondness for London, Tobacco Vanille is a warming concoction inspired by a gentleman’s club, with creamy notes of tonka bean, cocoa, vanilla and wood juice. Encased in dark brown glass with a brass lid, it exudes luxury.

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Tom Dixon

London scented candle

Known for exceptional lighting and furnishings, Tom Dixon’s line of candles features designs that really make an impact. The London Candle takes its inspiration from the capital with notes of black pepper, oudwood, vetiver, patchouli and cedarwood, reminiscent of the salty Thames and local parks full of nettles and crocuses. Cast in a curved copper vessel with a carved white marble lid – which doubles as a coaster – it has a definite wow factor.

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Library Scented Candle

Byredo candles have a simple, thoughtful design combined with an unconventional scent. Bibliothèque evokes the scent of old books with peach, plum and vanilla to evoke the velvety texture of paper, and patchouli to give it antiquity. Byredo takes candle care seriously and makes specialty wick trimmers and luxury leather travel cases so you never have to run out of your favorite burn.

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Parma’s water

Nights of Stars scented candle

With a history dating back more than 100 years, Acqua Di Parma is another heritage perfume house that has expanded its famous fragrances to wax. It has a special limited edition collaboration for the holiday season with Emilio Pucci, which celebrates the Italian fashion house’s signature Vortici print in shades of grey, gold and white. Notti di Stelle is a warm fragrance with notes of pine oil, birch and guaiac woods, spicy cloves and raspberry, and in the true spirit of Christmas, a percentage of every sale goes to Save the Children.

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Burma Old Candle

Creed has a remarkably understated candle collection given the range of iconic scents it has. However, it is about quality and not quantity. Aventus is the obvious choice for Darth Vader lovers; completely encased in matte black, it has exactly the atmosphere for a dark overlord. But for the man who has everything, it’s hard to beat the new Explorer collection, featuring the Burmanie Oud and Vanisia candles, housed in a fine Italian leather travel case printed with the house coat of arms.

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Jo Malone London

Scented candle Whiskey & Cedarwood

One of the most recognized names in home perfumery, a Jo Malone candle is a solid gift to the public. The Jo Malone collaboration with Huntsman Savile Row has just expanded to home fragrances with the Whiskey & Cedarwood candle. Decorated with the tailor’s custom gold lettering and finished with a burgundy lid, it has notes of whiskey, spicy allspice and warm cedar, capturing the atmosphere of a wood-panelled gentlemen’s club, so don’t give this one away.

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Ginori 1735

Favorito Black Stone scented candle

It has been around for almost 300 years, but this is the first home fragrance collection from the Italian porcelain specialists. Designer Luca Nichetto has designed a series of candles, diffusers and incense burners based on the court of Caterina de’ Medici. The prices are higher than the average designer candle as they are more like scented works of art.

Fortunately, there are accessible options, such as The Favorite (pictured), and once you’ve made the initial investment, refills are cheaper. The range includes three scents developed by one of the oldest perfumeries in France: Purple Hill, Orange Renaissance and our choice for winter, Black Stone – a warming oriental blend of nutmeg, patchouli and musk.

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Loewe home fragrances

Tomato Leaves Scented Candle

A relative newcomer to the world of wax, this Spanish fashion house’s candle line has become a serious contender for the most sought-after. The hand-poured candles are made from vegetable wax and come in tactile ribbed terracotta pots. Do you miss the smell of the vegetable garden in the summer? Tomato Leaves has an uplifting aroma from the green vines before they bear fruit.

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Otto scented candle

Fornasetti’s home is known for its hand-drawn architectural imagery, iconic wallpaper designs, fine tableware and unique furnishings. The candle collection includes three scents, including the signature, Otto, created by renowned perfumer Olivier Polge (whose day job is master perfumer at Chanel). Otto is a blend of thyme, lavender, cedarwood and frankincense, which gives oriental, leathery and woody vibes. The Bacio candle design features the luscious lips of Lina Cavaleri, an Italian opera singer, muse of Barnaba Fornasetti, and a prominent Fornasetti motif.

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Cire Trudon

Gabriel scented candle

Ever wanted to burn a wax bust of Napoleon or Marie-Antoinette? Cire Trudon has the goods. Founded in 1643, the French candle maker supplied the royal court of Louis XIV. And now, the less noble ones like you. Cast in dark green glass and wrapped in the golden coat of arms, there isn’t a single fragrance in the collection that we wouldn’t love to own. Gabriel is described as a gourmet chimney fire, meaning it has an edible, smoky aspect with candied chestnuts, cashmere wood and leather.


Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Mon Beau Sapin Scented Candle

If you’re the type of person who puts up their Christmas tree at the end of October, you don’t need any help getting in the mood for the holidays. For everyone else, Mon Beau Sapin is a way to cancel your inner scrooge. Reminiscent of snowy spruce trees, crisp winter air and the childish excitement of rummaging for presents under the tree – it’s Christmas in wax.

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Jonathan Adler

Hash Ceramic Candle

The New York sculptor is known for his whimsical pottery and distinctive ironic style. The hash candle has a strong, earthy scent of blackcurrant, green apple, wormwood, patchouli and moss that fills the room even when not even burned. Housed in plain white porcelain with a simple hash leaf relief, it will also make a superior stash pot in the future.

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Bully 1803

Return D’Egypte Scented Candle

Step back in time with a candle from the French apothecary brand Buly 1803. Evoking a bygone era, these plant-based wax candles come in carved marble vats with a glass bell jar lid and handwritten, personalized labels. Our pick is Retour D’Egypte, a suitably exotic blend of rose, bergamot, hawthorn, jasmine, nutmeg, amber and vanilla that might make you feel like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Miller Harris

Tobacco scented candle

London perfumer Miller Harris has just given its candle range a minimalist makeover and enhanced its ecological credentials, using a blend of soybeans and locally sourced rapeseed wax and cellophane packaging. The six core fragrances have been reformulated for an improved ‘throw’ meaning they now fill the room better. Tabac is a warming blend of tobacco leaf, patchouli and cascarilla oil, a spicy, peppery, woody plant from the Caribbean.

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Perfumer H

Moss scented candle

Lyn Harris’s stunningly simple candle range comes in hand-blown glass vessels in inky jewel tones, engraved in gold. Moss is a woody, earthy fragrance made with notes of green moss, red thyme, galbanum, cedarwood, patchouli and vetiver, giving the impression of wet wood and grass. They also offer a refill service so you can reuse the glass time and time again.

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The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi

Fever 54 Scented Candle

Azzi Glasser has created fragrances for a number of prominent London restaurants and hotels, along with custom creations for the likes of Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Adam Lambert, Stephen Fry and Jude Law. The candle collection is conveniently defined by rooms, so there’s no question where to put them. Set the mood with the seductive Fever 54 for the bedroom. It contains notes of saffron and Rose de Mai, which is intended as a natural aphrodisiac.

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Hygge scented candle

Black tea, mint leaves, dried apples and a hint of cinnamon go into Scandinavisk’s new Hygge candle, which will give your space a comforting, cozy scent. Made from Swedish rapeseed wax, poured into glass vats, with a cotton wick and FSC-certified beechwood lid, it’s a sustainable, affordable option from the folks who know how to embrace the seasonal gloom.

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