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10 Awesome Candles Under $25 That Guys Will Actually Want To Burn

Gender is a social construct, but, like, the "Smell My Nuts" candle is great, TBH.

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Dudes, it's 2017. Men are wearing rompers now. There's literally no reason you can't burn a nice scented candle that'll make your home smell awesome and help you relax during these maddening times.

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There's no shame in it. Gender is a social construct. Candles rule.

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If you kinda want to join the candle club but you're totally in the dark (pun 100% intended) about which ones are ~masculine~, won't break the bank, and will get rid of that stench you've been noticing more and more at your place, I'm here to help.

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You know when you step out of the shower and put on some deodorant (I mean, hopefully) and a dab of cologne and you feel so fresh you could conquer the world? That's the feeling these clean-smelling candles will replicate in your home.

1. This Yankee candle that smells as sleek as it looks.

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Midsummer's Night is a handsome blend of patchouli, sage, and mahogany cologne that won't overpower your place. It's subtle, crisp, and will remind you of sitting on a porch during a chill summer evening. Not convinced of its manliness? Here's what one Amazon reviewer had to say: "Super nice smell...does not smell like a flower."

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

2. This extremely hip candle that's designed to look like those iconic "Barbicide" jars in barber shops.

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First of all, this candle smells fresh as hell with notes of honey, smoke, leather, and lavender. Second, you should feel extremely cool burning it in your home because it's named after Tompkins Square Park in New York's East Village, where the barbershop-meets-speakeasy Blind Barber is located. It doesn't get much more stylish than this.

Get it from Jet for $17.91.

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OK, don't freak out. These candles may be flowery, but they aren't overwhelming. They're just powerful enough to effectively wipe out any gross odors in your home (maybe put one in your bathroom??), and make everything smell like you're jogging through a park in the springtime.

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3. This Mrs. Meyers candle that makes my place smell like I just cleaned it even if it's been months since I touched a Swiffer.

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I burn this candle in my apartment all the time because it instantly makes everything smell incredibly fresh and spring-like, even after I've just gorged on pungent garlic bread. Sure, they look like jars of mayonnaise, but Mrs. Meyer's candles are my go-to when I want my place to smell clean and pleasant without actually, you know, cleaning anything.

Get it from Amazon for $7.55 or Jet for $7.85.

4. This three-pack of candles that smells just sweet enough to kill any rank bathroom odors.

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Fear not, fellow males: These candles may smell like lavender and oranges and carnations (oh my!), but they don't release that kind of overly sweet scent that gives you a headache. Plus, they come in the most basic holders. No one should be embarrassed by a candle, but if your hesitation when you hear "floral" is that the candle will be covered in butterflies, these are your solution. I mean, one of them is literally called "Adventure" — what more do you want from me?

Get the three-pack from Amazon for $24.50.

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These candles have a woodsy vibe that will unlock your inner, strapping lumberjack who has a perfectly groomed beard and swings an axe with confidence. They'll make your place feel warm and homey even if there are takeout containers and gym socks everywhere.

5. This mahogany candle that captures what I imagine Armie Hammer smells like.

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Fun fact: Did you know that sex smells like rich mahogany, black teakwood, dark oak, and frosted lavender? I DIDN'T EITHER UNTIL THIS CANDLE. The next time you're having a ~romantic night~ at your place, I implore you to burn this seductive candle, which one reviewer says is just like when "a sexy man has entered the room." Prepare to impress.

Get it from Amazon for $21.25.

6. This tobacco and patchouli candle that transports anyone who burns it to a majestic forest.

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The only proof you need that this candle is manly enough for you is this truly moving Amazon review from user Alyssa:

"Close your eyes and imagine that you live in a cabin in the woods, surrounded by towering pine trees and creeping wildflowers. You live with your handsome, bearded husband who built the cabin with his own two hands. You go inside holding a basket of vegetables that you just picked from the garden, and a wave of warmth embraces you. You take in the scene: dried herbs hanging from ceiling, shelves and shelves of all your favorite books, and your husband sitting by the fireplace. He had been outside chopping firewood, and his strong muscles are glistening with sweat in the light. He looks up at you warmly as you enter, and you see a smear of soot on his cheek from building the fire. He sits in his favorite rocking chair smoking a pipe, and as he pulls you into his lap you watch the tobacco smoke drift lazily towards the ceiling. You take a deep breath, and it smells sweet, musky, and earthy. It smells like home."

Get it from Amazon for $18.87 or Walmart for $20.99.

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You know when you would go to your grandmother's house for Christmas and she had just baked cinnamon apple cake and your grandfather was in the den alone sipping whiskey because he secretly hated everyone? Mix those familiar scents and BAM, you've got yourself some spiced candles.

7. This caramel apple candle that I burn (and try to eat) practically every day at my apartment.

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This is hands-down my favorite candle to burn at home. If my partner didn't hold me back, I probably would've devoured this thing like a goddamn caramel apple at least nine times by now. Forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes (which, I mean, you probably have) — this is what fall smells like. The label says it has notes of warm caramel, Granny Smith apple, brown sugar, and ground clove, and it not lying. I can smell all of the smells and they are delicious.

Get it from Amazon for $23.43.

8. This spiced blackberry candle that makes me feel safe and warm even on the coldest winter day.

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Notes of blackberries, cinnamon, and vanilla, anyone? The best way to describe this candle is "a warm hug." It's nice and comforting if you're having a bad day or if you're just bundled up inside during winter doing, I don't know, man stuff. (Skinning deer, tanning leather, etc.)

Get it from Bed Bath & Beyond for $18.99.

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These candles will make your place smell like something good is cooking in the kitchen even if you haven't left the couch in 10 hours. Did someone just sizzle some bacon and pour a glass of bourbon in here? No?? Could've fooled me!

9. This banana nut bread candle that screams, "I AM MAN. SMELL MY NUTS."

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You really thought you'd make it through this list without a reference to testicles? If you can get past the name (yes, it's really called Smell My Nuts), people swear by this long-lasting candle and its magical banana nut bread scent. The jar adds a cozy touch to your coffee table, too. Also: IT'S NOT JUST FOR MEN! You could get one for your grandmother, like Amazon user Shea did: "Hearing a usually proper elderly lady say 'Smell My Nuts' had the whole family in tears."

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

10. And this bacon and bourbon candle that combines two of life's greatest scents, TBH.

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Is there anything more masculine than the smell of smoked bacon and a nice vanilla bourbon? I mean, like, besides the sweat you work up wrestling an alligator with your bare hands. Anyway, this warm and cozy candle smells so goddamn good you'll want to eat it. (Don't.)

Get it from Silver Dollar Candle Co. on Etsy for $14.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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