The Best Scented Candles For Men

30 September 2019
Scented Candles, Interiors, Lifestyle
Whether you want your pad to smell of citrus, wood or tobacco, we've broken down the best scented candles on the market. Gentlemen, it's time to sit back and relax..

Ashley & Co Tui & Kahili

Using the finest, fewest and cleanest ingredients, Ashley & Co has made it a mission to bring sustainable and eco-conscious items into your home, and its candles do just that. Individually hand-poured in New Zealand, the candles use 100 per cent natural biodegradable wax that will fragrance your home for up to 50 hours. Available in six different scents, GQ's favourite would have to be Tui & Kahili. £44 at amara.com

House Of Hackney Serpentis

Known for reworking traditional British interiors for a new generation, House Of Hackney makes an opulent addition to your pad with the Serpentis candle. Presented in an elegant brass serpentine vessel, it has notes of pomegranate, pepper and spicy wood, plus a burn time of 40 hours. £145 at houseofhackney.com

Malin + Goetz Leather

Not only does the leather give this candle a rich and woody vibe, but ingredients such as sensual sandalwood and sueded amber give it a warm intimate scent. Pour yourself a scotch, sit back and relax. £42 at cultbeauty.co.uk

West Elm Cement + Metal candle

For something stylish look no further than West Elm. The Cement + Metal candle will fill your room with a smoky, moody fragrance with notes of spice and amber while adding a sophisticated industrial edge to your living room. £44 at westelm.co.uk

Diptyque Baies

Even if you're new to the candle game, you're sure to recognise Diptyque's trademark oval labels. Having been in business since the early Sixties, the French company produces some of the most superb scents around - and it's iconic blackcurrant and ambergris is GQ's favourite. £62 at Space NK

Tom Daxon Under Milk Wood

The British perfumer hasn't even hit 30 yet and he's already crafting some of the best new scents on the market. Under Milk Wood's mix of sandalwood, suede, cedar and amber is proof that a fragrance doesn't have to be heavy to be man-friendly. £55 at endclothing.com

Matthew Williamson Winter Oud

Encased in a quarter pound of 24k gold, this beautiful limited edition 200g candle may not last forever, but while it burns, it's an interiors piece in itself. Ideal for a cosy winter, expect notes of patchouli, saffron, sandalwood and cinnamon. £79 at amara.com

Byredo Safran

If you've checked in with GQ's fragrance reviews recently, you'll know that men's scents have been getting a little sweeter for the past couple of seasons - so it's no surprise that candles are going the same way. The latest limited edition scent is the perfect example of how sweeter smells can still be masculine with black pepper and leather accord broken up by creamy injections of saffron and vanilla. £57 at Space NK

Anya Hindmarch Sun Lotion

Anya Hindmarch’s candles are pure nostalgia. Whatever extreme blizzard hits the UK next, this one will always take you back to the beach, with notes of Italian bergamot, Tunisian orange flower, angelica seed, cedar wood from Texas and vanilla. £50 at Anyahindmarch.com

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

If you like those evergreen smells that always get popular around christmas time, but don't want to be burning saccharine, cinnamon-infused holiday candles all year round, this is the right option for you. Earthy and green, it's the urban wannabe-lumberjack's choice. £48 at selfridges.com

Molton Brown Black Peppercorn

Sometimes it's not just about the scent, it's about the size. This three-wick monster not only smells great thanks to its mix of pepper and coriander, but it will look great blazing away on your bedside table after lights-out. £60 at johnlewis.com

Astier De Villatte Kobé

Named after the socialist government that briefly ruled Paris from 18 March until 28 May 1871, this is a candle with a pretty big backstory - however, more importantly, it smells great thanks to its mix of citrus, green almonds, geranium and nutmeg. Fresh, spicy and distinctly morning-friendly, place this in your kitchen or bathroom for maximum effect. £60 at libertylondon.com

Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet

Probably the most floral example on our list, but no less masculine thanks to the fact that its florid notes are undercut with a bite of citrus oils, spices and woods. Because flowers aren't just for girls, gentlemen. £36 at penhaligons.com


Via British GQ