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Wood, Leather, Bacon, And Smoke: Can You Handle A Mandle Scent?

There’s a new home fragrance trend, and it's not so bad! Here's where to get it locally.

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (main photos)

This new home product will keep your guy calm. It will give his space a more masculine feel, and hopefully, add more pogi points. It is called the mandle.  

Simply put, “mandle” means “man-candle,” a candle that has a more masculine scent than, say, girly candle scents such as freesia or vanilla cupcake. Even popular home magazines such as Living Etc. have used the term to describe heady, masculine candles, but there is an actual website called Mandle Company that sells these manly candles. The candles come in obvious guy scents such as coffee, bacon, cigar smoke, and beer.

Now many guys don’t want their bachelor pads reeking of a frat house, so we’d suggest starting out instead with a mandle that your girlfriend or wife could handle. Here are some sophisticated “unisex” candle scents that can veer towards the masculine. 


This is a classic manly scent for perfumes, and sandalwood translates well into a home scent. The amber-colored mason jar adds a nice, hipster touch, too. Sandalwood Scented Candle, price upon request, H&M Home, at SM Makati

Olive Oil

Domesticity is a local brand that is known for their subtle, herbal-smelling home scents. Their soy candle is no exception—it has an earthy olive scent, and is poured into a cut, recycled wine bottle (a nice, manly DIY idea: bottle-cutting). Du Vin Soy Candle in Olive, P695, Domesticity


Diptyque, a company known for their luxury candles, comes out with a Wood Fire scent that is reminiscent of an actual campfire, smoky wood and all. It is described as “the perfect winter scent,” and that you could almost hear the fire crackling. Feu De Bois Candle, price upon request, Diptyque, available at select Rustan’s stores


The smell of hide brings to mind a brand new sports car or a glove-soft armchair. This tiny candle combines the mysterious scents of cinnamon, patchouli, and wood. Braise Small Scented Candle, price upon request, Habitat


This candle is designed by Antoine Phelouzat, and has a sculptural, wooden case that cradles a metal container. Inside is a candle with an elegant, almost smoky black tea scent. Gilles Dewavrin Thé Noir Scented Candle, P4,698, Dimensione

PHOTOS, H&M, Domesticity, Diptyque, Habitat, and Kurt Alvarez (Dimensione)

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