Men can take time to see past the outdated perception of unisex products. Scented candles have always traditionally come with floral scents. Therefore men have seen them as a female product. But, times are changing. Mainly due to recognised 'male' brands releasing candle ranges in scents that have a more 'manly' woody, or spiced aroma. As a result, there is now more choice than ever for men when it comes to scented candles.

There are also some key advantages men will gain from using scented candles more. When lit, they are an instant mood-setter, creating an ambience of sophistication to a home. Then there are the aromatherapy benefits. A relaxing smell can help you unwind after a stressful day at work. Are you expecting a guest? A subtle candle fragrance can also help mask any unwanted odours.

Remember when lighting your candle to keep the flame away from fabrics and to keep the wick trimmed to avoid smoking.

Whether used in your living room, the bathroom or a man cave, scented candles have become an essential interiors accessory. But, choosing a good product is key. Cheap alternatives will lose their smell quickly and when the candle is burning, the scent won't be able to fill the room.

To help you on your scented candle quest we have pulled together a list of 10 of our favourite scented candles for men.

1. Acqua di Parma Buongiorno

More prominently associated with men's fragrances. Acqua di Parma has crafted a sumptuously scented candle that transports you to a wooded Italian countryside.

Notes: Lemon, Mint, and Rosemary

£51 from Harrods

murdock black tea candle

2. Murdock Black Tea Candle

Regulars at Murdock barbers will recognise the scent as it is burnt in the shops. An intriguing mix of subtle spices, it is housed in a head-turning black vessel.

Notes: Leather, and Tobacco

£45 from Murdock London

apothekeco charcoal candle men

3. Apothekeco Charcoal Candle

Apothekeco delivers a full-bodied woody scent with Charcoal. The New York candle specialists use perfume-grade fragrance oils with wax hand-poured in the US.

Notes: Amber, Oud and Sandalwood

£35 from Conran Shop

malin goetze lather candle

4. Malin + Goetze Leather Scent

The grooming brands best-selling scented candle. It blends sandalwood and leather for a warm, sophisticated aroma. This is a perfect autumn/winter fragrance for any man's home.

Notes: Soft Leather, Sandalwood and Sueded Amber

£42 from Cult Beauty

byredo safran candle

5. Byredo Safran Candle

A slightly sweeter smell than some of the other candles in the list. Typical masculine notes like leather are broken up with vanilla to lighten the overall tone.

Notes: Vanilla, Black Pepper and Saffron

£57 from Space NK

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Candle

6. Tom Ford Soleil Blanc

Well if it is good enough for Tom Ford, then it is good enough for us. This private blend will have you dreaming of walks on white sandy beaches. It is inspired by the pursuits of luxurious sun.

Notes: Floral, and Amber

$98 from Tom Ford

Jo Malone Oud Candle

7. Jo Malone Oud Scented Candle

Derived from dark tree resin, oud is a rare scent that gives off a rich, deep scent. This combination of citrus and wood fragrance is a real winner.

Notes: Cedar and Bergamot

£58 from Mr Porter

DIPTYQUE Black Baies Candle

8. Diptyque Black Baies Candle

French brand Diptyque has been creating candles since the 60's. This scent has an exquisite touch of blackcurrant to it and is highly rated from the likes of GQ.

Notes: Roses and Blackcurrant

£62 from Mr Porter

Ralph Lauren Home Candle

9. Ralph Lauren Home

This was made specifically for the holiday season. It is Christmas in a candle. Made in the US it is an elegant scent that makes you want to curl up in front of the fire.

Notes: Redcurrant and Juniper

£60 from Ralph Lauren

tom dixon eclectic candle

10. Tom Dixon Eclectic London

There wouldn't be any old container to house designer Tom Dixon's candle. This is a handspun copper vessel. It houses 'London' a scent evocative of walks through the parks and streets of the capital.

Notes: Oud and Patchouli

£100 from Mr Porter

The king of streetwear and the king of flat-pack furniture have surprisingly collaborated on a new range of products. Named 'MARKERAD' (Swedish for "marked) it features tables, toolkits, bags and rugs conceived by the creative director of Louis Vuitton men's collection, Virgil Abloh. The aim for Ikea was to "blend contemporary art culture and street-art culture".

virgil wet grass ikea

A key piece highlighted by Abloh is a rug designed to replicate one of the furniture makers till receipts. It is a representation of the designer's sense of humour that he showcases through a lot of his work. Note, a clock with the words "TEMPORARY" on it.

"The receipt is a trademark in itself that has been transformed into art. I think that this rug can just as easily be on a floor or hung on a wall"

virgil abloh ikea receipt

Across some of the pieces are Abloh's signature poppy design associated with his brand Off-White. It was also included in their first furniture line that launched this summer.

Many of the pieces can be assembled without tools. This is something that Ikea has tried to innovate towards for numerous years. Hoping to remove the frustrations many people have with flat-pack furniture purchases.

The collection is available in the US stores from November 01st. But hurry as stock is limited.


A bad workman blaming his tools is usually a fallback response to a persons inability to finish a task. But, when it comes to cooking, this can easily be true. A dull knife in the kitchen can be dangerous. It can lead to applying more pressure than needed, or slippage from the food you are cutting. Yes, there are electronic gadgets that can help with small tasks. Or, worse, pre-cut vegetables, diced in a factory somewhere.

Part of the joy of cooking is the prep — the methodology of slicing, chopping and grating can be cathartic. Transcending all the gadgetry is the humble knife. Still, pretty unchanged from its inception, innovation through science has enabled the blade to be elevated to god-like status in the kitchen. Trainee chefs take a pilgrimage-like journey to small, specialist stores that stock the finest knives from across the globe.

If you are a man who likes to partake in a little home gastronomy, then you need the right tools. Key to this is a blade that is an all-rounder (say 8-inches in length), able to withstand the rigours of daily life. Yes, you can buy a knife set from a department store that might do for a short period. But, investing in a high-quality knife, maintained to make sure it stays sharp, can offset the need for other knives typically found in these sets. You are, therefore saving yourself money over the long-term.

Here is our pick of the brands you need to look out for when purchasing a high-quality knife for your kitchen.

1. Victorinox

2. Global

3. Wusthof

4. MAC

5. Zwilling

6. Shun

7. IO Shen

8. TOG Santoku

a victorinox knife


Creators of the original swiss army pocket knife, they know a thing or two about blades with over 130 years of experience. Their chef's knives are forged or stamped dependent on the line you choose. If forged it ensures the knife blade has more carbon — thus making the steel harder and stay sharper for longer. They create the knife from a single piece with an additional bolster to stop your hand slipping. What you will notice when using is the weight and balance of the blade, ensuring a smoother action in situ.

Victorinox's are easy to sharpen and often recognised as some of the best pound-for-pound knives a man can buy.

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a global knife


Made in Japan for over 30 years, Global knives use a lot of the same processes that the ancient samurai sword makers do. Carefully weighted for ideal balance, the steel used is exclusive to Global. Its name is CROMOVA and is a combination of chromium, molybdenum and vanadium. The last two are what gives retention to a good blade edge.

Winner of numerous awards, its vital feature (blade sharpness) is signature to them. Instead of bevelled, the edge is ground on both sides to a steep point. It is making Global one of the sharpest knives on the market.

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a wusthof knife


One of the large German knifemakers, they are a family-owned business that has been around for over 200 years. Both Wüsthof, Henckels and a ton of other knifemakers, manufacture in the German region of Solingen the "City of Blades".

The steel blade has a hardness rating of 58 Rockwell, and the knives are crafted from one steel piece. Laser-cut for precision, although they are a smaller outfit to their rivals, Zwilling J.A. Henckels their knives still pack a punch in the kitchen.

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a mac knife


No, this isn't a knife inspired by ol' blue eyes himself, nor has a famous cosmetic brand, branched out. Characterised by a combination of the traditional Japanese bevelled edge (Kataba) and the western v-shaped edge (Ryoba). These are precision tools, wholly made in Japan.

Another knife manufacturer from Seki City in Japan, they are manufactured from rust-resistant Chrome Molybdenum Vanadium High-Carbon cutlery steel. They then add a layer of Tungsten to select models for added durability. Optimal hardness for the steel used is between 57º and 61º Rockwell C.

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a zwilling knife

Zwiling J.A Henckels

Marrying German craft with Japanese elegance and style, Henckels is another of the Solingen stalwarts. The steel used for the blades can come with a Rockwell rating of 57.

The company was registered with the Cutlers Guild of Solingen as far back as 1731. They are the largest knifemaker in the region and come with a royal warrant of appointment. Knives are forged from a single piece of high-carbon steel, and their reputation makes them the go-to brand for professional and amateur chefs the world over.

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a shun knife


To maintain the sharpest part of the blade remains in contact with food over time, Shun uses a process called honing. Other, cheaper knives bend ever so slightly over time, which hinders the connection. Honing gently realigns the blade's edge.

Crafted from hard steel, the Shun knife doesn't need honing as much as its lesser foe, with some needing it after every use. The Shun Combination Honing Steel has two surfaces. A smoother surface for day-to-day honing and a micro-ribbed one for weekly honing. Both depend on your usage.

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an io shen knife

IO Shen

Manufactured from a layer of sturdy Japanese steel sandwiched between two softer stainless steel layers. Mastercraftsman handcraft the knives, and the process creates a clean cutting edge and preserves the sharpness of the blade. It is said that this process will overcome the brittleness that occurs when other knife makers use increasingly harder steel. The blade is then paired with a westernised handle decorated with a Tai Tang design.

Designed in the UK but manufactured in Japan, the brand has collaborated with some of the UK's best chefs.

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TOG Santoku

Seki City is the Samurai sword capital of Japan. So, there was nowhere else, TOG founder Bert Beagley-Brown would choose to create his new kitchen knives in 2004.

Produced in small batches, the knives are virtually entirely made by the hands of a skilled craftsman. TOG prove their commitment to quality by giving the knives a lifetime guarantee.

The ridiculously sharp blades are produced from 21 layer Japanese steel. Paired with Kebony maple handles, they are endorsed by some fantastic chefs, including John Burton-Race, Sat Bains and Ping Coombes.

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