As SZA sang in her TikTok viral song ‘Big Boy’, it’s cuffing season, a.k.a. the time of year where you decide to cosy up with someone you fancy.
However, if you didn’t choose to procure said someone (for the purposes of this article, be you he, she, or they, the love interest is a sexy man) it might be time to invest in a particular style of candle. A sexy man candle.
The sexy man candle is a special phenomenon, something that arrests the senses, an olfactory aphrodisiac if you will, that gives your atmosphere the thrill of dating a sexy man without the downsides (see: ghosting, gaslighting and generalised anxiety).
No, this candle is always at your beck and call, can be turned on the minute you want it to, and will light a fire inside you (okay, we’re taking the metaphor too far, but you can catch the drift).
Whether or not you even want to date a sexy man, you still might be able to appreciate that musky, ferny, yet clean scent that you can’t help but want to bathe in… god knows, many men do.
So, without further ado, here are our picks for the best sexy man candles. Can we suggest a cheeky companion purchase in the form of a little me-time as well?
Fireside In Queenstown, $59.95, Glasshouse Fragrances
This warming candle is decadent and enveloping, like a warm hug from someone you love. It has notes of clove and cinnamon as well as the iconic tonka bean scent, for a little woody, vanilla edge.
CIRCA Oceanique Candle, $39.95, Adore Beauty
What if your sexy man of dreams surfs? Oceanique brings a distinctly salty sea air to the space, which is fresh and evocative, with alternative notes of patchouli and sandalwood that add depth.
Ash Candle ‘Boy Smells’ Candle, $31, MECCA
Literally named after the sexy men it smells like, this candle combines firewood smoke, hay and calming notes of juniper (the berries that make gin), for an elevated boyish scent that will tantalise the senses.
Hunter Candle Andrew Candle, $49, The Iconic
This candle brings an air of distinguished gentleman to the table, think George Clooney or Richard Gere. It was actually formulated to specifically smell like the candlemaker’s father. Think warm hay, a steaming cup of coffee and a wooden cabin.
Byredo Bibliothèque Candle, $120, MECCA
Looking to cosy down with a good book, imagining your bespeckled sexy man reading his latest prose? Bibliothèque is the fuel for you, in shades of musky paper, wood-pannelled libraries and leather binding.
Trudon Abd El Kader Candle, $139, Myer
He’s sweet, but he’s spicy, this is the candle of the sexy mystery man. It’s ginger and peppery front notes are sweetened by a kind underbelly of vanilla and jasmine, while a sour twist of lemon keeps you guessing, and oh so intrigued.
Le Labo Santal 26 Scented Candle, $112, Net-A-Porter
This cult candle conjures the brooding TDH (tall, dark and handsome) man in your life, with his never-off-his-shoulders leather jacket and taste for disappearing on long rainy hikes in the wilderness.