By Tori Tellem and Andrew Schuth
Me: “The man wax is here.” Him: “Yay! Wax!” That’s how the exchange went with Andrew, when I rang him up to partake in the first-ever Four Wheeler review of candles created for men. Yankee Candle has released the limited-edition Man Candles Collection (available only through June, or until they run out), which is a new venture for the company. Inspiration was said to be “hard work, fun, and games.” We’d have gone with “beer, boobs, and burgers” if we were candlemakers.
Yankee Candle noted that men constitute 35 percent of users of scented candles, so apparently you needed these, which come in four scents: Man Town, 2x4, Riding Mower, and First Down. It seemed like a good idea to make Andrew close his eyes during testing; no need for predisposed ideas on what a man-based town might smell like.
First was the preburn sniff test, followed by the burn sniff test, then the afterburn sniff test. We figured that’s how Candles Monthly must do it. Keeping in mind things like the ambiance and mood these might set, as well as the room they were best suited for, we went to work:
Man Town: “Shampoo” and “feminine” were the first two words uttered. “It’s the smell of the soap at every hotel you stay in.” Verdict: Bathroom (“What town are they living in?”)
2x4: “Smells like cookie dough batter.” Fair enough. “At this point I want to put on a dress.” Odd enough. Verdict: Bedroom (“Girls are told to buy candles that smell like food because guys like food and food is a turn-on. This would get a guy revved-up”)
Riding Mower: “It smells leafy.” Verdict: Kitchen (“Nice if you don’t have a window or want to bring the outdoors in during the winter. But I would have called it Riding Houseplant; it doesn’t smell like freshly cut grass”)
First Down: “Are you burning plastic?” Verdict: Man Cave (“I know football and this is not football. It really doesn’t smell like anything, so it works best for lighting purposes only”)
Yankee Candle wants you to vote on which should be the next man-scent-ric smell (facebook.com/theyankeecandlecompany). Their list includes bacon and wood. We’re not so sure they’re getting manliness right—how about burnt gear oil or even tent, day 3? Tell us below what scent you think needs to exist.