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Scented Candles for Men

picture of scented candles

Are there certain aromas that you love? I could name some that I don't love, but I'll spare you. Some of my favorites, though, are outdoorsy smells, many of which are part of camping. If someone could capture those fragrances in scented candles, I might appreciate them more. Some candles aren't too bad at all, but I find some scented candles annoyingly overpowering — too sweet, too strong, or too something else.

This past weekend my son and I went camping in the mountains of North Carolina, about an hour and a half from Greenville. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time together and doing things we both like to do. I'll tell more about it after the humor, for those who are interested in our exploits. One of the enjoyable aspects of camping is the great smells. Those aromas started me thinking about some of the smells that we men like most. Instead of all the flowery or fruity fragrances of scented candles, we men would be more likely prefer some of the following.

Scented Candles For Men

Leather Jacket

The Woods


New Car


Freshly Caught Bass

Wet Dog (your own dog, of course)

Wood Fire

Frying Bacon

Motor Oil

Army-Navy Surplus Store

Hot Engine

Chainsaw Exhaust


Freshly Paved Road

'62 Chevy truck - Interior and Exhaust

Bacon Cheeseburger

Diesel Engine Exhaust

Rubbing Alcohol

The Ballpark

Freshly Mown Grass


Toasted Marshmallows


Latex Paint

Arc Welding

New Tires

Freshly Moved Dirt

Petroleum Products:

Burning Grass or Leaves



Our camping trip of 2010...

It's been two years since our last camp out, and so my son Mark and I were eager to find a weekend when we were both free to go camping at the Davidson River Campground in the Pisgah National Forest. The past several times we have gone, we were disappointed to find the campground full when we arrived on Friday evening. We had to go to another campground about 30 minutes away from all the things we enjoy doing. I decided that that was not going to happen to us this year!

Since I didn't have any classes Thursday afternoon, Becka and I drove up to Davidson River and set up the tent, paying for an extra night to assure a weekend there. We celebrated my birthday that evening by having dinner at the Pisgah Fish Camp, just minutes from the campground.

Mark and I left Friday evening, happy to know we had a campsite in our favorite campground and happy not to have to set our tent up in the dark. We got a campfire going, settled a few things into the tent, and proceeded to cook dinner over the fire. After that it was s'mores and talk around the campfire and then off to bed.

picture of Looking Glass Rock

Saturday we did our favorite hike to the top of Looking Glass Rock. On this hike you climb about 1,700 feet in altitude on a 3.2 mile trail. Here's a picture of Mark by the sign before we began our hike.

picture of Mark before hike

Our sweatshirts felt good at first, but we soon peeled them off. After our hour and a half hike, here's a view of the scenery from the top. Mark pointed out the spot where he proposed to Katie up there. πŸ™‚

picture of view from Looking Glass Rock

Here's a picture of me, drinking in the amazing beauty and some water.

picture of view from me on Looking Glass Rock

We had planned to go down Sliding Rock after our hike, as we do every time we go camping, but both decided that we really didn't want to get that cold, especially since we were both having various pains and cramps in our legs and feet after our hike. Swimming in 55° water did not seem wise. We just went there and watched the two or three crazies going down and enjoyed it vicariously. I have a picture of me doing Sliding Rock and a little video clip in this post if you're interested.

Back at the campsite we were surprised when a train came around our loop! That's something new since our last time camping there.

picture of view from campground train

Saturday night the temps dipped to the upper 30s. We were snug in our sleeping bags and were surprised in the morning at how much colder it felt outside the tent than inside. We were also astonished to see the man in the campsite next to ours. He must have had a very good sleeping bag!

picture of view from camping neighbor

We ate well on this camping trip. Our evening meals over the campfire were pizzas one night and hobo dinners the other. The breakfasts were French toast one morning, and omelets the other. It was a great weekend, and we were very glad we made time to enjoy each other's company and make lasting memories. Mark and I have a very similar sense of humor, and of humor this weekend, there was plenty. But there was also plenty of serious thinking and good discussion as well. After I was back home for a few hours, I was reminded that it was also an added blessing to be away from political ads for 48 hours! πŸ™‚

Do you have any favorite smells that you would like to suggest for scented candles? Are there any other camping enthusiasts among my readers?


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13 Comments on “Scented Candles for Men”

  1. #1 Marilyn
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Hmm – this may separate the ladies from the men. I define the smell of the Army-Navy store as dust, thick thick dust. A careful reminder – do not accidentally stub your toe on anything (it is a very crowded store) or you will be spewing dust for days. (It happened one time, long time ago.) Otherwise I think I can see the interest in all but 3 of the scents you list; wet dog, fresh paved road, and petroleum products are yucky smells to me.

    Rob adds: I agree that there’s plenty of dust, but the musty smells of old canvas and other smells just do something for us guys. Vive la diffΓ©rence! πŸ˜€

  2. #2 Joy Boudreau
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    In all seriousness, try Yankee candle scents – you’ll have to do your own smelling – ha ha – but they have several outdoors scents. Mountain lake, mountain lodge, etc. Some that claim they are “outdoors” are strange – but we have found some very nice piney/outdoorsy smells that we regularly buy. Check especially the autumn group and the christmas selections for nice outdoors scents. If I remember right, some of the nicest ones include autumn leaves and mistletoe.

    Rob adds: I actually sneak some sniffs of Yankee Candles (and other brands too) when I’m *patiently* shopping with my wife. Some are pleasant enough, I guess. The fragrances you mentioned may be nice. So often, though, candles are too much when they’ve been burning for a while.

  3. #3 Michael
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Baking chocolate chip cookies

    Rob adds: Sounds like a winner to me, Michael!

  4. #4 Laura
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I think that French toast would make a good scent . . .

    Glad you had fun on your hike/campout. Congrats on another birthday!

    SR is looking to stop in for Opportunity Days this fall . . . she’d love to be able to sit in on one of your classes. She’s looking to study missions next fall.

    Rob adds: French toast definitely has a pleasant aroma. I might make a good candle for us guys. I look forward to seeing SR. She really can’t be old enough to be going to college soon!? This can mean only one thing … her parents are getting older….

  5. #5 Kathie
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    My favorite camp smell is the coffee brewing on the campfire. I hate to drink brewed coffee but I sure love the smell! I can assure you the camper next to you was toasty warm in his sleeping bag. I have a sleeping bag just like that and it is wonderfully insulated. I remember going to girl scout camp and waking up in the morning with snow on my sleeping bag…but I was warm until I peeked out and let the cold air in!

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures.

    Rob adds: We don’t brew ours over the campfire, Kathie. I have a little French one-cup drip gadget that sits over a mug. We pour in hot water and let the coffee drip into the cup below. We enjoyed Starbucks Pike Place on this trip. Mmm! I’m sure the man was warm, but I had to wonder about his bald head, ears, and nose that were in plain view.

  6. #6 Miriam
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Chain-saw exhaust….that’s a good one.

    I think you should add large chunks of meat being prepared for consumption….or something about meat or food in general. That is typically a winner with men.

    Rob adds: Cooking meat is indeed a winner, Miriam! Thanks for the suggestion!

  7. #7 Anna Faye
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 9:57 am

    My dad always says there needs to be an air freshener called Popcorn! I would also suggest “Beef Jerky,” “Steak,” “Golf Bag,” “Rubber Fishing Lures,” “Fried Onion Rings,” “Funnel Cake”….

    Rob adds: Winners, one and all. Bravo!

  8. #8 Emily
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    WD-40?? One of my favorites, and always reminds me of Dad πŸ™‚

    Rob adds: I *love* the smell of WD-40!!! I’m not sure, though, how it would be over a length of time….

  9. #9 Kristin
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Okay, the Scentsy rep in me has to tell you…that we have “Scentsy Man” scents (including Rustic Lodge and my husband’s favorite, Echo) AND Scentsy products eliminate the fire hazard of traditional candles. There’s also a Leather scented hanging freshener. They used to have a freshly cut grass scent, but it’s been discontinued…my daughter thinks there should be a pizza scent. Anyway, it’s in my link if you want to check it out.

    Sounds like a great camping trip – only now I need to know what a “hobo dinner” is. Are they like the tin foil dinners that we have EVERY time we go camping? Meat and veggies wrapped in foil and cooked right in the fire?

    Rob adds: I always appreciate your comments. Thanks for the link to your site. Hope some readers find their way to it and order something. The scents sound as if they would be safer and less pervasive than candles … although I’ve smelled some hanging car fresheners that drive a person right out of the car. πŸ™‚

    The camping trip was glorious! It was a nice blend of activity and inactivity — something we both needed at this point in the semester. Hobo dinners were indeed what you described, except that ours weren’t right on the embers. The fire ring had a nice grill that kept the packets from being burned on the embers themselves. Our hobo dinners had venison, potatoes, carrots, onions, and mushrooms … seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. Heavenly! Could you get that in a Scentsy? πŸ˜€

  10. #10 Dan
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I love the smell of a new book and the smell of a new VHS tape (not that you can find those anymore). If you find some gunpowder scents, point me in that direction!

    Rob adds: Thanks, Dan. Good ones. Will do with the gunpowder scented candles. πŸ™‚

  11. #11 Carrie
    on Oct 4th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Hee hee! Some of those scents sound good to me too. πŸ™‚ I think I’ve seen French Toast scent!

    Rob adds: Where?!

  12. #12 Wennie
    on Oct 5th, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Love the pictures of your camping site, summer is upon us here in South-Africa and my wife and I love camping in our caravan. The best smell must be freshly brewed coffee.

    Rob adds: Thanks for your comment, Wennie! How cool to hear from a reader in South Africa! Especially to be reminded that as we here in the northern hemisphere head towards winter, you are bound for summer. Happy camping!

  13. #13 Christian B.
    on Oct 27th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I think “Mandles” would make an awesome name for those. πŸ˜€ Love the idea of a gunpowder scented anything, really wish it existed.

    Rob adds: Christian, I googled “mandles” and saw that someone else thought it would be an awesome name too … in fact, they are marketing candles for men.