By Tori Tellem and Andrew Schuth We have somehow become the official noses of Four Wheeler product testing, at least as far as Man Candles go. Having previously sniffed out 2X4, Riding Mower, First Down, and Man Town from Yankee Candle, the ol’ olfactory was ready for the next challenge, two new Yankee scents—and just in time for Father’s Day on June 16.
The testing parameters remained the same as last time we did this: preburn sniff test, burn sniff test, afterburn sniff test. However, we threw in a twist this time: eyes closed in order to play “Guess the scent.” We were sort of glad we hadn’t played that for Man Town. Here are our scientific findings:
Candle No. 1: “Strong smell. Is it breakfast?” “Yeah, kind of meaty or burnt rubber.” And the smell of a wild hyena…. “No, I didn’t say it smelled like a wild hyena, I said I’m smelling this candle like a wild hyena. I’d say it’s breakfast that’s been cooked a bit long, like burnt bacon?” Verdict: It was called MMM, Bacon!, so…seems Yankee nailed it. The candlemaker calls it “mouth-watering.” We call it eye-watering, if you’re a vegetarian.
Candle No. 2: “First impression, popcorn.” Spoken like the same candle-ologist hyena who was able to sniff out the wood in the 2X4 candle. And that was before No. 2 was even lit. “Brings back memories of Halloween and fall. But it’s sweeter than regular popcorn. At first I thought it had a hint of butter, but no, it’s more like kettlecorn. It also has the hint of an angry clown at a carnival, but maybe that’s just me.” Verdict: Movie Night was the flavor, and it’s sweeter than what a movie theater smells like, making it a more soothing, welcoming scent for home screenings. However, you’ll probably now only think of it as Angry Clown at a Carnival scent—perfect for every dad on Father’s Day. Or your favorite carnival bearded lady.
The Limited Edition Man Candle lineup, including MMM, Bacon! and Movie Night, is priced at $2.99-$27.99. More info can be found at.