“There are a few candles I made for the store that my husband just didn’t care for, such as lavender,” explained Tammi Loucks. “But as a candle maker, I have to sell candles that appeal to my primarily female customers. I cut the lavender with vanilla – it smells fantastic. But my husband still complained about the lavender, so I said ‘no worries, honey, I’ll make you a bacon candle – a real man candle. I was joking – but Barney was thrilled with the idea of man candles.” Mandles were born.
While there are several candle brands designed specifically for men, the majority of them are novelty, available in scents such as engine oil and farts. The Loucks’ goal was to design a line of candles that could be burned on a daily basis in scents that appeal to men, but that both men and women could enjoy.
“Candles are great aromatherapy,”
Mandles are currently available in 10 scents including Peary-licious (a mouthwatering Bartlett Pear), Teakwood & Cardamom, Pumpkin Lager, The Great Outdoors, Skinny Dip, Bamboo & White Grapefruit, Cup ‘O Joe – and of course, Bacon, made with real bacon.
All Mandles are ‘Barney-approved’
“Tammi said she was making monkey farts, and I said ‘that’s not a man candle!’” laughed Barney Loucks. “But my wife, a 15-year marketing veteran, said curiosity would draw people into the store. She was right. People see it in the window and laugh and dare each other to go in and smell it. I won’t divulge what it smells like – come try it for yourself. But it’s one of our best sellers.”
About Reclamation Candle Company
Reclamation Candle Company, a candle, antique and gift store, specializes in manufacturing candles using antique, vintage and repurposed glass. The company is located at 430 E. 25th St., Suite 11, in Tacoma’s historic Freighthouse Square. For more information, visit www.reclamationcandlecompany.com. Follow the company on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/