13-Year-Old Ohioan Sells Scented Candles for Men

Are Yankee Candles not enough for you? Do Bahama Breeze and Beach Walk fail to strike that manly scent you’ve been sniffing around for? Don’t worry, a 13-year-old in Ohio has you covered.

Meet Hart Main, the world’s most successful teenage scented-candle entrepreneur:

A 13-year-old Ohio boy has launched his own line of scented candles meant for men, with fragrances that include bacon, New York–style pizza, sawdust, and the smell of a fresh leather baseball mitt.

Hart Main of Marysville in central Ohio says he got the idea for his “Mancans” when he was making fun of his sister for selling candles with girly scents for a school fundraiser. Columbus station WCMH-TV reports he launched his company last Thanksgiving, making the candles using scores of empty cans from soup he donated to a soup kitchen.

Mancans come in 14 different scents, ranging from “Cracker Jacks: A prize for your nose in every can” to “Money to Burn: Use your tax refund to buy a candle.”

So far, he’s sold 500 candles for $5 a piece. They’re available online and in stores. According to the AP report, Main says that he’s already made enough money to buy a “nice bicycle.”

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About Ryan O'Hanlon

Ryan O'Hanlon is the managing editor of the Good Men Project. He used to play soccer and go to college. He's still trying to get over it. You can follow him on Twitter @rwohan.


  1. Thank you for another informative website. Where else may I get that type of info written in such a perfect manner? Thanks for the post.

  2. I’m going to buy one of these candles… I MUST have one 🙂

  3. So they actually made “mandles”:


    That vid has been a favourite with many a class of boys in gender deconstruction units.

  4. I have to admit I may actually buy a Sawdust candle from that site. Like Wellokaythen says its good to see a teen doing something so soon in life. On the other hand this for me falls in the category of “real men don’t…” which in the end stands a chance of feeding right into the the gender role restrictions that plague us all these days. And besides Yankee Candle Company’s Midsummer’s Night is a really great scent.

    • That’s what I was thinking, but then I remembered he’s just a thirteen-year-old boy and hopefully might grow out of that attitude of thinking that certain scents are for women and certain scents are for men, and scents for women are somehow inferior to scents of men. WTF is all I have to say.

  5. Wellokaythen says:

    I don’t know if I’d buy one (maybe bacon….), but I am glad to see a teenager doing something with his life. Glad to see entrepreneurship is alive and well. That’s more contribution to society than I made at his age!


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