Ohio Teen Creates 'Manly' Candles in Pizza and Bacon Scents
Mar 16th 2011 6:16PMBy Nadine Cheung
After 13-year-old Hart Main saw that his sister was selling "girly"-scented candles for a school fundraiser, he came up with a brilliant idea. He would create "man candles" that smell like things guys are into, including pizza, bacon and sawdust.
"My sister was selling candles for school, and I was kind of making fun of her because they were really girly scents, and the idea came to me to make man-scented candles 'cause nobody was doing that," Hart says in an interview with Ohio's Channel 10.
The Marysville, Ohio native used $100 from his savings to start his business called ManCans. He makes the candles in his own kitchen when he's not in school, and, as the teen entrepreneur says, he's all about "being green." His candles come in recycled cans and feature labels made of recycled paper.
Currently, ManCans is offering scents like Campfire, New Mitt, Fresh Cut Grass, Gear Head and Money to Burn. The candles cost $5 each, and, according to Cinncinatti.com, Hart has already sold over 500 of his male-marketed items.
The candles are sold in various Ohio stores, but Hart uses the Internet to complete most of his orders. When he's not making candles, he says he likes to "run road races (5K's mostly but I did run the Columbus Half Marathon this year), swim for the local YMCA swim team, and run kid triathlons."
What do you think of Hart's manly-smelling candles? Guys, are you into scents like these? Girls, do you think ladies could get into these scents, too? Let us know what you think in the comments.