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8 Types of Dad’s and Father’s Day Gifts They’ll Love

A while back we reflected on the subject of men, candles, philosophy, and love throughout the ages. As a fondness for candles is usually seen as a feminine penchant, we took some time to explore this subject.  What we discovered is that men DO love candles. And since father’s day is just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to list our favorite types of Dads and pair them with their perfect Father’s Day gift. We’re sure that you can relate to at least one of these loving patriarchs. Father’s Day Gift

 

TECH OBSESSED DAD loves gadgets and statistics. He is frequently found intently observing and recording every activity. He kept a detailed, multi-tabbed, spreadsheet showing your state and national rankings for each stage of your growth, for everything from your height to your grades. His analytical mind craves all sorts of gadgets.  On childhood camping trips the back of the car was filled with a solar pop-up oven, air mattresses that could be inflated by plugging them into the car cigarette lighter, and wind-up battery packs for electronic devises. He has the latest model phone and flashy upgrades to boot; putting your two-seasons-past phone to shame. Let’s face it, the LAST thing this Dad needs is another gadget. Tech Dad could seriously use a little digital down time. Show him the light with a Father’s Day gift of a five-star consumer rated man candle. He’ll marvel at the low tech effect of our glowing  long-burning Damask pillar in white & black. He’ll love the long and detailed burning instructions. Before you know it he’ll be putting Candy Crush aside to watch the shadows playing against the wall, while he secretly times the hours of the burn to see if our claim of 60 hours is correct or not. Father’s Day Gifts


PAL DAD is a man-child who loves to play. When you were young he was just one of the kids, laughing and making screeching car noises around the house. Discipline was not his ‘thing’ and he relegated all serious matters to Mom. As you got older you had to discourage him from hanging out with you at parties. All your friends tell you how awesome your dad is. On one hand you want a normal father; on the other hand, he’s buying you a margarita right nowIf your Pal Dad likes to spend long care-free days at the beach he’ll love our uplifting and lively Ruby Red Grapefruit candle. It’s fresh tropical fragrance that will make him happy even when he’s doing the mundane. If he’s a skater or surfer, he’ll be down with our grudge style skull candle in ivory.  Just make sure you supervise him while it’s burning it so he doesn’t play in the melted wax. Father’s Day Gifts



INTIMIDATING DAD is a man’s-man. He’d rather swallow glass than cook indoors or trim his eyebrows. If you think straight A’s, sports trophies, and charity work are going to impress this Dad, think again. Otherwise known as Hardass Dad – conversations with him are 70% tough love, 20% threat, and 10% bulging forehead vein.  He has aftershave in his ‘medicine chest’ with names like Brut and Old Spice. For him, we recommend the Arabian Oud candle, a decidedly masculine aroma blending notes of black pepper, cumin, amber, myrrh, and vetiver with warm Oud resin. 
Although he might initially raise his bushy eyebrows at receiving a candle. Once he opens it up, he’ll like the fact that our scented candles come in a plain , no-nonsense glass and are topped with a ‘sturdy’ real wooden cover. After he lights it, you might hear him say things like. “ Hm, that’s not so bad” or “Reminds me of that cabin by the lake, where we used to hunt bear.” (Bear Dad, really?) And eventually, “Don’t touch my candle”. Father’s Day Gifts


 

DC0303LNGRANDPA DAD is a little like Pal Dad, but he’s slower and more nostalgic. Prone to start stories with “Back in my day….” He likes dishing out advice and comparing how society and times have changed. Nostalgic Dads often have a well of amazing stories and lessons to share  Grandpa Dad will love a travel candle for Father’s Day to remind him of his youth, breaking all the rules and traveling the world. That summer in Paris, the conference in London, and his hippy days in Amsterdam. Our destination candles will keep him in stories for months to come.



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MOM DAD. What doesn’t super Mom Dad do? He works from home, cooks, and creates elaborate games to teach his kids lessons. He sings, he dances, he makes gourmet burgers and organizes boutique–label bourbon tasting nights for his friends.   Mom Dads are identified by their multitude of pouches which contain an assortment of snacks, toys, and of course, a pocket wine guide.  He knows everyone’s name at PTA meetings and always brings homemade finger-foods. Mom Dad knows how to entertain and will love a candle that adds dash of style to his decor and creates a signature fragrance for his popular gatherings. Like our 10″ Damask pillar , a contemporary square design that’s counter balanced with our classic Damask Leaf pattern in striking black. Tall and bold, this substantial and richly-scented pillar makes a statement in any room. Father’s Day Gifts


NATURE DAD was once an unmoored, drifting art school grad and former yoga instructor. He’s an emotional guy who really appreciates the great outdoors. He loves basking in the sun, hiking, and nalu bowls. When he’s not sharing cute animal photos with you, he’s reading up on perma-culture, or saving the bees. Nature Dad reads labels and is conscious about harmful ingredients and their effects. Show him how well you listened all those years by buying him a sustainably made beeswax candle. Our Stacked Stone pillar is a masculine and bold design stone-like design made of long-burning natural beeswax and left with no added perfume or fragrance. He’ll like the fact that it’s hand-crafted and doesn’t pollute his personal space. Father’s Day Gifts


 

blk skull4ACTIVIST DAD. He’s down for the struggle and the snuggle. His style of parenting is all about  equality, justice and community. He’s been wearing fair trade hemp t-shirts ever since he learned about the unfair working conditions of his previous brand and he’s always talking about his latest pet social issue. Friends were always welcome at your house because Dad didn’t believe in ‘Private Property’. Although Activist Dad was super hip to grow up with, it wasn’t all roses. You once had to decline an invitation to a party so you could attend a street protest at night with him. Buying  Father’s Day gifts for Activist Dad is tricky business, you have to do your homework. Make it easy by giving him a fair trade candle. He’ll love the fact that Natural Light Candle Company is a charter member of the IBSO (International Business Standards Organization)  and the only candle company in Asia to have received the UNESCO Award of Handicraft Excellence. As if that’s not enough, he’ll just love the groovy fragrances and stylish designs. For Activist Dad, we recommend our skull candle in blackFather’s Day Gifts


6" Stacked Stone Cube in Black Wax Natural Beeswax Blend Burn Time : 90 hours

STAND-IN DAD. We have a soft spot for this guy. Stand-In Dad could be any combination of other Dad’s but what makes him special is that he’s, well possibly not necessarily your choice, but he steps up and plays father figure just when you need him. Stand-In or step Dad’s sometimes get a bad wrap. But hey, he can be cool (sometimes) and Mom’s can’t do everything. Show your Stand – In Dad that you appreciate those moments, no matter how awkward they were, that he took on the role and was there for you. We love this black pillar for him because it’s super cool and rock solid.  

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There you have it, 8 distinct types of Dad’s. Whatever personality type he has, a Dad is always a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love. Happy Father’s Day!

Men, candles, philosophy, and love throughout the ages.

A fondness for candles is usually seen as a feminine penchant, however at Natural Light Candle Company, we believe that men love candles too. men candles

Did you know that November 19th is International Men’s Day? We decided to take this opportunity to pay homage to the men in our lives—the partners, sons, brothers, friends and colleagues that light our world. Candles—particularly our brand of scented beeswax candles—are perfect for all those who seek to uplift their personal space, bring ambience to a gathering, or soften the stress of daily work routines.

Throughout history men have lived and loved by the golden flicker of candlelight. Benjamin Franklin, founding father, author, inventor, traveller and renowned polymath was born the son of a candle maker and was apprenticed as a chandler as a young boy. Literary icon and pioneer of the Beat generation, Jack Kerouac wrote by candlelight in the solitude of his room, treating the wick as a clock-hand to guide him through his night-time writing regime.

Voltaire, along with fellow writers and philosophers, dined and socialized beneath an abundance of candlelit chandeliers in lavish Parisian salons as they discussed the revolutionary ideas of the Enlightenment in the 18th century. One can hardly imagine such stimulating conversation taking place without the ambience created by such inspiring light. Did Casanova cast his spells under fluorescent lighting, we think not! Take a lead from the past by adding the same elegance and refinement to your gatherings.

Love a classic look? The designs of our Damask Leaf and St Germain Pillars are inspired by the superb interiors of the historic Parisian salons.

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Be the ultimate modern Renaissance man with the addition of some of our decorative skull candles. Recalling the motifs of 17th century nocturne paintings, we tie together two opposing symbols: of life—the candle—and of mortality—the human skull.

LEFT: The Knight's Dream, oil by Antonio Perada, circa 1690 RIGHT: Ivory skull candle by Natural Light in a Renaissance table setting.

LEFT: The Knight’s Dream, oil by Antonio Perada, circa 1690 RIGHT: Ivory skull candle by Natural Light in a Renaissance table setting.

Just as a microbrewery processes your favourite craft beer, every step of our candle making is meticulously hand crafted in small batches. Our production home is based on the equatorial island of Bali, set back from the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean. We use the finest fragrance oils sourced from the European continent in combination with natural beeswax blends that are hand poured, hand painted and carefully wrapped by local artisans. Candles made from beeswax are extra-long burning for those equally long romantic evenings.

Not only does the value of our decorative candles lie in their longevity and the soft light that they emit, but also in their ability to delight the olfactory senses. Well aware that mood is inextricably linked with aroma, we carefully blend botanical fragrances to produce spicy, gentle infusions to suit the most refined taste and to elevate any physical or emotional space. For the ultimate sensual experience, try our Destination Candles. Layered with fragrances relevant to specific destinations, each candle is a sensory boarding pass to a distant land.

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Because our candles gift fragrance, ambience, style and revive the senses, we believe they make the perfect presents for men. In celebration of men across the globe we leave the last word to D.H Lawrence “How beautiful maleness is, when it finds the right expression.”

To view our full range of candles for men, Click Here.