Man Cans13-year-old Hart Main from Ohio started his Man Cans candle business after deciding his sister’s candles smelled too girlie.

He uses recycled soup cans for containers, makes his own labels and his mom helps him with the hot wax.

Some of the candle scents include: fresh cut grass, new mitt, campfire, buttered popcorn, bacon, coffee and hot cocoa.  Here’s a video of an interview with Hart Main about his Man Cans.

By SandraW




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38 Comments so far

  1. Bonnie on March 15, 2011 8:53 pm

    I really have to admire this kid’s moxy! Great design, great scent ideas, I know a million guys who would love these!

  2. Kathy Shockley on March 15, 2011 8:59 pm

    How do I get some of these here in Mo? I love freshed mowed grass, and sawdust :)

  3. Rudrani on March 16, 2011 7:37 am

    There have been scents out there like these for years, just not in candles so much. Even the old 1971 movie Harold and Maude has something like that except it was an Aroma machine that Maude created called an Aroma machine, which was a converted really old record player. Scents like ‘snow’, ‘dirt’, ‘pot roast’, etc. There have lots of essential oils back in the 80′s that had unusual scents (chocolate chip cookies, dirt, mowed grass, smores, camp fire, puppy breath, leather, etc.) Everyone is gushing thinking this kid’s idea is so unique but it’s not really. He was just lucky enough to be born in the right time/era and have a mom to help him. Because of the internet and all the technology the word has spread instantly all over the place. Hope he saves his money for his future. He should invest in fall-out shelters and build his family nice big fall-out shelter…(nuclear plants blowing up the world) Wow, this comment went to left field fast didn’t it?

  4. SandraW on March 16, 2011 1:18 pm

    You have a point Rudrani. When children are involved, they seem to get a lot more publicity. I still admire his spunk and think it should keep him out of trouble.

  5. Marisa on March 16, 2011 2:04 pm

    Good grief, give the kid a break at least he is not making and selling meth.

  6. SandraW on March 16, 2011 5:30 pm

    Say it Marisa. :)

  7. Laura Murray on March 18, 2011 11:07 am

    He/his mom needs a like on facebook page.. It will help it go farther as well.. I think it is great to see someone so young have such ambition and support.. I just hope he can find the time he said he don’t have much for and that is still being a kid.. It is sooo important!! Congrats buddy for a job well done..

  8. Laura Murray on March 18, 2011 11:10 am

    I see they had it after my post.. Sorry and still great job.. I clicked like and hope alot of friends do as well and will order from him…

  9. caesar on March 18, 2011 2:55 pm

    great job kid.!!!!!! i saw you on the news. and i think you are a great kid…..savannah ga

  10. SandraW on March 18, 2011 8:16 pm

    Thanks for the heads up Laura!

  11. ReneeB on March 19, 2011 4:36 am

    Way to go I saw you on the news. I love when kids do things creative with their minds. Really anyone. At least you’re not out there committing crime giving into the weakness of the flesh. I live in Ohio I might want to check your candles out. Stay in school keep your grades up and your candle business will be do fine. Great mom (family) for helping.

  12. Tex lott on March 19, 2011 6:42 am

    Its great to see young people get involved in something positive. The fact that he has a support group to help him or a good mom is an after thought. He had an idea and made made something of it. Too bad more kids dont have that kind of drive, adults too for that matter. Keep up the good work and take my orders.

  13. Val on March 20, 2011 9:40 am

    This kid is BRILLIANT!! What a cool idea and unique concept. Good for him!! Wish I had thought of it!!

  14. Nic on March 24, 2011 5:49 pm

    Ok first someone “Rudrani” needs to take a chill pill and see the good for what it is. Some of the greatest inventors, took something that was already done and tweeked it to make it better – thats what happens on a daily basis in business. This kid is off to a great start. Keep up the good work. The whole concept is Phenomenal – the soup cans, feeding people the soup. Back to Rugrat or whatever their name is Im not gonna comment on the crazy nuclear comment – Is that really necessary here???? again back to Heart (the candle kid) GREAT JOB!!!!!

  15. David on April 16, 2011 9:15 am

    Great idea! I love your idea. Proud to see a teen interested in something besides himself. How about Fresh Cut Hay scent. That is what we have here in Tennessee in the Summer.

  16. Jackie on April 21, 2011 5:06 pm

    This idea is actually stolen and has been going on for a few years now. How does he know how to make the scents with the candles?

  17. You on April 24, 2011 9:08 am

    Awsom!!!!!!

  18. joy on May 10, 2011 7:17 am

    how excatly do you order them?i seen people post to email him but i dont have his email.

  19. jen on May 10, 2011 9:18 am

    I just heard about this on the “doctors”. I am so impressed!! I have a 14yr old n its so amazing the way there brains work!! I think its so cool as to all the people this invention is helping. The soup from the cans gets served to those that nees a meal. Also to sponcer your own little league team, WOW!!!! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Tim Roche on May 10, 2011 12:18 pm

    I saw your piece on the Doctors. I went to your web site to order and I got an error message. Do you have the exact web address?

    Good luck.

  21. Taoate on May 10, 2011 2:32 pm

    Rudrani & Sandra W.

    I DETECT A HINT OF ENVY HERE IN THE FACT A 13 YEAR OLD HAS HIT ON A SUCCESSFUL IDEA. MORE POWER TO HIM AND YOU TWO SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOU IMMATURE ATTITUDES.

  22. Carol on May 10, 2011 4:14 pm

    Congratulations on your adventure. Where can
    I purchase your candles? please email me as to
    how to go about this when you can.
    Thanks
    Blessings to you,
    Carol McCaskill in Bend, Oregon

  23. Roger Shepherd on May 10, 2011 5:10 pm

    I want to order some of these candles. Is there a mail order option or may I order them through one of the stores in his hometown. Please send me an email with a way I can get these candles.

  24. Jan on May 10, 2011 5:34 pm

    I would love to order some of these or buy them somewhere. Are they in any stores or can we order online? Please let me know … I’m always looking for things for my sons and son-in-law. Thanks! jan

  25. SandraW on May 10, 2011 6:31 pm

    He’s having trouble with his website right now because of all the publicity. Keep updated on his facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/mancansohio

  26. shirley on May 11, 2011 6:15 am

    Great idea! Where can I buy them?

  27. BILLY MIHLAN on May 11, 2011 8:55 am

    NICE JOB YOUNG MAN, AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU COULD SEND ME A LIST OF ALL THE CALDLES YOU MAKE AND THE COST FOR EACH ONE AND AN ORDER FORM. MY NAME AND ADDRESS IS. BILLY MIHLAN 330 S. 2ND. STREET, AMES IOWA. 50010. THANK YOU

  28. SandraW on May 11, 2011 9:13 am

    The Man Cans website is here: http://www.man-cans.com/Scripts/default.asp

  29. Carol Warren on May 11, 2011 11:15 am

    I saw your candles on The Doctors yesterday and am interested in getting some for Father’s Day for my sons and husband. They are great outdoors men. What a great way to make a project turn into a business. Good Luck Carol Warren Norton Shores,Michigan

  30. Susan Smith on May 11, 2011 8:21 pm

    I would like to buy some of your candles?? Where can I send to get some???

  31. linda buell on May 14, 2011 3:03 pm

    awesome, i want some where do i get them

  32. John on May 25, 2011 12:08 am

    I love freshed mowed grass,I know a million guys who would love these!

  33. mary southrland on September 9, 2011 7:16 am

    how do I order one????????????

  34. Sherri on September 9, 2011 10:35 am

    I saw this on the doctor’s. I would love to get some of these candles for Christmas Gifts. How do I order. how much do you sell these for? LOVE IT!!!!

  35. sandra parker on September 9, 2011 1:17 pm

    what a great job. keep up the great work and i wish you all the best. i would love to order sometimes but i just wanted to tell you first how proud i was when hearing your story on the doctors today. im sure youll have great sucess.

  36. Stephennie on November 4, 2011 10:02 am

    I saw you on TV and want to order some of your specially fun candles, but I don’t know how. Do tell! I live in Apache Junction, AZ. and need some candles before the 20th of this month. Please help by sending me info as how to get my hands on your candles :) Thank you so much and keep up the great smells for men and I like them too. Your an inspiration to all. Thank you,
    Stephennie Knox-Ward

  37. kAY MORETTI on November 6, 2011 8:23 am

    Dear Hart, on August 25,2011 I sent you an order for 1 cut grass candle and 1 campfire candle. On August 29,2011 PAYPAL MAN CANS charged $30.84 on my charge card for these 2 candles. I thought that was outrageous for 2 $9.50each candles. In addition, I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED THEM!! I really need these before Thanksgiving and have been patiently waiting. Please call me and let me know when I will receive them.

  38. SandraW on November 6, 2011 6:37 pm

    Please visit Hart’s website link that’s provided in the article.

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