He offered 25% equity in The Original Man Candles in exchange for $50,000 but the Sharks found humor in the product. Mark Cuban held on to the end, wanting to do the deal, but just didn't see enough business to make it worthwhile.
That wasn't the last we were to see of Johnson Bailey and Original Man Candles. In February, Shark Tank did a follow-up episode right after Daymond John visited Oklahoma State University to speak with Johnson Bailey.
By the time the episode aired, Johnson Bailey's Original Man Candles website had disappeared showing an Apache screen, which tells us the website is gone, but the domain “originalmancandles.com” is still pointing to that server.
So what's up with Original Man Candles? Where is it? What's Johnson Bailey doing now? I checked out his Facebook page and it looks like he quit posting about the time that the website disappeared. Is the business dead?
There are stores that are still selling them, but there is no telling how much inventory that they have left in stock. Add to that, another company, Mandles actually left a message on his YouTube channel asking him why he stole their idea…
Chances are, he didn't steal the idea, they just had the same idea. The branding, marketing strategy and just about everything else is entirely different. The only common audience is a candle for men.