J & J Candles brings wine, soil and more creative scented candles to Clay County Fair

J & J Candles brings wine, soil and more creative scented candles to Clay County Fair
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Of the 190 candle scents J & J Candles makes, one of its most creative has to be “Heart and Soil.”

The scent is in the name. Try it for yourself at the J & J Candles booth located inside the Varied Industries building at the Clay County Fair.

Janis Miller, owner of the Manson, Iowa-based business, said she carries many creative scents.

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“We have one that smells like wine, Heart and Soil of Iowa smells like freshly tilled farm soil,” she said. “We like the unique stuff and then we have the normal scents, as well.”

There are plenty of candles to browse.

“Right now on the table we have about 142 different scents,” said Rachael Castle, Miller’s daughter who’s helping out at the booth.


Miller has been making the candles for 20 years. She began selling candles full-time out of necessity a couple years ago.

“Honestly, I lost my job two days after Christmas in 2016,” Miller said. “I’d been wanting to do this full-time, so I just thought now’s the time. Somebody’s trying to tell me something.”

J & J Candles sells out of eight stores, seven in Iowa and one in Minnesota.

At the fair, J & J Candles is selling – in addition to candles – wax melts, car fresheners and barn wood boxes that Miller’s husband makes.

Find more information online.

Photo: Janis Miller, left, and her daughter, Rachael Castle, work the J & J Candles booth at the Clay County Fair.