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Life & Work with Jamia Howell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamia Howell.

Hi Jamia, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi, My name is Jamia Howell. I am the owner of Mia’s Scented Candles. I was born and raised on the south side of St. Louis. I started taking an interest in candle-making when I was 14 years old. I used to go to candle workshops with my grandmother every Thursday evening. I’ve always been a creative person and different. I loved that I could create my own with a good-smelling scent ( who doesn’t like things that smell good). I would go to the stores with my grandmother and pick out something that made my room smell good once I cleaned my room. Instead of picking up lipgloss or fingernail Polish, I would get candles. In 2019 I had issues with different jobs, and the schedule they needed me to work didn’t fit my children’s schedule. One day I had a sit down with my friend. She’s more like family. I explained to her that I wanted to start my own candle business, and  I wanted to leave my kids a business behind so they will never have to work for anyone. I didn’t know where to start, so I did some research and wrote down everything I needed so that I could invest in myself. I took my last paycheck and bought everything. I took that risk because I knew this was something I love to do and have a passion for. I’m here today, and my business has been doing very well these 3 years.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth road? No, I wouldn’t say smooth at all. It was obstacles and challenges thrown my way from every angle. As I am the sole person hand pouring candles and wax melts without a team and trying to get orders out, it becomes a lot on you with me being a single mother of 2 kids. I tell myself I must keep going and never quit because it gets better with time, and everything will pay off soon. I’m still learning as a business owner. I reach out to other business owners for advice, and they keep me on point, and I appreciate that.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I pour 100% soy wax candles and wax melts; nothing is store brought. I’m known as the Candle Lady From The Southside. I can create and mix my scents up; that’s how creative I am. I love seeing my customers post my candles/wax melts and tag me in their pictures, even leaving me good reviews on how they smell and burn, how strong they are, and you can smell them Throughout their whole house—also referring me to their family and friends.

Alright, before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Most definitely reach out to me Thru social media. I’m very responsive on time.


  • 12oz Candle Jars Double Wick $17.50
  • 8oz Candle Jars 14.50
  • Wax Melts $6.00

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: scentsby_mia
  • Facebook: Mia’s Scented Candles

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