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Wow!  What an amazing response.  Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to vote.  Turns out you’re a clever bunch agreeing entirely with the eminent judging panel and also picking my other favourite!  Yes, that’s right, we’re going to be launching 2 new designs.

The winner of the design competition is Nectar by Bec Cooper.  We’ll be announcing the launch date and the chosen colour/s within the next couple of weeks.

Designer beeswax candles - who thought non toxic could look so good

Nectar – Mint, Cool Grey, White


We’ve chosen “DC”‘s comment as the winning comment – “Nectar! The design holds my gaze and changes as I look at it — rather like a flickering candle flame does. It contains tumbling cubes, snowflakes, and honeycomb-like hexagons.”

This year voting was incredibly tight and interestingly there were different, clear winners depending on where the voting happened.  The other clear favourite was Lily by Melissa Nalder, so we’re planning a launch for that too!

ISCD Queen B design collaboration - bringing designer values to beeswax candles

Lily – Charcoal, Silver, White


We’ll be making launch date and colour announcements shortly.  A big thank you again to design luminaries, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy for their time and sharing their expertise and insight in judging this year’s finalists.  I have found it rare to meet people so talented and successful who are so down to earth, generous and caring.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.  It is only with your feedback and involvement that Queen B can continue to create light that is loved by the community we seek to serve.

Cate xx


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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your eyes (and opinion)…

This is the second year of our collaboration with the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD) and the submissions for our design competition have been fantastic.  So fantastic our judging panel – Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and myself – were divided.  With a 2:1 split we’ve voted (and a judging panel winner has been picked) but ultimately the vote that counts the most to me is the vote from you as one of our tribe.

Hopefully being given a voice is enough to encourage you to vote, but we’re adding an incentive.  We’ll be picking a winner from all the comments posted on our blog, Facebook & Instagram who will get a pack of candles in the design chosen for us to add to our range.  Consisting of a 10cm medium, 15cm medium and 20cm fat hand-rolled pillar candle the pack is valued at over $200.  Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, 7th November 2014 with the winner (both the design and the commenter!) announced on Monday, 10th November 2014.

Following are the chosen finalists (from 23 designs submitted) – in alphabetical order!  We’re also, for the first time, considering whether to offer the design in the 3 colours chosen by the designer (each height will be one colour) or whether to continue with how we do all of our existing designs which is that all sizes come in the one colour.

To be in the running for the prize pack, write a note in the comments field below telling us:
– which is your favourite design and why
– your favourite colour (of the 3 shown) or whether you think we should offer it in all 3 colours shown

Which design is simply so stunning that you’d have to have it (or that you’d have to get it for someone special in your life)?!  Ultimately the ‘best’ design is the design that people will buy because that is the only way that we achieve our goals of lighting up lives, supporting Australian beekeepers, developing artisan skills and ensuring that if you’re burning candles, you’re burning pure beeswax candles!

ISCD surface design pure beeswax candles Queen B interior design collaboration

Beaded – Old Gold, Indigo and/or Hemlock?


ISCD surface design collaboration with Queen B - design focused pure beeswax candles

Celebration – Burnt Orange, Spring Green, Powder Blue


ISCD Queen B design collaboration - bringing designer values to beeswax candles

Lily – Charcoal, Silver, White


Designer beeswax candles - who thought non toxic could look so good

Nectar – Mint, Cool Grey, White


Design collaboration ISCD and Queen B - beautiful and functional beeswax candles

Spring – Morning Glory, Magneta, White


Non toxic candles for the stylish home - collaboration ISCD and Queen B pure beeswax candles

Windsor – Gold, Silver, Copper



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… and so it is that today we’re launching 2 new products in our ever extending range of pure Australian beeswax tealight candles – 4-5hr tealights (clear cups) – pack of 5 and 8-9hr tealights (clear cups) – pack of 5.

We’re also excited to finally (after a year of packaging disasters!) have our box of 8 Jam Jar Tealights with 8 jars back on the shelves in brand, spanking new Queen B packaging! (that’s probably not that exciting for you but if you knew what we’d been through to get here you’d be very excited too)!

To celebrate their launch we’ve got all 3 products at 10% off until 11.59pm tomorrow night (3rd November 2014).

100% pure beeswax tealight candles in clear cups - a great sustainable gift idea

4-5hr Tealights in clear cups – Box of 5

pure beeswax tlite candles in clear cups

8-9hr Tealights in clear cups – Box of 5

Pure beeswax tlite candles in glass jam jars

Jam Jar Tealight Pack – 8 Jars + 8 candles


With our new 5 packs of tealights in clear cups and our extensive range of gorgeous candleholders (many of which retail for $15 and under) you’ll have most of your Christmas gifts sorted for under $40.

With our pack of 8 Jam Jar tealights (all with jars) the table decorations and ambience for your next dinner party is all taken care of.  If you’ve got a larger event or wedding planned or a larger space to light, remember we now have longer burning Jam Jar tealights available (with 6+ hrs of burning) in a bulk pack of 60 candles.

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A creative collaboration is in some ways like giving birth (although the pain is rather more cerebral!)… you have to find the right partner, with similar values.  It’s best if you each bring different, although compatible, strengths to the relationship.  There’s a process of getting to know one another and, if it is a good partnership, the alchemy where 1+1=3.  You get better at it with time.  And then you decide to create something that is in and of your joint DNA, that hopefully you’ll love (!!!).  I guess that’s where I’ll leave the analogy because it the product world there is also the process of rejecting things you don’t like along the way and trial and error and, well, that’s just a conversation we don’t need to have on a beeswax candle blog!

Which brings me to the point of this post which is the announcement of our new Dinosaur Designs Atelier range – a joint collaboration with Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the talented duo behind Dinosaur Designs.


dinosaur designs atelier range of Queen B candles - individually hand made in Australia

Dinosaur Designs Atelier range of pure beeswax candles from Queen B


Atelier is the French word for “workshop”, and in English is used primarily for the workshop of an artist in the fine or decorative arts, where a principal master and a number of assistants, students, and apprentices worked together producing pieces released in the master’s name.

Building on last year’s two designs – Totem and Boulders – this year they came up with 3 new designs in the Atelier range.  We clearly used up all the creativity on the design and making process and they’re simply titled “Blue, Red & Yellow”!!

Beautiful to mix and match in a cluster, or as you can see below just as stunning on it’s own… or with a honeycomb pillar.

You can only imagine the hardship I went through having to do testing…


dinosaur designs collaboration with queen B - hand made beeswax candles

Atelier Blue – testing!


The candles are part of a larger Atelier range from Dinosaur Designs covering an entire range of homewares and jewellery.  To see the full Atelier range (including the candles), head to your nearest Dinosaur Designs stores (including London and New York).  Or, you can find an extensive range of Queen B candles (including the Dinosaur Designs candles) at Make Designed Objects in Carlton and, of course, you can see them at Queen B’s Hive in Brookvale.  We’ve all got them available online.

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cate xx

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Well, aren’t you a vocal bunch?!  Based on your emails, it seems that while many of you like a pro to paint your personalised candles for you, others want to come and do their own.  So, we’re going to offer casual candle painting workshops on the second and fourth Saturday’s of every month, from midday – 4pm at the hive in Brookvale.  Bookings are essential as numbers are limited.

Whether you’re looking for a creative activity to do on your own, a fun way to spend a few hours with friends, an activity to do with your kids or simply an avenue to make something that is EXACTLY what you want for your decor, or a completely unique, heartfelt gift, we’ve got it covered.  We’ve also done these in the past as kids birthday parties and corporate team building days.

To book: Call (02) 9905 1188 or email the hive [at] queenb.com.au

Time: midday – 4pm, 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of every month

Cost: $20 (covers painting materials, hand finishing of your individual candle/s and a bottomless cup of the best tasting tea you’ve ever had in your life)!  If you’re making an afternoon of it with friends, feel free to bring along your own bottle of wine and/or champagne… we’re happy to provide glasses.  The cost of the candle/s you paint is additional based on the size/s you choose.  Pricing for the pillar candles as follows:

10cm narrow – $29.95
15cm narrow – $39.95
20cm narrow – $49.95
10cm medium – $49.95
15cm medium – $69.95
20cm fat – $89.95

Depending on the thickness of your artwork and how much of a rush you’re in, we may be able to finish your candle on the day or it will be available for pick up the following week.  We can, of course, also send it to you (cost of shipping additional).

What to bring: An apron so that you don’t get paint all over you.  Food if you’re going to be hungry.

We have hundreds of examples of candles that other people have painted at our workshops over the years to provide you with some creative stimulation.  In my experience, it’s pretty hard to go wrong.  For some reason once you wrap that piece of art around a beeswax candle, they somehow always look amazing.  Watch the video below to see some examples of what others have done.




The dates of the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s of the month for the remainder of 2014 are as follows:

October – 11th and 25th
November – 8th and 22nd
December – 13th (we’ll be closed on 27th Dec for our annual break)

We will publish dates for 2015 once the hive reopens in mid January.

Feel free to call if you have any questions, otherwise, hopefully we’ll have a chance to meet more of you at the hive over the coming months.

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I asked Sarah to come up with a catchy headline for this blog post and there it is!!

We’re lucky to have a very talented local painter, Stephen (just in case you hadn’t worked that out!), who now hand paints all of our personalised candles at Queen B and we want him around here more!!!  Stephen is a funny, quirky, breath of fresh air, and in hive of women it’s fresh air we enjoy!

So, here are few recent examples of Queen B personalised candles painted by our very own drone!

christening or naming day candle hand painted on a pure beeswax pillar candle

A special thank you to Paula for sharing, and allowing us to share, this photograph. xx

hand painted personalised candle, unique gift, australian made, a gift for an amazing friend

An extraordinary gift for a friend

Happy wedding love aunts and uncles

Such beautiful sentiment… and on a candle that’s going to burn for over 200 hours… the customer requested a light blue floral surround and away we went!

name candles for wedding, wedding unity candle, australian made,

Hand painted wedding unity candles

You can find more details about our personalised candles in various sections of the website – Baptismal (or Christening) Candles, Wedding Unity Candles, Bereavement Candles and other Personalised Gift Candles.

Here’s to a little more testosterone at the hive!

Cate xx

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You may remember that a few months ago we did a survey.  The response was way better than we could ever have even dreamed – several hundred of you taking the time to share your thoughts.  The content is literally pure gold.  There are so many beautiful comments.  So many fantastic ideas.  So much constructive feedback.   We’ve spent literally hours poring over the feedback.  Some of the comments need a response (I’ll do that in later blog posts).  Some of the ideas can’t be done and others will take months or even years to execute.  And others we can do right now.  So we have!

So, in response to your feedback/requests we’re launching mini-bulk boxes for our 4-5hr and 8-9hr tealights and for our 12 hr (20cm) taper candles. So the options you have now are as follows:

4-5hr Tealights

  • Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 72 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bulk Box of 105 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bag of 25 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 69 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25
  • Bulk Box of 105 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25

8-9hr Tealights

  • Box of 9 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 48 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bulk Box of 96 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in box of 9
  • Bag of 25 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups)
  • Mini Bulk Box of 42 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 10% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25
  • Bulk Box of 84 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) – 20% cheaper per candle than in bag of 25

20cm Tapers 

  • Box of 5 x 20cm beeswax taper candles
  • Mini Bulk Box of 21 x 20cm beeswax taper candles – 10% cheaper per candle than in box of 5
  • Bulk Box of 40 x 20cm beeswax taper candles – 20% cheaper per candle than in box of 5

pure beeswax tealight candles burn brighter than the northern lights

Photograph from Katrina Gill.


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