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Doing a tidy up last week I found a whole heap of candles in the melt down buckets that Tilly had rejected.  Clearly he’d had a little disaster when dipping Bee Lights.  It’s one of the joys of making things by hand!  I decided to grab a few to keep me going over the weekend and they’re gorgeous.  Absolutely.  Completely.  Utterly.  Gorgeous. I have to say that it would be pretty great if all our disasters were this good!

Conjoined Bee Lights

Not a drip in sight…

Conjoined Bee Lights waiting for new homes

Conjoined Bee Lights waiting for new homes

Order Bee Lights in the next week (offer ends on 25th June 2012) and mention this blog post and I’ll pop a couple of very limited edition (I hope) conjoined Bee Lights for your enjoyment.

Happy burning

Cate

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We’ve launched a lot of new candles in the past few years at Queen B, so I thought it was time to look at our Value Packs and to update them with a few of our new best-sellers (including the Bee Lights and Reversible Beehive candleholder).  We’ve also made them even better value… and, of course, there’s free shipping included.

$100 Value Pack - includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights, tapers, Bee Lights, votives and a 15cm solid pillar.  That’s $109.70 worth of candles for $100 and we’ll ship them to you for free (although, of course, it isn’t free for us)!

$100 Beeswax candle Value Pack

$150 Value Pack – includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights (4 hour and 9 hour), tapers, Bee Lights, a 15cm solid pillar, a squat solid pillar and one of our Australian made solid brass reversible beehive candleholders (fits a bee light one way or turn it upside down and pop in a taper).  That’s $174.65 worth of candles for $150 and we’ll ship them to you for free!

$150 Beeswax candle Value Pack

$200 Value Pack – includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights (4 hour and 9 hour), tapers, Bee Lights, a 15cm solid pillar, a squat solid pillar, a votive, a 15cm narrow rolled pillar in any design (or Casablanca is the default design) and one of our Australian made solid brass reversible beehive candleholders (fits a bee light one way or turn it upside down and pop in a taper).  That’s $232.50 worth of candles for $200 and we’ll ship them to you for free!

$200 beeswax candle Value Pack

$250 Value Pack – includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights (4 hour and 9 hour), tapers, Bee Lights, a 15cm solid pillar, a squat solid pillar, votives in glass + your first set of refills for them, a 10cm narrow rolled pillar in any design (or Marrakech is the default design), a 15cm narrow rolled pillar in any design (or Casablanca is the default design) and one of our Australian made solid brass reversible beehive candleholders (fits a bee light one way or turn it upside down and pop in a taper).  That’s $299.30 worth of candles for $250 and we’ll ship them to you for free!  That’s over 421 hours of pure beeswax candlelight.  Better for you, better for the planet, better for your psyche and given the way electricity prices are going, probably cheaper than putting a lamp on too!

$250 Beeswax candle Value Pack

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Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles, tealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

 

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Recently I received a customer complaint.  They weren’t happy with their votive candle as it wasn’t burning out to the edge of the glass.

[Ouch.  Personal crisis.  Need to convince myself that I am not a candle and this is not personal.  Head spinning.  Defies all logic and experience of burning over 500 votives in my life.  Breathe deeply.  Think rationally.  Ask questions Cate.]

O.K. gathered thoughts and asked away.  Turns out they were using the votive candle for their morning meditation.  They meditate for around 20 minutes.  Candle is lit for only 20 minutes.  [Now feeling a little jealous that they manage to make the time to meditate for 20 minutes every morning and succeed in stilling their mind.]

Which brings me to the purpose of this post… about the candle burn times (not the meditation practice).

It is REALLY important when you’re choosing a candle, that you think about what the intended use for the candle is – ie how long you will typically burn it for (and in what conditions).

There are a few general pointers:
1. the wider the candle, the longer you need to burn it for
2. burning guidelines apply to say every second or third burn (ie if you have just lit your Queen B candles one night and you’re invited out to dinner, you don’t need to decline the invitation because you’ve just lit your Queen B candles!  Just ensure that the next time you light them, you give them a longer burn… enough time to allow them to burn out to the edges.
3. if you are planning on burning candles outdoors (or in a breezy space) stick to the wider candles (chubbies or drippies in the solid candles and 10cm medium, 15cm medium or 20cm fat in the rolled pillars).  Alternatively, invest in a glass hurricane lantern – they will stop the candle smoking and will ensure the candle doesn’t drip.
4. the best way to put out a candle is to push the wick into the pool of wax (and to ensure that it pops back out again).  That stops the wick from smouldering and covers it with wax which protects the wick and ensures you don’t get black on your fingers when you trim the wick.
5. always ensure you trim your wick prior to relighting your candle.  The wick should be trimmed to around 5 – 7mm.  If you’ve dipped  your wick to put the candle out prior, the wick should be rigid and coated in wax and you should be able to trim the wick simply by breaking off the top of it with your fingers.
6. it is not usually necessary to trim a wick while a candle is burning (the exception being if you burn candles for long periods of time where the top of the wick will become clogged with dust (and is therefore ‘dead’) as the beeswax candle does it’s thing ionising the air and drawing the dust into the pool of wax).  If you  do trim the wick while the candle is burning, please do not drop the wick back into the pool of wax… the more debris in the pool of wax, the more difficult it is for the candle to burn well.
7. Yes, keeping your candles in the fridge does give you a longer burn time overall.  I personally prefer to keep my fridge for fresh produce and fermented grape juice, but each to their own.

Here’s a general guide on choosing the right candle according to your intended/average burn time

Burn time <30 minutes

Queen B Bee Lights

Queen B Bee Lights

- Bee Lights (will burn for around 2.5 – 3.5 hours if left to burn from beginning to end)
Tapers (will burn for around 12 hours if left to burn from beginning to end)

Burn time 1hr – 2hrs
Bee Lights
Tapers
15cm solid pillar
20cm solid pillar

Burn time 2hrs – 3hrs
Bee Lights
Tapers
15cm solid pillar
20cm solid pillar
Round votives
Square votives
10cm, 15cm or 20cm narrow rolled pillars (any design)

Burn time >3hrs


Queen B Non Drip Drippy candles - for longer burn times

Queen B Non Drip Drippy candles - for longer burn times

- Tapers
15cm solid pillar
- 20cm solid pillar
- Round votives- Square votives
- Tealights
- Squat pillar
- 15cm or 25cm chubbies
- 15cm or 25cm drippies
- 10cm, 15cm or 20cm narrow rolled pillars (any design)
10cm or 15cm medium rolled pillars (any design)
20cm fat rolled pillars (any design)

Happy burning!

Cate

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I’ve been keeping these up my sleeve because they are special…

Really, really special…

Made in Australia (actually on Sydney’s Northern Beaches), they are solid brass or nickel coated brass.  Each holder is individually made and hand finished to remove the sharp edges.  They are designed to hold our Bee Lights.

Each tree comes in its own gorgeous, made in Australia, fabulous quality, kraft board packaging.  Fabulous recycled as a paperclip holder, button holder or anything else small.

We have VERY limited quantities because they were extremely time consuming to make.  They are RRP $39.95 and we have 20% off for the next 24 hours only.

Christmas Tree Bee Light holders

Christmas Tree Bee Light holders

Brass Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

Brass Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

Nickel plated Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

Nickel plated Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

 

You know how sometimes if you stay in the moving watching all the credit’s, they put a good bit right at the end?… well, here’s the good bit!…

Here’s a little look at the product development cycle of our little Christmas Tree candle holder.  I must say I was a little worried when the first prototype came back!  I think we nailed it in the end though.

Christmas tree prototype 1... mmmm, no!

Christmas tree prototype 1... mmmm, no!

Christmas Prototype 2... cut a little deep

Christmas Prototype 2... cut a little deep

Christmas Tree Prototype 3... getting there, but too sharp

Christmas Tree Prototype 3... getting there, but too sharp

Christmas Tree Prototype 4... perfection!

Christmas Tree Prototype 4... perfection!

Christmas Tree Candle holder... product development

Christmas Tree Candle holder... product development

If that’s not a fine candle holder, I don’t know what is!

Cate xx

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With the Earthing Stubb being quite butch, I thought it necessary to even the playing field by designing the very sexy femme fatale “Marilyn” candle holder.

Again, this one is reversible, holding a dinner taper candle in one side and a Bee Light candle in the other.  So, with no further ado, I am delighted to launch our Reversible Marilyn Candle Holders.  They are available in brass or nickel plated.

To celebrate, we’ve taken 10% off the holders (that’s a saving of $4.00 per holder) and 10% off the holder + candles pack (that’s a saving of almost $8.00 per pack over and above the $10.00 saving by buying the pack) until 11.59pm on 5th October 2011.

Brass Marilyn Candle Holder

Brass Marilyn Candle Holder

 

Close Up of Brass Marilyn Candle Holder

Close Up of Brass Marilyn Candle Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up of Nickel Plated Marilyn Candle Holder

Close up of Nickel Plated Marilyn Candle Holder

 

Nickel plated Marilyn Candle Holder

Nickel plated Marilyn Candle Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles, tealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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One of the most oft asked questions at the Hive is what holder to use for the Bee Lights… and as they are one of my all time favourite candles I thought them worthy of all all time favourite candle holder.

We started with the Mini-Marilyn candle holders which I blogged about here.

Now… drum roll… I am delighted to announce the launch of our Reversible Beehive Candle Holders.  Available in both brass and nickel-plated you can use this holder for Bee Lights on one side or Tapers on the other.  Clever or what?!  Good one Scotty (clever metal worker).  Yes, these are made in Australia.  Extraordinary at these prices, I know.  Particularly when you pick one up and feel how heavy they are… yes, you get that with a quality, solid, hand-made in Australia product.  Just ask all the people who wanted Bluescope Steel and have had to settle for something inferior.

Available in brass

or nickel-plated

Nickel Beehive Reversible Queen B Candle Holder  Nickel Beehive Reversible Queen B Candle Holder Close Up

To kick things off we’re offering 10% off until 11.59pm on 5th September 2011.  Yes, that is only 3 days.

We’ve also put together a pack which gives you:

- a Reversible Beehive Candle Holder
– Bee Lights (pack of 10); and
– 20cm Tapers (pack of 5)

for $69.95.  That’s a 12.33% discount to what you would usually pay, and we have an additional 10% off until 11.59pm on 5th September 2011.  Bargain.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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This is the story of a rollercoaster… not the Luna Park kind, the emotional kind.  Small business is kind of like that.

About 6 weeks ago, shortly after I had launched the Bee Lights, I gave some seconds to one of our lovers who happens to be a metal spinner.  I gave him my usual spiel about putting them in “anything”… apples, small vessels, sweet potatoes… you know the deal.  I had no ulterior motive.  Promise.

Four days later he walked in with the first iteration of Mini-Marilyn.

Mini-Marilyn Bee Lights holders - brass

Guess where I was on the rollercoaster at that stage?  No prizes.  OK, so I seriously need to get a life, but I was ecstatic.

Remember when you finished school?… I was happier

Remember your first kiss?… I was weaker at the knees

Remember the first song that made you cry… I was more emotional

Yes, I worry me too.

Anyway, so we need to deal with the bottom of the roller-coaster.

As is so often the case with manufacturing in Australia and using quality materials, when push came to shove, we just couldn’t make the pricing work.  I wasn’t going to be able to sell them at a price that I found palatable.

Which brings us to today’s special offer.

Mini-Marilyn Bee Lights holders - Nickel plated

Clever Queen B lover during the testing phase delivered me a bag of 50 brass and then 50 nickle plated “Mini-Marilyn” Bee Light holders.  That means we have 25 pairs of each (actually it is only 20 because I am keeping 10 of each for myself and the Queen B museum & dowry.  That’s all… in this design.  We have other designs on the way.

So, if you love our Bee Lights (and personally I think they are my best work yet) and you aren’t into fruit or vegetable holders, then grab yourself a pair before they all go.  They are being sold at the never to be repeated price of $25 per pair.

And please take a photograph and email it to me.  I love seeing our candle living their destiny.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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O.K., so I’m trying something a little new this time…

Today we launch our newest offering… Bee Lights.  They’re stunning.  Couldn’t be happier with them if I tried!

Bee lights - beeswax nutrition for the soul

… they are an irregular size (around 7-8mm)… so you can have a lot of fun with making your own candleholders.  [We'll have a competition on that one shortly].

With Earth Hour coming up on Saturday, 26th March, I thought we’d do a little promo to get the word out.

So, here’s the deal:

For every 50 packs of Bee Lights sold between now and 17th March 2011 (that will give us & Australia Post 9 days for delivering before Earth Hour), we’ll take $1 off the Earth Hour special price (to a minimum of $14.95)Click here if you just can’t wait to order.  Yes, that’s right, you have the opportunity to get up to 40% off.  Just this once.  Won’t happen again.  If I weren’t making them, I’d be buying lots of them while the special offer is on.  I’d also be telling everyone I know! (well, actually I already am).  And I’d be stocking up the pantry because soon pure beeswax candles from Queen B are actually going to be cheaper than using electricity.  Oh, and I’d also be stocking up the pressie cupboard because even if the price does end up being $25, they’re a wonderful gift, and if it’s cheaper, then that’s even more wonderful (for you)!

Just to be clear, you don’t need to buy 50 packs to get $1 off… I’m told that what I am doing is “crowdsourcing”.  So we need a crowd of people to buy Bee Lights.  The final price will only be determined at close of business on 17th March 2011.  Basically the RRP of $24.95 will drop by 2c for every pack sold to a minimum price of $14.95.  EVERYONE who orders as part of the promotion gets the minimum price, so don’t stress about what your order says.  If you want to see what the final price was (before you get your parcel in the mail), just come go to the Bee Lights page on the website and it will advise the final price.

A pack of 10 Bee Lights will normally retail for $24.95.  On 18th March 2011 the price will be $24.95.  So, you have a limited opportunity to buy a pack of Bee Lights for as little as $14.95.  We just need to spread the word and get 500 packs pre-ordered.

ORDER NOW. We won’t charge your card until the 17th of March, when the price will be determined by how many have been sold at that time.

Bee lights - candleholder display

Why am I doing this (apart from to sell lots of candles)?

Business 101

There are 2 really good business reasons for doing this promo:

1. We have a lot of fixed overheads (rent, wages, vehicles, all the equipment etc etc).  By choosing to use only 100% pure beeswax and to manufacture in Australia, we also have low margins (otherwise we wouldn’t sell any candles).  So, that means we need to do volume.  We know that once someone burns a Queen B candle, they understand the difference.  So, we need more people trying (& loving) Queen B candles.  If we could double or triple our customer base, we’d not only have a happier, healthier nation (and planet), but we’d also be able to cover our expenses EVERY month and do more to support the beekeeping industry.

2. Worker bees… we do about 50% of our revenue in the last 3 months of the year.  That makes things a little quiet for the remainder of the year.  And yet, it take at least 2 years to train a candle-maker properly, and I have to give them consistency in working hours in order to keep them.  So, running a promotion like this keeps them busy.   In fact I’ve already assumed it is going to be a roaring success (we usually get a huge reaction to 10% off, so I am anticipating meltdown with up to 40% off) and we’re already in production on bee lights.

So, please help us spread the word.

These are truly one of my favourite candles and are going to be a bargain at their RRP of $24.95 (for 10 candles).  With this promotion, if we do it right, you have the opportunity to buy at up to 40% off.  Order now knowing that we won’t charge your card until the 18th March when we know what the price will be set at.  That’s no downside and lots of upside.

Cheers

Cate xx


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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