I was tossing up between that title (which started the song playing in my mind!) and “I’m getting started with beeswax candles, but I don’t know which ones would be best for me” or “I love burning beeswax candles and love a discount”!
We’ve recently created new “Beeswax Bounty Boxes” to add to our range, packed with some of our best sellers. If you want to venture beyond Queen B beeswax tealight candles, but you’re not quite sure where to start, these are a great place to start. And because we can pre-pack them in quiet times and do 50 at a time, you’re buying at a discount to the RRP and they all come with free shipping within Australia.
1 x Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) $20.00 36 hrs
1 x Box of 4 x 20cm beeswax dinner tapers $25.00 48 hrs
1 x 15cm solid beeswax pillar $25.00 40 hrs
1 x Squat beeswax pillar $25.00 40 hrs
1 x Sweetness and Light $ 15.00 10 hrs
1 x Jam Jar Tealights (2 jars + 8 candles) $25.00 32 hrs
1 x Votive in clear glass $10.00 15 hrs
1 x Votive refill $ 7.00 15 hrs Total value = 27 Queen B beeswax candles $152.00 234 hrs
1 x Squat beeswax pillar $ 25.00 40 hrs
1 x Box of 9 x 4-5hr beeswax tealight candles (metal cups) $ 20.00 36 hrs
1 x Box of 4 x 20cm beeswax dinner tapers $ 25.00 48 hrs
1 x Pack of 10 x 30cm Bee Lights $ 25.00 30 hrs
1 x 15cm solid beeswax pillar $ 25.00 40 hrs
1 x Box of 5 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups) $ 20.00 42 hrs
1 x Reversible Beehive candleholder (brass) $ 30.00
1 x Jam Jar Tealights- box of 2 jars with 8 candles $ 25.00 40 hrs
1 x Honeycomb-10cm narrow hand rolled candle $ 25.00 30 hrs
1 x Honeycomb-15cm narrow hand rolled candle $ 35.00 50 hrs Total value = 40 Queen B beeswax candles $255.00 356hrs
I can’t even begin to describe the process we went through trying to work out what to include and what to leave out. I feel as if I’m setting up many of the candles for years of therapy! Rest assured that if something doesn’t look incredible and burn beautifully it isn’t part of the Queen B range. You may well be able to find cheaper beeswax candles, but there’s a money back guarantee from me that the look and burn quality will not be up to a Queen B standard.
I think the best way of honouring the extraordinary gift from bees that is beeswax, is to strive to be as precise, as fastidious and (almost) as hard working … with the added benefits of human creativity and consciousness in the candles we make. It’s one of the major reasons we continue to hand make every Queen B candle. The work of an artisan is always superior to something churned out of a machine.
Looking forward to lighting up your days and nights.
It may appear that we’re making a slow start to 2015 here at Queen B, but nothing could be further from the truth… our gracefulness belies the busy paddling under water! And there’s nothing keeping us busier this week than sending Valentines Day orders.
Some lament the rampant commercialism of Valentine’s Day, I’ve always appreciated the reminder to tell the people who I love how grateful I am to have them in my life. No matter how mindful a life I try to live, I find that oftentimes my busyness gets in the way of wanton acts of love and gratitude.
Last minute Valentines Day gift – send a little light to someone who lights up your life
It seems as if the word has also got out about our hampers (only took 10 years!) – so we’ve been tailoring beautiful hampers to various budgets. The most popular hamper this year has been a $100 Valentines hamper (including courier delivery in Sydney) packed full to the brim with our beeswax Tealights, Bee Lights, honey nougat, Sweetness & Light and, of course, Burning Love!!
Valentines Day hamper of sweetness and light
If you’re wanting your gift to arrive before Valentines Day, please place orders prior to 9am tomorrow (thursday, 12th February). Please note that courier delivery is for Sydney only – for all other areas we use Australia Post and can’t guarantee delivery prior to Valentines.
Speaking of gratitude, we’re trying to get a better profile of our customers…
My phone has been ringing all day with customers wanting to know whether they’ll get their orders if they order today, so I thought I’d just let you know the current state of affairs.
We’re dispatching orders within 1 day of receiving them (often quicker). Based on past experience, delivery times are as follows:
Sydney – generally overnight (feel free to order any time until next Monday – the sooner the better)
Melbourne & Brisbane – generally within 2 business days (feel free to order until say Wednesday or Thursday – the sooner the better)
Regional NSW, VIC, QLD – generally within 3 business days (feel free to order today or tomorrow)
SA, WA, TAS – generally within 5 days (i.e. please order TODAY for deliveries wanted prior to Christmas)
We use Australia Post for parcels and always put your email address in so that you get a tracking number and can track your parcel. We are also happy to send parcels Express Post and we charge at cost (i.e. we don’t make money on shipping). If you would like your order sent Express Post please write that in the comments field and we’ll call you with a shipping quote PRIOR to charging your card for the order – so you can cancel it if you want to.
We are open at the hive in Brookvale until 4.30pm on 24th December and would LOVE to see you there if you’re in Sydney. For all of our Eastern Suburbs, Southern Sydney and North Shore friends, it is really NOT THAT FAR to the Northern Beaches, I promise. And we even have good coffee!!
Sending love and light on this craziest of crazy days.
I try not to buy things in that are too “occasion specific” because the last thing we want is things gathering dust in the cupboards for the majority of a year. I must say though that I’m always happy when something is great for an occasion and also perfect year round. I think these would make an absolutely stunning festive decoration with the lights from the beeswax tealight candle twinkling through the windows, but they’ll also look great any time of year (particularly in winter)!
I’ll be back in the morning to tell you about some other great goodies!
Among the clever folk in our local small business community are Bertrand and Craig who, amongst other things, bring a range of La Rochere glassware in from Bertie’s homeland, France. You may be thinking that I’ve lost my marbles stocking their wares given my passion for Australian manufacturing but I’m also passionate about things with provenance and any quality good that is designed to last and doesn’t end up in landfill within 12 months because it is so well made. And, of course, their “Abeille” or bee range gets my vote simply for celebrating the sisterhood!
La Rochere French glassware, tableware and dinnerware – tumblers, wine glasses, water glasses, candleholders, plates, bowls and carafes – are for living each day as if it were your last. It is made at very high temperatures and is famous for its uniquely clear glass and hardiness. Made in France since 1475, the La Rochere factory is the oldest operating glass factory in Europe.
We’ve got some of their bestsellers and we’ve got them in cartons of 6 with a 10% discount.
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Carafe – 1L
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Bowl (600ml)
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Mug
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Red Wine Glass
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee White Wine Glass
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Lowball Glass Tumbler
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Highball Glass Tumbler
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Dessert or Sundae Glass
La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Champagne Flute
Historically each King of France (yes, they were all kings) chose something as their emblem. For instance Louis XIV chose the sun. Napoleon chose the bee for its industriousness and to signify that through unity you achieve strength. It was a rallying cry for his army.
The bee design is no less relevant today. Whether you like to feast as Kings and Queens or whether you simply admire the industry of our bee comrades, the elegance and simplicity of the Napoleonic Bee range from La Rochere is fitting. And, like its namesake, the La Rochere glassware goes the extra mile by being dishwasher safe.
Happy to bring you more great quality, bee goodies!
If you’re looking for a very simple to make and yet extraordinarily beautiful, festive table decoration take a look at what Julie Hall from The Black Hen has created. Julie and I had a conversation a while back about all the simple ways people could make a candleholder for our Bee Lights candles and voila, she sent me these images today to share on our blog. I get to meet some really creative, generous, warm, grounded and brilliant people in my life as a maker of bee created light and none more so than Julie.
Whilst I’ve called it a “festive” decoration, if you removed the festive adornment you could use it all year around.
What you’ll need:
* a fallen tree branch
* a drill
* festive adornments if you like
* Bee Light candles
* common sense
* Find a beautiful branch (you want one that is stable and won’t wobble… if required you could use a belt sander to sand the base so that it sits flat and stable on your table)
* Drill holes where you would like to insert your Bee Light candles (I’d suggest using a 6 or 7mm drill bit). While our Bee Lights candles are often wider than that, you want a snug fit and it is easy to warm the base of the candles with your fingers and simply massage it to a narrower diameter at the base)
* Insert Bee Lights and fire them up!
A word about the common sense required:
* you’re putting candles (ie a flame) into timber (ie a flammable holder), so you either need to pay attention and blow the candles out when they are say 1cm above the branch OR you could drill your holes wider (say 10mm) and then put some blue tac or something similar around the base of the candle including underneath it and coming to a level slightly above the branch (ie something that is non flammable) and that way the candles will put themselves out when they reach the blue tac rather than setting the branch on fire! Well that’s my theory anyway.
If you love this, you decide to make one and or you just think Julie is the dogs bollocks for giving us this simple idea, please pop over to The Black Hen facebook page and show her some love or pop a comment below. And if you do make one, please, please send through an image. For creatives, there is nothing more wonderful than seeing an idea take hold and be loved and appreciated.
I’ve been asking around a few of the special girls in my life in the past couple of weeks about what their favourite candles in our range were and all I can say is that I have a very diverse friendship base in terms of candles loved!! So these are just a few of my faves and all 10% off until 1pm 06/12/14