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Queen B Beeswax Candles

 

On the cusp of the launch of our Black Label range, I thought it may be interesting to share a little of the thinking and inspiration that has gone into creating the range.

It all began over 2 years ago visiting my sister who lives in London.  I took myself off to Liberty and eventually made my way to the candle department where I tried to imagine Queen B candles on the shelves.  If you know me you’ll know I have a pretty wild imagination, but even I struggled to see it!!  Every brand they stocked had exquisite packaging.  I knew hand on heart that a Queen B candle is a far superior in wax, ethics, integrity and burning performance, but I was letting the bees down by not creating packaging that communicated wordlessly the quality of what was in the box.  And so the idea for our Black Label range was planted.

What followed was a few months of working out what we wouldn’t change for Black Label and what the difference with Black Label would be.  I have now shared some of that with you in the series of blog posts we have rolled out over the last 7 days. Check them out if you haven’t already.

As we barrel towards the launch of Black Label, I guess like anyone launching something that’s important to them, my stomach is churning and hoping that I haven’t oversold the entire thing!  Like a mother introducing the world to her new child (this one with a 2 year gestation), I just want everyone to think her beautiful!

Thanks for being on this journey with us and thanks for allowing us the privilege of lighting up your life (and hopefully those of your friends, family and colleagues).

We’re so excited to be bringing you something that we believe is truly extraordinary tomorrow…

With enormous thanks from the team at the hive.

Cate xx

Black Label

Enhancing Life

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I cannot think of many moments in life that aren’t enhanced by the light of a beeswax candle… be it bookkeeping (yes, that’s one of my favourite uses!), winding down at the end of the day, making a bath a real luxury, providing the ambience for a dinner party, spring cleaning (the ionising properties of beeswax candles will help make the job easier!), lighting up a wedding or event, helping with focus during meditation or yoga… the list is endless.

 

As I admit to complete and utter bias, I thought I’d share a small selection of the letters and emails we’ve received from customers over the years about how Queen B candles have enhanced their lives.

 

Winding down after work

“I bought a beautiful gift for my best friend but not before buying a couple of candles just for me!!! I love them. I burn them and feel an immediate sense of peace…. So, thank you for doing what you do. I come home from work, light my candles and my heart feels an immediate wave of peace and clarity. I can’t pass my candles without admiring the poise of the flame and the unique way the wax melts and shapes the candles into what I believe is a temporary piece of artwork.” R Gangemi

 

Family time

“For Earth Hour ourselves, we started at 7.30, eating dinner by candlelight. The dinner table was covered in candles and the kids went to bed at 8.30 by candlelight. The kids enjoyed it all so much that they have asked if we can do it regularly.” C Martin

 

Day to day life for someone with chemical sensitivities

“About 20 years ago I started learning about and experiencing the benefits of using pure beeswax candles as I had been diagnosed as being extremely sensitive to electromagnetic radiation and all chemicals. Using pure beeswax candles for all my lighting over a 5 year period helped me to overcome the worst of my sensitivities.” F Dodd

 

Transforming your workplace

“Since discovering Queen B candles I no longer burn anything else and tell all and sundry just how beautiful they are and that the aroma is just delicious. I’ve even given my workplace a treat and taken tealights in to burn during the day (perhaps more for me than anything!)” S Hirst

 

Stress Management

“I will admit to taking long deep breaths of a Queen B candle during moments of stress!! I will also say that it has an instant calming effect on me as well, and it’s so good to hear that I’m not the only one who does it!!” L Rorison

 

Adding atmosphere

“A belated thank you for helping us out with the candles for our ‘Greening the Wharf’ dinner for Al Gore last week. It was a great night and the candles added to the atmosphere.” C Blanchette

 

Lighting up a wedding or event

“we were totally happy with the 9 hour tea light candles we used at our Wedding, lots of guests commented on how gorgeous all the candles looked – they created such warm, magical atmosphere, helping to make the room look truly beautiful, and with no yucky/toxic smoke to boot! And my husband Mathew was very impressed that they did indeed burn for the whole Reception. I would recommend them to anyone.” Z Barram

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Photo courtesy of Luisa Brimble/ Stacey Clark, The Creatives

Lifestyle shift

“Recession be damned, relaxing by candle light is part of a lifestyle shift for people who want to turn off the endless stimulation, the TV, and have quality time.” E Kent

 

Increasing vibrational energy

“Thanks so much for doing that for me . You going out of your way is very much appreciated, believe me. The purity of your candles over the last year have enabled us to increase the overall vibrational energy within our work probably 10 fold.” A Hill

 

Improving focus and sense of wellbeing

“I’m working from home today. And lit 4 candles in the room that I’m working in … and I swear they’ve helped me focus and just helped my general sense of wellbeing.” M Owens

… I can also attest to having a few candles lit in my peripheral vision whenever I’m doing bookkeeping as a way of keeping calm doing something that I really don’t enjoy doing!!

 

Lessening hayfever

“What a delight – and as an unexpected side effect (aside from the delightful smell of honey through the house) my hayfever has lessened. I won’t say that it’s completely resolved my hayfever, but it’s had a significant impact I must say.” C Greval

 

Lighting up childbirth

“Thank you, I received your candles just in time – my little girl was born 10 days early! Your candles created a beautiful light for our home birth, so thanks for all your efforts to send them quickly to us. And I stilll have plenty for peaceful evenings ahead!” L O’Grady

 

Photo courtesy of Sugarlove photography

Therapeutic benefits

“I just wanted to share with you guys that I’m a hypnotherapist and I leave an oil burner going in my clinic room all day. Yesterday I switched out the old paraffin tealight candles with Queen B beeswax ones, and I couldn’t help but notice my clients and I were drifting off to an even deeper trance than we usually do! Great stuff!” M Tran

 

Spring Cleaning

“I recently bought one of your value packs to test out the Queen B candles, and the verdict is that I love, love them! I’m in a little fit of spring cleaning at the moment, and as part of it, out went 50+ tealights from IKEA (which in comparison don’t smell very nice at all..) as well as some fragranced candles from PartyLight (they smell nice until one burns them, and then they are overpowering and irritate my nose…) I have loved candles for as long as I can remember, a quality inherited from my Dad. We will both be using only Queen B from now on!” C Watts

 

Providing comfort

“There aren’t enough words to express our love, thanks and gratitude for all that you did for us… G & S’s service was beautiful and having them surrounded by your loving, sweet light made it just perfect. … we have continued to light your candles each night since and they have provided us with much comfort over the past two months. … you provided us with such beautiful light during the darkest time of our lives.” Names withheld for privacy

 

Share your story of how Queen B Candles enhance your life. Send us an email, or post a photo to Facebook or Instagram – and tag us so that we can share in your beautiful moments. 

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Made with Love

Photo Credit: Jo Walker

Image courtesy of Jo Walker

Made With Love

Regardless of where you sit on the ‘spiritual spectrum’, it is difficult to deny that a product made by a skilled and nurturing hand is generally superior to one churned out of a machine (there are, of course, many exceptions).

It is little wonder then that many of the world’s luxury brands still choose to have their products made by hand as there is a level of care and attention that a product being made en masse just don’t have. There is a certain hallmark of a hand made product where every item is unique.

Certainly in beeswax candle-making no two days are the same. Every candle is hand-poured or hand rolled. Every candle is hand wicked. Every candle is finished by hand. If you line up the tealights in a box, you will see that no two are exactly the same.

So why do we continue with this (same may say foolhardy) method? It’s mainly due to honour. Showing honour to the bees and our beekeepers who work extraordinarily hard to make and then harvest a beautiful beeswax for us. And honouring you and your choice to spend your money on Queen B candles. It’s a choice that we’ve made in this fast paced, mass produced, compromising world to slow it down.

 

Queen B is team of 3!!

We may appear to be a large business, but Queen B is a team of 3! We have a part time candlemaker doing the poured candles and a part time order packer helping to pack the orders. Then there is Sarah, full time, who prepares the invoices, packs order, takes care of the retail store, answers the phone, responds to emails and enquiries, orders for the shop and business, makes a killer cup of tea and uploads product on the website. And there’s me doing the candle rolling, packaging design, bookkeeping, PR, marketing, newsletters, product development, painting, training and all logistics.

At the end of every email you send, every order you place, every product review you write is either Sarah or myself grinning broadly (well, Sarah is British, so it would be the slightest of smiles, but I know she is bubbling with excitement deep down)!!

pouring-tealights_emailWe LOVE your photographs. We LOVE your anecdotes. We LOVE knowing when we’ve done something well (and even when we haven’t). We LOVE it when you acknowledge the handwritten note with every order or the extra gift that we put in with larger order (about 98% of people don’t acknowledge the extra gift). We all genuinely care that you have an incredible experience with you come into contact with Queen B.

We make by caring hand, we pack by loving hand because hands are one of the things that make human beings unique amongst mammals and we think it’s worth using them to good purpose.

Share your photos with us anytime, and be sure to tag us when you post to Facebook or Instagram.

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Beauty with Benefits

 

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Image courtesy of Kara Rosenlund

As humans we are naturally drawn to beauty… but what keeps us interested is substance. What’s there when you scratch the surface?

There is something primal about the light and warmth provided by a candle flame. We are drawn to its natural light. As civilisation has progressed, the use of candles has changed from being functional to a tool used to create an ambience – be that for meditation, relaxation, romance, entertainment or atmosphere.

More recently, candles are no longer just being used for special occasions, they’re being used to find calmness in our busy lives. Their beauty is now part of our self-nurturing practices, adding to moments of stillness and reflection. We consider it a privilege to be part of these moments. It is an extra-ordinary honour to make light for a living … to make light that is good for you and for the planet.

Here’s a couple of ways that Queen B candles do that.
Burning a beeswax candle is said to be a natural ioniser.

What is ionisation? Ionisation is the addition or removal of an electron to create an ION. Dust, germs, allergens, pollution etc are positively charged ions that float in the air. A beeswax candle is said to emit negative ions when burning. The negative ion attaches to the positive ion to create an atom and as an atom is heavier than air, it drops to the ground (or is drawn into the pool of wax).

I was recently speaking to a retailer of many years who had been burning our tealights for years and towards the end of the conversation she mentioned that our latest batch of tealights weren’t burning very well. As we order tealight wicks 100,000 at a time and we’re about 60,000 wicks through the latest batch with no previously reported issues, and our know our wax well and knew that wouldn’t be the issue, I started brainstorming it with her. Was the tealight on a level surface… yes. Was it being burned on a very warm or cold surface… no. Had anyone started renovations nearby recently?… yes, there was a new shopping centre going up over the road. Voila! A beeswax candle is a natural ioniser… so it was busy working it’s little heart out drawing all of the new airborn particulate matter into the pool of wax clogging the base of the wick. Funnily enough, we had an even more passionate retailer after that as she understood yet another benefit of burning beeswax candles. We also suggested that she switch to burning pillar candles as the larger wick makes it better able to cope with dirt in the pool of wax and would provide even greater ionising benefits.

If non-toxic was a luxury, Beeswax candles would be the ultimate luxury.

We’ve been working on our Black Label range for 2 years since the original idea.

Shortly we will be unveiling to you our Black Label range. It’s an idea that we’ve been working on for 2 years. My dream was to create an exceptional range of Queen B candles and to create packaging for them that was as exquisite, useful and timeless as the candles themselves. Packaging that was as luxurious as a hand crafted, natural beeswax candle is in this day and age of toxic products churned out en masse from machinery.

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Image courtesy of Kara Rosenlund

Firstly, I had to find a way of not creating packaging that would simply create more landfill. So, we’ve created boxes that are so rigid, so well crafted and so stylish that we believe they’ll have many lives post the Queen B candle that comes in them. It means we’ve printed all the product information on a paper sleeve you can feed to the worms, compost or recycle and you’ll be left with an exquisite black box with just the most subtle and stylish little Queen B moniker on it. And the candles in them… well they’re a little something special to which we’ll be unveiling to you very shortly!

We all need a little time out to ourselves to reflect and re-energise. Give yourself the gift of pure, natural, beautiful light.

You can check out our beautiful selection of natural, 100% Pure Beeswax candles HERE.

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Photo credit: Kara Rosenlund

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For more than 14 years we have been lighting up lives with our handmade, pure, unadulterated, natural light. And after 2 years of development, we will very shortly be launching a stunning new luxury line of products.

This whole process has allowed us to reflect on what our values are… they’re old fashioned principles that have allowed us to become the premium brand of beeswax candles globally that we will be holding fast to as long as our products are lighting up your homes, businesses, weddings and events.
 
We use 100% Pure Australian Beeswax

At Queen B we only use 100% pure Australian beeswax in our candles – because it is Australian and of the highest quality in the world. Unfortunately, over 90% of candles sold in the market are made from paraffin – a petro-chemical by-product.

Pure Australian beeswax costs around 50 times the price of bulk paraffin and 20 times the price of hydrogenated soy or palm oil. Australian beeswax is the most expensive beeswax in the world (because our wax is free from chemical miticides). There are plenty of cheaper offshore alternatives available, but we will never compromise. You can be confident that you will always get a superior product when you buy a Queen B Beeswax Candle.

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Following the filtration process

We clean and filter our wax for 72 hours using a proprietary method prior to ever pouring a single candle from it.

This is one of the primary differences between a Queen B beeswax candle and other beeswax candles on the market.  Why?  To ensure they burn beautifully!  There are two major ingredients in any candle… wick & wax. The wick draws the wax up the wick (via capillary action) to fuel the flame.

If there are impurities in the wax, that will affect the flame. Too much pollen (yellower waxes) and the candle will likely smoke, and drip.  Too much propolis (browner waxes) and the candle will have a small flame and not burn properly.  And then there’s the dust in the wax because hives are often placed in national parks the presence of which will clog a candle wick.
 
We have over 500 different pure cotton wicks to choose from when we’re working on a new candle. 

This is the second most important ingredient in any candle.  To ensure we choose the ‘right’ wick, we do wick testing which can take many months.  During wick testing, we film the candles burning, take photographs and have a half hourly alarm that goes off for us to visually observe the burn and make notes.

Luxury is in the finer details of a product.

By purchasing Queen B candles, not only are you getting an extra-ordinary gift for yourself or someone special, but you are also giving on many other levels – to your health (by purifying the air you breath), to the environment (no toxic smoke), to regional Australia (supporting beekeepers and their communities) and to a talented community of artisans (who assist with the making of Queen B candles).

Browse our online shop HERE

At Queen B we strive to create beautiful and stylish things that nourish the human spirit and nurture our environment. We would love you to join our community. You can do that by subscribing to our newsletters. We promise we won’t spam you.

You’ll be the first to know about new products, special offers, tips for using the candles and getting the most from them, and the goings on at Queen B’s hive.

sign-up-here

 

A few weeks ago, thanks to a tip from one of our customers in the US, we found out about nerdwax… “a beeswax based blend of all natural and certified organic ingredients specially formulated to keep your glasses in place” that’s made in the USA.

Initially pitched as a ‘you should make this’ idea, I looked into it and concluded that there was no way we could improve on what is already being done.  These guys have nailed it… not only with the beeswax base and the ingredients, but their packaging is clever, their marketing is great and it’s another small business started on a stove top.  Long live small businesses started on stove tops!

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It arrived yesterday morning.  We got to give it a very thorough testing in the 38 degree Sydney heat yesterday and it was given an enthusiastic thumbs up with our first 5 tubes sold!

So, what’s nerdwax?  We couldn’t describe it any better than Don Henjy the inventor.  Here he is!

 

Or you can watch their official Kickstarter video here (the Kickstarter campaign is well and truly over with another great business born, but the video is still beautiful to watch)🙂

We’ve got Nerdwax available as single tubes and a bundle of 3 tubes.

 

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At Queen B, we delight in making the world’s purest beeswax candles.  Our pure beeswax is carefully sourced from beekeepers we know personally and then cleaned thoroughly over 72 hours.  Our wicks are pure cotton and we scour the globe to ensure we are always at the forefront of wick technology.  Our range extends from the basics (beeswax tealight candlesbeeswax tapersbeeswax dinner candlesbeeswax pillar candles), to the innovative (beeswax jam jar tealightsBurning LoveEcobulb) and through to more designer beeswax candles(our rolled pillar candle ranges).

 

 

We’re having a party!  Why?  Because somewhere along the line we had our 10 year anniversary without really celebrating it and because, truth be known, I’m happiest in a candle lit hive, filled with our favourite people and other kindred spirits, cooking up a storm and serving great Australian drinks.

Here are the important details:

Date: Thursday, 10th December 2015
Time: from 5.00pm (these things usually wrap up around 9pm)
RSVP: yes please (please email thehive@queenb.com.au)… so that I can cater (there will be enough food that you won’t need dinner should you choose to hang out)

If you’ve ever wanted to be in the company of a group of similarly extraordinary people, here’s your opportunity.

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This is what we look like with our party frock on!

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