Archive for December, 2014

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.


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I read today that there are only 11 days until Christmas… not sure what I thought the date was, but I certainly didn’t think it was that close.  [The world seems to be rotating faster this year.] 

We’ve got loads of lovely things in at the hive that I haven’t found the time to tell you about yet.  I’m aiming to get that fixed fast.

First up are these stunning porcelain tealight houses

Porcelain tealight house, porcelain candleholder, tealight holder, tlite, bees wax tea light candle holder



The Small Porcelain Tealight House candleholder is 15cm H x 7cm W and retails for $16.50.

Porcelain tealight house candle holder for pure beeswax tea light candle for festive table decoration

Small Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder


That Large Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder is 18cm H x 10cm W and retails for $22.00.

Porcelain candleholder house for tealight candles made from pure bee wax

Large Porcelain Tealight House Candle holder


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!

Cate xx

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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 Abeille Napoleonic Bee Highball dessert or sundae glass

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee Carafe 1L

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Carafe – 1L

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee 600ml bowl

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Bowl (600ml)

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee Mug

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Mug

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee Red Wine Glass

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Red Wine Glass

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee White Wine Glass

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee White Wine Glass

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee Lowball glass tumbler

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Lowball Glass Tumbler

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee Highball glass tumbler

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Highball Glass Tumbler

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee Highball dessert or sundae glass

La Rochere Napoleonic Bee Dessert or Sundae Glass

La Rochere Abeille Napoleonic Bee Highball 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!


Cate xx


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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.

Simpl DIY festive table decorations for a rustic, country feel

Simple DIY festive table decoration idea with bees wax candles from Queen Bee

Nothing says festive table decorations like pure bee wax candles a brand and holly

Table decoration idea with this rustic branch candleholder for pure beeswax candles

Festive table decoration 6

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.


Cate xx

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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

Gift Guide for Special Women


1. Mini Marilyn Candleholders (RRP $29.95) – available in Nickel or Brass.  Add a pack of 10 Bee Lights to go in the holders (RRP $24.95)
2. Casablanca – available in 5 different sizes (from RRP $29.95)
3. Jam Jar Tealights (8 jars + 8 candles) RRP $24.95
4. Personalised candles – we’ve got 10% off the personalisation for 24 hours only
5. Dinosaur Designs – Atelier (3 different designs in 3 different sizes) (from RRP $29.95)
6. 45cm Tapers (RRP $24.95)

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It’s a common misconception that men don’t buy candles or don’t like candles but about 30% of our customers at the hive are men.  The feedback we get is that they like the fact they’re unfragranced and not fussy.  That there’s something quite grounding about the enormous flame and natural honey aroma of a pure beeswax candle.  And it makes sense – men also need down time.  Men also like ambience.  Men appreciate romance.  Some men like to meditate.  Mars and Venus may be very different in some ways, but they are also both planets!!

So today we’ve got the things that men most often buy and the candles most often bought for men in our Gift Guide for the Special Men in your life.  Once again we’ve got the goods at 10% off for 24 hours only (until 1pm 05/12/14).


gift ideas for men, Australian made, sustainable, eco friendly


1. Dunny Lights (RRP $34.95) – available in copper or brass
2. 20cm Tapers – Box of 4 (RRP $24.95) – to go with the Dunny Lights or the Earth Stubb coming up
3. Hand rolled, Honeycomb Beeswax Pillar Candles (available in 5 sizes from RRP $24.95)
4. Burning Love (RRP $24.95) – I’m told these are as popular as a gesture of love as they are as a separation/divorce present!
5. Drippies (available in 2 sizes from RRP $59.95)
6. Chubbies (available in 2 sizes from RRP $59.95)
7. Eco Bulb (RRP $24.95)
8. Dinosaur Designs Totem and Boulder designs (available in 3 sizes from RRP $59.95)
9. Earthing Stubb & Candles (RRP $79.95)

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Our post is a little later than anticipated today because I decided that we needed make available the Australian honey nougat that we stock at the hive online and that meant we had to photograph it and load it on to the website and well, there’s no IT department at Queen B, that’s me!  And I was screen printing because sales of the Seraphina candles WENT OFF!!  Yay.  Thanks guys.

Now, back to the nougat.  If you’re after a light and fluffy, airy, blink and you miss it kind of nougat, this is NOT the one for you.  If you’re after something chewy and substantial with LOADS of nuts (40% according to the ingredients list) you’re going to love this.  And when I tell you that it’s made in Australia using pure Australian honey and that it’s gluten free (that means thinning, right?) you’ll probably love it even more.  It’s available in 3 honey varieties – Iron Bark Honey, Leatherwood Honey and Orange Blossom Honey.  We’ve been taste testing it for several years now and we still can’t decide.  We keep on having to go back to the beginning to try them all over again!

But I digress, today’s post is all about great, Australian made gift ideas for Kris Kringle and colleagues.  Most come in under $25 (at full price and even cheaper for the next 24 hours).  All show thought, good values and all are useful immediately.  They’re not the gift that’s going to end up in the cupboard or landfill!

We’ve come up with a corker of a list and then put it all at 10% off for the next 24 hours (offers expire at 4pm tomorrow 04/12/2014).

Kris Kringle gift ideas for work colleagues

1. Rinaldi Honey Nougat (RRP $15.00)- available in Iron Bark Honey, Leatherwood Honey and Orange Blossom Honey varieties
2. Sweetness & Light (RRP $15.00) – 2 Jam Jar Tealights + a jar of Australian honey
3. Jam Jar Tealights (RRP $25.00) – 2 Jam Jar’s + 8 candles
4. Clippy Candleholder + Box of 20cm Tapers (RRP $37.50) – just exactly what it says!
5. Small Christmas Trees (bag of 2) (RRP $25.00)
6. 5 x Glass Cylinder Tealight Holders + Box of 4 x 4-5hr Tealight candles in clear cups (RRP $45.00)

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