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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.

beeswax candle discounted box of Queen B's best selling pure bees wax candles

$100 Beeswax Bounty Box

$100 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes a $10 discount & free shipping)

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
Total value = 17 Queen B beeswax candles                          $110.00         174 hrs


 

Buy cheap beeswax candles in this discounted box from Queen B - maker of the world's finest beeswax candles

$135 Beeswax Bounty Box

$135 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes a $17 discount & free shipping)

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


 

 

samples of best selling candles from the Queen B range of pure beeswax candles

$165 Beeswax Bounty Box

$165 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes $30 discount & free shipping)

1 x Jam Jar Talights (2 jars + 8 candles)                                              $ 25.00           40 hrs
1 x Reversible Beehive candleholder (brass)                                       $ 30.00
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 Bee Lights                                                                       $ 25.00           30 hrs
1 x 15cm solid beeswax pillar                                                                   $ 25.00          40 hrs
1 x Squat beeswax pillar                                                                            $ 25.00          40 hrs
1 x Box of 5 x 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles (clear cups)                $ 20.00         42 hrs
Total value = 38 Queen B beeswax candles                            $195.00       276 hrs

 


 

 

Discounted bees wax candles at cheap prices with beeswax tealight candles, tapers, honeycomb rolled pillar candles and dinner candles

$200 Beeeswax Bounty Box

$200 Beeswax Bounty Box (includes $255 discount + free shipping)

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.

Cate, Sarah, Kath & Maria (the worker bees)!

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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.

For the past 7 years I’ve used Valentine’s Day as an occasion to show a special thanks for our volunteer packaging angels whose generosity has kept us afloat, retailers whose passion for supporting Queen B has gone above and beyond, our worker bees other assorted lovelies who have contributed to the cause.  This afternoon we’ve been busy writing love letters to go to our various very special friends with a pack of Bee Lights.  At $27.95 including shipping it’s the perfect little gift that packs a loving punch without breaking the bank.

Pure beeswax taper candles to send to say thank you or i love you this valentines day

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 with candles, honey nougat, honey

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…

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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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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

Method:
* 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.

Cheers

Cate xx

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I can’t think of a greater gift than the gift of light (but then again I’m completely biased).  Although come to think of it, perhaps the greater gift is what goes with bee-created light… Over this week we’ll be doing a Christmas Gift Guide for all the important people in your life, starting today with kids.  Each day we’ll be doing 10% off the items featured for 24 hours only (discount on kids gifts expires 2pm on 3rd Dec 2014).

Kids Gift Ideas (from mum’s and dad’s, aunties and uncles, grandparents, godparents or friends)

Perhaps the thing that kids love most are 1. your time; and, 2. making things… so that formed the foundation of our kids gift list.

Christmas Gift ideas for kids for sustainable, australian made gifts that give back

Childrens Gift Ideas

 

1. Roll Your Own kit ($39.95) – for rolling your own Christmas Trees or making your own tapers).

2. Wee Willie Winkie candleholder ($34.95) and 20cm Beeswax Taper Candles (from $24.95) for evening bed time stories or quick candlelit dinners with the kids to calm them down and encourage conversation.  Then again this could also be a great gift for mum’s and dad’s.

3. Tealight Candle making kit (suitable for ages 8 and up with adult supervision) – we have kits for making 4-5hr beeswax tea light candles ($49.95) and 8-9hr bees wax tealight candles ($74.95).

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Continuing with our theme this week of all things ‘alfresco & outdoor candle lighting solutions’, another great glass vessel to protect your tealights from the breeze and cast more light (and more opportunities for me to explore the parks of Sydney!).

Because we know you’re busy and need solutions, we’ve put together a special pack so these are ready to fire up or give away.  The pack includes:
* 5 x Glass Cylinder Tealight holders
* 5 x 4-5hr Beeswax Tealight candles (clear cups)

Valued at $44.95, we’ve taken 20% off until 11.59pm on Thursday (27th November 2014).  You can order the pack on the Queen B website here.

Hang beeswax tealight candles in glass holders in a tree for beautiful magical light

Glass tealight holders hanging from tree for outdoor or alfresco dining lit by beewax teelite candles

Glass candleholders with beeswax tealights in clear cups create a beautiful ambience

glass hurricane candle holders for beeswax tea light candles in clear cups

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While every candle at Queen B is made with love (which is why we still make every candle by hand rather than churning them out of a machine) we know we have lots of customers who also like to make gifts for themselves.  And who doesn’t love a hand-made, heart filled, thoughtful gift?  So I thought I’d put together a post with a few make your own gift ideas.

I’m revisiting a couple of blog posts from a while back for this one (no point in reinventing the wheel – they’re 2 of our most popular posts)!

Back in October 2012, I blogged about Rolling Your Own Bees wax Christmas Tree Candles.  With a step by step guide, in 8 simple steps you can roll these beautiful Christmas Tree candles.   Our Roll Your Own kit has enough wax to make 16 trees (at $39.95 that’s $2.50 per tree) or, if you’re REALLY keen (or have loads of friends :-) ) you could go for the World’s Most Thoughtful Gift which has enough wax to roll 69 trees (at $120 that’s $1.74 per tree).

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

 

 

Which brings me to my second DIY gift idea which is rolling taper candles and tying a special thought / wish / IOU / or message to them.  I got this idea from a customer and was so enchanted by it that I blogged about it and then created The World’s Most Thoughtful gift.  I’ve used the idea for gifts many times since as I couldn’t think of anything nicer than unwrapping a gift with a beautiful, personalised thought to light up my week!

 

DIY gift idea - roll your own beeswax taper candles and personalise them with a message

 

I’ve had feedback from dozens of customers since who have used the idea.  Some doing smaller bundles of 2 or 4 candles and one we had just last week who used the kit as a wedding gift from a group of people.  Our customer sent us a gorgeous email reading “Bought your pack of 52 candles to roll last week – thank you, thank you, thank you!  It really was the best wedding present ever!  Each of our 21 staff were inspired to write a few wishes and roll the candles which we then put in a gorgeous box (which exactly fit 4 rows of 13, pleasing the OCD’ers amongst us) and gave to our young co-worker today – she is getting married on 22nd.  She was thrilled and now has beautiful wishes (although I think some may be a bit saucy!) for a whole year.”  You’ve got to love feedback that puts a smile on your face!

If you’re having a DIY gifts year, let us know what your favourite ideas are (even if they have nothing to do with beeswax candles :-) ) and, if you do decide to use the kits, let us know how you go.

Cheers

Cate xx

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