Archive for the ‘Beeswax candles’ Category

There’s something very satisfying as a parent watching your children grow up… the move from nappies to ‘big girl pants’ a monumental milestone.  So, it was with great excitement at the hive that the new packaging arrived this week for our Small Christmas Tree candles.

Ta da…

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Looking all smart and grown up


It’s enough to bring tears to your eyes.

Festive table decorations solved.

Small, emergency, christmas gifts solved.

Corporate staff or client gifts solved.

There’s nothing we can’t do in our big girl pants!

Cate xx

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One of the most versatile candles in our range are our Bee Light beeswax candles… skinny enough to light for a matter of minutes (for meditation, a bath or bedtime stories) and yet long enough and ‘beeswaxy’ enough to last for a fabulous 3.5 – 4 hrs.  What’s ‘beeswaxy enough’?… it means that because they’re 100% pure beeswax and beeswax has a very high melting point, they have a much longer burn time than their toxic cousins (and, of course, they don’t smoke) :-)

While we have a stunning range of candleholders made right here in Australia for our Bee Light candles, there is also something quite lovely about making your own for free.  I thought I’d share some of the best we’ve been sent…

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Queen B Bee Lights in coral – stylist: styled_by_her, photo: @kyliemillsphotography


A stunning look for a seaside wedding or event table centrepiece or even just to channel that feel in your own home… we could also do with a seaside escape from time to time.


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Bee Lights in plough chain found in the scrap metal heap on one of my beekeeper’s farm (little blue wren by @annawilihighfield, a gift from @afloralfrenzy)!

Seriously, if you know of a scrap metal heap, make friend’s with the owner pronto… they are an absolute treasure trove of DIY candleholders.  You can relax knowing you’re trendy right now with the industrial look and when that look goes out again, then be happy in the knowledge that you’re marching to the beat of your own drum!  And quite frankly, sustainability and recycling are going to be the ‘new black’ for decades to come.


Industrial look steel brush candleholder for beeswax bee light candle

Bee Lights in a steel brush! (photo & idea from Cherie Watts)


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Create a candleholder with a fallen tree branch (idea from Julie at @theblackhen)… please don’t leave burning candles unattended in a timber candleholder!!


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Coloured plastecine or ‘blue tac’… thanks for Cherie Watts for this idea (and photo)


Or, you could just leave it to us and we’ll take care of it the holders for you!

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Mini-Marilyn brass candle holders with Bee Lights (photo from stylist Meagan O’Donoghue)

Please send us your ideas for our next Bee Light candleholder post!


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We’re often asked if Queen B candles are organic beeswax candles and the answer is a most certainly yes.  By definition, beeswax is a biological or organic matter.  Given Queen B candle only contain 100% pure Australian beeswax and a cotton wick, you can be comfortable burning our organic beeswax tealight candles, organic beeswax dinner candles, organic beeswax votive candles, organic pillar candles etc etc.  You get the picture.

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Queen B organic beeswax candles – definition of organic

Then there is a question about certified organic beeswax candles and Queen B candles are not certified organic.  We know of others in the industry claiming certified organic without certification but that’s not how we roll.

So, why aren’t we certified?  Because our beeswax isn’t certified organic.  And why aren’t we buying certified organic beeswax?  Because you won’t find a third or fourth generation beekeeper who is certified because they know that as it relates to beeswax and honey, the certification is a marketing exercise, it is not relevant to the way you keep bees (and their universal feedback to me when I’ve asked is that they don’t see the point in spending the almost $100,000 it would cost when it doesn’t make one iota of difference to the way they keep their bees or the honey they produce).  For instance, bees will fly 7 – 10km’s in search of nectar (the distance depending on what source you believe!) but organic certification for bees/honey is that your hives have to be 5km’s from the nearest chemically sprayed field or industry.  So, you could place your bees, 5.1km’s from a chemically sprayed field and still have certified organic honey.

Queen B is ultimately about truth and integrity.  It is more important to me to know that the wax that we source is from well cared for bees (ie from beekeepers that are second, third, fourth generation) than to buy ‘certified organic’ beeswax.

The bottom line is that you can trust a Queen B candle by the claims we DON’T make.  And when you come across something that looks a little too good to be true (ie ‘certified’ organic beeswax candles with no certification logo (and no certification) that are cheaper than Queen B candles) then trust your intuition, or if you’re still in doubt, ask to see the certification.

The other interesting thing (because knowledge is power!) is that the major reason why the cost of Australian beeswax has increased 85% in the last 12 months and that is because as the only country without the varroa mite, our beeswax is the only beeswax in the world that is naturally free from miticides (chemicals used to control & kill the varroa mite).  We’re exporting the vast majority of Australian beeswax at the moment to the global pharmaceutical and cosmetics giants… great for Australian beekeepers, not so great for us!  Great for you to know that we’re making your candles with miticide free wax and that we’re lucky to have had relationships with our beekeepers for over a decade which is the only way we’ve been able to get our hands on wax.

Ultimately a natural beeswax candle is always going to be far safer to burn from a health perspective than a petrochemical byproduct (paraffin wax) or a chemically bleached, heavy metal hydrogenated oil (soy wax).  Mother nature has always been pretty clever in providing us with what we need without us needing to change it.  Seriously, how would you think of a flying insect that would collect flower nectar (pollinating the flowers as she goes) and then extrude wax from wax glands on her stomach?!

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Beeswax scales… organic beeswax (image courtesy of @fromthehive on Instagram)


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Female worker bees produce wax for around 6 days of their 4 – 6 week life from wax glands on their abdomen (image courtesy of @savethebeesaustralia on Instagram)

There’s about ten new facts of the day for you!… you can go to bed and light an organic beeswax candle from Queen B!

Cate x

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They say a mother shouldn’t have favourites but as the youngest of 3 in my family, I know I was my mum’s favourite (:-)) and I’m continuing that tradition by holding a special place for the simplest member of the Queen B family of beeswax candles… our Bee Light candles.  Having burned literally hundreds of other beeswax candles from all over the world, I genuinely think they are the finest beeswax candles in the world.

If you’ve burned them, please leave a comment below and let me (and other potential customers) know what your experience is… it’s one thing for me to say they’re wonderful, but it holds far more weight coming from you.

Any craftsperson will tell you that it is the things that are the most pared back that are the most complex to make, and this is the story with our Bee Lights.  Wick testing for these candles took about 3 months.  It was worth every drama.  Every spill.  Every heartbreak.  Every hope dashing.  Worth every single second for the result that we got.

Stylist, Meagan O’Donoghue from The Style Palette Co recently sent me some beautiful photograph from an event she styled for AEG at Mark Best’s house.  Whilst the table setting was stunning and the food looked amazing, like most mum’s I only had eyes for my kids and boy did they perform!  With a 3 – 4 hour burn time, they burned with an enormous golden flame and without dripping for the entire event :-).  You wonder why a wedding or event stylist would ever use other candles.

The candleholders are our Mini Marilyn candleholders made here in Sydney.

Stylist: Meagan O’Donoghue, The Style Palette Co
Photographer: Daniel Aboud
Flowers: Poho Flowers


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Queen B Bee Light candles in Mini-Marilyn candleholders (styling by the Style Palette Co, photography by Daniel Aboud)


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1 hour in… not a drip in sight


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2 hours down… table (& Queen B Mini Marilyn Bee Light candleholders) free from drippage!


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3 hours down… an enormous golden flame and still not a drip. Isn’t nature fantastic?


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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.

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$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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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

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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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