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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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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!

Cheers

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’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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