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Bookmark this seasonal table decoration idea under “simple but brilliant” for your next dinner party or event… seasonal branches down the centre of the table with little clusters of beeswax Jam Jar Tealights interspersed along the table.

 

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Seasonal foliage down the centre of the table with clusters of jam jar tealights

 

And for the dessert table… stacked wheels of cheese!  Hopefully in amongst that abundance there was raw honeycomb with honey dripping from it.  It’s my cheese platter secret and is a source of much delight and childhood reminiscing.

 

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Now that’s what i call dessert!

Special thanks to our customers Clare & Hayden, to Love Katie and Sarah for the photographs and to Cecilia Fox for the beautiful florals (and for introducing Clare & Hayden to Queen B’s pure bee created light).

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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 candles, beeswax tapers, beeswax dinner candles, beeswax pillar candles), to the innovative (beeswax jam jar tealights, Burning Love, Ecobulb) and through to more designer beeswax candles (our rolled pillar candle ranges).

Quality isn’t expensive, it’s priceless.

 

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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.

 

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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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With the mercury reaching 38 degrees yesterday in Sydney (and that’s on the coast) it was all about being outdoors last night to catch the breeze and that meant firing up tealights in protective glass holders so the breeze didn’t blow them out.  And THAT gave me the inspiration for this post and another couple we’ll do this week with special offers to boot.

Glass teardrop candleholder with bees wax tea light candle from Queen B

 

These beautiful, clear glass, hanging teardrop candleholders are incredibly versatile.  I’ve used them sitting on an outdoor table (they’re flat at the base), I’ve used them indoors (to light up a corner where I didn’t have a table with candles on it and to create ‘layers’ of candlelight at various heights) and, of course, they’re perfect for outdoors to hang in trees (or, in my case, off balcony railings)!

 

Glass teardrop candle holder with bee wax tealight candle in clear cup with a happy flame

 

 

With summer in the air, we’re doing 2 special offers (offers expire on 27th November 2014 @11.59pm):

Offer 1 – We’ve got 10% off our Clear Glass Teardrop Candleholders until 27/11/14

Offer 2 (exclusive to blog followers and newsletter subscribers)For every 5 Teardrop Candleholders you buy, we’ll throw in a box of 5 x 4-5hr Beeswax Tealight candles in clear cups (that’s the one in the photo) – so you get 10% off the teardrops (saving around $7.50) and the tealights for free (saving a further $14.95 – the equivalent of a further 20% off).  This second offer is only available to those of you who follow us (either on the blog or by getting our newsletter).  So that we know you’re in the know, you need to mention “Free Tealights please” in the comments field when you check out.  No mention at the time of ordering, no free tealights.  No arguments!  Again, this offer expires at 11.59pm on 27/11/14.

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These are a couple of photographs sent to me by a customer using the same holders (without the tear drop). Lovely to see them in action (they were using the tealights in metal cups)

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… and so it is that today we’re launching 2 new products in our ever extending range of pure Australian beeswax tealight candles – 4-5hr tealights (clear cups) – pack of 5 and 8-9hr tealights (clear cups) – pack of 5.

We’re also excited to finally (after a year of packaging disasters!) have our box of 8 Jam Jar Tealights with 8 jars back on the shelves in brand, spanking new Queen B packaging! (that’s probably not that exciting for you but if you knew what we’d been through to get here you’d be very excited too)!

To celebrate their launch we’ve got all 3 products at 10% off until 11.59pm tomorrow night (3rd November 2014).

100% pure beeswax tealight candles in clear cups - a great sustainable gift idea

4-5hr Tealights in clear cups – Box of 5

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8-9hr Tealights in clear cups – Box of 5

Pure beeswax tlite candles in glass jam jars

Jam Jar Tealight Pack – 8 Jars + 8 candles

 

With our new 5 packs of tealights in clear cups and our extensive range of gorgeous candleholders (many of which retail for $15 and under) you’ll have most of your Christmas gifts sorted for under $40.

With our pack of 8 Jam Jar tealights (all with jars) the table decorations and ambience for your next dinner party is all taken care of.  If you’ve got a larger event or wedding planned or a larger space to light, remember we now have longer burning Jam Jar tealights available (with 6+ hrs of burning) in a bulk pack of 60 candles.

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The Short Story

Guy obsessed with jam jars zero waste, off the grid restaurant + girl obsessed with beeswax (that’s me!) =  Jam Jar Tealights (5+ hr burn time)

Guy obsessed with quality + high end French restaurant + (slightly older) girl obsessed with beeswax = Longer burning Jam Jar Tealights (6+hrs)

Happily it seems that there are other guys and girls that were also wanting refillable tealights in jam jars as they’re one of our most popular products.  And now, for all of you with longer staying power we’ve got pure beeswax Jam Jar Tealight candles that will go the full distance in a Party Pack of 60 candles.

The End

Guillaume use pure beeswax jam jar tealights from Queen B for the best burning beeswax candles on the market

Image thanks to Julie Gibbs (Lantern – Penguin Books)

 

The Longer Story

If I went through our product list at Queen B many of the products have been developed as a solution for a client and then become an integral part of our range.  Our pure beeswax tealight candles were originally developed for Macro Wholefoods because the only other manufacturer of “beeswax” tealights used macadamia nut oil in all his candles.  The Eco Bulb was done in collaboration with Joost and later used by the World Wildlife Fund for their Earth Hour campaign.   Our Hurricane candles were designed for the inaugural official Earth Hour launch event held on windy shores at Lady Macquarie’s Chair.  Our Bee Lights were developed for a Greek Orthodox Church customer.  The Jam Jar Tealights were made to solve the lighting at the Greenhouse sustainable restaurant as they had no artificial lighting.  And the list goes on.

And so it was that a few months ago we were approached by Guillaume Brahimi who was getting ready to open Guillaume in Paddington.  They wanted to use our Jam Jar Tealights and liked the size of the jar but needed them to burn for an hour longer.  A couple of frustrating, production issues months later and they’re in use, thoroughly tested ready to light up all of those summer weddings, events and parties that need candlelight that will go the extra distance – from before the first guests arrive until after Cinderella leaves the ball.

See, wasn’t that long after all!

If you’ve used our jam jar tealights, tell us what you love about them most in the comments section below and we’ll send a free Jam Jar Tealight Pack (2 jars + 8 candles) to the winning comment.  Winner drawn at 5pm tomorrow – Tuesday, 28th October 2014.

Queen B taper candles and jam jar beeswax tealight candles

Photograph courtesy of a customer

Looking forward to lighting up your summer (and your autumn and winter and spring),

Cate xx

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I asked Sarah to come up with a catchy headline for this blog post and there it is!!

We’re lucky to have a very talented local painter, Stephen (just in case you hadn’t worked that out!), who now hand paints all of our personalised candles at Queen B and we want him around here more!!!  Stephen is a funny, quirky, breath of fresh air, and in hive of women it’s fresh air we enjoy!

So, here are few recent examples of Queen B personalised candles painted by our very own drone!

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A special thank you to Paula for sharing, and allowing us to share, this photograph. xx

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An extraordinary gift for a friend

Happy wedding love aunts and uncles

Such beautiful sentiment… and on a candle that’s going to burn for over 200 hours… the customer requested a light blue floral surround and away we went!

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Hand painted wedding unity candles

You can find more details about our personalised candles in various sections of the website – Baptismal (or Christening) Candles, Wedding Unity Candles, Bereavement Candles and other Personalised Gift Candles.

Here’s to a little more testosterone at the hive!

Cate xx

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What do you get when you want a candle that is taller than a beeswax tea light candle?  Narrower than a solid beeswax pillar candle? Wider than a Bee Light or beeswax taper candles? And doesn’t need to be burned in a container like beeswax votive candles and tealight candles?…

You get a Queen B pure beeswax Mini Pillar candle!

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Mini Pillar candle – 100% pure beeswax

 

Sitting approximately 5cm tall and 3.2cm wide this mini-pillar burns with a beautiful, large flame (much larger than a tea light flame).  Left out (i.e. not in an enclosed space), it won’t drip.  Put in a contained space, it can consume the wax to a much wider diameter than a tea light or votive.

You can see in the video below two different uses for the mini-pillar. The jar I use in the video has an external diameter of 6.7cm. Remember to put sand in the bottom of the jar to give the candle a level surface to sit on.

 

This candle was borne of customer feedback (and a glaring hole in our range).  I’ve already put it to work getting my Page Thirty Three Oil Burner fired up (one of the draw backs of their design is that they really need a large flame to heat that volume of water and because it is very exposed).  This little pillar rises to the challenge admirably making the oil burner work a treat.  It’s a stunning looking oil burner too.

I was contemplating product development recently and took the time to prepare a process chart capturing the Product Development Cycle at Queen B.  Sometimes I wonder why I never seem to get anything done!…

Queen B product development lifecycle flowchart/diagrammatic template… let's have a meeting to discuss!

Queen B product development lifecycle flowchart… let’s have a meeting to discuss!

 

To celebrate the launch we’re doing 20% off for 24 hours only.  Blink and you’ll miss it.

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When one of the original team behind Earth Hour organised her wedding, the eco credentials of all the partners that went into making her day magic were critical.  Being a bit of a style maven the look was just as important.   She came to us wanting the candles to be the centrepiece of every table.  Rather than volumes of flowers thrown away at the end of the night, the bride opted to keep the table decorations very simple with one of our large honeycomb pillar candles in the centre of every table and a smaller beeswax pillar candle at each place serving triple duty – bomboniere/wedding favour gift, place holder and ambience creator.  Using candles as the table centrepiece is an idea that is a fraction of the cost of what many brides spend on flowers alone and then had an abundance of candles left over on the night to light up their honeymoon (and probably about the first 5 years of married life given how long our beeswax pillars burn for)!

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Keeping the wedding table decorations simple, a Queen B pure honeycomb pillar candle formed the centrepiece of every tableOur bride had the venue turn the lights to their lowest setting to allow the ambience to be 

 

Our bride had the venue turn the lights to their lowest setting to allow the candles to create a magical and romantic ambience on the evening.  Look at the incredible warm glow created with all those golden, bee created flames. 

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Eco wedding ambience courtesy of pure beeswax honeycomb pillars

 

Each hand-rolled, pure honeycomb, beeswax pillar candle was wrapped with twine and a place card for each guest… a bomboniere gift for them to take with them at the end of the evening.  As a bride said to me once, every time one of our friends lights their wedding favour candle they’ll be thinking lovely things about us and you can’t buy that sort of karma!

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Queen B pure beeswax pillar candles doubled as wedding favours and eco table decoration

 

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Bomboniere gift idea, wedding table decoration and eco wedding ambience all rolled into one

 

If we’ve lit your wedding or event (no matter how big or how small) and you have beautiful, professional quality photographs showing the candlelight on the occasion that you’d be happy for us to share, please email them to me and we’ll give you a $25.00 credit on your next order.  We’re also happy to provide credit to the photographer.

Sweetness & light and all things bright,

Cate xx

 

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Another day, another amazing event lit with bee created light from Queen B!  Our brief for this occasion was to light a luxury, eco wedding at Catalina, Rose Bay.  Flowers by Grandiflora.

The ambience for this occasion was created with two types of candles:

  1. Firstly, we created bespoke candles for the bride and groom featuring the design on their wedding invitation.  We made 4 candles in total which were placed with a large floral feature as guests walked into the venue.
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    Wedding table centrepiece – personalised unity candle for luxury eco weddings

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    Bespoke design wedding unity candles as wedding centrepiece decorations – pure beeswax and hand-painted

  2. Secondly, our 8-9hr tealights were placed in small fishbowls at each guest place setting… best actress in a supporting role to the incredible wedding centrepiece flowers done by Grandiflora
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    Wedding table centrepiece flowers + ring of beeswax tealight candles in mini fishbowls. More wedding ideas.

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    The simplicity of nature – bee created light courtesy of pure beeswax candles from Queen B and gorgeous flowers (pollinated by bees)!

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    Table centrepieces – combine beautiful flowers with pure beeswax tealight candles for gorgeous ambience and luxury style

     

Funnily, my last boss (the lovely one who thought I was mad for giving up my well paying job to do Queen B) was at this wedding and seated next to a guest who upon seeing the candles burning recognised them immediately as being pure beeswax and started raving on about these ‘Queen B’ pure beeswax candles that she buys online etc etc.  He was proud as punch!  That was only two degrees of separation to a customer I had never met before but who had bought online for years.  It’s lovely how things come full circle.

If you’re organising an eco wedding or sustainable event and you’re looking for ambience that packs a punch and unique ideas, give us a buzz.  As an Australian manufacturer we can move fast and you can rest assured that you’re hard earned money made a difference many times over – not just to creating an unforgettable event, but to the jobs supported by buying Queen B candles.

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We’re pretty spoiled for choice on things to write about at Queen B, but I have to say that one of my greatest delights is when our customers share photographs with us of their events and we can see our hand-crafted beauties doing their thing.

It is one thing to sell beeswax candles, it is another thing entirely to make natural light.

It’s one thing to use candles at a wedding or event, it is another thing entirely to use completely natural beeswax candles with their unique golden light (not to mention that your guests don’t have to breathe in toxic fumes all night)… that simple choice will not just create a special ambience, but you’re also supporting bees, our beekeepers, the regional communities they live in, jobs at Queen B… not to mention the environment and planet!  One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.  Wedding… becomes eco wedding… luxury wedding… different… special!

While my raison d’étre may be hand-crafting natural, non-toxic, carbon neutral, eco candlelight, we are fortunate that our candles appeal just as much to the luxury end of the market as they do to the conscious or eco consumer… not that they’re mutually exclusive!

Anyway, I thought it might be nice to share some of the photographs from events we’ve lit.  A picture speaks a thousands words (and, often, so do I!).  These photographs are from a wedding held at The Wharf in Sydney.  Flowers by Grandiflora.

For this wedding, the candles were used in two ways:

  1. Ambience – rising to the challenge of creating a warm, romantic, intimate ambience in a huge warehouse space, our 8-9hr tealight candles were placed in mini-fishbowls at each guest’s place setting and dotted along the windowsill around the venue.  NB putting candles into a glass not only provides wind protection but the glass reflects more light… giving you more bang for your hard earned buck.
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    Queen B beeswax tealight candles at each guest’s place and dotted along the windowsill of the venue

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    Queen B pure beeswax 8-9hr tealight candles are the longest burning tealights on the market… so the ambience goes on and on

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    Stunning flowers by Grandiflora… candlelight by Queen B’s long burning 8-9hr beeswax tealight candles

     

  2. A sea of candlelight feature table – our bride wanted to create a sea of candles as a feature at the event.  This was cleverly achieved on a budget by using large fishbowls, glass plinths, tealight holders and votive holders along with various sizes of candles to create the look.  The flickering of the flames reflecting off the glass holders of different sizes and shapes created the look of hundreds of candle flames.
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    The sea of beeswax candles created a lovely light feature table for this eco luxury wedding created a beautiful impact

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    The use of glass fishbowls allows for a huge candle feature table on a more limited budget

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    Create a sea of beeswax candlelight with the clever use of fishbowls, hurricanes, plinths, tealight holders, votive glasses etc

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    Creating a candle feature at your luxury eco wedding or event is a high impact way of creating instant ambience

     

A few tips for creating this look:

  • most good florists will have glassware that they can lend/hire to you for the evening rather than purchasing it.
  • if you’re having an event at home or not using a florist for your event, hire glasses (lowballs or highballs) as another cheap way of creating this look without breaking the bank
  • otherwise, most Vinnies stores have a huge range of glassware for sale… I’ve lit an event before where I bought over 150 glasses for 50c each and then dropped them back the next day.  That’s a win win!  And the different sizes, shapes and heights of the glasses create a beautiful look… if that’s the look you’re going for!… it’s not the luxury eco wedding look, but it is a lovely look!
  • these photographs were taken before we launched our tealights in clear cups… the tealights in clear cups would be EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL… if that’s even possible

If we’ve lit your wedding or event (no matter how big or how small) and you have beautiful, professional quality photographs showing the candlelight on the occasion that you’d be happy for us to share, please email them to me and we’ll give you a $25.00 credit on your next order.  We’re also happy to provide credit to the photographer.

Sweetness & light and all things bright,

Cate xx

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