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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!

brass candleholder with pure beeswax taper dinner candles

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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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


Corporate event styling with non-drip beeswax candles from Queen B.... luxury Australian candles

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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One of the fabulous things about being an Australian manufacturer is the quality control (and for a perfectionist, that’s a fabulous thing)!  With all that heart and soul invested, I’m generally enamoured with everything that we brand Queen B.  Occasionally, however, we have a hand in creating something that is really special.

Our new Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder is in this category.  It really is just extraordinarily beautiful.  Made from solid brass, it is weighty and substantial.  It is designed to be used with our Bee Lights or Thins in to top or you can turn it upside down and use 12cm Beeswax Tapers in the bottom.

A sculpture on it’s own.  A paperweight when required.  A little bit of bling when shone.  A holder of bee created light.  The only luxury it doesn’t deliver is a martini!

Solid brass egg shaped candle holder for beeswax tapers and dinner candles

Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder

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Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder with Bee Light burning

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Elaborate egg & Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder




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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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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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There is so much to write about our new design, Seraphina, but I’m going to let the beauty of the design speak for itself.  Designed by Robyn Macready for our ISCD design collaboration in 2013, we’re delighted to finally share this stunning design.

The design is art deco inspired with the inner plumage of the wing designed to resemble a colony of bees.  I loved this design from the minute I saw it not just because I think it is fantastic design work, but the design itself speaks on so many levels.

With no further ado, I present you… Seraphina. [Seraphina is a feminine derivation of the word Seraphim meaning “fiery ones”… apt really!]

Seraphim art deco wing design in bronze on pure beeswax hand rolled pillar candle Queen B

Seraphina (L -> R 15cm medium, 10cm medium, 20cm fat)


Art deco bronze wing design on hand rolled beeswax pillar candle from Queen B

Seraphina – 10cm medium


Natural bees wax pillar candle with bronze art deco wing design

Seraphina – 20cm fat

Seraphina is available in 5 sizes:
– 1ocm narrow (10cm H x 6cm W)
– 15cm narrow (15cm H x 6cm W)
– 10cm medium (10cm H x 9cm W)
– 15cm medium (15cm H x 9cm W)
– 20cm fat (20cm H x 11cm W)

If you voted in 2013, you may have noticed that we changed the colour?  We’ve been testing different colours all year and it wasn’t until we tried the bronze that I felt the design came to life.  What do you think of our choice?

Hoping you love it as much as we do!

Cate xx

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your eyes (and opinion)…

This is the second year of our collaboration with the International School of Colour and Design (ISCD) and the submissions for our design competition have been fantastic.  So fantastic our judging panel – Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and myself – were divided.  With a 2:1 split we’ve voted (and a judging panel winner has been picked) but ultimately the vote that counts the most to me is the vote from you as one of our tribe.

Hopefully being given a voice is enough to encourage you to vote, but we’re adding an incentive.  We’ll be picking a winner from all the comments posted on our blog, Facebook & Instagram who will get a pack of candles in the design chosen for us to add to our range.  Consisting of a 10cm medium, 15cm medium and 20cm fat hand-rolled pillar candle the pack is valued at over $200.  Voting closes at 5pm on Friday, 7th November 2014 with the winner (both the design and the commenter!) announced on Monday, 10th November 2014.

Following are the chosen finalists (from 23 designs submitted) – in alphabetical order!  We’re also, for the first time, considering whether to offer the design in the 3 colours chosen by the designer (each height will be one colour) or whether to continue with how we do all of our existing designs which is that all sizes come in the one colour.

To be in the running for the prize pack, write a note in the comments field below telling us:
– which is your favourite design and why
– your favourite colour (of the 3 shown) or whether you think we should offer it in all 3 colours shown

Which design is simply so stunning that you’d have to have it (or that you’d have to get it for someone special in your life)?!  Ultimately the ‘best’ design is the design that people will buy because that is the only way that we achieve our goals of lighting up lives, supporting Australian beekeepers, developing artisan skills and ensuring that if you’re burning candles, you’re burning pure beeswax candles!

ISCD surface design pure beeswax candles Queen B interior design collaboration

Beaded – Old Gold, Indigo and/or Hemlock?


ISCD surface design collaboration with Queen B - design focused pure beeswax candles

Celebration – Burnt Orange, Spring Green, Powder Blue


ISCD Queen B design collaboration - bringing designer values to beeswax candles

Lily – Charcoal, Silver, White


Designer beeswax candles - who thought non toxic could look so good

Nectar – Mint, Cool Grey, White


Design collaboration ISCD and Queen B - beautiful and functional beeswax candles

Spring – Morning Glory, Magneta, White


Non toxic candles for the stylish home - collaboration ISCD and Queen B pure beeswax candles

Windsor – Gold, Silver, Copper



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