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Pollen

What a fabulous exercise that was!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted and commented and liked and tweeted and posted… the verdict is in and interestingly, both the official Judging Panel (Louise Olsen from Dinosaur Designs, Deb Bibby from Real Living Magazine and Jodie Warters from ISCD)  and the jury (you guys) came to the same conclusion.  Clearly we have very stylish customers!  Pollen, by Tina Murray-Walker, was the clear winner in both camps.

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey. Artwork by David Bromley

I trundled off to one of my retailers on Saturday – fabulous, Australian manufacturer, Mark Tuckey* – with my new designs in hand and was tickled yellow to discover that we are ‘on trend’ with the colour too!  What a happy surprise.  Being ‘on trend’ has never been a great driver for me as I think that non-toxic, Australian made, beautiful designs, being real and anything to do with bees are more important than being trendy, but what a happy coincidence that in this case we can have it all!  I have to say too that making the candles on Saturday just made me feel happy.

Just before I delightedly show you “Pollen” in a myriad of ways at Mark Tuckey, a thank you to all the designers for their beautiful designs.  It is testament to the quality of their work that we had our biggest response ever to a call out for your opinions.  Special mention as runners up to Ingrid Bowen for her Fez design (which came second) and to Sandy Cipriotti for Sunburst and Brenda Deguara for Bedelia (which came equal third).

As promised when I announced the winning comment (the winner was Amanda Ingham for her post on our blog) we’re offering 20% off to anyone who posted on the blog, commented on Facebook or ‘liked’ on Instagram PRIOR to 5th November 2013 when entries closed.  Your order must be in the same name as the name you used to comment, post or like!  The 20% off offer is valid until 5pm this Friday, 15th November 2013.  Simply put your name into the comments field to alert us to your revered status (and that we need to look for your comment/like/post)!

They are available in 3 different sizes:

  • 10cm medium (10cm H x 8.5cm W) with a 50 hour burn time
  • 15cm medium (15cm H x 8.5cm W) with a 90 hour burn time
  • 20cm fat (20cm H x 10.5cm W) with a 200 hour burn time

With no further ado, it is with great pleasure that I give you Pollen…

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Murray-Walker for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

And just because I couldn’t resist showing the full, exquisite artwork by David Bromley and some of the amazing furniture made in Australia by Mark Tuckey and his talented team…

hand made, beeswax, candle, Tina Graham, Pollen, honeycomb, ISCD collaboration, Mark Tuckey

Pollen design by Tina Graham for Queen B beeswax candles – shot on location at Mark Tuckey

* be careful clicking on the link for Mark Tuckey… I just spent an hour on their website dreaming!

You can read the profile on Tina Murray-Walker in this month’s Real Living Magazine by clicking on the image below:

Real Living magazine profile on Tina Murray-Walker ISCD Surface Design student and Queen B beeswax candle design winner

Profile on Tina Murray-Walker in this month’s Real Living magazine

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Last weekend Sydney City Council had the official opening of the new Town Hall replete in solar panel splendour.  As part of the celebrations, the Live Green House was on location as were volunteers from the WWF Earth Hour team.  We were approached to ask if we could send along someone to teach beeswax candle-rolling.  With over 20,000 candles rolled, we sent in Ade (bung knee and all) and from all accounts it was very popular.

Queen B candle-rolling class at Live Green house

Earth Hour is traditionally one of our busier times of year thanks to the ‘naturally carbon neutral’ status of pure beeswax candles (according to the organisers themselves).  Of course it makes sense that pure beeswax, made by bees to store honey WOULD be more earth friendly than petro-chemical candles (paraffin) or hydrogenated/bleached soya oil or palm oil candles.  Then again, based on our sales, about 99.99999% of people are turning off their lights and lighting environmentally damaging (not to mention the damage to your health) candles.

For more information on the toxicity of candles, read our post on the article I wrote for Living Wisdom.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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One of our most exciting times of year is Earth Hour… because it focuses people on the environment and because the World Wildlife Fund (the organisers of Earth Hour) are specific about only 100% pure beeswax candles being natural carbon neutral.  They state:

“… make sure you use 100% pure beeswax candles which are gentler on our planet – smoke free, non-toxic and non-allergenic.  They are also made of natural beeswax, not petroleum based wax, so they are effectively carbon neutral.” WWF

This year Earth Hour is being held on 27th March 2010 at 8.30pm.  It is estimated that over a BILLION people globally will turn off their lights for Earth Hour.

The event, which began in Sydney in 2007 with 2 million people switching off their lights, swelled to more than 50 million people around the globe in 2008.  In 2009, participation intensified by hundreds of millions as 4159 cities, towns and municipalities in 88 countries, as well as many of the world’s best-known landmarks, acted for climate change.  Organisers have stated that cities participating in 2010 have already overtaken those that took part last year.

The World Wildlife Fund in Australia have been purchasing Queen B candles to light their landmark Sydney event since inception in 2007.  What will you be using to light your Earth Hour?

Queen B rolled tapers

WWF Earth Hour event - Queen B rolled tapers

WWF Earth Hour event - overall look

Here are a few images from the official WWF events in past years.

Earth Hour lit by Queen B rolled tapers

Queen B plain wrap pillars lighting Earth Hour event


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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A few months ago I was approached by Living Wisdom magazine to write an article about the toxicity of candles.

Living Wisdom magazine - Candles that Kill

Agreeing to write the article represented an opportunity for me to share some of the research that influenced my decision to only make 100% pure beeswax candles at Queen B.  Given the financial challenges involved with running a business making pure beeswax candles – ie beeswax costs 20 – 50 times the price of paraffin, soy or palm wax – it is not a decision made lightly.  It is, however, a decision made after extensive research.

With only 1500 words, it is necessarily a summary, but nevertheless, it is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about the toxicity of candles.  Unfortunately on the other side of this debate are the petroleum refining companies who sell paraffin, and the billion dollar soy and palm industries.  I know that in penning this article I may be getting some people offside.  Having said that, I think that everyone has a right to make their own decision… to have research at their fingertips and to make an informed decision.

This article also briefly touches on metal core wicks – and why we choose to only use 100% pure cotton wicks at Queen B – and fragranced/scented candles – and why we don’t scent Queen B candles.

To read the article, go to http://www.queenb.com.au/candles-that-kill.php.

Please feel free to post your feedback below.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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We are usually blessed to received lovely emails in response to my (newsy) newsletters, BUT after our last one, I received some negative feedback.  It read:

“Your email was way too confusing and LONG.  And the last one was too and I didn’t read it. Don’t expect people to read through all of it.  We’re too busy doing other things than read a long, windy emails spruiking products. Just a casual comment to help with you further marketing.”

Very to the point!  As it doesn’t happen often, and it was from a customer who actually purchases our pure Australian beeswax candles (ie someone who I can assume likes what we do generally) I gave it a lot of thought. On most points, I think his comments were probably true – yes, my newsletters are long.  This is because I like to share what we are up to.  To share the journey (so to speak).  I also don’t expect people to read through all of them… although I am absolutely touched and delighted to hear back from people who do.  I think that is a real privilege.  It is one reason why they end up being too long… because there is so much to tell you.  Perhaps boring to some, but real.  What I want people to know is that small business, and particularly running a small business hand-making 100% pure Australian beeswax candles, is incredibly rewarding, but a tough road.

The part of the feedback that hurt was that he thought they were ‘long, windy emails spruiking product’… which firstly proved to me that he hadn’t read most of my emails (as indeed he said), but made me worry that that is what people think my newsletters are.

To me, newsletters generally have a couple of goals:

1. Share a story/our journey, give an update, tell an anecdote etc; and/or

2. Try to sell product

In my own (biased) mind, I have always tried to err heavily on the side of the first goal.  Ultimately I feel that if people appreciate what you’re trying to do, appreciate your product, understand all of the thinking and integrity that goes into creating it, they will support you… ie buy product.  I don’t think that people buy product because you tell them to in a newsletter.

That said, whilst this business has survived on love for a long time, that won’t keep paying our commercial rent, beekeepers, wick manufacturers, Australian printers and wages for much longer.  So, yes, I do try to sell product… but I always try to do it in a way that is gentle and encouraging and relevant, rather than spruiking.

Having said all of that, I have decided to make some changes to our newsletter…

If you do read our newsletters, you will know that I have lots to say!  I will now say a lot more of that on my blog.  So, if you want the gory detail you can read things in detail on the blog.  If, however, you want the highlights of what’s going on in our world, you can just read the newsletter which will keep you up to date (briefly) with what we’re doing and what’s new.

If you have any thoughts on our newsletters, please post a comment below.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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At Queen B we recently launched our new 100% pure Australian beeswax angel candles.

We launched them in honour of the angels who come to Queen B every week to package the candles.  They are Queen B family – we quite literally wouldn’t have survived this long with them.  To Collie, Pia, (the late) Maureen, Lizzie, Lat, Carol, Vickie & ET… thank you angels.

If you go to our website or come into our store and you’ll see the beautiful, finished, perfect product.  Being the perfectionist that I am, any candle that isn’t perfect is simply melted down.

Occasionally, however, things go a little awry… enter the “Fallen Angels”.

Fallen Angels Congregation

Combining teething problems, a complicated design and a freak mould, our fallen angels are (hopefully) limited edition candles with a variety of special “features” – missing wings, a broken neck, a missing nose, elephantitis on the head and even blindness.

fallen angels 5

We are offering a free, limited edition “Fallen Angel” when you spend over $100 at http://www.queenb.com.au and mention ‘Fallen Angel’ in the comments field.


Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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