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According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the total retail spend in December 2015 was $24.8 billion.  Just try to conceptualise that for a moment.  $24.8 billion!  1/10,000th of that would completely change things for Queen B… and by virtue thereof, bees and Australian beekeepers.

The sad reality is that many gifts will simply be landfill in a few months or regifted.  It was estimated last Christmas (by Galaxy Research on behalf of gumtree.com.au) that 20.6 million gifts (costing an average of $65) were unwanted.

And that’s where Queen B comes in!

Given there isn’t a single person in Australia (or the world for that matter) that wouldn’t appreciate a pure beeswax candle, we’re hoping for a slice of the retail spend.  Regardless of whether a person only burns candles in emergencies, burns candles on special occasions or burns candles regularly as part of their lives, a pure beeswax candle is always going to perform the task better than any other type of candle.

So, we’ve been busy coming up with ideas…

First up, we’ve put together some great gifts that come in under $20.  Perfect for Kris Kringle.  Lovely host/hostess gifts.  Gorgeous stocking stuffers.  In addition to the candles which we make ourselves, we only stock things that we use and love ourselves.  As our mission is to light up lives one hand made beeswax candle at a time, we keep the margins low to make things affordable.

Here’s a little selection of some of the small gifts we’ve got lined up this year (all 3 featured below are $13.50 each with 5% off if you order >6 and 10% off if you order >10…

One of our favourite things in the La Rochere range of glassware made in France is this little cupcake tealight candleholder... comes with a 4-5hr tealight (in clear cup), packaged in a sinamay bag

One of our favourite things in the La Rochere range of glassware made in France is this little cupcake tealight candleholder… comes with a 4-5hr tealight (in clear cup), packaged in a sinamay bag

 

This gorgeous silver glass urn is silver enough to be festive and stunning enough to be used al year round... comes with a 4-5hr tealight (in clear cup) and packaged in a sinamay bag

This gorgeous silver glass urn is silver enough to be festive and stunning enough to be used all year round… comes with a 4-5hr tealight (in clear cup) and packaged in a sinamay bag

 

 

If none of those take your fancy, we’ve got a myriad of Tealight Candle Holders and we’ve also got other great Christmas Gift ideas costing <$25.  Best of all, when you give a Queen B candle, you’re also supporting Australian beekeepers and the regional communities they live in and helping sustain our small little operation here at Queen B.

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We’ve been working on something special for Advent this year and we commissioned a local artisan to make these limited edition, solid brass Lightbulb Candleholder which we’ve teamed up with a pack of 25 Advent candles each of which burn for over an hour.  Valued at over $70, we’ve got 50 Advent candle packs available for $49.95.

pure beeswax candles with eco bulb candleholder lightbul

Light up Advent with pure bee-created light

 

If you prefer to make your own holder (the candles are about the width of a Philips head screwdriver so any fruit or vegetable stabbed with the screwdriver will make a holder), we’ve got pure beeswax Advent candles in a pack of 25 available here.

This beautiful brass lightbulb candleholder is made from solid brass.  It is designed to hold a Bee Light or Advent candle in the top or can be reversed to hold a taper candle in the base.  The beauty of this holder is that it will be relevant all year round.

brass candleholder lightbulb eco advent candle centrepiece

 

Here’s to enjoying a natural and sustainable Christmas!  With our holders hand crafted in Australia and our candles hand rolled and hand poured here too, you can celebrate the difference you’ll be making to many people when you use Queen B candles to light up your festive season or to give as gifts.  Now it’s just up to us to keep coming up with things that are completely unique, great value and exceptional quality.

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… and you’re invited!

VIP Christmas Shopping night

 

 

If the thought of braving a Westfield car park at this time of year horrifies you, come shopping at Queen B.  There’s oodles of parking, Australian made gifts for everyone from the blokiest bloke to the girliest girl AND we’ll have lots of one off specials on the night.  We’ve even got Mitch staying late so that you can watch the candles being made.

If you’re coming from afar, why not come along with a friend (or 3) and have a champagne on us and then dinner in Manly or Dee Why?

Looking forward to catching up with some of you then.

Cate xx

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10cm narrow pillar - honeycomb ($24.95), King Nutcracker candle ($19.95), Eco-bulb candle ($24.95), Pack of 10 Bee Lights ($24.95), Burning Love ($24.95), Square votive in ceramic holder ($24.95), Pack of 2 Small Christmas Trees ($24.95), Porcelain candleholder ($14.95); Small or Large Beehive candles ($24.95)

10cm narrow pillar – honeycomb ($24.95), King Nutcracker candle ($19.95), Eco-bulb candle ($24.95), Pack of 10 Bee Lights ($24.95), Burning Love ($24.95), Square votive in ceramic holder ($24.95), Pack of 2 Small Christmas Trees ($24.95), Porcelain candleholder ($14.95); Small or Large Beehive candles ($24.95)

 

See over 60 Kris Kringle gift ideas for under $30 here.

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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 holderspersonalised candlesvotive candlestealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

 

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Well it appears as if there are more jam jar obsessed people than we realised… or is it beeswax candle in glass obsessed people?… or is it quirky, sustainable gift people?… or is it fans of Joost?… Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, we’re just happy being slammed and knowing that regardless of your own particular bent, these Jam Jar Tealight beauties will never disappoint.

While a mother isn’t supposed to have favourites, I have told my big sister’s for years that I was mum’s favourite (that’s the baby’s prerogative  right?!) and as the baby of the Queen B range, I have to admit that the Jam Jar Tealights are my new favourite.  That probably leaves the Bee Lights with middle child syndrome, which based on my experience means they will move to London where they can truly feel loved!

Anyway, of course no sooner than we had them launched (and mum and dad had been called on to pack emergency supplies because we couldn’t keep up!) than the calls started about refills and bulk supplies for parties and events.  Being the nimble, agile, sleek, athletic, customer-focused, (very, very good looking) bees that we are at Queen B, we’ve put them together too.

So, with no further ado, we’re proud to announce the launch of our Jam Jar Tealight Refills pack (there are 15 candles in the beautiful, Australian made box with the 100% recycled, chlorine free kraft label!).

And, for those of you who think that 2 jars isn’t nearly enough and you want LOTS, or you’re having a big party, or you want to give a few as gifts, or you love jam jars a lot, or you’re running a restaurant called the Greenhouse by Joost and you want to light up the entire dining area with pure Australian beeswax tealight candles in jam jars, we’ve also put together a Party Pack of 60 Jam Jar Tealights (all in jars).

Queen B pure beeswax Jam Jar Tealight Party Pack... more fun than you can poke a stick at

Queen B pure beeswax Jam Jar Tealight Party Pack… more fun than you can poke a stick at

And just in case you didn’t realise how gorgeous our new babies are, here’s another take on them…

It's a play date!  Joost's baby girl with Queen B's baby.

It’s a play date! Joost’s baby girl with Queen B’s baby.

Yep, we think Joost & Jen make good babies too!

Kat (who packs your orders) banned me from offering a discount, so we negotiated (got to love a democracy) and we’re doing 20% off for 24 hours only (offer finishes 11.59pm, 5th December 2012).  As a few people have realised recently, no the discount end date/time is not negotiable.  It is a gift to our early adopters which are consistently the people who know and love and spread the word and it’s our way of saying thanks.  We genuinely appreciate it.

That means that those of you that only read our newsletters will miss it. 😦  Those of you who like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog are in on the secret!

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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 holderspersonalised candlesvotive candlestealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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Back in March I blogged about Joost’s Melbourne Greenhouse and our pure beeswax Jam Jar Tealights which lit the way – the second eco love child of our long term collaboration with Joost.  We’ve been inundated with requests for them ever since, but it took until now for them to get to the top of the list of things for us to do.

So (drum roll) it is with great delight that we announce the launch of our Jam Jar tealights.  The story of Joost’s life – bucket loads of great ideas focused on sustainability (+ an obsession with jam jars) and the need for people to execute.  The story of my life – the love of execution (+ an obsession for beeswax candles that burn perfectly).  It’s a match made in heaven.

Each pack contains 2 x Glass Jam Jars + 8 pure beeswax tealight candles (4-5 hour burn time).

To reuse the glass jars, simply flick out the metal wick sustainer when the tealight has finished burning and pop in a new tealight.  To clean the jars use hot, soapy water.

Here’s how they look when they are lighting up the Greenhouse by Joost…

Jam Jar tealights lighting up the Greenhouse by Joost at Melbourne Food and Wine Fair

Everyone looks better looking by beeswax candle light?

Queen B Jam Jar tealights lighting up the Greenhouse by Joost at Melbourne Food and Wine – notice that apart from the legally required safety lighting, the entire dining area was lit purely by beeswax tealight candles.  Go bees.  Joost, the diners & the planet thanks you.

 

And here are trays of these beautiful little lights freshly poured from an enamel teapot at Queen B.

Trays of Jam Jar tealight candle refills

Jam Jar tealight candles in reusable glass jam jars

If you’re looking for a eco gift that is Australian made, supports our regional communities, will light up people’s lives, smells good, looks great and isn’t going to end up as landfill, look no further.

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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 holderspersonalised candlesvotive candlestealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

 

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Winter has decided to join us again in Sydney for the day, so it seemed like a great time to do a craft project which has been on my lovely long list of things to do and share.  These roll your own beeswax Christmas Tree candles are a great craft activity to do with kids (or inner children), make great gifts for teachers/friends/family/hosts or you could simply use them to decorate your own table.

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 1 – Cut the sheets of beeswax in half

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 2 – lay 3 sheets of wax end to end

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 3 – use a straight edge (eg a wood mounted photograph from your trip to Africa) from the top LH corner to the bottom RH corner

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 4 – cut the sheets as shown

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 5 – roll the wax over the wick starting at the widest point of the beeswax sheet (be neat… it will determine whether your tree is round or not)!

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 6 – Join the second sheet on where the first sheet finishes and keep rolling

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 7 – Join the third sheet on where the second sheet ends… you’re almost there now!

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 8 – marvel at the brilliance of what you and nature can create together

 

candle making instructions roll beeswax christmas tree candles

Step 9 – Bee created festive season ambience. Clever bees. Clever you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a love letter asking for a discount off Queen B…

And who are we to argue?  If a discount means more people buying Queen B candles well that’s a great thing for our beekeepers and the regional communities they live in, not to mention creating more of a buzz at our hive.  Worker Bees – both the insect and human varieties – love to be kept busy.  So here’s what we’re going to do:

Each week in the lead up to Christmas we’ll put one of our best sellers at 20% off for 72 hours only.  The line up is as follows:

05/10 – 07/10     20% off the entire Marrakech range of rolled pillars – yes, that’s this week’s special and because I’m a day late in doing this post, it runs for 2 days from today, all other weeks the special will be from Thursday – Saturday

11/10 – 13/10      20% off Queen B’s iconic Eco Bulb

25/10 – 27/10     20% off our Angels

01/11 – 03/11     20% off Queen B Bee Lights & Bee Light holders

08/11 – 10/11     20% off Fat Santa

15/11 – 17/11      20% off Nutcrackers

22/11 – 24/11     20% off Large Christmas Trees

29/11 – 01/12     20% off Small Christmas Trees

06/12 – 08/12    20% off Mary Joseph & Baby Jesus

13/12 – 15/12     20% off the entire Casablanca range of rolled pillars

20/12 – 22/12    20% off Burning Love (we’ll send them Express Post)

If you’re worried you’ll forget, Like us on Facebook because we’ll post a reminder there of what’s on sale each week.

Hip, hip horray

A honey aroma-ed, golden candle-lit Christmas AND a partridge in a pear tree.  Amazing.

Dinner candle, rolled beeswax pillar candle

Marrakech range of rolled Queen B pillar dinner candles

 

 

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I had two blog posts that I wanted to work on today and initially thought they were separate subjects.  One on “Buy Nothing New Month” and one on Conscious Giving – but then I realised that they’re really one and the same.

I must admit that my initial (knee-jerk) reaction to Buy Nothing New Month was one of horror.  Taken literally, that would be a complete disaster not just for Queen B, but for thousands of Australian manufacturers and small businesses.  Then I started thinking about how it really doesn’t apply to our candles!  Being beeswax, they are essentially recycled.  They’re not ‘new’.  We take a waste product from honey production and turn it into something functional.  Beeswax candles are as ‘vintage’ as it gets.  My lawyer brain was working overtime!

Then I read on…

It’s about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we’re done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our ‘stuff’.”

And you know what, I really get that.  I think about that stuff on a daily basis.  It’s one of the reasons that we only use 100% pure Australian beeswax – infinite (if we look after our bees), long lasting, naturally carbon neutral, non-toxic, no landfill content (soy, palm and paraffin all have a very high environmental cost).  It’s why we don’t make square candles (too much wasted beeswax).  It’s why we use sinamay bags (a waste product from banana harvesting that is completely biodegradable).  It’s why we use Australian sourced, FSC certified card for our packaging (smaller environmental footprint than recycled card as it turns out).

And that then gets me on to my second post which was all about conscious giving.  Choosing carefully.  While it may seem too early to be talking about the festive season, when you’re pouring candles individually from an enamel teapot, you get started on Christmas early!… and I happen to know that we have lots of ‘A type’ personalities in our customer base (takes one to know one) who are planning end of year teachers gifts!  Anyway, I acknowledge my own bias, but if you are considering gifts (be they birthday, corporate, festive, teachers, lovers or just because), then I know that giving a Queen B candle is a gift that gives many times over.

As for ‘buy nothing new month’, I suggest that we change it to ‘buy consciously every day of the year’.  That Queen B lady… She’s a crazy one!

 

 


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 holderspersonalised candlesvotive candlestealight candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

 

 

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As you probably know by now, supporting Australian beekeepers and regional communities is a big driver at Queen B.  So, we’re all for anything that promotes Australian farmers and gets people thinking about the role that our farmers play and what we can do to support them.  It’s a happy coincidence then that in 2012 we are celebrating Australian Year of the Farmer.  Hopefully we’ll go on celebrating our farmers every year.

AYOF is about celebrating and enriching the connections between rural and urban Australia.  It recognises what farmers do for all Australians. It’s about what we eat; about fresh fruit and vegetables (generally pollinated by honey bees), dairy, grains (pollinated by bees), fish, meat (fed on grain pollinated by bees), eggs and about wool, cotton, timber – all the fine quality products that our farmers grow and harvest in large and small businesses. [And about the integral role in each of these activities, played by honey bees – Ed.]

Australian farms and the industries that support them generate more than $405 billion each year, that’s 27% of our GDP.Australia’s farmers should be recognised and celebrated: for feeding the nation, for leading the world in farming techniques and innovation, and for sustaining the vital agribusinesses that underpin our economy. Farmers are the providers of our nation.

So, to me, the big question is what we can do in our every day lives to support Australian farmers and beekeepers.  Here are a few thoughts:

  • only buy Australian fruit and veg – and if the supermarkets don’t have what you want from an Australian grower, complain.  Be belligerent about it.  Just last week I bought crushed garlic in a jar because it was the only way of getting Australian garlic (at 10pm for team lunch at the hive the next day)
  • Don’t buy that wretched $1 milk – it’s killing our dairy farmers.  Complain about that too.
  • Support small producers where you can by buying at farmers markets, your local fruit & veggie store or organic stores

and buy roadside honey directly from a beekeeper… the supermarket stuff is generally a blend of local and imported honey (that is overheated to stop it candying on the shelves).

And here’s a biggie

we’re nearing that time of year when businesses will spend literally hundreds of millions of dollars on staff gifts (we hope) and client gifts.  Send them our way and we guarantee a gift that will not only be loved by the recipient, but will directly support Australian regional communities.  We have gifts ranging from $20 to hampers choc full of honey, beeswax candles and other honey goodness (nougat, beeswax based mens shave soap etc) that range from $75 to $250.  We can brand things.  We can handle logistics.  The sky is the limit.

So, if you work in a business that gives gifts, or you have any friends in high places who organise gifts, please pass on our details.  We’d be only too happy to wow them with what the world can look like without another jar of olive tapenade, bottle of wine or overseas made picnic set!  And just before you worry that our gifts are really aimed at women, over 80% of corporate hamper recipients are men and in the words of the Head of Marketing Strategy from one of our clients “I just wanted to tell you how beautiful I thought the hampers came out.  I hope you are as proud of them as we were to present them to the company.  I had many people say how amazing they looked and we received feedback from clients like never before.”

Bring it on.  We’re ready and rearing to go!

Cheers

Cate

 

Queen B Christmas Corporate Gift Hamper

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