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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

Reversible egg 2 low res

Reversible Brass Egg Candleholder with Bee Light burning

Reversible and elaborate egg low res

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.

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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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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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!

mini beeswax Queen B pillar candle natural happy flame for pure beeswax light

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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Somewhere, and I have no idea where, I have a reference for the scientific literature upon which this claim is based.  When I first put a website up for Queen B (which is over a decade ago now) every single claim and statement was fact checked be me.  Those fact checking references were duly recorded somewhere clever about 7 laptop computers ago and for the life of me I can’t find where it is.  And, if you google it, you really just find lots of beeswax candle website all making the same claims and all quoting one another or, quoting some random health blog with zero scientific validity.

The question was put to me again recently by a couple of asthma sufferers (air quality in Sydney has been badly affected by the bush fires with particulate matter levels 1,000 times over the ‘safe’ limit).  All I had to offer in the absence of those elusive links to the actual research are photographs that I’ve taken of my candles at home because I find it so fascinating (as an aside, yes I probably do need to get a life)

The theory goes like this: dust, pollen, pollution, viruses, smoke, germs, aromas etc are all positively charged ions that float in the air (because they are lighter than air).  A beeswax candle when it is burning emits negative ions (as does a waterfall, or those ionisers that you plug into a wall or himalayan salt crystal lamps are also said to, but I haven’t done that research).  The negative ions emitted by the candle attach to the positive ions floating in the air and that forms an atom which is heavier than air and thus drops to the ground or, if it is close enough to the candle, is drawn into the pool of wax.

I personally think that a picture speaks a thousand words so here are just a few from my candles that I burn at home.

when burning a Queen B pure beeswax candle is a natural ioniser

A beeswax candle is a natural ioniser – the proof is in the wax pool

purify the air you breathe by burning Queen B pure beeswax candles

Another glimpse at the air borne dirt pulled out of my living environment and into the pool of beeswax

The negative ions emitted by a pure beewax candle draw air borne dirt into the wax pool

The negative ions emitted by a pure bee wax candle draw air borne dirt into the wax pool

Which brings me to my final point which is about the candle care.  Depending on how much particulate matter is in the air where you live (and it tends to be high if you live near main roads or if you live near building works or even if you live next to bushland) there can be quite a bit of dirt in the pool of wax and this can affect how your candle burns.  A couple of things to note:

  1. Sometimes the top of the wick will look “dead” (see photograph below)… that is where the dirt is trapped and that is why we always say that you MUST trim the wick of your candle whenever you go to relight it.  It is trimming off the ‘dead’ part of the wick.  Lock that one into your memory bank… it’s critical.
  2. Sometimes the dirt may gather around the base of the wick and when you go to relight your candle you will have trouble relighting it.  This is a basic physics problem – if the dirt is stopping the wick from drawing the wax (it’s fuel source) then the candle won’t light properly and will go out.  The solution: when you light the candle, hold the flame of the lighter or the match to the base of the wick until you can see that the wax changes colour and starts to melt… that shifts the dirt clogging the wick and allows the wick to draw fuel.Beeswax candles are exceptionally clever, the candle will work it out from that point on, you just need to give it it’s fuel source.  I generally don’t suggest tipping out the wax (because you’re tipping out hours of candlelight)… the candle will work it out.

In the photo below you can see both the ‘dead’ top of the wick and the dirt gathered at the base of the wick.

purify the air you breathe with a pure beeswax candle

A beeswax candle is a natural ioniser when lit – note the ‘dead’ tip of the wick (where dust is gathered) and the dirt at the base of the wick in the pool of wax

Yours in pursuit of clean air and nature’s finest light,

Cate xx

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I’ve just had my third phone call for the month by a concerned customer who had been on another beeswax candle company website and was asking about whether there was chlorine in our beeswax.  She directed me to the site.  Apart from the fact that the information on the website is misleading and deceptive, the claims are fear-mongering and causes panic where there is no need for alarm.  There are enough genuine concerns for us to worry about in terms of chemicals in our lives without someone intentionally misleading people.

Amongst many other ridiculous, grandiose claims and lies, the (misleading and deceptive) website claims:

Chlorine in beeswax

Almost all candle manufacturers overlook or ignore this very crucial point when attempting to manufacture a clean fume candle.

If a candle manufacturer {beeswax or other} is not mentioning that their wax is free from chlorinated water for example, it is most probable that their wax is melted in and absorbing chlorine through chlorinated {town/city/potable} water.

“Chlorine must be avoided as the chlorine is absorbed by the wax and will be released as a toxic gas if burned in a candle” [ p69].
THE ABC AND XYZ OF BEE CULTURE, Morse & Flottum, 1990

A quick fact check reveals that the paragraph that he quotes from The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, Morse & Flottum, 1990 is taken completely out of context.  This particular part of the book (which is an invaluable beekeeping reference guide) is discussing options for chemically bleaching beeswax.  The relevant paragraph reads as follows:

“We cannot emphasize too strongly that there are several dangers and precautions to be taken when processing beeswax.  For example, bleaches using chlorine, which is an excellent bleaching agent, must be avoided as the chlorine is absorbed by the wax and will be released as a toxic gas if burned in a candle.” [emphasis added]

cleaning beeswax

The ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, Morse & Flottum, 1990 (pg 69)

I couldn’t agree more.  They are talking about pouring raw chlorine into the wax to bleach it.

I can only speak for Queen B when I say that there is no chlorine (or any other chemical) used in our cleaning process.  Nor that of our beekeepers, all of whom we’ve audited prior to buying wax, and whom we’ve had relationships going on for a decade now.  In fact, I don’t know a single beekeeper who uses chlorine (or any chemicals) to clean their wax.  [The book, now in its 40th edition,  was first published in 1877.  It’s age old wisdom has been standard practice in the industry for over 100 years.]  At Queen B we use the age-old process of purifying and cleaning our beeswax with water, time (to allow impurities to settle) and filters.  The filtration we use would certainly not be industry standard and is the result of a decade of trial (& error) and thorough testing.  We’ve ‘kissed a lot of frogs’ learning what we’ve learned.  We’ve also read all the literature and learned from our forefathers… both in beekeeping and in candlemaking.

I guess this is another reminder that unfortunately, even on the side of “good” there is the occasional evil person.  If you have bought in to any of the claims on this website, can I suggest that you ask to see the claimed organic certification for their wax.  Can I also suggest that you read our post about the pigments we use for our, world-renowned, rolled pillar range.  And, can I respectfully suggest, that if a company is a proven liar, who has no compunction in misleading and deceiving potential (and actual) customers and who actively seeks to cause fear where there is no cause for alarm, that you should not buy their products.  This is a company that claims on their home page to have been manufacturing pure beeswax candles since 1975 (although they claim on another page that they made their first tealight in 1993) and yet made all of their beeswax candles from a blend of beeswax and macadamia nut oil until Queen B launched pure beeswax tealight, votive and pillar candles… all the while ranting on their website about the fume dangers of burning an oil!  And those are statements of fact… and in context!

It is challenging enough to run a manufacturing business in Australia, hand-making natural products, without having to spend time countering bogus claims.  I am always grateful when misled consumers call because I can give them the facts… do the research… find the evidence.  What really horrifies me is all those customers who believe the claims and don’t call.  Who don’t know me and hence don’t know that the integrity of a Queen B candle is unimpeachable.  Who don’t have the opportunity to experience the beauty of a Queen B candle because they bought the lies.  Who are misled and deceived.  It is enough to make a grown bee cry..  And the greatest shame is that they are sullying an industry that has so much goodness in it.

… I’m off to light more (Queen B!) candles and a smudge stick just to remove their energy from our hive.

Yours in truth, facts and light,

Cate xx

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