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Queen B (the person)Welcome to Queen B and our world of pure Australian beeswax candles... hand-made with care for you and your environment.

Queen B candles are individually made from 100% pure Australian beeswax and pure cotton wick. They are free from paraffin, soy, palm, fragrances and scents. Read more about why on the pages under the Why Beeswax menu in the top banner.

Treat yourself, your environment and the people you love with the natural honey aroma and pure golden light of pure Australian beeswax candles from Queen B.


Letters from Lovers (of Queen B candles)

I have been experimenting with the beeswax furniture polish. It is such a revelation. from J Swan

Haven't actually used it on the furniture yet, just my gardening tools (don't be cross) and suchlike. Normally i go through a process of linseed oil one time and Porter's beeswax polish the next (which gives very good protection but is so stiff and tacky its a nightmare to buff. Your polish is so easy to spread - just like buttering them - and seems to melt into the timber. And instead of using gloves i have been using my bare hands without a qualm - it makes a lovely hand cream :) Just thought you would like to know. All the best,

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Luxury Home DesignLuxury Home Design Dec 2007

A queen in more ways than one. "The impetus for Queen B began several years ago. I began to have severe anxiety attacks," said Cate Burton. "I discovered a few hobbies which were able to calm my mind. Two things that I grew to love were rolling and burning beeswax candles, and painting canvases.

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Waxing Lyrical

Recent research on the toxicity of burning paraffin candlesRecent research on the toxicity of burning paraffin candles

According to recent research by Ruhullah Massoudi and Amid Hamidi, scientists from South Carolina State University, "Each time a candle is burned, if it is paraffin, which is basically petroleum-based, it provides really nasty chemicals in the emissions". As part of the research, candles were burned in a special chamber with the contents of the smoke monitored and measured. They found that benzene, toluene and ketones were present in the smoke.* The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that benzene and toluene are probable human carcinogens.

*Benzene has been linked to bone marrow failure disorders like aplastic anaemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, and acute lymphocytic leukaemia. Toluene and ketones are associated with asthma and birth defects.

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Launch of Dinosaur Designs Atelier range of Queen B candles from Cate Burton at 1:41pm on 21 October
A creative collaborationis in some ways like giving birth (although the pain is rather more cerebral!)… you have to findthe right partner, with similar values. It's best if you each bring different, although compatible, strengths to the relationship. There's a process of getting to know one another and, if it is a good partnership, the alchemy where 1+1=3. You get better at it with time. And then you decide to create something that is in and of your joint DNA, that hopefully you'll love (!!!). I guess that's where I'll leave the analogy because it the product world there is also the process of rejecting things you don't like along the way and trial and error and, well, that's just a conversation we don't need to have on a beeswax candle blog!

Which brings me to the point of this post which is the announcement of our new Dinosaur Designs Atelier range – a joint collaboration with Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the talented duo behindDinosaur Designs.

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Thin & VialThin & Vial
The perfect solution to an eco friendly therapy session. Light the stunning pure beeswax thin and place it in the glass vial, and melt your worries away!

This stunning pack comes with six of our exquisite 'thins' and a beautiful little glass vial which we've filled with Sydney's finest sand!

Just remove the cap, insert the candle and enjoy the luminous light... we've done all the work for you. With a burn time of around 40 minutes... it is perfect to light your dinner each night.

We have a short and a tall vial... if you have a preference, please let us know in the comments field as you check out.  Otherwise, both are beautiful and you can take pot luck.

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Queen B

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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