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  • More Jam Jar Tealight goodness

    Our surprise hit of 2012 was the product we collaborated with Joost on - Jam Jar tealights.  A perfect illustration of 1 + 1 = far more than 2.  A glass jam jar + a pure beeswax tealight candle = hours of loveliness.  A jar full of romance?  And ampule of ambience?  A window of perfection?  Oh, don't get me started... I'm just back from a great break and I'm feeling the love.

    Anyway, the break gave me an opportunity to get to some of the 1,000 unread emails in my inbox (whoops) which made me realise that you wanted more options.  Of course, options mean me holding stock (so that we can ship out your goodies outrageously fast), but the brain cells have brainstormed and they all agree that this is a fabulous idea.

    So, with no further ado, we have two new options available in the Jam Jar tealights... a box of 8 Jam Jars tealights (8 jars + 8 candles)

    Pack of 8 Jam Jar beeswax tealight candles with 8 jars Pack of 8 Jam Jar beeswax tealight candles with 8 jars

    And a box of 60 Jam Jar tealight refills (which is a great complement to our Jam Jar tealight Party Pack).

    With that many pure beeswax Jam Jar tealights you can create beauty like this

    natural beeswax tealight candle in recyclable glass jam jars - a collaboration with Joost Bakker For your valentine (or wedding candles)

     

    or this...

     

    natural beeswax tealite candle in recyclable glass jam jar For the directionless

    Wishing you a very happy, beeswax candlelit 2013.

    May your Valentine (be that you or someone else) shower you in natural, golden light, poured by hand from the loins of Australian bees.

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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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  • More Jam Jar goodness

    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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  • Jam Jar Tealights - the wait is over

    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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  • Say hello to our new, reusable, clear tealight cups

    For several years I've had a project bubbling away in the background to look at introducing tealight cups which are sturdier for reuse than aluminium cups.  I must admit that being a purist in terms of seeing the flame a candle, I was also looking for something clear to allow the flame to shine in all its glory for the entire burn of the candle.  What joy then to be able to achieve two fabulous outcomes with one innovation!

    I am delighted to finally (after lots of research, questions and testing) to be introducing a new range of tealights with clear, sturdy, reusable tealight cups.

    Clear tealight cup versus aluminium tealight cup Clear tealight cup versus aluminium tealight cup

    One of the issues on which I spent quite a bit of time was looking at the environmental credentials of these cups.  I must admit that initially I was put off by the idea that polycarbonate is a plastic.  What I found when I researched further is that there are several varieties of polycarbonate - the most expensive of which is the V0 rated polycarbonate meaning that there are zero emissions from the cup when the candle is burning.

    Another fact which swayed me was that polycarbonate cups have a much smaller carbon footprint - around 1/9th of the energy is required in their manufacture.  To quote their response when I raised the issue of environmental credentials "In order to mould an aluminium cup the Bauxite used in manufacturing has to be melted at a temperature of 1800 degrees Celsius.  Polycarbonate melts at about 260 degrees Celsius.  That means that to mould an aluminium cup, you require about nine times the amount of energy."

    And then there is the issue of reuse.  As any of you who have reused the aluminium cups would know, they tend to get quite battered around!  The clear cups are significantly thicker and sturdier which makes them significantly better for reuse.  When your tealight has burnt out, simply flick out the metal sustainer that was holding up the wick and insert a tealight refill.  If you think the cup is looking dirty, soapy hot water will clean them up a treat (that tricks holds for any candleholder that may be looking worse for wear).

    During testing (over 500 tealight cups worth), there was an occasional (less than 1%) issue with the 9 hour tealight cups slumping on one side.  This is due to the curvature of the self-trimming wicks and the higher melting point of beeswax.  To compensate, we've included 12 cups in the 9 hour tealight pack which promises 6.

    Both the polycarbonate and aluminium cups are also 100% recyclable.

    In short polycarbonate cups stack up quite well:

    * their carbon footprint is about 1/9th of that of making aluminium cups
    * they are signficantly sturdier and more suitable for reuse
    * we use V0 rated cups meaning no emissions during burning

    ... and, of course, they reflect more light (making them more fit for purpose) and, in my opinion, are more beautiful to use.

    With Earth Hour just 1 week away, we are taking 20% off RRP for the 4 new products we have at launch for 48 hours only (until midnight 27th March 2012):

    Box of 24 x 8-9 hour beeswax tealight candles with 6 clear reusable cups Box of 24 x 8-9 hour beeswax tealight candles with 6 clear reusable cups

    Would love your thoughts and feedback.

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  • Tips for better burning - 8-9 hour tealight candles

    Recently I was asked why we recommended putting 1/2 teaspoon of water in the bottom of each 9 hour tealight cup, and why we now crossed that out on our packaging!.   It's a question I've had a few times over the years, and so I thought I'd answer it here.

    When I decided to start making pure beeswax tealights, I was aware of a problem often experienced with the taller tealight cups called "flash over".  Flash over can happen as a longer burning tealight burns because you have both the heat of the flame and the molten wax heating up the cup.  If the flash point of the wax is reached (around 199 degrees celcius for paraffin and 205 degrees celcius for beeswax), then all the wax in the cup goes on fire.  The fire is usually contained within the cup but can cause damage to the surface of the holder or table, and is obviously a little dangerous if unattended.

    During the many months of wick testing we did for the tealights, if we experienced flash over with a wick, it was immediately eliminated from possible selection.  However, with my background as a lawyer, I thought it prudent to put the warning on the box as we had to have the boxes printed prior to beginning production on the tealights and even if flash over only occurred 1% of the time I didn't want customers to be alarmed.  Five years and over three hundred thousand tealights later, we are relatively confident that flash over does not generally occur with Queen B tealight candles.  We also erred on the side of crossing out the instruction because the water in the cup could sometimes be drawn up the wick of the candle causing it to splutter!  It's a fine line to walk.

    Obviously the general instruction of not leaving candles burning unattended always applies as does using common sense and always burning your candles on a heat proof and fire-safe surface.

    If you want to see what flash over looks like, see our blog post from last year where we put Queen B tealight candles to the test versus competitor tealights.

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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 holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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