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  • Teachers Gifts - Stocking Stuffers - Kris Kringle - "Great to Just have in the Cupboard" Gifts under $25

    Seems we're at the pointy end of the year from a gift giving point of view... and so a little, gentle, oh-so-sweet reminder that we'd love to solve all your gift giving woes for you!  We cater for both the complete control freaks who arrive with lists (with whom I have immediate affinity :-0) and for our many male customers who send us a list of the people they want gifts for (+ essential details) and a budget and we pick, pack & wrap.  Whether you're looking for a gift for a special teacher, a little something meaningful in the stocking, a kris kringle gift or a sustainable, Australian made gift for all of your staff and clients we've got it covered.

    Kris Kringle gift ideas, Australian made sustainable eco gift, corporate gift idea Kris Kringle Sustainable Gift Giving Tree

    As I write this, I'm ponder the words and philosophy of another blog I read, Whole Larder Love.  Rohan speaks a lot about the impact on the planet of consumerism and, on many levels I agree.  I reconcile what I do (selling beeswax candles and other, beautiful, Australian made products) because I know that what we do does actually make a difference to many lives and many businesses.

    When you buy a Queen B candle you are supporting Australian beekeepers and the regional communities they live in as well as our staff and our many Australian suppliers.  Don't let that just wash over you as being marketing spin (it isn't).  Think about it for a moment.  Our beekeepers (and their hard working bees) put food on our plates, flowers in our gardens, herbs and veggies in our patches and the caramelised sunlight that we call honey in just about anything tasty.  They're worth fighting for. They're worth supporting and hopefully we bring you a product that makes it easy and affordable for you to show that support.  The fact that you also get to bathe in the natural wonder that is bee-created light is a bonus.  And, oh, what a bonus.  Even after a decade of making beeswax candles, the flame of a Bee Light candle can still stop me, as it grabs me by the eye-balls and demands that I get into the moment NOW.  Right now.

    Conjoined Bee Lights... a happy production error.  An even more visible halo... Conjoined Bee Lights... a happy production error. An even more visible halo...

    If you've never noticed the aura/halo that that surrounds the flame of a pure beeswax candle (versus the paraffin tealight candle on the right), take a look the next time you light a beeswax candle.  It truly is extraordinary.

    Notice the size of the flame on the beeswax candle and the "halo" around the flame Beeswax flame versus Paraffin flame - Notice the size of the flame on the beeswax candle and the "halo" around the flame

    I'll leave it at that.  The literature says that the answer to getting people to read your blog (or newsletters) is to do short posts!  I find that next to impossible because there is so much thought behind everything that we do... and I just like a good chat.

    As an aside, because it's lovely to share a little of the magic that goes on at Queen B... you may know if you've followed us for a while that our continued survival is due, in some part, to 'angels' who turn up weekly as volunteers to package the candles.  It wasn't something that I dreamed up, but someone, somewhere realised I needed help and it arrived.  Many of the angels who have helped have had terminal cancer and so their numbers have dwindled over the years.  At the same time Queen B has been growing.  We're now very reliant on the couple of remaining angels (and mum and dad are being called in with alarming regularity to get me through a fix)!  About a week ago I said to Sarah (the same Sarah who writes the beautiful notes on your invoices) we desperately need more angels but I have no idea how you go about finding angels!

    Fast forward a week.  A woman (we'll call her Robin) calls yesterday morning.  She's local.  Googled for beeswax candles.  Popped in to the hive.  We had a lovely chat and off she went with bags full of beeswax candles (and some of the DIVINE Dinosaur Designs stuff we've got in store).  A few hours later she was back.  This time I was upstairs and she was looked after by Sarah.  Now it may have had something to do with the fact that I was supposed to be doing MYOB, but I could hear their conversation and I hear  Robin say 'if you're ever looking for a volunteer... a spare set of hands... someone to help out, I'd love to come and just spend time here and help you'.  I seriously almost vaulted off the mezzanine level.  Certainly not many of the stairs were touched as I flew down them.  I could have (and I think I may have) hugged her!  All the while saying a silent word of thanks to the powers that bee.  Amazing... and nothing really to do with kris kringle or stocking stuffers or teachers gifts - but my favourite part of this post!

    If you did make it to the end - thank you!

    Cate xx

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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 candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.

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  • Our biggest overhaul in 9 years... with never seen before special offers

    I can honestly say that this is one of my most exciting posts in years... we've given the Queen B brand a smart new look and we've overhauled some of our packaging.  Back in my corporate days I was used to having a marketing team, advertising agency, design agency (yes, they're different!), Global Brand Team, brand bible and a pretty hefty budget to keep things looking fresh.  At Queen B there's, well... me taking on these various roles (although for this overhaul I did engage a snappy young designer to help).   Whilst the process was, let's say, time consuming, at times traumatic, and expensive (we've had it all printed in Australia, with soy ink, on 100% recycled, FSC certified card!), I am absolutely delighted with the results.

    So, with no further ado... drum roll... I launch our new look and some of our new packaging... with a few never seen before offers to help us clear the shelves of the existing packaging which has served us well until now. [Because we hate wastage, the new packaging look is being rolled out as and when we run out of existing packaging, so this will take a little time].

    The first piece of packaging to get the overhaul was our tealight boxes.  To help us roll out the new look as quickly as possible, we're offering Buy 2 Get 1 Free on our Box of 9 x 4-5 hour Beeswax Tealight Candles and our Box of 9 x 8-9 hour Beeswax Tealight candles in the 'old' packaging.  Simply place your order online and write Buy 2 Get 1 Free in the Comments field as you check out.  Available until we run out of existing stock... or 72 hours... whichever happens first!  We'll keep you updated on Facebook.

    beeswax tea light candles are long burning and natural for your eco wedding or event Queen B pure beeswax tealight candles... now with a fabulous new look

    Our second piece of packaging to get a whole new look is our Jam Jar Tealights packaging.  While we tested the popularity of the product (it is overwhelming!) we were using a box bought 'off the shelf'.  With it's popularity cementing its position in the Queen B range, we have been able to design and print our own packaging and best of all the cost is around half of what we were paying.  We're also getting the jam jars in such huge quantities now that their cost is also around 30% down.  And the good news is that that has allowed us to lower the price of the 2 Jars + 8 candles to $24.95 (which is almost 20% off the previous price) and we've created a new box of refills -  10 Jam Jar Tealight Refills for a smashing $24.95.  To help us roll out the new look as quickly as possible, we're offering Buy 2 Get 1 Free on our Jam Jar Tealight Candles (box of 8 candles with 2 jam jars) and our Jam Jar Tealight Refills (box of 15 refills) in the 'old' packaging.  [Note the Box of 15 refills will be gone once we've sold this stock... replaced by the box of 10 refills].  Simply place your order online and write Buy 2 Get 1 Free in the Comments field as you check out.  Available until we run out of existing stock... or 72 hours... whichever happens first!  We'll keep you updated on Facebook.

    Pure bee wax tea light candles in glass mason jam jars for your eco wedding or event Queen B pure beeswax Jam Jar tealight candles in glass jars... now with a fabulous new look

     

    That's the end of the special offers, but not the end of our new look packaging.  We've also got 3 new Point of Sale boxes for our retailers to sell Queen B bee created light by the individual candles... available at quality retail stores soon!

    beeswax dinner candle tapers Lovely new point of sale packaging for individual sale of Queen B pure beeswax candles

     

    pure bee wax long burning tealight candles in clear cups for your eco wedding or sustainable event Pure beeswax tealight candles in clear cups - buy 1 or buy the whole lot!

    Please note that the special offers are our way of thanking your for "Liking" us on Facebook and/or subscribing to our newsletter and/or getting our blog feed.  The offer is only available if you write "Buy 2 Get 1 Free" in the Comments field on check out and only available while stock lasts or for 72 hours.

    We'd love your feedback on the new look and packaging if you have any thoughts.

    Warmest everything

    Cate xx

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