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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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  • 8cm solid pillars - perfect for shorter hurricanes, large oil burners (or 20 hour dinner parties)

    These 8cm solid pillars have literally been on my list of things to do for almost a year.  All it took in the end was an order for 200 of them!  We had moulds done, wicks sorted, embossing tool made and packaging solved in a matter of weeks.

    So, for those of you who thought our existing range of solid beeswax pillars were too tall...

    our pure beeswax tealights too small...

    our beeswax dinner candles too narrow...

    our beeswax votives in glass too glassy...

    and you just wanted a shorter, wider, un-glassier candle, we've finally done it.

    These bee-uties are 8cm tall.  Approx 4.5cm wide and burn for around 20 hours each.

    They are perfect for the Page Thirty Three Essential Oil Burner.

    To celebrate their launch we've got them at 20% off for 48 hours - until 17th November 2012.

    You can get them in a pack of 2

    8cm solid beeswax pillars - pack of 2

     

    or a pack of 6

    8cm solid beeswax pillar - pack of 6

     

    and because it is actually all about the flame, here's what they look like when they're lit (sorry about dodgy photograph)

    8cm solid beeswax pillar candle lit

     

    and here's the Page 33 Essential Oil Burner that became the trigger that got this project off the ground.

    Page Thirty Three Essential Oil Burner

     

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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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  • An interesting tidbit on the benefit of blogging

    There are some aspects of social media that I get, and some that I don't.  Twitter, for example, I don't get.  I have nothing useful to say in 160 characters.  I don't find much of what anyone else says in 160 characters that useful either.  It's a little too like shouting.  Yet I have a friend who has built a multimillion dollar business from the ground up who tells me that a large part of that success is because of Twitter.  One day I hope to get it.

    Blogging, where I can be verbose and give waaaaaayyyyyyy too much information I get.  I get feedback (which I love).  It's engaging.  I think it lifts the veil a little on Queen B (not that there's too much mystery there).  It's like sharing something with a friend... it makes you feel closer.  I am not interested in "running a business", I was to make a difference to people's lives.  I am not overly interested in flogging candles.  I want to light up your dark times (and the romantic ones and the light ones in between).

    Anyway, on Wednesday I was chatting to Working Bee and telling her about the online world and how it has changed the nature of business.  We'd been tidying shelves and found these beautiful, little tealight cylinder hurricanes that I had bought months ago and I had never put online.  So, we photographed them and we put them up on the website.  We sold six within an hour and another 12 within 24 hours of the product going live.  Mind blowing.  And that was before we even blogged about them.  Or put them in a newsletter.  Or tweeted about it!  And before the whole idea even went viral.  Who would have thunk it?

    Here they are

    Cylinder hurricane tealight holders x 6 (tealights not included)

     

    I think what people like best is that it's only $34.95 for the 6 holders.  And it's spring - so we get to play outdoors again.  Oh, and it's Australian Year of the Farmer and buying Queen B candles supports our farmers... but more on that later.

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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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  • New Queen B Value Packs

    We've launched a lot of new candles in the past few years at Queen B, so I thought it was time to look at our Value Packs and to update them with a few of our new best-sellers (including the Bee Lights and Reversible Beehive candleholder).  We've also made them even better value... and, of course, there's free shipping included.

    $100 Value Pack - includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights, tapers, Bee Lights, votives and a 15cm solid pillar.  That's $109.70 worth of candles for $100 and we'll ship them to you for free (although, of course, it isn't free for us)!

    $100 Beeswax candle Value Pack

    $150 Value Pack - includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights (4 hour and 9 hour), tapers, Bee Lights, a 15cm solid pillar, a squat solid pillar and one of our Australian made solid brass reversible beehive candleholders (fits a bee light one way or turn it upside down and pop in a taper).  That's $174.65 worth of candles for $150 and we'll ship them to you for free!

    $150 Beeswax candle Value Pack

    $200 Value Pack - includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights (4 hour and 9 hour), tapers, Bee Lights, a 15cm solid pillar, a squat solid pillar, a votive, a 15cm narrow rolled pillar in any design (or Casablanca is the default design) and one of our Australian made solid brass reversible beehive candleholders (fits a bee light one way or turn it upside down and pop in a taper).  That's $232.50 worth of candles for $200 and we'll ship them to you for free!

    $200 beeswax candle Value Pack

    $250 Value Pack - includes Queen B pure beeswax tealights (4 hour and 9 hour), tapers, Bee Lights, a 15cm solid pillar, a squat solid pillar, votives in glass + your first set of refills for them, a 10cm narrow rolled pillar in any design (or Marrakech is the default design), a 15cm narrow rolled pillar in any design (or Casablanca is the default design) and one of our Australian made solid brass reversible beehive candleholders (fits a bee light one way or turn it upside down and pop in a taper).  That's $299.30 worth of candles for $250 and we'll ship them to you for free!  That's over 421 hours of pure beeswax candlelight.  Better for you, better for the planet, better for your psyche and given the way electricity prices are going, probably cheaper than putting a lamp on too!

    $250 Beeswax candle Value Pack

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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, tealight 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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  • Queen B by Joost pure beeswax Jam Jar tealights

    Creative, sustainability wunderkind Joost is at it again, most recently with a pop up Greenhouse by Joost for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

    It was a collaboration with Joost several years ago which saw the development of our iconic Eco-Bulb candle.  Now, after several months in development, we are excited to lift the lid on Queen B by Joost jam jar tealights.

    Excitingly for Queen B having worked on wick testing for several months the candles are now in use lighting the pop-up Greenhouse by Joost in Melbourne CBD and the so-grounded-it-practically-still-grows-on-the-plate food of Greenhouse chef, Matt Stone.

    It's one thing to make the candles, but another entirely to see them working their magic (which is why I LOVE getting photographs)!

    Here's one from my camera of the trays of tealight refills for Joost Jam Jar candles...

    Queen B by Joost Jam Jar tealights

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    and here, one from Joost offsider and clever creative Georgina O'Connor

    Queen B by Joost pure beeswax tealights for Greenhouse by Joost at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

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    But here's where it gets really good... you know how I'm always saying that Queen B candles only really come to life when lit? (if you don't, well I do, usually to people who are telling me that they are too beautiful to light!).

    So, check this out

    "Queen B by Joost" beeswax tealights in Jam Jars - image courtesy of Earl Carter & By Joost

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    OK, so that's pretty but a little like a still life, so here it gets even better (got to love the guy drinking wine from his jam jar!)...

    "Queen B by Joost" tealights lighting up Rene Redzepi dinner at Greenhouse by Joost for Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.  Image courtesy of Earl Carter & By Joost

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    "But it's still daylight outside!" I hear you cry!  Well, get this for ambience...

    Surely the most ambient restaurant in the world with 100% pure beeswax candlelight (there is no electric lighting in the dining area).  Image courtesy of Earl Carter & by Joost

    Surely

    We've also done a bespoke pillar for the reception area.  Stark reminder of beeswax candles requiring lighting here...

    Greenhouse by Joost personalised design pure beeswax candle by Queen B.  Image by Queen B!

    Greenhouse

    versus this little beauty...

    Fired up Greenhouse by Joost personalised candle from Queen B.  Image courtesy of Georgina O'Connor.

    Fired

    I rest my case!

    Waddya think?


    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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  • Saving the best for Christmas until last...

    I've been keeping these up my sleeve because they are special...

    Really, really special...

    Made in Australia (actually on Sydney's Northern Beaches), they are solid brass or nickel coated brass.  Each holder is individually made and hand finished to remove the sharp edges.  They are designed to hold our Bee Lights.

    Each tree comes in its own gorgeous, made in Australia, fabulous quality, kraft board packaging.  Fabulous recycled as a paperclip holder, button holder or anything else small.

    We have VERY limited quantities because they were extremely time consuming to make.  They are RRP $39.95 and we have 20% off for the next 24 hours only.

    Christmas Tree Bee Light holders

    Christmas

    Brass Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

    Brass

    Nickel plated Christmas Tree Bee Light holder

    Nickel

     

    You know how sometimes if you stay in the moving watching all the credit's, they put a good bit right at the end?... well, here's the good bit!...

    Here's a little look at the product development cycle of our little Christmas Tree candle holder.  I must say I was a little worried when the first prototype came back!  I think we nailed it in the end though.

    Christmas tree prototype 1... mmmm, no!

    Christmas

    Christmas Prototype 2... cut a little deep

    Christmas

    Christmas Tree Prototype 3... getting there, but too sharp

    Christmas

    Christmas Tree Prototype 4... perfection!

    Christmas

    Christmas Tree Candle holder... product development

    Christmas

    If that's not a fine candle holder, I don't know what is!

    Cate xx

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  • I love the night life...

    ... which is a lucky thing really given that we make beeswax candles.

    Usually I like the flame to be front and centre, as in your face as possible, but very occasionally I find things that are so beautiful when lit up by beeswax candlelight, that it would be a shame not to use them myself, and therefore a shame not to share them.

    You may have realised that I have little crush on porcelain (another beautiful, natural product)... particularly when it is formed into beautiful, candle holding objects.  So, I could resist a couple of new things that came across my workbench.

    I particularly love the babushka (I even have a set of babushka measuring cups and have been working away on a babushka candle)!  Who knows if the candle will make it into the world beyond Queen B product development?  In the meanwhile, you can light up your life with this.

    Porcelain Babushka Tealight candle holder

    Porcelain

    Porcelain Babushka Tealight candle holder close up

    Porcelain

     

    And about the only way I like my cities is like this :-)... twinkling (eco-friendly, carbon neutral) lights at a distance with no pollution or noise.  Heavenly really.

    Skyscraper Tealight candle holders

    Skyscraper

    Choose from the Fullerton...

    Fullerton Tealight candle holder

    Fullerton

    Fullerton Tealight candle holder (lit by Queen B tealight)

    Fullerton

    the Empire State Building...

    Empire State Building tealight candle holder

    Empire

    Empire State Building tealight candle holder (lit by Queen B tealight)

    Empire

    or Wall Street

    Wall Street Tealight candle holder

    Wall

    Wall Street Tealight candle holder (lit by Queen B tealight)

    Wall

    Park Avenue...

    Park Avenue Porcelain Tealight candle holder

    Park

    Park Avenue Porcelain Tealight Holder (lit by Queen B candle)

    Park

    Madison Avenue...

    Porcelain Madison Avenue Tealight candle holder

    Porcelain

    Porcelain Madison Avenue tealight candle holder (lit by Queen B tealight)

    Porcelain

    or Fifth Avenue...

    Fifth Avenue Porcelain tealight candle holder

    Fifth

    Fifth Avenue Porcelain Tealight candle holder (lit by a Queen B tealight)

    Fifth

    Phew... that's quite the haul.  Imagine photographing them with 6 different camera setting each to try to show you just how beautiful they are?!

    You can see our entire range of porcelain candle holders on our website.


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

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