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  • They say that "good things come in small packages"

    ... and so it is that today we're launching 2 new products in our ever extending range of pure Australian beeswax tealight candles - 4-5hr tealights (clear cups) - pack of 5 and 8-9hr tealights (clear cups) - pack of 5.

    We're also excited to finally (after a year of packaging disasters!) have our box of 8 Jam Jar Tealights with 8 jars back on the shelves in brand, spanking new Queen B packaging! (that's probably not that exciting for you but if you knew what we'd been through to get here you'd be very excited too)!

    To celebrate their launch we've got all 3 products at 10% off until 11.59pm tomorrow night (3rd November 2014).

    100% pure beeswax tealight candles in clear cups - a great sustainable gift idea 4-5hr Tealights in clear cups - Box of 5
    pure beeswax tlite candles in clear cups 8-9hr Tealights in clear cups - Box of 5
    Pure beeswax tlite candles in glass jam jars Jam Jar Tealight Pack - 8 Jars + 8 candles

     

    With our new 5 packs of tealights in clear cups and our extensive range of gorgeous candleholders (many of which retail for $15 and under) you'll have most of your Christmas gifts sorted for under $40.

    With our pack of 8 Jam Jar tealights (all with jars) the table decorations and ambience for your next dinner party is all taken care of.  If you've got a larger event or wedding planned or a larger space to light, remember we now have longer burning Jam Jar tealights available (with 6+ hrs of burning) in a bulk pack of 60 candles.

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  • Less Toxic Living

    A few months ago I was contacted by Kirsten McCulloch of Sustainable Suburbia fame to see if I would be willing to contribute to a book she was writing about reducing and eliminating the toxins we take in.  That was a complete no brainer.  I said yes!

    Well, Kirsten's dream has come true and Less Toxic Living: How to Reduce Your Everyday Exposure to Toxic Chemicals – An Introduction For Families goes on sale today.  In an extraordinary act of generosity, the eBook is completely free.  Printed copies are also for sale at US$12.99.  There is bonus content available for anyone who buys the book or downloads the free version prior to Tuesday, 3rd December 2013.  Please use the code QUEENB for the special bonuses.  Yes, free and bonuses.  Who's your mamma?!

    Less Toxic Living, Sustainable Suburbia, eliminate chemicals Yep... co-author! Going to have tickets on myself soon!

    As I planned this blog post, I asked Kirsten with two questions.  Following are her responses:

    1. We all lead busy lives, if you had to prioritise 10 things that someone can do for maximum impact to reduce everyday exposure to toxic chemicals, what would they be?

    1. Avoid the most pesticide laden food.

    Get to know the "dirty dozen" and "clean fifteen" and the Australian version released by the Friends of the Earth last year (though it's not based on as much research as the US version, but useful as a guide). For the worst offenders, grow your own or buy organic.

    2. Remember that your skin is your largest organ and think about what you are putting on it.

    Anything you wear daily, or that you use over a large area (like body lotion or sunscreen) those are your first cosmetics to consider. There are lots of safer brands (check out www.safecosmeticsaustralia.com.au for some options), or if you really want to know what you are putting on your skin, you can make your own. If you want to try that, the book contains a few easy products to start you off.

    3. Open the window

    Unless you live in a really polluted area, open your doors and windows. For more Australians, the build-up of toxic chemicals in your house, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde, is much higher than that outdoors. You can also grow houseplants to help reduce VOCS.

    4. Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter.

    Again, the typical build-up of toxic chemicals in the dust, including brominated fire retardants from your mattress, couch and carpet, is fairly scary.

    5. Take off your shoes

    Along those same lines, take of your outdoor shoes when you enter your home. You'll be amazed how much less dust comes in.

    6. Switch to non-toxic cleaning products.

    Start with one: whichever cleaning product you use the most, switch it out for something non-toxic. An all-purpose spray cleaner is really easy to make, for instance. Almost everything in the house can be cleaned with baking soda, washing soda, vinegar and soap, and again there are some easy recipes in the book to start you off.

    But again, if you don't want to make your own, there are some commercial brands that are quite good. I would choose one product and find out what the typical nasties in that one are (I cover this for a selection of products in the book, but The Chemical Maze is great for this - it even has an app now, which I have on my phone), then check your chosen "safe" brand and make sure those ingredients aren't in it.

    7. Stop eating processed “foods”

    Look, I am not a purist and I don’t pretend to do everything “right” even close to all the time. The occasional processed food isn’t going to kill you. But make it occasional, not part of your daily diet. If you eat a lot of processed food right now, then choose one meal a day to cut it out.

    8. Choose plastics with the recycling symbols #4 & #5.

    Avoid phthalates and BPA leaching into your food and skin by avoiding those plastics. There is more detail about this in the book. Some other plastics can be okay, but those are the safest.

    9. Get rid of synthetic fragrances.

    That means in cleaning products, air fresheners, candles and cosmetics. Fragrances are considered “proprietary knowledge” and therefore the individual chemical components don’t need to be listed. But there are thousands of chemicals that can be included, and when the US National Institute of
    Occupational Health and Safety evaluated 2983 fragrance chemicals they found that 884 were toxic.

    10. Switch out your candles!

    Of course, if you use a lot of candles, you must stop using paraffin-based, scented or coloured candles now! Go with 100% pure beeswax for a healthier glow!

    I'm not sure why candle come in 10th given every home has them and most people use them, but that's beside the point (and I may be just a smidgen biased in thinking that this is a BIG issue and we need to be having the conversation loud and fast given the explosion in toxic, scented, paraffin and soy sludge candles that are being sold).

    and, the next most obvious question:

    2. What is your background and what inspired you to write this book?

    I’ve been on a journey to reduce the toxins in my life, and my family’s, for a while now. Part of how that started was when I was trying to get pregnant and had been told I might miscarry a few times. I figured whatever I could do to decrease that risk would be good, and I started to really focus on what I was putting in my body.

    Then having kids of course you start to think about more than just what you are putting in your body. What are they being exposed to through their toys, the water, the air they’re breathing?

    Added to that, a little over 12 months ago, my cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer.  I suddenly had another motivation to take this journey a step further. She’s three week’s younger than me, and we’d both recently turned forty, and joked about how it’s all downhill from here. When my sister, and then step-father, were both diagnosed with bowel cancer a matter of months later, it was time to take action.

    Did you know that 75% of the chemicals in everyday use in Australia have never been tested for human or environmental toxicity? Well, of course you do if you have read my book! And it’s just astounding to realise how many of the products on our supermarket shelves contain known and suspected carcinogens. They may be in small doses, but when they are all added together, and combined with other chemicals, how small is the dose then? And how do those chemicals interact in our bodies? The answer is, we just don’t know.

    I was prompted to write this book partly by how overwhelming I found it when I started doing some solid research. I wanted to provide a way for people to start making changes without needing to feel overwhelmed. That’s why I called it Less Toxic Living, not non-toxic. There’s no such thing as non-toxic living in Australia today. But there are plenty of ways to reduce our exposure to nasty chemicals, and some of them are quite simple.

    And at the same time, there’s a mass of information out there, in in-depth books, blogs and magazines. So I wanted to bring some of that together to give people some easy ways to change their lives, and some resources for where to go if they want to get more in-depth."

     

    I hope you  find the book interesting reading... certainly food for thought.

    Cheers

    Cate xx

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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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