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Cate Burton

Cate BurtonCate is a long term devotee of sustainable, chemical free living and to that end, set up Queen B Beeswax Candles over a decade ago.

She is also a self-professed control freak.  And whilst there’s a lot that you can’t control when you live in urban areas, there are many things that you can!  Queen B Beeswax Candles was born from Cate’s desire to relax as hard as she worked, to breathe clean air and to be active in creating the world she wants to live in.

Cate’s personal belief is that one of the reasons for the increase in mental illness is that our brains are over stimulated and overloaded.  How then, when you have a demanding job, how do you protect your psyche?  You relax as hard as you work… and as many of us no longer work 9 – 5 jobs or have 5 hours to unwind in the evening, we need to relax faster.  So, turn down artificial lighting and light up pure beeswax candles, turn off your email, turn on the relaxing music and give your mind a break.

Because a major driver for Cate is to create the world she wants to live in, at Queen B they use only 100% pure Australian beeswax (because that supports Australian beekeepers and the regional communities they live in… and we want vibrant regional communities); they hand-make every candle (to build artisan skills and so that there is consciousness in every candle);  they have their printing done in Australia (with soy ink on 100% recycled Australian card by a family owned, ISO certified environmental printer), and they hand-write a note with ever order.  And, they don’t fragrance their candles (despite the demand) because that would make them toxic to burn.

You can find Cate at, or connect with her on Facebook at or Twitter at


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