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Burt’s Bees | The Greater Good

Burt’s Bees is an American personal care company that promotes natural care and environmentally-friendly practices. Burt’s Bees specializes in health, beauty and personal hygiene. This planet-loving brand offers over 100 products for face and body, skin care, lip care, hair care, baby care, men’s grooming, and outdoor remedies.

Burt’s Bees is currently owned by Clorox, but the personal care company actually originated in Maine, New England in 1984.

Roxanne Quimby didn’t have much luck at finding a job in Bangor, Maine. After been let go from a waitressing job, she began volunteering at Burt Shavitz’s bee farm. That’s where she discovered a large store of beeswax in one of Burt’s honey sheds.

On a whim, Roxanne began making beeswax candles out of Burt’s beeswax store, and sold them for three dollars a pair at a local Christmas Fair. Noticing the positive buzz that was created by the beeswax candles, Roxanne started renting a one room schoolhouse for $150 a year. She now had a space to make a variety of honey products, including Burt's Bees first first beeswax lip balm that was created in 1991. 

To increase production, Roxanne bought out Burt’s share in the company and moved to North Carolina, USA in 1993. There, Burt’s Bees began exclusively producing personal care products.

Burt’s Bees is involved in many social and environmental projects, and donates some of its earnings to organizations and projects that "help make the world a better place."

What about the bee? Bee protection is part of this company’s agenda. Burt’s Bees’ main website says this:

"Bees are magical fuzzy little flower-hopping life-bringers."

Products

Burt’s Bees products are formulated with natural ingredients—botanical extracts, vitamins, minerals and other nourishing ingredients. Burt’s Bees is committed to being natural, transparent, ethical, and safe!

After all these years, Burt’s Bees' most popular product is still their Beeswax Lip Balm Tin that soothes and refreshes lips and is loaded with coconut and sunflower oils, vitamins, essential fatty acids and peppermint oil.

Other popular Burt’s Bees products include the following:

  • Radiance Night/Day Cream with Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is becoming well-known as one of nature’s finest health substances. This amazing jelly is a worker honey bee secretion that nourishes bee larvae, as well as the adult queen bee. What makes it so special? It’s a rich source of amino acids, lipids, sugars, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, proteins and acetylcholine.

  • Super Shiny Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Very Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Rosewater & Glycerin Skin Toner
  • Sensitive Eye Cream
  • Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash
  • Coconut Foot Cream
  • Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub
  • Baby Bee Original Nourishing Lotion
  • Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment
  • Almond & Milk Hand Cream