In 1984 small-time candle maker Roxanne Quimby met scruffy beekeeper, Burt Shavitz, when she picked him up hitchhiking alongside the highway in rural Maine. Soon after their serendipitous meeting the two began selling beeswax candles, honey, spreads and furniture polish. In 1988, Quimby and Shavitz took to the personal care product business and never looked back when they began selling lip balm made from warm beeswax and cloveoil.
Today, Burt’s Bees is owned by the Clorox Company and produces a vast line of natural personal care products. Though no longer an independent endeavor, Burt’s Bees still operates under a business model referred to as “The Greater Good”, which outlines socially responsible company policies.
Every Burt’s Bees product has a “natural bar,” indicating the percentage of natural ingredients contained within. More than 40% of Burt’s Bees products contain 100% natural ingredients like Aloe vera
sunflower seed oil, coconut oil
, sugar cane extract, Orange extract, Lemongrass extract, and Witch Hazel
. The company states that synthetic chemicals are only used in its products when there is no viable natural alternative and the ingredient has proven to have absolutely no negative effects to humans or the environment.
Vegans might flinch at the company’s use of carmine, a coloring agent extracted from beetle shells, and lanolin, a by-product of sheep. And anyone wary of nanotechnology in cosmetics
will want to steer clear of Burt’s Bees new Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 15, which features micronized titanium dioxide
For the most part, Burt’s Bees is one of the best low-cost, nearly all-natural brands out there. Stemming from its commitment to social responsibility and sustainability, Burt’s Bees is actively involved in community initiatives such as sponsoring the Annual Planet Earth Celebration, working with Habitat for Humanity, and funding research for Colony Collapse Disorder, the mysterious disappearance of honeybees. This company cares about the way they make their products, and based on the number of positive TIA reviews, they care about how their products work as well.
Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser
Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream
Very Volumizing Shampoo
Pomegranate and Soy Conditioner
Burt’s Bees Naturally Ageless Line Diminishing Day Lotion
Burt’s Bees Tear Free Bubble Bath
Burt’s Bees Beeswax and Banana Hand Creme
Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
Burt’s Bees Lemon Poppy Seed Facial Cleanser
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Burt’s Bees Royal Jelly Eye Creme
Sun Protecting Lip Balm SPF 8
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