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Burt's Bees

August 18, 2009 Reviewed by admin 7 Comments
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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Truth

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.

Featured Products

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

Burt’s Bees Natural Blemish Stick

Burt’s Bees Royal Jelly Eye Creme

Sun Protecting Lip Balm SPF 8


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  • February 22, 2016

    by Jenna

    Burt's Bees is a fantastic company. Any of you that feel negatively about them because Clorox purchased them are strongly misled. Burt's Bees has only gotten MORE natural since Clorox purchased them in 2007. In fact, they've had a positive impact on Clorox! Helping them become a more eco-friendly company and more socially responsible. Fact check people.

    Their ingredients are natural, not organic, or their prices would be through the roof. Also, they are a animal friendly company, meaning they don't test on animals and they extract the carmine after the bugs have either died or have shed the shells; but they are not vegan friendly. I'm sorry, but not every company can please everyone. I think it's great that they clearly label their products ingredients and natural percentage, and stay true to their original beginnings.

    Go Burt's!

  • April 27, 2014

    by Karma

    The truth is, this article is an advertisement for a revised line of Bert's Bees products. Clorox also makes Liquid Plumr, Formula 409, Tilex, and SOS Cleaning products. Bert's Bees original ingredients are either absent or mixed with various chemicals. Dont be misled. Read the labels and understand what this product now contains.

  • November 8, 2011

    by Asya

    I use their tinted lipbalm and I am sooo delighted with it! I have never used a so called natural lip care product on a stick that did not cake and ultimately dry my lips. This one is a gorgeous hue of natural colour that spreads like melted butter and leaves the lips hydrated for hours. Very happy with it!

  • April 23, 2011

    by Marta

    Allergic reaction to lanolin was established in the 1920s and has been well documented since: The culprit is the "wool alcohol" in the lanolin. Cosmetic grade lanolin may have the wool alcohol completely removed, but there is no way of knowing and people with sensitive skin should be cautious of products containing lanolin.

  • April 23, 2011

    by Susan

    I do not understand why anyone would wish to steer clear of lanolin. It is separated from the sheared wool of sheep. The sheep are alive and well after the process.

  • April 22, 2011

    by Timothy

    I use to LOVE that this company was based on 'Natural' beauty products.. Just a few years ago I'd see them in magazines with a picture that displayed their product next to another product and compared the differences (emphasizing that better ingredients in theirs, while showing the bad in the other)... Theirs always seemed the healthier alternative...

    I definitely used their original lip balm that featured peppermint etc etc.. Next I tried their pomegranate one, which left a strange taste in my mouth... Later found that it DID have the crushed beetle shells... Which completely turned me off from the lip balm (aside from the taste...)

    NOW they have their new line with the "24 hour" moisturizing label... Well! You would think that they have come up with some amazing products that are safe AND natural... Well.. Shame on them!!

    Their new products contain dangerous ingredients (like phenoxyethanol ) among other natural, but, not so safe ingredients....

    I do not use their products any more.

    It's a shame, but I feel more and more companies are becoming dangerous and greedy and moving away from being true and safe to being just another company wanting to be "in the circle"....

  • December 1, 2009

    by Michelle

    If Burt's Bees is so concerned about producing a purer product, why are they now using synthetic fragrances, which can contain some of the most toxic compounds, in their products. Also, when you peel away all the feel-good rhetoric about Burt's Bees, the bottom line remains: they are now owned by Clorox, a company that produces one of the most toxic products on the consumer market, chlorine bleach! Disgusting!

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