The story of Burt’s Bees’ creation is as small-timey as it gets. Burt Shavitz lived in (no joke) a refurbished 8′ x 8′ turkey coop in northern Maine, where he made a living keeping bees and selling their honey off the back of his pickup truck at flea markets. In the ’80s, his friend Roxanne Quimby began using the excess beeswax to make candles, a business venture that later expanded to personal products including moisturizers, shampoos, perfumes, and, most prominently, lip balm. Burt’s Bees now sells roughly 200 all-natural products, ranging from herbal insect repellant to throat drops with honey and pomegranate. The company is no longer based in Maine—it is now headquartered in North Carolina—and its corporate parent may seem surprising: The Clorox Company purchased Burt’s Bees in 2007.
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