Burt's Bees started in 1984 in Maine, when Roxanne Quimby and Burt Shavitz teamed up selling candles made from the beeswax created as a by-product of Burt's honey business. By 1989 they had made into New York's fashionable Zona boutique and in 1991 they added their lip balm to the range which is to this day Burt's Bees best selling product.
Burt's Bees are committed to the environment with recycled and recyclable packaging and nature-safe manufacturing processes, and they remain committed to land preservation efforts.
Burt's Bees use only natural colours in their products. Some of these include beta-carotene, chlorophyll, titanium dioxide and mica. These natural colours have been proven safe, unlike many artificial colours that have been banned over the years. As far as fragrance components go, Burt's Bees use them only when absolutely necessary, and all of our fragrances are phthalate-free.
Burt's Bees never use nasty artificial preservatives like methyl paraben or diazolidinyl urea, which are potential toxins and endocrine disruptors, meaning they can adversely affect your hormone balance.
There are ingredients that you will never find in any Burt's Bees product. Things like petroleum, which is not a renewable resource and can be toxic. Sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a harsh, aggressive ingredient used in most cleansing products like shampoo. And when was the last time you saw a farmer growing propylene glycol? No products are tested on animals. Some Burt's Bees products contain ingredients derived from animals such as beeswax, royal jelly and milk.