It was the summer of ’84, and the Maine artist Roxanne Quimby was thumbing a ride home (back when you could still do that sort of thing). Eventually a bright yellow Datsun pickup truck pulled over, and Roxanne instantly recognized Burt Shavitz, a local fella whose beard was almost as well-known as his roadside honey stand. Burt and Roxanne hit it off, and before long, Roxanne was making candles with unused wax from Burt’s beehives. They made $200 at their first craft fair; within a year, they’d make $20,000. Pretty auspicious beginning, all the same.
From those first candles to the iconic beeswax lip balm we all know today, Burt’s Bees has stayed true to a very simple idea: what you put on your body should be made from the best nature has to offer.