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Welcome to the latest installment of Green Monday at we heart this! After a year and a half of reviews, we are thrilled to be talking about a company close to our natural beauty loving hearts. If you ever tried to add some green into your routine, shopped for beauty on a budget, or purchased a lip balm at the register, you’ll be very familiar with drugstore fave Burt’s Bees.
It all started over 26 years ago north of Bangor, Maine. Burt Shavitz knew the wisdom of a simple life, with his 8’ by 8’ turkey coop, cabin dwelling, flock of chickens, and 30 beehives. Roxanne Quimby came along and in an attempt to get to know Burt better, offered to help him with his bees. He had been saving the left over beeswax from the hives for one of those projects you just never quite get around to, and he and Roxanne decided to just make some candles with it. Well, people took notice of these high quality candles and they immediately started selling like hotcakes at local fairs. Eventually, Roxanne happened upon a 19th century book of homemade personal care recipes. That was the start of the business that we know today. (See? Behind every great man is a great woman!) This batch of products, soaps and perfumes made on a gas stove, gave her the idea for their famous lip balm – still their best seller.
And deservedly so. Any lip balm addict worth her salt, has one or two (or a dozen) of Burt’s Bees Lip Balms stashed around their home/office/car/pockets/bags. This little tube of balm perfection has it all – a smooth, creamy texture, a soothing formula that both heals chapped lips and protects against future damage, 100% natural ingredients, a just right minty taste and smell, a hint of a tingle upon application – all for just 3 bucks a pop! Forget the tired old myth about that pink and green tube of mascara – Burt’s Bees Lip Balm is the one bargain beauty product that everyone owns, professional makeup artists and beauty insiders included.
The question is; how do the rest of their products stack up to this all natural, mythical balm?
Today, Burt’s Bees makes over 150 products that are sold all over the world. yet, they have never let go of their basic business model of “The Greater Good.” To reflect this philosophy the company uses all natural ingredients, engages in environmentally friendly business practices, and helps the community at large.
Did you no there is no Governmental Standard for labeling a beauty product “natural”? Burt’s teamed up with the Natural Products Association to help develop The Natural Standard for Personal Care Products. They have created a system, which dictates which ingredients, and ultimately products can be considered natural. (Products must have 95% all truly natural ingredients to be deemed Natural). You will know a product meets this standard by seeing the label at right on products starting later this year.
Plus, check out my favorite part of their website: the extensive ingredients glossary, where you can find out in everyday language what the ingredients in any product really are and what purpose they serve. The amount of information and education on their site rivals some of my college ecology textbooks! How’s that for a company’s trustworthiness?!
Ready to start talking beauty? Our review team will be in the comments leaving their reviews on Burt’s Bees items, including the Exfoliating Body Bar (jojoba beads and fruit acid work together to scrub and soothe skin) from their popular Radiance line, and two conditioners from their expanding Natural Hair care collection, the More Moisture Raspberry & Brazil Nut Conditioner for dry hair, (using a combo of natual oils – Coconut, Brazil Nut and Marula, plus honey and sugar for an intensive moisture treatment) plus the Very Volumizing Pomegranate and Soy Conditioner especially for fine hair (it uses pomegranate as a natural, light cleanser and soy amino acids help to lift and separate hair, adding volume). We’ll also take a look at what Tyna’s been calling “Burt’s lip balm in a tub”, the super healing Farmer’s friend Hand Salve loaded with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax.
we heartsters – I know we have some Burt’s Bees fanatics out there. What are your must have BB products?
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