Burt’s Bees was founded in 1984 in Maine by two business persons, Burt Shavitz and Roxanne Quimby. Originally, the company began as a candle making shop, using the wax from Burt’s bee farm and Quimby, who made the candles and maintained the store. By the end of the first year, the company already cleared $200,000.
Today, Burt’s Bees largest earth-friendly personal care product makers in the US. The company was acquired by Clorox in 2007 for $925 million. Burt’s Bees products are sold in more than 30,000 retail locations, as well as their eCommerce site, and in more than 7 countries. The product line is vast, with more than 197 different products for lips, hair, skin, and hand balm. All products have a natural base and are made with a minimum of processing.
The company had annual revenue in 2006 of $250 million and has 420 full time employees.