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Yes, that fun looking product branded as being made by an old beekeeper from Maine is now owned by a multi-billion dollar chemical company. Burt Shavitz was a true naturist. Born in New York City, he eventually decided to move to Upstate New York where he became a beekeeper. Much like our story, vastly preferring the tranquility of the mountains to city life. As big fans of Burt's life story, we are very happy with the fact that the bees who provide us with our Catskills Gold Lip Balm beeswax are direct descendants of the same honey bees Burt became a beekeeper with.
Yes, Clorox, a company that makes bleach and other dangerous chemicals bought Burt's Bees in 2007 for an astounding $925M. Burt was even bought out of any ownership in his company in 1999 in exchange for a house valued at only $130,000! To him, a home in nature surrounded by bees and other wildlife was invaluable. We at Lifenotlabs.com share his love of nature, and are a small independent business dedicated to presenting people with the highest quality natural products available. The ingredients in our lip balm are simply beeswax, shea butter and vitamin E. Additionally, the product is almost entirely made by woman; from the beekeepers who provide wax and farmers providing harvested shea butter to the actual female bees bringing product back to the hive.