From shoe polish to the mouth piece of a didgeridoo or the ancient version of a tooth filling – beeswax has been used for a myriad of different things over the millenia. In Ancient China it was mixed with gum arabic, gelatin and egg white to make a kind of nail varnish, in Ancient Rome as a skin softener.
But it was the arrival of Burts Bees on the cosmetic market that really threw light on the benefits of beeswax for skincare to a modern audience.
From very humble beginnings in Maine, Burts Bees has grown to a worldwide, multi-award winning toiletry and cosmetics company.
And there is an actual Burt behind Burts Bees – Burt Shavitz. Burt was a beekeeper, tending to 30 hives and selling honey from the back of his pick-up truck. In 1984, fate introduced him to Roxanne Quimby, a single mother who had just been let go from her waitressing job. Roxanne offered to help Burt out with his bees and at the end of her first summer there, they came up with the idea of making candles from the beeswax that Burt had been storing. And then things kind of took off. In 1989, Roxanne found a 19th century book of home made personal care products and this was the beginning of something really big.
Fast forward to 2013 and Burts Bees has gone global – including being available here at Sam McCauleys! Ingrained in the company is an ethos to keep everything as natural as possible – with the average Burts Bees product being 99% natural and over half being 100% natural. The range has also grown to encompass shampoos, conditioners, body washes & moisturizers, a baby care range and a products for expectant mums.
Products include the multi-award winning Tinted Lip Balm which has taken home accolades from O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Self, Ladies Home Journal & Marie Claire.
Burts Bees Kits are a particular favourite in our stores – and are a great way to introduce yourself to the brand. The Head to Toe Kit contains Burts Bees most popular products; including Coconut Foot Cream, Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Lotion, Fabulously Fresh Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash, Hand Salve and the product that kick started the whole thing, the Beeswax Lip Balm.
Burts Bees is available at selected Sam McCauley Chemists nationwide, and you can buy online at www.sammccauley.com