Burt’s Bees

by Lorna Oakley

The last few weeks of lockdown have been a relaxed affair when it comes to makeup, I’ve been loving the new bare faced scenario (albeit, as you can see from my previous posts, I’m partial to fake tan). However, I received the most beautiful parcel from Burt’s Bees a few days ago and where do I start?!!

All the products were amazing however I’m obsessed with the eyeliner, it does not budge. It doesn’t drag and feels creamy if that makes sense. I also received a soft grey-brown shade, which complimented my green eyes and was perfect for a softer day to day look. The Burt’s Bees eyeshadows were super flattering too, they were browny purple shades ranging from dark to light (sounds weird but, they blended so well and were a lovely change from my standard browns and neutrals). The Mascara is a little different to my usual benefit one, the thick almost waxy consistency meant there’s just one coat needed.

Finally, for just a hint of colour and eight hours of moisture the tinted lip balm was my absolute favourite product. The Botanical Waxes in these softly tinted balms will take your lips to lovely in one pretty swipe. They come in a range of 6 naturally flattering shades.

That’s enough of me though, I loved the story behind Burt’s Bees. I think it’s totally apt right now as we are all looking at a less stressful way of life. Burt Shavitz and Roxanne Quimby created Burt’s Bees in the early 1980s. In their former lives, Burt worked as a photojournalist in Manhattan, and Roxanne was an artist living in San Francisco. Each left behind the harried pace of city life to seek—and eventually find—freedom in the remote, pristine wilderness of Maine.

Burt settled into a new life as the local “bee man” after finding a stray beehive and learning how to eke out a living selling honey. One day, Burt pulled over for a hitchhiking Roxanne in his schoolbus-yellow pickup truck, and the two hit it off. 

Burt was a resourceful guy; he’d been stowing away the surplus beeswax from his honey business, knowing it might eventually come in handy. Burt taught Roxanne about his bees, and she found a book of recipes which they used to turn their waxy bounty into things like candles (in 1984) and lip balm (in 1991—that one turned out to be a keeper).

And so it grew . . . growing to this beautiful range of products that I am am sure you will love as much as I do.

For more details on Burt’s Bees see online.

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