The success story began when Burt Shavitz, a former photo journalist, left New York in search of nature in the early eighties. He turned beekeeper, selling honey on local markets. 1984 he teams up with Roxanne, who makes hand-crafted candles from the left-over beeswax. They start to add natural, home-made soaps, salves and a lip balm, which became the company´s signature product. Today Burt´s Bees is the No. 1 natural personal care company in the USA. Finally, these products are now also availabe in Germany.