Burt Shavitz, Co-founder Of Burt’s Bees, Dies At 80

Burt Shavitz, Co-founder Of Burt’s Bees, Dies At 80
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The iconic face behind the body product company Burt’s Bees, Burt Shavitz, has died Sunday at age 80.


According to the company website, Shavitz is remembered “as a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land.”

Burt passed away due to respiratory complications. In an email to the Associated Press, Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, said, “Burt was an enigma; my mentor and my muse. I am deeply saddened.”

Quimby was an art school graduate who met Shavitz in the mid-80’s. She first used beeswax to make candles. Burt’s Bees earned $20,000 in its first year. In 2007, the company sold to Clorox for an amount of $1 billion.

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Their partnership ended when Quimby decided to move the company to North Carolina in the year 1994, while Shavitz moved back in Maine.

Burt’s Bees is still one of the most recognizable natural care brands in the United States.