Burt Shavitz, co-founder of beauty brand Burt's Bees, passed away on Sunday due to respiratory complications. He is survived by his brother, Karl.
Shavitz was once a beekeeper selling honey from the back of his truck on a roadside in Maine. His life took a turn when he met Roxanne Quimby—a hitchhiking single mother who eventually became his business partner. The two started selling candles from the unused beeswax and eventually expanded into making personal care products. The lip balms, soaps, lotions and a range of bath products gained international appeal turning Burt's Bees into a multi-million company.
Though it was sold to Clorox in 2007 for $925 million, Shavitz remained a paid company advisor and spokesperson. He is the scruffy face you see on his namesake products.