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Burt's Bees: Roxanne Quimby

Burt's Bees: Roxanne Quimby

Update: 2019-02-1843


In the 1970s, Roxanne Quimby was trying to live a simpler life – one that rejected the pursuit of material comforts. She moved to Maine, built a cabin in the woods, and lived off the grid. By the mid-80s, she met a recluse beekeeper named Burt Shavitz and offered to help him tend to his bees. As partners, Roxanne and Burt soon began selling their "Pure Maine Honey" at local markets, which evolved into candles made out of beeswax, and eventually lip balm and skin care products. Today Burt's Bees can be found in nearly every grocery store and drugstore around the U.S. PLUS, in our postscript "How You Built That," Leigh Isaacson explains how her sister's break up inspired them to create a dating app – for dog owners.
Comments (7)

Christy Snow

I remember watching the documentary about Burts Bees on Netflix I believe..and she pretty much screwed the Burt guy over in everything. yes, she had a vision but the truth of the matter was that he really got screwed over.

May 14th

Heather Spaw

Christy Snow I seen the same show and your right she screwed that guy. He was just a happy salt of the earth kind of person content with his bees. I'm sure didnt see her coming because he didnt think along the lines of screwing people over.

Jun 17th

Jenny Kerr

So... You had $3000 and a you also bought a van. You managed to drive all around the country AND then had enough money to buy land AND built a cabin? I checked the inflation rate. It means she probably had about $19,000 by today's standards. Plus cash for a van that could roadtrip. I don't know anywhere you can buy land and built a cabin for $19,000, and that's assuming she didn't spend much on the preceding road trip. 😬 What student has that kind of money? I'm guessing her well educated family had some hand in all of this. Or did the boyfriend pay for it? What I am saying is this... She acts like she was rejecting material things and seeking a simple life, which is great and all... But she isn't recognizing that it took a lot of money, probably not hers.... To do it. Just a hunch.. But I think there is more to this story. When the start of the story has holes like this I tend not to believe the whole American dream business building either... I just wish these people would tell the real truth. I get really annoyed by self made millionaire stories...usually if you dig a little deeper you realize their parents loaned them the startup money...or paid their rent, bought them a car... Etc. There is nothing wrong with that. But I just wish people were willing to share the truth of what they did and how they got where they are...

Apr 4th

Cristina Marcalow

I loved this episode. Roxanne's story is inspiring and challenges many assumptions about women, success, leadership, innovation, and lifestyle. She is authentic, not boring. She's a different kind of leader than we normally meet. Thank you, Guy, for hosting her.

Feb 25th

Steven Lynch

This episode is so boring.

Feb 19th

Rebekah Kohl

This episode proves what a great interviewer Guy is. He had to reply to incredible amounts of "Yeah." "Mm-hmm." and "Yep." Hahaha!!

Feb 18th

Lou Ann Haynie

Rebekah Kohl mmm hmmm, yep. Agree.

Feb 21st
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Burt's Bees: Roxanne Quimby

Burt's Bees: Roxanne Quimby