Like so many great American business stories, ours started small.
In the early 1990s, Andrea Danielson began brewing small batches of natural lip balm in her kitchen for her friends and family. She took great care in handcrafting the balm and packaging it in small amber glass jars to preserve the freshness of the pure ingredients. Andrea didn’t realize that by giving a sample of her natural lip creation to Steve Shriver her life would be changed forever.
Steve had larger-than-life lips, and was always searching for a better balm. When Steve met Andrea in 1995, he immediately fell in love with the lip balm, and moments later he also fell in love with Andrea. They were married in 1997 and Steve, a lifetime entrepreneur, quickly spent Andrea’s life savings on ingredients and packaging for the couple’s first product, Hemp Lip Buzz.
By 2003, Steve and Andrea built a specialized private label natural body care company focused on making high quality products for many other successful brands. Their company rapidly became a leading natural body care manufacturer in the Natural Products industry.
Their top sales rep, Jim King, also had a love for lip balm, and had a vision for creating a lip balm brand like no other. Together, the team pivoted from making products for other companies to making their own. Eco Lips had arrived.
We’re a fusion of cyclists, climbers, disc throwers, disc spinners, glass blowers, clay throwers, music makers, bee keepers, boat floaters, yogis & yoginis, photo takers, foodie bakers, some daddies & mommies, who occasionally hug trees, eat dirt, splash air, get air, play notes, mountain pose, beat skin, touch fins, find peace within…this family, this tribe, this friendship exists because of our love for lips.
Our success as a company helps support these organizations and initiatives to foster a connection with nature, self and each other.
Connect CR brings together two major projects in Cedar Rapids -- the revitalization of Cedar Lake and the creation of an iconic pedestrian/trail bridge south of downtown, which will span the Cedar River at the site of an old railroad bridge that was wiped out in the historic flood of 2008.
The Nature Center's beekeeping program benefits the local pollinator population and harvest honey, but also to provides a hands-on learning opportunity for those interested in beekeeping at the hobby level. Our sponsorship supports the rebuilding of the apiary, which includes materials, maintenance, and operations.