our story

We make lip balms that elevate the everyday. 

While drinking well-made martinis, it occurred to co-founder Kristin Donnelly that mixing cocktails is a lot like blending ingredients to create lip balm. After a year or so of tinkering, she developed a line of organic, all-natural lip balms that her lips liked better than others on the market.

A cookbook author and former Food & Wine magazine editor, Kristin knew that with any kind of alchemy, it was important to start with great ingredients; in the case of the lip balm, she uses organic oils and butters and golden beeswax. In a market flooded with bubblegummy scents, she wanted something more subtle, more grown-up, inspired by everything from cocktails to the seasons. Instead of using flavor oils made in a lab, she uses pure essential oils distilled from botanicals. For sensitive lips, Stewart & Claire offers a Bare balm, with no added scent at all. 

After she settled on her formulas, she needed a name. She and her husband, co-founder Phil Cooper, cycled through lots of ideas, and then one night, over dinner, he said, "What about our middle names?" And thus, Stewart & Claire was born.

They launched their little company in Manhattan in 2011 and soon after moved to Brooklyn. They recently relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they continue to create new products and sneak in the occasional cocktail while raising their small daughter. 

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