How We Started
During several mission trips that included Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Uganda, Clare witnessed the desperate need for basic health necessities. Without a medical or public health degree, Clare felt defeated in her ability to pursue her passion and heart for international and global health. The idea behind b.a.r.e. soaps didn't arise until August 2012. While on a nine hour drive, Clare brainstormed an idea to make her own soap and use proceeds to donate/invest in developing communities that lacked basic sanitation.
Excited, Clare came back to the US to pitch Jessie her idea. Jessie hopped on board immediately. Upon further research, the pair realized that there was a problem at home. The "soap" we typically buy from our local grocer or drugstore isn't really soap. In actuality, it's made with synthetic and artificial compounds. And thus, a two-fold vision was born -
1. to educate and provide an all-natural product for those at home and
2. to create a sustainable sanitation program for the children in Kaberamaido, Uganda.
Jessie | Co-Founder & CEO
In her spare time, Jessie is the voice behind savory-bites, a food and traveling blog. She loves beach volleyball and is often seen with either a Canon around her neck or a Kindle in her bag. Jessie graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University with a BS degree in Economics and Finance.
Megane | Brand Marketing Intern
Megane is a student at the University of Maryland majoring in Marketing and Supply Chain. When she’s not shuffling between classes she indulges in photography, baking up a storm, knitting projects, and a glass of wine.
Clare | Co-Founder & Non-Profit Advisor
Clare is the visionary behind b.a.r.e. soaps's socially conscious business model. Her involvement has ranged from creating soap flavors to managing b.a.r.e.'s partnership with Children's Hopechest of Kaberamaido, Uganda. Today, Clare advises b.a.r.e. soaps on its non-profit vision.
Clare enjoys long-distance runs, random acts of kindness, and digging into God’s word. She is currently pursuing her MBA. Clare graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA degree in Biological Basis of Behavior.