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Our Team

How We Started

b.a.r.e. soaps was built on the idea that something so simple as a bar of soap can effectively help prevent the spread of diseases and illnesses while improving overall health and hygiene. Our goal is to "bring antiseptic resources to everyone."

 

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.

      

    THE TEAM

     

    Jessie | Co-Founder & CEO

    Jessie is the architect behind the b.a.r.e. brand. She managed the design process through creating the company's logo, designing product packaging, and developing the website. Today, she manages the finances, operations, marketing, and directs the vision for b.a.r.e. soaps.


    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 joined the b.a.r.e. soaps team in the summer of 2015, after stumbling upon the brand on Pinterest and becoming a customer herself. Megane helps manage and promote the brand, from helping create new flavors to managing marketing campaigns.

    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.