b.a.r.e. soaps was a simple idea born out of an observation in 2012. When co-founder Clare traveled around the world on mission trips, she noticed that many Westerners were helping provide fresh water to rural villages by helping dig wells. However, there was never a follow up of sanitation. So what if instead of fundraising, we were able to sell a really amazing bar of soap to fund sanitation supplies in these rural areas?
Our soaps are all natural and free from preservatives, synthetics, or parabens, preservatives. Basically, you won't find any of the yucky stuff that you would see in a "normal bar" of soap. Speaking of which, did you know that the typical "bar of soap" that you see in the common grocery or drug store aisle is actually not soap but a detergent? You can learn more about that here.
We have both a handmade line of soaps and triple milled soaps. All are made with Rain Forest Alliance certified palm oil and coconut oil which help naturally nourish the skin. Other natural ingredients are added to give color, scent, and exfoliation
"I was lucky enough to hear about B.A.R.E. Soap on Jen Hatmaker's podcast, have already placed a second order, and will definitely be a repeat customer in the future. I've been crocheting soft cotton wash cloths and face cloths, and combining them with these soaps has been my go-to gift for all kinds of occasions this spring/summer."- Alma ★★★★★
"Such a great set! Scents and packaging were both absolutely perfect. And the colors...beautiful! These made perfect gifts...simple, meaningful and unique." - Reigen ★★★★★
"These are fantastic presents! They smell great and the packaging is awesome, plus you get the double win of supporting a great cause. They were a huge hit." - Anonymous ★★★★★
"I've tried almost every bar that bare-soaps has made but these are truly out of this world. The lather from this bar is so creamy it almost feels like a lotion. The smell is incredible as always and I think that these would be my new go-to for body bar. You can tell by just washing your hands with these bars doesn't leave your hands feeling parched afterwards. A must have if you have dry sensitive skin." - Sam ★★★★★
At b.a.r.e. soaps, we have three pillars that ground every decision we make. These values are reflected in our products, services, and vision
Our promise is that each bar is made without preservatives, synthetics, or parabens. Our soaps are formulated with a blend of premium oils to naturally nourish your skin. We use high quality oils that produce a silky lather to help hydrate your skin. We use only essential oils, not fragrances to scent our bars. To learn more, visit Our Ingredients page.
Because b.a.r.e. soaps is a part-time initiative, all proceeds are either reinvested into our non-profit initiatives or back into the business. That means none of us at b.a.r.e. soaps need to take a salary. Currently, 20% of proceeds from each purchase is invested in our socially conscious vision from employing women with fair wages in India to recycle used hotel soaps to immediate needs for children in Uganda.
We are committed to sourcing our oils in an ethnical and sustainable fashion. Our palm oil is Rainforest Alliance certified, which means it is not only sustainably sourced, but it enables farmers to improve their livelihoods while protecting the ecosystem. To earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal, farms are audited annually against the SAN standard for the crop’s production. The standard’s rigorous and detailed environmental, social and economic criteria are designed to prevent deforestation, protect biodiversity and natural resources, deliver financial benefits to farmers, and support the well-being and rights of workers and local communities.
We give on a "needs" basis, having learned that a "buy one give one model" doesn't work
When we first started, we focused on a single rural village in Uganda. Then we visited it.
We found out that soap actually exists in many of these rural places but is financially out of reach because there are other priorities (ie food, education, etc).
Furthermore, giving away soap can be detrimental to a local economy especially where soap already exists. The impact extends beyond the companies that provide soaps but the small merchants who stock it in their shops.
Instead of using proceeds to simply "give away" essentials, we can have a much broader impact by investing it on a "needs basis", which means we are in constant contact with our partners to assess what is needed at any given time.
In Uganda, our proceeds have provided for vitamins, custom & durable leather shoes for each of the 150 children, conducted hygiene workshops, provided funds for toothbrushes/toothpaste to be bought locally, and even helped fund solar at a newly built resource center for the children.
We partner with Sundara Fund to employ local women (hygiene embassadors) in India to collect used hotel soap, recycle it into new soap, and distribute it to those who need it in a nearby slum.
Every purchase funds: