Meet the Team is a new series on The Clear Conscience Blog. We’re a tightknit family with a passion for naturals and love for the state of Minnesota! Check back often to get to know our team a little better.
Meet Kate, our Senior Product Development Manager. In a lot of workplaces, Kate would be considered a veteran, having joined us in Winona in 1998. But, when you have a team member on board since the 1960s, Kate’s still a newbie!
Hometown: Originally from Naperville, Ill., but now lives in the bluffs near Winona.
Job description: Overseeing all product development across apothecary, home care and gourmet.
Proud Watkins moments: We’ve been making natural products for so long, preceding the “trend,” and I’m proud to work at this company. A recent moment that stands out is developing the Sugar & Shea Scrub formula — first Coconut and now Grapefruit. It took about a year to get it perfect, and it really is. The blend of sugar and oils is just right and it’s amazing for the skin.
Must-have J.R. Watkins product: Hand & Cuticle Salve —- especially the Lemon! I use it for many purposes, the obvious hand and cuticles, but also on my feet and even on my hair sometimes.
Best thing about living in Winona: The exotic wild life? No really. I’ve got rattlesnakes in my backyard and I see my fair share of bald eagles flying around the neighborhood.