Courtesy of Nature Nate
By Kelly Moffitt
Vegan soap maker Nate Hogan’s most popular variety of soap mirrors his laid-back take on life. Named The Dude after the chilled-out hero in his favorite movie, The Big Lebowski, this black walnut soap is infused with activated charcoal, lemongrass, tea tree, and frankincense. Nate originally made it to ,bring men over to the organic side of things, he says.
It’s a best-seller, but ironically, women like the relaxing smell more than Nate’s male customers. His other best-sellers—such as Grateful Rose, Gyspy Soul, and Premium Tea Tree—aren’t far behind in popularity.
All of Hogan’s soaps, which he currently sells exclusively at the Wentzville Flea Market and on Etsy, are 100 percent organic and vegan made with plant matter, therapeutic oils, and lye.
“If you see something you can’t pronounce in a soap, don’t pick it up,” Nates says of the typical soaps you see on the drug store shelf. “The words ‘all natural’ are on everything these days, and it’s sad. I think it’s my job to remind people of what’s actually real.”
Nate’s soap bars sell for $5.50 a piece, and he also sells vegan candles and sugar scrubs. Shop for his soap online at etsy.com/shop/NaturalNates.