Member Spotlight: Human Nature of Maine

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Welcome to Feature Friday. Today, meet Human Nature of Maine.

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You may know Maine-based Human Nature as Pet Works of Maine. Indeed, nine years ago, the impetus for Human Nature was products for pets. The shampoo, spritzers, paw balm and other dog grooming products were so good, customers were pawing at Pet Works’ door for “human” products. They listened, expanding their line beyond the pooch and becoming Human Nature. You can still find doggie spa products at Human Nature, but you’ll also find a wide range of products for human and home.


A guiding principle of Human Nature is respect for the earth, a mantra they happily pass along to customers. You can see it in everything Human Nature does, from attempting to use as many naturally-derived ingredients as possible to incorporating organic ingredients when possible. The wide selection of products available certainly keeps customers happy. Co-owner Tom Esty says “We love our customers! It is always rewarding to get positive feedback.”


Fans of Human Nature have many reasons to rejoice. You’ll find them at the local New Gloucester farmers market from August through October as well as many fairs and festivals, from Common Ground Country Fair to New Bedford Folk Festival and beyond. Keep up to date on local appearances through the Facebook page. Human Nature may even be expanding into a retail space. “We do not yet have a permanent physical location,” Tom relates, “but we hope to soon!”


Perusing the website, it’s easy to get lost among the soaps, salves, soaks, sprays, and home products. One suggestion: try the the All-Over Wonder body cream. It’s a new addition to the Human Nature line, featuring a carefully selected mix of essential oils. “It is formulated to literally work from head (ie hair) to toe,” explains Tom. “It is the greatest cream we have ever tried, it is just that good.”

Thanks for taking us on a mini-tour, Human Nature. We can’t wait to visit your retail store!

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