Mountain Body celebrates its 10th Anniversary
Mountain Body Herbal Spa & Body Products owner and founder Nylene O’Neal soaks up the panoramic view of her bustling natural body care market on Main Street. Customers typically like to stop and smell the fresh soaps, scrubs and shampoos, some made with ingredients that are likely good enough to eat. This is the kind of shopping, it seems, O’Neal encourages: colorful soap bars in 40 flavors are displayed unwrapped, and natural concoctions are kept exposed in bowls on ice for scooping like a salad bar, with each mask and scrub identified on a deli-style chalkboard. One year, Salt Lake Magazine put Mountain Body on a ‘best’ list for "Best Free Hand Treatment," a three-step service every customer is welcome to enjoy when they walk in: a honey-salt scrub, followed by a rinse and moisturizer.
"It’s about luck and quality, quality products," she says, referring to the success of her company over the years. "I would have never, ever have dreamed I would be here 11 years ago selling products to giant spas, but I really couldn’t have asked for anything better."
It has been a decade since O’Neal, born and raised in Park City, began to offer tasty delights for skin on Main Street. The international exposure of the Olympics and the draw of events like film and music festivals, has logged thousands on her mail-order list, she says, and she now stocks large spas from Las Vegas to Europe.
It all started with a honey-salt scrub, she recalls, and the then unique concept of offering a spa destination rather than an outcall service.
"Park City now has 14 day spas, but I was the first," she says. "It’s hard to believe now, but when I started, there was no place where you could go to get spa treatments."
After living in Aspen, Colo., O’Neal returned to her hometown in 1996 once she learned that the Olympics would be coming in 2002, she saw a niche for spa services. It was a risk, she admits, but her family was behind her, and she opened up her store on Main Street.
"This is really a family business," she says. "We started this together."
And it is also a Utah company. The original salt-honey glow and nearly all the Mountain Body line, are comprised of ingredients culled from Utah’s resources, like salt from the Great Salt Lake. All Mountain Body products are developed, tested and packaged in Utah.
"I thought, well, I try to eat natural and organic, and if I were to use synthetic products on my hair and on my skin, that might be a little ironic," she explains. "So not only do we make all of our products locally, we use natural, local resources." Natural ingredients mean that her inventory is perishable, she says. Unlike preservative-filled cleansers and creams, Mountain Body products last an average of six months. "We use live, active ingredients, free from impurities — the kind that make your skin glow," O’Neal explains. In addition to its own goods and services, Mountain Body has grown to include a Hungarian organic face line, Eminence, featuring a whipped moisturizer and Naseberry Treatment (made from a Hungarian berry,) and Color Science, a mineral makeup line. "I’ve stuck with the natural theme. Our products are free of perfumes and made with essential oils, fruits and herbs," she explains. "There’s no question that natural ingredients are absolutely better for you than products that contain manufactured fillers." On a chameleon-like street like Main, O’Neal and her family has flourished amidst the chaos of Park City’s growth, and the ingredients to her success, it seems, are as simple and natural as her home-grown products. "It is quite an achievement to have been on Main Street for 10 years," she admits. "I’ve seen businesses come and go, I’ve made it through the Olympics and several Sundances Part of it’s luck, but part of it’s also about surrounding yourself with beautiful, smart people. I was really blessed with a supportive group of friends and family." Mountain Body Cosmetic Deli & Spa is located at 608 Main Street, open daily at 10 a.m. For more information on treatments and products, call 655-9342 or log onto http://www.mountainbody.com.
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