Shade Mountain Naturals expands with new building

LEWISTOWN–When Tamela Hetrick of Shade Mountain Naturals began making skin care products for her family and massage therapy clients, she never imagined what she was doing would become a full-blown business. “We just started in the basement for fun and now we employ ten people,” Hetrick said. “It just keeps growing and growing.”

And grow it has. Shade Mountain Naturals opened a new 2,688 square foot building in September complete with a showroom, production area and a classroom. Shade Mountain Naturals specialize in all natural skin care products from soaps and lotions to bath bombs and essential oils.

Hetrick received the highest certification one can acquire from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as a clinical aromatherapist. “We create all of our products with essential oils, so that training has help me recognize unsafe conditions. Different things you shouldn’t put together or shouldn’t put on your skin,” Hetrick said. “Dilution rates are important. You have to know how much of an essential oil you can put in a product and it still be safe.”

Aside from the safety aspects of the certification, Hetrick is able to create blends for different purposes. Shade Mountain Naturals offers essential oil blends for therapeutic purposes to help with such things as stress relief, muscle tension, acne and the sinus. They even offer a cheerful blend with uplifting qualities.

At Shade Mountain Naturals customers can discuss their condition with Hetrick so they can create a safe, customized blend to fit your needs. “We go through safety factors, which is a huge thing with our company,” Hetrick said. “Whether you are pregnant or nursing or have seizures or have high blood pressure, it’s very important that you don’t take certain essential oils.”

Hetrick said educating customers is very important at Shade Mountain Naturals. Their staff is all hold a certification in the field of aroma therapy.

In their new building, Shade Mountain Naturals now has a classroom where they offer instruction on essential oil use, makeup, essential oil safety for women who are pregnant or nursing and a class on what essential oils are safe to use with infants and children. Shade Mountain also has what they call a Make & Take where people come in and can make their own product such as bug sprays, body spray, lip glosses and bubble art. Customers can come in and do a Make & Take any time during the week. Each week Shade Mountain has a different project which customers can make. Cost of the Make & Take varies depending on the type of product that is being made. For information on the weekly Make & Take you can call Shade Mountain Naturals or visit their Facebook page.

With the new building Shade Mountain Naturals has not only doubled their retail area but opened up the production area so shoppers can see the products being made as they shop. “We usually have at least two, sometimes three, employees back here making products during business hours.” Hetrick said.

Shade Mountain Naturals is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on products and classes call (717) 248-8847 or visit them at shade-mountain.com or on Facebook.

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