Utah Valley is known for its entrepreneurs and creative products. Here are six Utah Valley-made products that we wouldn’t mind having in our closet or on our shelves.
1. Virtual Valentine
BYU students Brayden Adams and Rodney Cox were frustrated that most dating apps allowed outdated or doctored profile photos. To get to know their real dating pool, Brayden and Rodney created Countdown Social, which integrates Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts and also utilizes 6-second, Vine-like videos that only play once. XOXO
2. Think inside the box
UVU graduate Nate Bagley and BYU graduate Steve Boyer package relationships with Unbox Love, which delivers a monthly date to the door for $39. Each box is full of surprises, which is half the fun. The other half is doing the activities and following instructions with a date. Breaking up with Unbox Love isn’t hard — cancel anytime. No guilt. No drama.
3. Delivery or carry out
Singer Kate Perry gave Orem-based Beloved Shirts a shoutout in the October issue of Harper’s Bazaar by saying, “On tour I wear one of two things: either my pizze onesie from Beloved or my Adidas tracksuit with matching slides.” Beloved CEO/Founder Jeremiah Robison brought his all-over print ideas to the market in 2012 and his quirky products quickly became media darlings.
4. Lash out and up
Eyelash extensions are a blinkety-blink beauty trend, and Lehi-based Younique has a solution that doesn’t involve a monthly appointment. After applying traditional mascara, 3D Fiber Lashes add a layer of fibers that give results similar to extensions. Brother-sister duo Melanie Huscroft and Derek Maxfield started Younique in 2012 and now partner with thousands of presenters to sell their makeup line.
5. Soap opera
After researching all-natural products, Roshan Richards started Soaplicity, a green manufacturer of soaps, facial and body scrubs in Pleasant Grove. Roshan’s recipes alleviate allergies and skin problems, but the best selling bar is Euphoria — an anti-aging facial soap that restores skin, retains moisture and decreases wrinkling. Euphoria is formulated with camellia oil, coconut oil, kokum butter, mango seed butter and a blend of essential oils.
6. The Sermon on the Book
LDS Bookstores hint at the 2015 LDS Sunday School curriculum as various New Testament titles hit the shelves. Covenant Communications in American Fork has released “The Essential New Testament Companion,” which is their fourth in a series of scripture guides. The book highlights key concepts and is color-coded to each book in the New Testament.