Thursday, March 10, 2016

Why we support the National MS Society

Not many people know that I have MS. Yes it's true! In 2003, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As a matter of fact, in 1998 I had what is called and exacerbation. I developed Optic Neuritis in my right eye. "At the disease onset, individuals with MS might experience a variety of symptoms, including numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, and balance problems, but visual symptoms are the presenting symptom up to 50% of the time. Over the course of the disease, virtually 100% of those with MS will have some visual problem, including visual loss and/or various distortions of vision. As with other neurological symptoms in MS, these visual problems can come and go, fluctuate in severity, or be permanent."

Over the course of the weekend I gradually "went blind" in my right eye. That Monday I went to the Scheie Eye Institute at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The opti neurologist suggested that I might have MS. After my appointment with the opti neurologist, I was sent home with steroids (forgive me I can't remember the name) that I took intravenously for about 3-5 days and referred to a neurologist.

My appointment with the neurologist consisted of checking my reflexes, coordination, gait and balance. All of which was great and still is 13 years later, after my official diagnosis. However, at this time I was not sent for any other testing such as an MRI, etc. So I did not know if I actually had MS or not or if there were any lesions on my spine.

Fast forward 5 years from my initial exacerbation and I have another one. This time, once again, it involved my right side and again it took the course of a weekend for me to recognize it. It started with my lip, then my tongue, then finally the whole right side of my face. (Keep in mind, I still had MS in the back of my mind.) This time I went straight to the Department of Neurology | University of Pennsylvania Health System. At this time I knew I had MS and the MRI testing proved it!

Like most people I was an emotional mess. I thought I was going to be stricken to a wheelchair and most of all I thought I would never be able to work again. As a result I wanted to have my own business. I wanted to be in control of my destiny. And at the same time I was already tossing around the idea of having my own line of bath & body products.

For the past 13 years I have had the pleasure of being treated by Dina Jacobs, M.D. With the help of my husband Timothy Minor, my family, my doctor and the medicine that I take, I have had very few bumps in the road.

1. They Check Your Reflexes
1. They Check Your Reflexes
Since the inception of Urban Essence Salon & Spa we thought it would only be right to give to the National MS Society because if it were not for MS our bath & body company would not have come to life. So anytime you make a purchase using coupon code "UESSMS" we will donate 20% of your total purchase to the National MS Society. It's that simple and easy to support a cause that affects so many people!

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Rose Hip Barn

We are so absolutely pleased to announce that you can now find Urban Essence Bath & Body products at the Rose Hip Barn. The Rose Hip Barn is an over 100 year old barn located in Thornton, PA. They have a charming collection of painted furniture, linens, antiques, vintage furnishings, jewelry, lighting, rugs and other home accessories. You can also find an ever changing assortment of unique treasures and one-of-a-kind pieces to decorate your home with style.

They are currently carrying 10 of our signature Gourmet Luxury Soap which include, Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Sand Dune, Ocean Mist, Sunflower & Calendula, Very Berry, Rain Forest, Yuzu, Spa Tonic, Sandalwood and Beach Grass. Rose Hip Barn is open periodically, so they can bring fresh exceptional merchandise at great prices. Each opening is an event, you can also enjoy a cup of tea in their Orchard Tea Room, taste their Rose Hip Signature wine, and stroll through their orchard. They are located at 371 Glen Mills Road, Thornton, PA 19373. Which is near the open field on Glen Mills Road adjacent to Thornbery Park. Their hours of operation are every Thursday 11:00 am until 6:00 pm and the last Friday and Saturday of the month from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. For additional information call 610-558-1816.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Spring is here! Time to go to the Farmers Market, by Theresa & Timothy Minor

It is springtime again! After a long cold winter we are ready and so excited to be out again at our local farmers markets, craft shows and special events. We have enlisted our family member, Kristen Minor to handle some of the markets. We will be participating in about 5 markets this season Newtown Square Farmers Market, Media Farmers Market, Carousel Park Farmers Market, Glasgow Farmers Market and Thornton Farmers Market. The market season will run from now until late October.

We have been with the Newtown Square Farmers Market for about 5 years now. PRC Newtown Square Farmers’ Market at Mostardi’s Nursery will begin on June 3rd. It is located  at 4033 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA, every Wednesday, 2:00-6:00PM, June 3 - Oct 29. The Newtown Square Farmers' Market is managed by the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC). The Mostardi family has been a tremendous support for PRC.

Media Farmers Market is a weekly, open-air, grower/producer market featuring fresh food, locally raised and crafted. Established in 2009 as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, Media Farmers Market brings area farmers, residents, and businesses together in support of the “Eat Fresh, Buy Local” movement, thereby enhancing our community and supporting our environment.  All products are raised, grown, or handmade by the vendors.  While some farms are not certified organic, most use organic practices, including Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and pasture their livestock. Local businesses, non-profit organizations, and performing artists are featured regularly. Media Farmers Market is located in the parking lot next to the Media Theatre, on the corner of State and Gayley Streets, in Media, PA. Open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine, from the second week of May through the week before Thanksgiving. The Market will be open from May 14 through November 19.

We will also be participating in the Carousel Park Farmers Market and  Glasgow Farmers Market. The NCCFMP farmers markets will run from late - May through October every Friday. And we will be attending each market on alternating Fridays. Glasgow Regional Park Farmers’ Market: is located at 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark, DE 19702 (near the intersection of Pulaski Hwy & Rt. 896) and the Carousel Park Farmers’ Market is located at 3700 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE 19808. 

Last but certainly not least is the Thornton Farmers Market which is open every Saturday from 11am to 2pm on Glen Mills Road between Thornton and Cheyney Roads. Just look for the flags down the street from Thornbury Park! The Thornton Farmers Market operates during the Spring to Fall growing season. They offer fresh eggs from free range chickens, organic produce, local honey, hearth baked breads, canned goods, cakes, pies, dog treats, cut flowers in arrangements, BBQ and much more. Come pet the Alpacas and learn about these fascinating animals. Fun for the whole family!

We look forward to seeing you at the market! For more information about where you can find us check out our Calendar of Events.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Harvey Oak Mercantile by: Theresa & Timothy Minor

It gives us great pleasure to announce that you can now find Urban Essence Salon & Spa's handcrafted luxury bath & body products at Harvey Oak Mercantile. Harvey Oak Mercantile and Workshop is a lifestyle specialty shop inspired by life in Swarthmore, PA. HOM provides unique gifts and home d├ęcor that are responsibly made and well designed. They focus on local, handmade and vintage merchandise for gift giving, casual entertaining and everyday living. Events and classes in their Harvey Oak Workshop provide an opportunity to learn and share new gardening, crafting and kitchen tips and techniques.

Currently they are carrying our Sinus Relief Bath Tea, Sunshine Citrus Bath Tea and our Lavender & Herb, Brown Sugar, and Almond & Honey Bath Bonbons.

Our Sinus Relief Bath Tea is made with Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Peppermint, Juniper, Fennel and Willow Bark as well as Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils.

The Sunshine Citrus Bath Tea is made with Chamomile, Lavender, Spearmint, Rosemary, Juniper and Rose Petal, and Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Orange essential oils.

Our all natural Bath Bonbons are sure to leave your skin well nourished. They fizz when placed in water and create a luxurious moisturizing bath. They are made with cocoa butter, baking soda and citric acid essential oils and fragrance oils.

Stop by the Harvey Oak Mercantile and take a whiff they are located at 102 Park Ave, in the heart of Swarthmore’s Town Center.

Tuesday- Saturday  10:00- 6:00
Sunday                   11:00- 5:00

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Two new late summer fragrances: by Theresa & Timothy Minor

Join UESS in introducing two new late summer fragrances. Green Sea Spa and Beach Grass. We purchased these fragrances back in early June. We tested them in our entire product line to make sure they performed well. The true test was in our Gourmet Luxury Soap. So without further ado:

Beach Grass: Top notes: Green grasses and a fresh ocean air accord. Mid Note: Watery floral bouquet of jasmine rose and muguet, with powdery nuances. Base Note: Fresh aromatic finish of driftwood, cedar and musk with sweet vanilla.

Green Sea Spa: Top notes: created with fresh ozone notes which are reminiscent of the sea with citrus bergamot, grapefruit, tropical dew fruit and green cassis notes. Mid Notes: a watery floral blend of jasmine, muguet and violet with herbal sage, parsley and an algae nuance. Base Notes: a woody background of cedar, amber and musk.

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op Notes: Green grasses and a fresh ocean air accord
Mid Note: Watery floral bouquet of jasmine rose and muguet, with powdery nuances
Base Note: Fresh aromatic finish of driftwood, cedar and musk with sweet vanilla. - See more at:
op Notes: Green grasses and a fresh ocean air accord
Mid Note: Watery floral bouquet of jasmine rose and muguet, with powdery nuances
Base Note: Fresh aromatic finish of driftwood, cedar and musk with sweet vanilla. - See more at:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Production this week at UESS by: Theresa & Timothy Minor

We are in production this week making our Gourmet Luxury Soap. So far we have made 14 logs of soap.
Here is a list of the fragrances:

African Black Soap
Baby Powder
Cool Cucumber
Frankincense & Myrrh
Just Oatmeal 
Lavender & Herb
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
Ocean Mist
Orange Blossom
Sunflower & Calendula
and two new fragrances Green Sea Spa, and Beach Grass.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Spa day at the Vineyard: By Theresa & Timothy Minor

Penns Wood Winery
Sunday, September 7th : 12:30pm - 3:30pm 
Join Penns Woods Winery, MERRYoga and Urban Essence Salon & Spa at the vineyard on Sunday, September 7th for an afternoon of bliss and relaxation.

We will be hosting our first ever Spa day at the Vineyard that begins with a 1 hr yoga class followed by a Manisage, Rejuvenating Facial, and ends with a chair massage. Enjoy getting pampered as you sip on your favorite Penns Woods Wines!

Yoga - Enjoy a 60 minute gentle yoga session with MERRYoga amoung the vines of the vineayrd.

Manisage – Using a 3-in-1 Foaming Butter Scrub Urban Essence will cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your hands leaving your skin feeling refreshed and silky smooth! Then seal in the moisture with heated paraffin hand wax!

Rejuvenating Facial – Facials are extremely beneficial in skin rejuvenation. The Rejuvenating facial consists of a skin examination, cleansing, toning, and application of facial masque followed by moisturizer application. This facial treatment improves skin elasticity and strengthen connective tissue leaving the skin more youthful and radiant.

Chair Massage – Massage of the back, shoulders, neck, and arms in which you sit comfortably and fully clothed as you enjoy a relaxing massage that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated! A chair massage is more than a luxury!

You can enjoy any wines on our wine list by the glass throughout the afternoon!

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