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St Augustine's Abbey, Chilworth

Since the foundation of St Augustine’s Abbey in Ramsgate in 1856 and since we relocated to Chilworth in Surrey in 2011, the Benedictine monks have sought various ways to support themselves.

In 2004, one of the monks took possession of a colony of bees which became a well established monastic apiary with a number of hives. Our delicious organic honey continues to sell well subject to availability (although demand always exceeds yield).

In 2007, a novice monk suggested making traditional beeswax furniture polish, as a way of using up the surplus beeswax from our apiary. Sanctuary Polish is made using genuine turpentine, following a traditional recipe which is sure to nourish and protect all manner of home furnishings from dining room tables to parquet floors.

After several months, a friend of the monastery suggested making a beeswax lip balm. Although some of the monks had never heard of using beeswax for cosmetic purposes, a recipe was soon discovered and production of Sanctuary Balm began. A few years on, the monks currently offer a range of seven different flavoured 25ml beeswax lip balms, which not only moisturise and offer relief for dry, sore or chapped lips but also provide a long lasting savour thanks to the high grade organic essential oils used in the preparation.

In March 2008, the monks began preparing Sanctuary Skin Cream, a moisturising hand and skin cream which contains a blend of organic oils, beeswax, cocoa butter and aloe vera juice. The cream is presented in 50ml containers and is available in honey & rose, lavender, coconut, vanilla and natural unscented.

According to supply and demand, we sometimes use organic beeswax in the production process from other trusted sources.