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Notice: Chilworth’s Benedictine Monks Selling Lockdown Surplus Skin Products

Published on: 23 Jun, 2020
Updated on: 25 Jun, 2020

A lockdown surplus in production of organic beeswax skin and lip creams and polish, made by Benedictine monks in their monastery at Chilworth, is being offered to the public to try at a reduced price of buy two, get one free (plus postage and packing) while stocks last.

The bee hives at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth. Photo by Richard Morris.

In addition to a life of prayer and contemplation, the Benedictine monks at St Augustine’s Abbey, make and sell their own lip balms and skin creams from beeswax as well as a popular furniture polish.

The buy two and get one free offer extends to organic beeswax lip balms (each 25ml) in natural, aniseed and lemon, orange, lemon, peppermint and aniseed flavours at £3.95 each.

Organic beeswax skin creams (each 50ml) in coconut, honey and rose, natural, lavender and vanilla at £7.95 each.

And organic beeswax furniture polish (each 100ml) at £3.95 each.

Sanctuary Polish is included in the buy two get one free offer from the monks at Chilworth. Photo by Richard Morris.

Postage (second class) and packing is additional and is usually £3 for three items and more for further items.

All are now being offered by mail order at a reduced price for readers of The Guildford Dragon NEWS by ordering on the abbey’s website until September 30. Please quote The Guildford Dragon NEWS

Fr John Seddon OSB, Benedictine monk, making the organic beeswax products at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth. Photo by Richard Morris.

“Monks making skin products might seem like a strange combination,” said Fr John Seddon OSB, the Benedictine monk who oversees production, “but historically monasteries have made and sold items to help them sustain themselves whilst the production process can also be unusually prayerful.

“This is what we do at Chilworth and we now find that we have an oversupply of products thanks to lockdown and we want to offer our products for the public to try, subject to availability.

“Once lockdown is over, the Abbey Church at St Augustine’s Abbey in Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth will be open 365 days a year to all members of the public of faith and none and the monks are keen to welcome everyone to pray with us here.”

Meanwhile, any shops or outlets wanting to sell the monks’ products are very welcome to get in touch.

For more information visit the online shop at  or email Fr John at

Offer terms and conditions is to buy two, get one free Sanctuary Product plus postage and packaging, subject to availability. Offer runs from June 15 to September 30, 2020 and is available to UK residential postal addresses only, bulk orders are available. Offer excludes commercial outlets. Offer promoted by St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8QR.

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Responses to Notice: Chilworth’s Benedictine Monks Selling Lockdown Surplus Skin Products

  1. Margarita Mortimer Reply

    June 24, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Great to read about the Chilworth monks. Can we hear more about them, do you think? Well done for including this hidden gem so close to Guildford.

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