TRAPP. is a refined range of soap and care products and accessories, carefully made according to monastery recipes from the Abbey of Our Lady of Nazareth in Brecht. In the tradition of Trappist Abbeys, we offer our TRAPP. products at a fair price. This way we guarantee our livelihood.
TRAPP. lets you choose from four styles: lavender, aloe vera, beer-based or traditional. Within these four lines, you will find everything for full body care, for all skin types, for all ages, for her and him.
We select our natural ingredients with the greatest care. We attach importance to cooperating with local and monastic partners. Our beer comes from the neighbouring Trappist Abbey in Westmalle (Campine, Belgium) and our lavender essential oil from the Trappists of Aiguebelle (Provence, France).
With bath linen of the highest quality, we take up the thread of the former textile workshop in the Abbey.
Sustainability is is also a high priority. Where possible we work with recycled or recyclable packaging materials.
TRAPP. stands for authenticity. For more than 55 years we have been producing soap and care products according to our monastic tradition that are loved by our faithful and valued customers. Thanks to them, TRAPP. has grown into a trusted quality brand.
Our story starts in 1950. Then thirteen sisters from the Trappistine Abbey of Soleilmont moved to the new Abbeyin Brecht. It was built with the help of the Trappist monks of neighbouring Westmalle.
The new community grew quickly. And like all the followers of Saint Benedict, the sisters rolled up their sleeves to earn a living. For, in his Rule for monks, Saint Benedict says that “they are only real monks when they live by the work of their hands”.
So it is that a lot of activity occurs. First we started weaving and sewing church textiles. In 1964, we began the traditional production of dish-washing liquid , which was soon joined by floor soap, bath foam and shampoo. Hospitals and care institutions were the first to choose our quality products, and soon they also became available in shops so that the whole of Flanders could enjoy them.
The solidarity and cooperation between Trappist Abbeys provided a beautiful new development in 2002. Sister GilChrist, from the young monastic foundation Tautra in Norway, taught our sister Katharina how to make natural and fine toilet soap. This led to a new cosmetic line of hand soaps, bath salts, shower gels and glycerine soaps.
We believe that staying true to our craft tradition while keeping up with a changing world is perfectly reconcilable and also important. But this requires effort and above all time, and that is where the challenge lies for us. How does this fit into our lives without weighing down our vocation? We found the answer with an external partner who relieves us of many practical matters, while we continue to concentrate on our Abbey recipes and guarding the philosophy behind our Trappist products.
The result of this collaboration was a completely renewed TRAPP. range in 2019. The familiar high quality has been further fine-tuned and we looked at how to have as little impact on the environment as possible. We developed a stylish, new corporate identity. The sober black and white is a reference to our Trappistine heritage. Also new is the ‘Monastic’ logo. This is a French quality mark that guarantees that we let the values of our Trappistine life prevail in our economic activity and that our products express this in an authentic way.
We classify everything into four lines:
And the textile from the beginning of our history? Well, it is still there and very much alive. We have been taking up the thread more actively since 2021 by adding bath linen to our range. The high-quality bath cloths, guest towels, hand towels and bath towels in sleek, fashionable colours match the authentic cosmetics perfectly and should not be missing in any bathroom.
Lavender is a popular and beneficial plant. Originally a Mediterranean plant, it has been present for centuries in monastic herb gardens. Lavender has a pleasant fragrance and many people appreciate the vibrant purple colour of its flowers. From time immemorial, the scent of lavender has been known to have a calming and soothing effect. The vitamins, minerals and proteins in lavender oil can strengthen the hair and have a soothing effect on the skin.
In Greco-Roman times, aloe vera was used as a painkiller and as a skin care product. Because medicinal properties were attributed to the plant, aloe vera as a potted plant was given a permanent place in many abbeys and was also called the ‘silent healer’. Aloe vera has a cleansing and nourishing effect on the skin and strengthens the natural hydration of the skin. That is why our traditional soap recipes were enriched with natural extract of aloe vera. The products are scented with a fresh floral fragrance. The result is a line of products that highlights the moisturising properties of aloe vera.
For more than a hundred years, the Trappists of Westmalle, who are neighbours of Onze Lieve Vrouw van Nazareth Abbey, have been brewing beer. The Trappist beer products with Westmalle Dubbel are excellent care products, enriched with polyphenols, minerals, vitamins and trace elements from the beer.
TRAPP. tradition is about a number of soap and care products that are linked to the TRAPP tradition. Because of their unique ingredients, sales history, and special connection with the TRAPP. history, these unique products continue to have a special place in our skin care range.