Trappists and Trappistines do not live on subsidies or donations rather, they support themselves by the work of their hands, as prescribed in the Rule of Saint Benedict. This is why the Trappistines of Brecht began producing detergent in 1964 under the brand name TRAPP. In the course of the years,floor soap, shampoo, bath foam and natural soap were added to the TRAPP line and with the modest income from the sale of these products, the sisters have been supporting themselves.
Last year, they renovated their entire range of products. Now, in addition to three product lines (lavender, aloe vera and traditional), each including a liquid hand soap, a shower gel, a shampoo and a body lotion, they have also begun producing a Trappist beer shampoo.
"When it became clear how much our Westmalle Double Shampoo appealed to our customers, developed other skin-care products made with Trappist beer, since scientific studies have shown that the polyphenols, minerals, vitamins and trace elements in the beer are good for skin and hair," explained Mother Katharina, Abbess of the Community.
M. Katharina added: "We are often asked whether our Westmalle Double Shampoo smells like beer. I can reassure everyone that it does not. During the production process, the shampoo, shower gel, hand soap and body lotion are lightly perfumed, giving them a very pleasant scent".
The Westmalle Double Shampoo and Shower Gel are available in 33 cl bottles. The liquid hand soap and body lotion in the Trappist beer line are bottled in 25 cl dispensers. They are available in the abbey store or through the webshop www.trapp.be.