See our Prinknash Incense being blended:
With thanks to Paul Glendell for putting this together (www.glendell.co.uk)
The Benedictine Monks of Prinknash Abbey have been blending incense since 1906, when the community was on Caldey Island and are now the oldest major incense blenders in Europe.
The monks developed unique processes for blending the purest Arabian frankincense with precious aromatic oils and spices and created superior recipes for a range of incenses. The blends now produced at the abbey are made to long established recipes. Consistent excellence ensures that each blend has its regular devoted customers in every continent.
UK Online Shop
To enter the Prinknash online shop, click here or select a category from the items below:
Customers from the USA please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of your nearest agent.
Customers in Australia please click here www.churchsupplies.com.au and click on ‘sanctuary supplies’.
Customers in South America please click here www.milagros.com.br and click ‘produtos’ and then ‘incensos’.
Incense and Charcoal Price List (GBP) from 13 Feb 2017
50g Incense and 5-tablet charcoal packs:
Individual (retail): Basilica 2.95; Abbey, Cathedral, Sanctuary, Priory 2.75
Wholesale box of 12: Basilica 17.99; Abbey, Cathedral, Sanctuary, Priory 15.99
General Terms and Conditions:
Orders under £50 net are invoiced at retail prices. All invoices are due for payment within 30 days.Carriage is free for orders over £200 in England, Wales and Southern Scotland. The carriage charge (48-hour delivery) for orders under £200 is £9.50. The customer will pay carriage at cost on all orders for the following: Overseas, the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Isles of Scilly. For initial orders, we provide a pro-forma invoice and request pre-payment. For subsequent orders, we provide a 30-day invoice.
Abbey: 01452 812455
General Manager: 01452 813838
Incense made by the monks of Prinknash Abbey is made to a secret recipe but the main ingredient is known as Gum Olibanum [or frankincense] which is formed on the bark of various kinds of shrubs, not those of the pine family as in the case of Gum Thus [mock frankincense] but on species of the genus known as Boswellia which grow in the Middle East, chiefly in Somalia and Eritrea. This is the basic ingredient of incense. The secret of Prinknash Incense lies in knowing how to blend the essential oils and and other gums so that a sweet odour is given off instead of an unpleasant smell of burning.
Making Prinknash Incense
No records survive from the early days of incense making at Prinknash but it is true to say that it had had its origins at Caldey Island too. In 1934 charcoal tablets were first experimented with in order to supply the glowing ember that incense needs. Stamping machines were designed and made and charcoal, as well as incense, was marketed world-wide.
In the incense room large pieces of gum were crushed by the cogs of a crusher designed for coal sampling and the coffee mill was eventually replaced by an electric grinder that produced grains of various sizes. The Incense Department was located in the upper floors of the middle of the stable block and storage was in the lofts!
During the early part of 1962 new premises and machinery were acquired. Four large Army huts were erected to house not only the incense but the Organ workshop too. In 1968 hostilities in Somaliland and Eritrea made it impossible to import olibanum from its source but a friend of the community was able to help out using his former contacts in the trade, although the world price had escalated because of the shortage.
Today Prinknash Incense comes in six varieties and has markets all over the world, having built up high standards of production and a reliable reputation.