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A monastery rises from the blue Aegean.

White sun skips across the sea, nourishing the islands’ herbs and olive trees.

 

It was here, in the Greek Cyclades, that Athena Hewett first experienced the power of aromatherapy and natural skincare. Her grandmother pressed oil from their own grove and mixed sage, chamomile, and rosemary into tonics to purify and heal her skin.

 

Wild herbs. Oil-soaked muslin cloths. Warm breeze in the olive branches. 

The silent, simple structure dropped onto the horizon line. 

 

Here is an aromatic escape.

Here is the essential.

Here is Monastery.

 

After over a decade studying and practicing with medical-grade skincare products throughout her esthetic career, Athena realized that technology had not improved on her grandmother’s holistic recipes for purifying and healing skin. In fact, the proliferation of astringent products which tried (and mostly failed) to combat acne left her patients’ skin irritated, red, and dry. In 2011 Athena opened a  skincare therapy studio in San Francisco to treat her patients with her different methods of oil cleansing , water free moisturizing and completely alcohol and salt free skincare.  Every ingredient is of the purest form and highest quality and made by Athena.  While gathering notes from her clientele and natural perfumery certifications internationally and locally she began to create a solution.....

 

Monastery is her solution — products made of whole, natural ingredients sourced from theworld’s own natural beauty. Sages from the archipelagos of Greece, Roses from Ayurvedic India, Citri from the blooms of Japan — these products evoke the suns they were grown under. 

Athena still blends each and every product by hand,  just as she did for her clientele. Turning a handcrafted item into a larger business is so rewarding but also time consuming. Thank you for your patience with her craft.

No salts. No alcohol. No fillers.

Purify and heal your skin with Monastery.