The Sanctum journey began in 1992 on the pristine, unspoilt coastline of Byron Bay, Australia’s most easterly point. Greg and Jicky Milham moved to the Byron shire in 1989 in search of a cleaner, more peaceful lifestyle to raise a family.
It was here they found the inspiration to start researching, developing and creating naturally derived skincare and over the counter pharmaceutical products. Having witnessed first hand the ‘chemical’ side of the industry while running a manufacture and fill business in Sydney, Australia, Greg was determined to produce a range of products that: remained true to their promise of ‘natural’, carried meaningful levels of active ingredients, and most importantly, really worked. Greg furthered his studies in natural ingredient products chemistry with a vision to encapsulate the pure, tranquillity of his surrounds combining locally sourced ingredients with therapeutic levels of active herbal and plant extracts, essentials oils and vitamins. The result is a range of skin, body and hair care treatments that take the efficacy of all-natural preparations to an exciting new level.
The original site where Greg and Jicky started is still home to Sanctum, housing the head office, warehousing and manufacturing facility, laboratories and the famous Sanctum retail outlet which attracts thousands of local and international visitors each year as they travel along Australia’s spectacular east coast.
Sanctum remains a family owned and run business. Greg takes on the role of chief formulations chemist and draws on his ‘trusted mates’ in the Byron shire as a source for raw, natural ingredients. Jicky is involved in the running of the day to day business handling administration, sales and customer service.
Their daughter, Katrina, is the national trainer and brand manager for the range, and their sons, Jason, works in the factory, his handy work responsible for some of the organic lotions. The youngest son Daniel is in charge of the company’s whole IT infrastructure along with development of websites, newsletters and social media presence.
From humble beginnings in local health food stores, Sanctum is now exported to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, Sweden, Spain, Canada and the US.
Now Sanctum has taken the next step to move from Natural to Certified Organic which differentiates our products from the rest. Every Sanctum product contains more than 70% Certified Organic Ingredients and many products are more than 95% Certified Organic.
Today Greg and Jicky are excited to see their years of hard work and dedication come together as they take Sanctum, “a little piece of Byron” to the world.