homemade tallow balm
For the past year or so, I have been making the switch to non-toxic beauty care. It’s definitely a slow process (for me at least), as switching all at once would be expensive and overwhelming. One thing I’ve realized, though, is that other than makeup, most of my daily regimen can be homemade for MUCH cheaper. So, for the past few months I’ve been experimenting with various toners and moisturizers – all homemade. I’ve tried jojoba oil, rosehip oil, almond oil, coconut oil…you name it. I actually used coconut oil for quite a few months, and it worked pretty well in the summer but couldn’t hold up to my dry winter skin.
I listened to an episode of the Wise Traditions podcast (which is a MUST if you like podcasts and are interested in true, primal nutrition) regarding tallow and how it contains the same cell structure as our skin, which makes it ideal for healing and nourishing. Tallow is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and even has some anti-cancerous properties.
I know what you’re thinking – TALLOW? Like, from a cow? On my skin?!
I get it – I really do. It’s a weird concept to grasp. But let me give you some facts. According to Nourishing Traditions (also another amazing resource I will be referencing a lot on this blog), saturated fats give cell membranes the strength/stiffness they need for proper function. Grass fed tallow contains about 50% saturated fatty acids, as well as a substantial percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids. Tallow is also an abundant source for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K (source) which are all necessary for healthy skin.
I have only been using this tallow balm as a face and body moisturizer, however many people have used it to soothe diaper rash, sunburns, eczema, and many other skin conditions.
My FAVORITE grass fed beef tallow comes from Fatworks. I am obsessed with this company and have been using both the tallow and duck fat recently in my kitchen (and the tallow for this balm of course). They are top notch in quality and the next best thing to rendering your own tallow.
A little goes a long way with this balm, so it takes minimal effort to make and keeps for quite a long time! Seriously, you NEED this tallow balm in your life. My skin has never been so easily moisturized and after using it for a few months, I have noticed less breakouts, and a more even skin tone.
Give it a whirl and let me know how you like it!
HOMEMADE TALLOW BALM
1/2 cup tallow (pure & grass-fed)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (unfiltered, expeller-pressed)
30 drops essential oils of choice (see notes)
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt down the tallow.
Once melted, transfer tallow to a large bowl and add olive oil and essential oils. Gently stir to mix the oils together, and let sit for about one hour.
Once the tallow is cooled, whip with a hand mixer on low until it reaches the consistency of frosting or soft butter.
Transfer to a container. Use as a skin moisturizer after cleanser and toner, or as needed for sunburns or skin irritation.
The essential oils I generally use are Frankincense, Lavender, and Tea Tree, because they all have great healing benefits to the skin. There is lots of information out there regarding essential oils for the skin, so be sure to do your research and ensure you're using topical-safe oils before adding them. doTERRA's website is a great resource!