Before I tell you all about tallow body balm, I have a little story to share…
I don't tend to see many t.v. commercials, but last week my 5 year old and I were watching the Olympics on the computer. Every five minutes or so, we were subjected to an ad for a shampoo that left the Olympic swimmer's hair shiny, full, and gorgeous. Every time it played I was barraged with questions from my son:
“Why don't you use that shampoo, Mommy?”
“Don't you want shiny hair like that?”
“Can we buy you some of that shampoo, Mommy?”
I have to admit, I wouldn't mind insanely shiny hair, and while we're at it, younger, more radiant looking skin. Unfortunately, I am pretty sure that most drug store (and even health food store) products are not going to be the ticket to such beauty.
Pretty much every store-bought body product contains ingredients you wouldn't dare to eat.
Why should you care if body products are good enough to eat?
The information out there about how much our skin absorbs is controversial. Some say all, some say none, some say 60%, and others insist it depends on the size of the molecule. Personally, I'd rather not take chances and keep toxic ingredients away from my body as much as possible.
I challenge you to pick up any store bought body product and find a label that does not contain preservatives, fragrances, thickeners, and magical ingredients that The Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database would deem toxic. Because of this fact, you will usually find me slathered in coconut oil or this homemade lotion made with cocoa butter.
And now, I am newly obsessed with tallow body balm!
Yes, I am actually suggesting that you should rub beef fat all over your body. Why?
Tallow is safe
First of all, this stuff is so safe you can take out a spoon and eat it. Tallow has long been a traditional ingredient in skin care that has recently been omitted in favor of fancy laboratory generated compounds that are full of promises of beautiful and unspoken health risks.
Tallow works great
Because of it's similarity to the natural skin oils, tallow is readily absorbed, effectively moisturizes, but doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skin.
According to a maker traditional of tallow balm, “Tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like [human] cell membranes… so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology…. Another strong indication of tallow's compatibility with our skin biology is its similarity to sebum, the oily, waxy matter that lubricates and waterproofs our skin.”
Tallow is nutrient-dense
Tallow contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health. Tallow also contains fats like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer ¹ and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties.²
Skin compatible and nutrient dense – not to mention, super simple to make. Are you ready to give it a go?
Tallow body balm ingredients
- 1 1/4 cup tallow* – buy tallow online here
- 2 tablespoons olive oil – this is my favorite olive oil
- A few drops of essential oils of choice
*Be sure to use tallow from pasture-raised animals (cows or sheep) that are 100% grass-fed. You can obtain high quality tallow from your local farm or get the fat (suet) to render it yourself. Tallow is rendered exactly the same way as lard, so you can follow this easy recipe, but don't use the tallow skimmed off of making broth.
Olive oil is used to make the tallow softer and more spreadable at room temperature. The ratio is 1o parts tallow to 1 part olive oil, but if you prefer a more spreadable balm, use more olive oil. Be sure to choose pure, extra virgin oil oil like this one.
Lavender essential oil is known for its long-standing tradition of being healing to the skin and relaxing to the spirit. Another major benefit of using essential oils in your balm is to give it a fresh, pleasant scent and to neutralize the scent of the tallow, which is distinctive although not necessarily unpleasant. Choose whatever oils make you happy.
Tallow body balm method
- Warm tallow to a liquid state but as cool as possible (around 120°F).
- Add olive oil and essential oils and gently stir.
- Refrigerate the mixture until solid, which will give the balm a smoother consistency than letting it solidify at room temperature.
- Once solid, the balm is ready to use on face, body, lips, pregnant bellies and babies' bums.
- Store at room temperature.
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Wanna try this incredible body balm, but aren't ready to make it yourself?
Buy high-quality Tallow Balm here.
Ip, C, J.A. Scimeca, et al. (1994). “Conjugated linoleic acid. A powerful anti-carcinogen from animal fat sources.” Cancer 74(3 suppl):1050-4.