My first thought when I saw the ingredient of this whipped body butter was tallow??? What is that? Beef fat? No way, I am putting that on my face… little did I know that I would make it, love it, and even be blogging about it because the world should know about the amazingness of using tallow on your skin.
So, why should you use TALLOW on your SKIN…
Why would I slather my body with beef fat, you ask? First and foremost, because I don’t like to put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat. After all, 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. Pasture raised beef fat is nourishing to eat and nourishing to the skin.
Next, tallow is compatible with the molecular structure of our skin cells. It is 50-55% saturated fat, the same percentage that makes up our cell membranes. Additionally, tallow is very similar to the protective sebum naturally produced by our skin. In my experience, tallow does not clog my pores.
Finally, tallow is a time-honored skincare ingredient. And while I am sure that animal fats have been used as protective skin balms since the beginning of humanity, I don’t think we have proof of that. We do, however, have records that show tallow was a main ingredients in skin balms during the 1800′s (here are some examples).
“The Fatty Acid profile of grass-fed, pasture-raised tallow (yes-tallow!) is incredibly close to that of the human skin cell. Tallow has been used as a nourishing moisturizer for centuries…”
“Healthy, ‘toned’ skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin. Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology.”
From Traditional Nourishing and Healing Skin Care by Andrew J. Gardner
“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. Indeed, the word “sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin and began to be used in this biological sense around the year 1700….”
“In regard to this compatibility of tallow with the biology of our skin, we should note that we are animals rather than plants, so the modern taboo against animal products in skin care products would seem unfounded and even illogical. In addition to containing very little saturated fats, plant products do not have the same levels of other nutrients needed for healthy skin. 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.”
Is that enough info for you…. another reason that I LOVE my tallow body butter (which I use as my face moisturizer at night) is that it feels so luxurious on my skin. I have the occasional pimple prone skin and this actually helps control those ‘pips’ as my dad used to call them. You can also make this as a cream for anywhere and my girl, Claire, adds her husband’s shutran to this cream to help support the manly endocrine system.
Being the essential oil girl that I am, I add EOs to my face cream that promote youth and keeping my face as clear and wrinkle free as possible. If you want to know more about where I get my essential oils: click here
I make this recipe and then I divide it for how I need it. Usually I make half of it for my face cream and keep the other half in the fridge until I need it.
Whipped Tallow Body Butter
¾ cup tallow
¼ cup coconut oil
yields 1.5 – 2 cups whipped
- In a double boiler, slowly melt tallow and coconut oil together. Transfer to fridge and let cool for a few hours, or cool for 45 minutes in the freezer (you want it nearly solid again).
- Begin to whip your mixture in a stand mixer on high until completely smooth and light.
- Add essential oils, mix on high thoroughly.
- Transfer to a large glass cosmetic jar.
For my face cream I will use half the recipe and add 10 drops of Frankincense, 20 drops of lavender, and 15 drops of Melrose. Play around with the recipe that is right for you, but here are some more suggestions from Health Starts in the Kitchen:
- Non-cystic acne – Melaleuca, lavender, bergamot, cedarwood, sandalwood, helichrysum
- Oily – Melaleuca, helichrysum, lavender, clary sage, bergamot, geranium
- Sensitive/Soothing – roman chamomile, helichrysum,
- Dry/Anti-Aging – geranium, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, roman chamomile
You can also use this as a base for sooo many more recipes... some of my favorites include a diaper cream and vapor rub.
Thank you to my friend Claire for first introducing me to this body butter. You are a rockstar!