Deeply nourishing and non-greasy, this whipped tallow balm recipe is the perfect every day lotion and best solution for dry skin.
I think a lot of times we forget that nature offers the best fixes to our health and bodily issues. Sometimes we don’t need to take an extreme approach to healing our systems, but just stick with simple components being naturally created in the world around us. I think God knew what he was doing when he created us along with our fellow plants and animals in this world.
Today I’m writing this blog post on a homemade whipped tallow balm recipe with a not so average skin care ingredient. The ingredient has been around for thousands of years and was most likely used by our ancestors for nourishing the skin. Although it’s not something people in today’s time would be so thrilled to slather on, it contains so many benefits whether ingested or used topically. This ingredient is tallow. And this tallow balm is amazing for your dry, cracked, suffering skin. From eczema to an every day moisturizer.
What is Tallow?
So what is tallow? Tallow is beef fat that has been rendered down. It can be purchased already rendered online or you can render it down yourself. If you’re curious on how to do that, check out this post.
Tallow is excellent to use for multiple things. I find it an excellent fat to have on hand in the kitchen for traditional cooking. Whether that is frying chicken up or popping popcorn on the stove. It possesses excellent nutritional qualities and is far more healthy than the popular processed seed oils that you buy at the store.
Not only is tallow an excellent pantry staple, but it’s also wonderful for skincare. Especially when using a good quality grass fed tallow. It can be used in a variety of skin care items. From this whipped tallow balm recipe to homemade tallow soap bars.
Why is Tallow Good for Skin?
What makes tallow so good for your skin? Well for starters, it contains various vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E & K. It also contains niacin or vitamin B3.
The profile of tallow is similar to the oils our own bodies create. This compatibility and similarity to our natural sebum is what makes pure tallow such a hydrating choice for your skin. Tallow doesn’t just sit on top of the skin leaving a greasy film but nourishes deeply by creating a moisturizing barrier that is easily absorbed. Despite what the message of the main stream beauty world is telling us, our body’s own oils are excellent for our skin’s health and are necessary for maintaining healthy skin.
And it goes without saying that tallow is 100% natural. Which is another reason it is such a great choice for body care. Let’s keep the ingredients short and sweet so there are no worries about chemicals being absorbed by our bodies.
What Skin Conditions is Whipped Tallow Balm Good For?
A lot! Tallow is excellent for multiple skin conditions. Here are a few common skin issues tallow aids in healing.
- Diaper Rash
- Cracked Lips
Not only does tallow have an excellent healing profile but it also is a antimicrobial and an anti-inflammatory. This explains why it would be effective in healing the skin as well as moisturizing it. It’s basically supplying your skin with the key ingredients it needs to heal.
How to Make Whipped Tallow Balm
To make this highly nourishing and restorative whipped tallow balm you really only need two ingredients. The third is completely optional.
- High quality grass fed beef tallow – You can easily render your own tallow down at home if you have a farmer you’re sourcing grass fed beef products from. That would actually best the best option. If not, amazon carries a quality tallow that is fairly scentless and ultra creamy. You can find that here. It is key to get grass fed tallow though. There will not be nearly the same amount of vitamins in non grass fed tallow.
- Organic jojoba oil – Jojoba oil is also easily absorbed by the skin. I used it in this whipped tallow balm recipe to prevent that greasy feel you typically get from heavier oils such as olive and coconut oil. Like tallow, it is highly hydrating. You can find the jojoba oil here.
- Essential oils of choice – A variety of essential oil combos would work perfectly fine in this balm, but to keep it simple and calming, I used lavender oil.
In the case that you are using a more soft form of tallow, you will not need to melt it down, but if you are using a hard block of tallow, melt it down before whipping it with the rest of the ingredients.
To create this whipped tallow balm, simply add the tallow and jojoba oil to the bowl of a stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you could use a hand mixer. Whip on medium speed for 3 minutes until the two are combined and a cool whip consistency has formed. Add in the essential oils and whip for another minute. That’s it!
- 1 1/2 Cup of Grass Fed Tallow
- 1/4 Cup of Organic Jojoba Oil
- 30 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
- If using a soft form of tallow, add tallow and jojoba oil to the bowl of a stand mixer or mix by hand for 2 minutes until a cool whip consistancy is formed
- If using a harb block of tallow, first melt it down until it forms a liquid, then whip it for 2 minutes.
- Add in essential oil and whip for an additional minute
- Store in an air tight container