Homemade Tallow Balm
I’ve been using purchased or homemade tallow balm exclusively for over a year now, and my skin is absolutely loving it. In recent months I’ve learned to make homemade tallow balm that is whipped, and it is even more luxurious.
One of the core tenets of the GAPS™ Protocol is detoxification, including the “detoxing” of what we put on our bodies via skincare, body care, & household toxins.
Your skin is your body’s biggest organ (also our biggest detox organ), and it’s designed to absorb.
Meaning that the chemical-laden lotions and cleansers you put on it don’t just affect your skin. The Gut-Brain-Skin axis means that all the nasty alcohols, industrial lubricants, fragrances, and preservatives in most conventional skincare get a direct line to your brain and your gut microbiome.
A.K.A. the two systems that control everything in your body.
I’m not big on exposing my brain to the same chemicals they use in antifreeze, or my gut to the same elements of paint stripper.
“But what about natural oils?!” I hear you ask. “Surely those are better than all those chemical products?”
Well … yes and no.
If you can get pure oils that are manufactured in a way that doesn’t destroy all the inherent qualities that make them good — and that’s more challenging than it should be — you’ve still got a problem.
You’re a human. Not a plant.
This means that the moisturizing components in plants aren’t a perfect fit for your body, and can’t be as effective as you want them to be.
If you want truly healthy, deeply nourished skin, you need skincare that’s designed to work with your skin, not against it.
And for that, you can’t do better than a premium beef tallow moisturizer.
Before you let the ick-factor carry you away, hang with me for a minute.
Why use tallow balm?
Organic, grass-fed beef tallow is one of the most nutrient-dense, effective, and versatile skincare options on the planet. We’ve known this, intuitively, as a species for at least 20,000 years.
And we now have the science to back it up — research shows that beef tallow is absolutely packed with all the nutrients your skin needs to be astonishingly healthy, including vitamin E, CLA, omega-3s, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamins D and K, stearic and oleic acids, and a whole bunch more.
My farm share has been offering plenty of grass-fed tallow. After being so happy with the results from the two companies I’ve purchased from (see sources below) I decided to try my hand at making it myself and was so surprised by how easy it was!
Tallow balm uses
- All-over body moisturizer
- Facial moisturizer
- Eczema cream
- Diaper rash ointment (only use KidSafe blends or pure tallow balm)
- Monthly hair treatment
What you’ll need to make homemade whipped tallow balm
- 1 cup grass-fed beef tallow
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (optional, I did my last batch without the olive oil)
- 50 drops essential oil of choice (approximately 1% dilution, see my favorite options below)
If I don’t want to make it myself, where can I buy it?
Here are two of my favorite brands:
My favorite essential oil blends
For adults & general body use:
- Rocky Mountain Oils Skin Care Blend
- Rocky Mountain Oils Baby Skin Blend
- Rocky Mountain Oils Jasmine or Love Blend (for a more sensual or romantic twist)
For children & sensitive skin:Print
Leave unwhipped for simple tallow balm, or blend with a handheld or stand mixer for whipped tallow balm.
- 1 cup grass-fed beef tallow
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- 50 drops favorite essential oil blend/single (for approx 1% dilution)
- Gently melt tallow in a small saucepan over low heat
- Remove from heat & allow to cool for about 30-60 minutes (let cool to room temp & slightly solidify for whipped tallow balm)
- Add optional olive oil & essential oil drops of choice
- Blend by hand for tallow balm, or whip until white & fluffy for whipped tallow balm
- Store in glass jars at room temperature