• Grass-Fed Tallow Balm

    IMG_3991Here at Stupid Easy Paleo, it’s very rare that I do non-food posts, but I think this one fits in well with my audience and my philosophy so I’m sharing it with you all.

    Trying to live a more simple life in terms what I put in my body is nothing new to me, but recently I’ve been thinking more and more about what I put ON my body. Between hair care, dental hygiene, all sorts of lotions and potions and the few make-up products I use, I realized I’ve been slathering my skin with all sorts of chemicals. Cave Girl Eats creator Liz Wolfe came out with a comprehensive Skintervention Guide – a how-to for all things Paleo and skin care – not too long ago, so I decided to get a copy for myself.

    While I’m no stranger to trying a few of the methods in the guide, there was a metric ton of information that was new to me. Liz does a great job of communicating that most of what we put on our skin ends up getting absorbed into the body and the myriad chemicals in our cosmetics are chock full of nasties (endocrine disruptors are just one that comes to mind). Being a bio major in college and a self-professed science geek, this wasn’t a huge surprise, but what to do about it is where I gained the most value. I clicked through the guide fervently and focused in on a couple of changes I knew I wanted to make right away – using the oil cleansing method to wash my face, switching to a coconut oil / baking soda deodorant, making another attempt at baking soda / apple cider vinegar for hair washing and using a nourishing balm nightly on my face.

    Then it hit me.

    Almost a year ago, I’d purchased a pound of grass-fed beef tallow from US Wellness Meats, thrown it in the freezer and forgotten about it. Okay, that’s a lie. I hand’t forgotten about it. In fact, every time I’d open the freezer, I would see it sitting there, mocking me for not having found a use for it yet. A quick Google search landed me a simple formula for making tallow balm, and I was off to the kitchen to make it.

    Luck has it that the recipe to make the balm also called for olive oil to help with a smoother texture. I just so happen to have a huge jug of high-quality Kasandrinos Extra Virgin Olive Oil in my pantry, the perfect addition to the balm. Kasandrinos uses no chemical methods to press their oil and does not use any other oils as fillers, a common and shady practice that goes on in the olive oil business these days.

    The tallow balm makes my skin super soft, and keeps it well-hydrated throughout the day without feeling greasy!

    Ingredients:

    • 1/4 cup* grass-fed tallow (beef lard)
    • 2.5 tsp olive oil (I used Kasandrinos)
    • 2-3 drops of essential oil (I used lavender)

     

    Directions:

    1. Melt the tallow in the microwave in a glass container. I used a small mason jar.
    2. Stir in the olive oil and essential oil.
    3. Refrigerate, uncovered, until the balm hardens.
    4. Remove from the refrigerator and store tightly. After I clean my face at night, I apply a thin layer as a moisturizer.

    *The approximate ratio of tallow to olive oil I used was 8:1.

    Steph Gaudreau is a certified holistic nutrition practitioner, weightlifting and mindset coach, and the author of the best-selling Performance Paleo Cookbook. Her recipes and expert advice have been featured in SELF, Outside Magazine, Elle, and Greatist. Steph loves barbells, cats, and anything Lord of the Rings. She lives in San Diego, CA.

    12 thoughts on “Grass-Fed Tallow Balm

    1. Love this post! I started using Tallow for my daughters very dry skin and on my face, it’s simply amazing! I have a similar recipe but mine comes out whipped like lotion. I’m still experimenting with the exact recipe but it will be up on my blog this week. Thanks again for sharing! {Amy}

        1. I’ve made it whipped, too. You let it solidify at room temperature, then whip with a hand mixer. I think it’s easier to handle that way!

      1. Does this whipped version make it so that you can put it on in the morning before the day and not have your face be shiny? I haven’t tried the above recipe yet, but only being made oils makes me think that it’s going to do the shiny thing. I really want to find something like this but that I can apply any type of day.

    2. Chemicals? A bio major should know better.

      Anyway, just wanted to say that I quit liquid body washes because I tried using coconut oil on my skin. And the bumps on my upper arms, thighs, buttocks got worse instead of better. Then I realised that there’s coconut derived stuff in pretty much all liquid soap so now I use olive oil bar soaps. Much better.

      1. Perhaps I should have added the word synthetic but I expected context to tell the story there.

        Coconut can be irritating to skin for many people. Glad you’ve found a better alternative.

    3. Loved the article, just one thing to add… Use a double boiler instead of a microwave as microwaving anything destroys the vitamin content of any feed/oil/fat you put in it. It also create a series of free radicals that can really harm your body. Do the melting process in a glass jar set inside a pot of water. It’ll take a little longer to melt, put it will retain all the vitamins A, D, E and K that exist in grass fed tallow. And if you took the time to make it, I KNOW you are digging how nourishing it is on your skin! Again, great article.

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