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The “Naughty” Skin Care Ingredient You Absolutely Must Try!

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The "Naughty" Skin Care Ingredient You Absolutely Must Try!

Pop Quiz! What Beauty Ingredient . . .

Do many beauty product manufacturers vilify while selling you their expensive, patented formulas? If you compare labels between the “naughty” skin care product and theirs, which one would have a toxic slew of chemicals including, say, 5 ingredients linked to cancer, 3 penetration enhancers that may increase exposure to carcinogens, parabens and 20 chemicals that have not been assessed for safety?¹

Most importantly, which product is uniquely compatible with our skin’s biology, leaving it supple and nourished after use? If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s time to let you in on a little beauty secret I’ve been keeping for the past few months. Are you ready to see what’s underneath those bags?

Ta Da!

On the left we have Sample A (which we won’t mention for liability reasons), and on the right we have beef tallow! Now, I’m not picking on Sample A specifically, it’s just they they happen to claim on their “dirty little secrets” page that tallow leaves scum on skin, boasting that they never use it in their soaps, lotions, etc.  What is this scum, you ask? And why do cosmetic manufacturers make a big deal about not using tallow?

Good questions! I’ll get into the no-good, horrible, make-your-skin-so-soft-you-won’t-believe-it “scum” in just a minute, but first I want to say that many companies do use tallow in lipsticks and such. For the most part they like to keep that quiet, because quite frankly tallow is a natural product that cannot be patented. Fractionated compounds that don’t remotely resemble nature with the word “natural” slapped on the label – now THAT can be patented!

Marketers have made very convincing arguments that plant-based products are better for our skin and the environment, but it’s simply not true. Now, I love the oil cleansing method and other beauty treatments that rely on plant-based oils, but when it comes to deeply nourishing skin my skin I’ve found that animal-based fats work better. Because you guys, that “scum” product A’s manufacturer mentioned is made up of saturated and monounsaturated fats, which I happen to believe are . . .

The Perfect “Food” For Skin

Awhile back I wrote about coconut oil for radiant skin, a supercharged metabolism and preventing stretch marks. It’s what I’ve been using for years and I’ve been very happy with it. Thanks to a botched interstate road trip, though, my precious coconut oil ended up in a 10×20′ storage unit, so I cooked up a short-term solution: lard.

Aside from a few chuckles on Facebook about smelling like mashed potatoes, I wasn’t expecting much from the lard experiment. Oh, how wrong I was! The next morning I did – and I’m not exaggerating here – a doubletake of my own face in the bathroom mirror. There I am, toothbrush halfway to my mouth, trying to figure out what elf came and scrubbed the last three exhausting months off my face while I was sleeping.

Now, as you may have noticed, I said earlier that tallow is the perfect first food for skin, not lard. That’s because as I continued to experiment and study I discovered a few things:

  • Tallow is uniquely compatible with the biology of our cells. About 50% of the structure of our cell membrane comes from saturated fats, with remaining amounts consisting of monounsaturated and to a lesser degree polyunsaturated fats. According to Nourishing Traditions, it is the saturated fats that give cell membranes the “necessary stiffness and integrity”  necessary for proper function (p. 11). In a research article which I was privileged to preview before publication, I recently learned that:

“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.” (emphasis mine) There are other points of biological compatibility, too, such as the fact that tallow and sebum consist primarily of a type of lipid called triglycerides. (“Sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin, so we are not the first to make this connection!)

  • Tallow is much easier to use than lard – Because it’s composition is so similar to our own it absorbs very easily, leaving skin soft and supple. In contrast, lard has less saturated fat (what “tones” cell membranes) and more polyunsaturated fats (which our diets tend to have in overabundance).
  • Tallow contains skin nourishing ingredients that plant-based oils do not – Though I am still a huge fan of coconut oil (which by the way, has an excellent saturated fat ratio) and continue to plan to use it as sunscreen and a whole body moisturizer (because it spreads more quickly and I’m always in a hurry!), the skin on my face is visibly more toned with tallow. I think that may be because of the abundance of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,K and E) that naturally occur in pastured tallow, along with the potent anti-inflammatory conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and anti-microbial palmitoleic acid.

What about “organic” and “natural” skin care lines? How do they stack up to pure, one-ingredient products like tallow and virgin coconut oil? Unfortunately, I have to agree with this Organic Consumers Association press release, which says:

A visit to any health food store unfortunately reveals that the majority of products in the personal care section with ‘organic’ brand claims are not USDA-certified and contain only cheap water extracts of organic herbs and maybe a few other token organic ingredients for organic veneer. The core of such products are composed of conventional synthetic cleansers and conditioning ingredients usually made in part with petrochemicals. According to market statistics, consumers are willing to pay significantly more for products branded ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ which they believe do not contain petrochemical-modified ingredients or toxic contaminants like 1,4-Dioxane…. When it comes to misbranding organic personal care products in the US, it’s almost complete anarchy and buyer beware unless the product is certified under the USDA National Organic Program

Carcinogenic 1,4-Dioxane Found in Leading “Organic” Brand Personal Care Products

Ready To Give Tallow A Try? Great!

I highly recommending using only only suet from grass-fed cows/sheep – not only will the finished product be richer in minerals, fat soluble vitamins and micronutrients, it will also be much more pure. Pesticides, antibiotics and synthetic hormones are stored in fat, so animals raised using factory/conventional practices are not recommended!

How To Make Tallow Balm

If you want to make your own you can find out how on the Vintage Tradition website. Instructions are on the bottom link in the left sidebar.

Notes: Tallow obtained by scooping off the top of a chilled container of beef broth will likely have more moisture than traditionally rendered tallow. For that reason it tends to go bad quickly. Stick with the traditional process and your finished product should last 6 months to a year at room temperature.

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You can buy it!

Where To Buy Tallow Skin Balm

Do you know a mama who would love to know about this? Share it with her, and maybe you can schedule a tallow making party. :)

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345 Responses to The “Naughty” Skin Care Ingredient You Absolutely Must Try!

  1. Brooke says:

    I have a farmer that I can buy tallow from, but I don’t know what form it comes in (is it solid?) or how to store it. If I were to purchase from her, is this something I can store in the bathroom or does it need to be in the fridge or something? In a glass container? Also, do you think I could put in the EVOO and/or essential oils myself once I bought it? Thanks! :)

    • Heather says:

      Yes, you can definitely add EVOO and essential oils yourself! If it is rendered properly it will last at room temp for at least six months – maybe more than a year!

      • Teresa says:

        Silly question… how can you tell if it’s gone bad? I live in south Orange County, CA and have no air conditioning so it can get quite hot Aug-Oct. I notice your lotion recipe seperates after a month or so, depending on how hot it is. Love it by the way! Best lotion!

        • Heather says:

          Hi Theresa! The tallow balm should stay good for about a year. The lotion from another post should not really be kept in a warm environment since it doesn’t contain preservatives, and it’s not always obvious when it’s gone bad. During the cooler months I’ve found it can be stored at room temp for about 2 weeks. If you don’t think you can use it all you could put half on the counter an then keep the rest in the fridge for up to a few months. During the warmer months I’d keep it in the fridge.

      • Carissa Boley says:

        How do you render tallow properly?

    • Shawna says:

      I would like to buy the one from the link you provided. But I can’t find it when I go there. Can you tell me the actual name or send me something that will take me straight to that skin care product with the tallow and essential oils? My email is

  2. Susy says:

    Whether or not it was intentional, this article is extremely misleading about basic biology. Your statements contain fallacious implications and assumptions about biological compounds and their function. Your references are a cookbook and an unpublished article, neither of which can be considered legitimate scientific references, especially when the article uses the phrases “undoubtedly” and “makes sense”. While I’m sure your use of tallow did have a positive effect, you should present your findings for what they are: anecdotal, not evidential.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Susy! Admittedly I am not a trained biologist, but common sense tells me that coating my skin with a substance very similar to the protective sebum my skin makes for itself is a good idea. On the other hand, coating it “patented technologies” containing harsh chemicals known to cause reproductive problems and/or cancer – not so much. I fully agree with you that my article is more anecdotal than evidential, but I felt it would be helpful to explain what I’ve discovered as I tried to understand why tallow has worked so well for me. Thanks for joining the conversation! :)

      • Mammabear says:

        Hi Heather, antecdotal or not I believe that what you have explained is probably on the right track. There are oriental cultures who insist on eating pig fat because of it’s ability to restore and maintain skin collagen. In France, (where I live) they also believe that eating and using animal fats has a direct and lasting impact on the skin. To the science part, you are correct. Tallow contains somewhere in the region of about 45ish% saturated fats – palmitic, stearic and myristic acids. Palmitic acid is used make soaps &’s found in face creams, meat,cheese and butter. Incidentally the french eat alot of cheese and the women here regard it as a well kept beauty secret! Back to Palmitic acid…. industrial companies saponify the fatty acid to make liquid detergents (but use lotsa nasties along the way!). Stearic acid is also found in both animals and vege fats, moreso animals. Shea butter apparantly has a high level of stearic acid. Its hydrolised at 200deg celcius and used in soap, cosmetics and detergents. Its used in various forms in candles, PVC, car tyres… lots of things. The ester of mystric acid is used in skin care products. Its also found in nutmeg butter. I could ramble on more about tallow and the science of the triglyceride components and how extensive they are used – but you have already discovered this wonderful product and have shared it with the world. Oh and to add, I have been told directly that top athletes in Germany use tallow to heal blisters. It’s a great find and better used in its natural organic state anyday. Please don’t take this the wrong way but I think it is pretty clear looking at your blog that it is anectodal, and it is for each (intelligent) individual to decide if they want to take it or leave it – and preferably with grace. I bought your e- book and I love it. I have a long standing history with bad skin and since dumping my store products for natural homemade-ies I’ve suffered rare outbreaks. If science is about results – then that is more than enough science for me! Thanks for your hard work and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

        • Heather says:

          Great comment, Mammabear. So interesting about the German athletes :)

          • Jean says:

            my hubby ex Swedish army has little sticks of what must be tallow, given to soldiers to rub on heels, as when I looked at these green push blobs of fat, he said you can actually eat that, no harm !

  3. S Hilton says:

    Oh yay! I just rendered tallow yesterday for the first time! I was wondering what I was going to do with a quart size jar of it :) Surprisingly my daughter was slurping it off the spoon…lol…but I think I’d rather put it on my face. I’m not a fan of the taste so much unless I can hide it in food ;)

  4. Jill says:

    So you just rub it on your skin and then rinse? How exactly do you use it?

  5. Ok, I am sold. Wish it came in a bigger jar for my belly! :-)

  6. Tammy Carter via FB says:

    oh! exciting- rendered some tallow a few months ago! It is mostly being used

  7. Tammy Carter via FB says:

    To make the most delicious tortillas. Would you use this at night only or morning, too? I made some up using jojoba as the carrier oil since that is what I have been using for my face.

  8. Jessica says:

    I have read nourishing traditions and I would take their “findings” long before I would many other health professionals!!! Do you have a prefered place to buy the tallow infused with the essential oils?

    • Heather says:

      Yes, Vintage Traditions! I link to them in the post :)

      • Elizabeth says:

        The site states that the ingredients are organic. Why are they not USDA certified organic?

        • Nina says:

          It’s similar to when you are shopping at the farmer’s market; a farmer may not have that ‘USDA Organic’ label displayed on their products, but that doesn’t mean that they are growing vegetables, raising animals, etc. using organic practices. It cost A LOT of money to apply for ‘official’ certification from the USDA. It is also, to my understanding, a complicated and lengthy process; As it should be! As consumers we definitely want to know that when something says USDA organic, it IS organic. However, that doesn’t mean that a small time farmer or in this case, a small company making beauty products, can’t actually be producing products that are organic just because the label isn’t there. Without the USDA label to be sure, you just have to know the people who you are buying from and be able to trust what they are telling you. People were doing ‘organic’ long before the USDA, so sometimes it pays to talk to farmer’s or company owners and get the specifics on their practices and ingredients. Hope that helps?

          • Nina says:

            Sorry that line should read,

            “but that doesn’t mean that they AREN’T growing”

            have to figure out how to edit my comments : )

  9. Leah says:

    Yay! now I have something to do with all the suet sitting in my deep freeze. My husband and I were talking about making soap but this sounds like more fun for me… (Hilton..nice to see someone else’s lil one is like mine. my daughter fights me for the marrow and fat whenever I’m cooking.)

  10. jill says:

    Can you clarify which resource (from your link to the resource page) sells the tallow products?

    thanks for the post!

  11. .. says:

    I’ve also read on a hair forum or two that bone marrow is a great wash out deep conditioning treatment. It’s just difficult to do a follow up google search outside of comments made on those hair forums; because most search results are related to scientific articles on human bone marrow… Has anyone ever tried bone marrow as a deep conditioning treatment?

    • Heather says:

      I haven’t, but that is very interesting! Thanks for sharing :)

    • ash says:

      I’ve never used bone marrow, but I’ve used many other natural remedies with high-fat ingredients, such as straight olive oil, avocado, and eggs. You can mix any of these in a blender and leave as a deep conditioner on your hair and they work wonders. The best one I have done is a mix of olive oil and avocado…it’s a little lumpy, but it’s a terrific moisturizer for hair!

      • Lisa says:

        Run it all through a blender, Ash .. it should take the worst of the lumps out, be nice and smooth, therefore more penetrating to your hair :D

    • Colleen says:

      I saw some spa using beef marrow on hair on that show The Doctors.

  12. Korina says:

    Do you think this would be good for acne? I have tried everything, and I’ve also tried doing nothing and everything in between! I have completely changed my diet and lifestyle, yet still have a terrible case of acne on my face. It’s very dissapointing:( By looking at my face you would think I didn’t take care of myself at all, but it’s quite the opposite! Right now I am trying nothing but oil cleansing in the evenings with jojoba and castor oil, but I might give this a try. Could it be used as a cleanser?

    • Dawn says:

      I have been having problems with acne for about 2 yrs now. Nothing has worked until 2 weeks ago. After I wash my face I put one part apple cider vineger(Braggs) 3 parts water on a cotton ball wipe on my face. Smells gross but it goes away quick.

      • Heather says:

        HI Korina! I am not sure. It does have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, but I haven’t heard whether anyone has used it for acne with success.

  13. Annie Walsh via FB says:

    Great article!! Just read this yesterday and saw a link to buy tallow balms, now I can’t find that link anymore. After reading this would definitely like to try tallow on my skin.

  14. Tammy Carter – Sorry, I just saw this! I used it morning and evenings :)

  15. Thanks for letting me know, Annie Walsh! I’ll figure out what’s going on with that listing asap, but in the meantime you can click through to the giveaway and enter. When you do your first entry it will take you to the site!

  16. Annie Walsh via FB says:

    Hey thanks, I was able to get on the site through the raffle entry. Can’t wait to try this!!

  17. Tara says:

    Thanks for the idea! Today I’m rendering some tallow with fresh mint and dried lavender thrown in during the rendering. We’ll see how it turns out! I’ll measure out the final liquid tallow and then add olive oil. I guess you add it while the tallow is still liquid and warm?

    • Heather says:

      Yes, add it while it’s warm!

    • tara says:

      Ok, I rendered the tallow and added olive oil. The only problem is it’s quite gritty and still smells very ‘cow’ even though I added oils. Maybe someone can ‘perfect’ this and post a tutorial.

    • Geanna Bell says:

      No, wait until the tallow is room temperature and then add the olive oil and essential oils. If you add them while the tallow is still warm, it’ll be gritty/grainy. You wouldn’t believe how many batches of tallow came out grainy until we let it cool to room temperature and then added the olive oil and essential oils!! If you put the tallow in a food chopper before you render it, it’ll render in approximately 2 hours instead of 8-10 hours. Just something my mom found out by experimentation! Hope this helps :D

  18. Britt says:

    Can’t wait to try this! I’ve just been making the shift to natural body/skin care products and have been loving the coconut oil… but have felt I might need something a little “heartier” for my face… Already put this on a birthday wish list :)

    What do you use to wash your face? I’ve done the coconut oil for make-up removal but feel like I should “wash” it with something different? Not sure what to try!

  19. Alexis D says:

    I have a whole bunch of homemade rendered tallow (from grass-fed cows, of course) in my freezer that is now going to have even more uses :)

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  22. Dave says:

    I’ll tell you what: I don’t have proof beyond anecdotal evidence but I believe in beef tallow.

    I had a severe skin problem on my hands. Don’t know what it was related to, but it started when I had a chem tank full of broadleaf herbicide douse when I was working at a golf course in high school. (yuk!) My skin would continually peel and flake off, and it’d look disgusting (and I even lost job opportunities because of this…) Anyhow, I ended up getting a job at Wild Oats Natural Foods in the meat dept.

    Let’s just say I cut a lot of meat and even though I wore gloves I had beef tallow on my skin for 8 hours per day. In a very short time (a month?) my skin problem went away. I only worked at that place for 8 months (it was a resting place on an extended road trip) but I’ve never had the skin problem again– that was in 2005.

    So yeah, I pretty sure Beef tallow is one of the best things for your skin.

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  24. Victoria says:

    Very intrigued!! Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing MommyP

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  26. michelle says:

    What about the fat from making bone broth.. Is that suitable as a cream too?? Or is that tallow?? Am using the greenpastures fermented cod liver oil/x factor butter cream now, works miracles too!

    • Heather says:

      In my experience, the tallow scooped off the top after making broth is not a good choice. I’s almost impossible to keep from getting a little broth in the jar and the extra moisture causes it to go bad really fast. I keep tallow rendered that way in the fridge and use it for cooking, but I only use the stuff rendered straight from suet for skin care because I want it to last a long time at room temp (it’s not spreadable when I keep it in the fridge!)

      Hope that helps!

  27. Candice says:

    Interesting! I have been using coconut oil exclusively on my face and as a sunscreen. I have been happy with it but have a few large brownish age spots and was wondering whether tallow would help with those. The IPL and laser options are soooo expensive and also definitely not natural.


    • Heather says:

      HI Candice! I can’t say I’ve heard of tallow helping with spots but lemon essential oil has a natural bleaching effect :)

    • Alicia says:

      I’m currently using tallow cream on my hands for what look to be aging spots that appeared a few weeks ago. It’s fading so far, so I will keep it up.

  28. dianna says:

    hi! I was on here researching lard for skin use because I had started using it on my skin and was AMAZED! It works better than anything I have ever used! It virtually banished all my wrinkles AND my saggy neck in 2 days! I am still totally shocked!

    How I started using it was I had noticed that 100% lard soap that I make was the only thing my face liked. It also seemed to make my skin firmer and I could feel it getting firmer after use.

    One day I was making soap and looked at the lard and thought – hmm it looks just like my home-made cold cream! So I scented some with lavender oil and used it as night cream! HOLY PIG FAT!

    After a few days I talked myself out of using it – because if I think too much about it I get icked out… and my skin stayed smooth for days (from the few days use!)… but today I decided that I am going to keep using it. My wrinkles and saggy neck are coming back and I know the lard will vanish them!

    So glad others are doing this :)

  29. dianna says:

    ohh – forgot to say i’ve never tried tallow but if it is even better i may not be able to stop myself…

  30. Hi Heather
    You have inspired me with your post to create a new soap recipe with beef tallow, coconut and calendula. This is the most fabulously nourishing soap I’ve created so far and I absolutely love it.
    My partner, who is the soap expert in our household, thinks it’s one of my best creations and even uses it as a shaving soap.
    Thanks a lot for the great post and keep up the good work.

  31. Gini says:

    Hi, I don’t see the link to where you can buy the tallow already made and infused with essential oils, and I’ve looked through the article 3 times. lol Maybe I’m just missing it- but if not, would someone reply with the link? THANKS! :)

  32. Lani says:

    If you don’t mind the smell is it ok to use the tallow straight on your skin?

  33. Leah says:

    I’ve been meaning to follow up my previous comment. I’ve rendered quite a bit of our lard and all of the suet I had. I find the lard is more oily and better suited for cooking. maybe its just our pigs. as for the suet. i’d never rendered straight suet before. just used the tallow from broth and marrow bones for cooking. well this stuff is so GREAT! its replaced coconut oil as our lotion. my husband is in construction and is actually stuccoing our house right now which really dries his hands out. once he got over the idea of slathering fat on himself he loved it! even my lil one loves it (mostly to eat from the jar.)

  34. kotoula01 says:

    Hi there, do I just go to the butcher and ask for ‘suet’? What if he doesn’t know what that is? And if I can’t get grass fed suet, can I use the fat that comes from my nitrate free bacon? The bacon comes from ethically raised pics that are local. Is bacon fat the same thing as lard? If not, what is the difference?

    • Heather says:

      I believe you can buy grassfed suet online if you can’t get it locally – I personally wouldn’t use suet from conventionally raised beef since toxins accumulate in fat. You can use the bacon fat but it will not be pure since bacon is usually cooked in sugar, salt and other spices :) Hope that helps!

  35. Barb says:

    You can buy beef tallow from grass fed cows at U.S. Wellness Meats. I just received a 5 gallon bucket…shipping was extremely fast. I broke it down in to manageable containers, froze some, refrigerated the rest. I plan on using for facial care needs. Can’t wait to see results.

  36. Melissa says:

    Heather, Did you post the recipe for your homemade face soap somewhere? I’ve been using Dr. Bronner’s baby mild soap diluated with water in 5:1 ratio in a foaming dispenser, and it seems to be drying my face out quite a bit. (I have tiny red bumps on my forehead) I’d love to hear what you use!

    • Heather says:

      I have two favorites that I rotate based on time of year (winter seems to be more drying so I boost the moisture content) – will be sharing them in an ebook of 50 DIY Beauty Recipes that REALLY WORK soon! Homemade shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, tooth whitener and more :-D

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  38. Babbs says:

    Hi, Heather! Would you recommend buying the suet and rendering yourself or buying the tallow? Prices are different, of course, and I don’t know how much tallow would be rendered from…say, a pound of suet?? I would think a farmer would charge more if he has to process more. Thanks!!

  39. Juss says:

    You may have already answered this question, but what do you do to cover up the faint “mashed potato” smell? I made some tallow yesterday, cooked my eggs in it this morning and am excited to utilize its many other uses. Just wanted to know how to make it smell good if you apply it to skin. =)

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    Hi Heather!

    I loved this article and I loved the tallow face cream that my sister and I made! Thanks for sharing!
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  50. Stefanie says:

    Heather, when I click on the link to purchase it, the website doesn’t have it anymore. Any other places you would recommend for purchasing tallow?

  51. Liz says:

    I have lamb lard I bought from US Wellness. It says “lard” but on the cheeseslave link it says that lard is only from pigs. Wondering if my lamb “lard” has the same benefits as tallow, any idea?

  52. susan says:

    I live in the Southwest. The native americans here called the Tohono Odham used to use deer and buffalo fat as a skin rub. After they would cook the deer or buffalo they would rub the fat on their skin. There are stories that the skin of the Tohono Odham had a beautiful tone and very soft to the touch. Anyway I really enjoyed your post. Heather your knowledge of Tallow is unbound and I bow to your expertise. I learned alot thanks have a good one.

  53. Megan S says:

    Does anyone know if beef tallow is comedogenic? I have eczema and use if for those spots but worry about putting it all over my face for fear of breaking out.

    • Teresa says:

      I use Mommypotamus’ skin moisturizer recipe (grassfed beef tallow w/ 10% olive oil) on my face everyday and don’t have any side affects. I’m 40 and have oily skin. I would like to know if the zinc can be added to the tallow moisturizer cause the lotion recipe makes my face very shiny. Love it on the rest of my body though. Or would the addition of the zinc counteract that by absorbing some of the oil?

  54. Karen Hays says:

    Love this post! We have tons of tallow from our own grassfed cows, that we rendered ourselves and we mainly use for cooking… BUT NOW, I’m super excited to have a new use for our tallow that will improve the health of my skin! I’m mixing some up with oils tonight to try on my face & neck before bed, and if it gives me the same results that you have experienced… I will definitely be mixing up a BIG batch to start using on my whole body! :) YIPPY!!!

  55. Erica says:

    Hi there Heather,

    Is it alright with you if I quote your blog post on my blog? I will link back to this post (to give credit where credit is due).

    Thanks, Erica

  56. zulma says:

    Is the one that you buy as good as the one you make yourself, I went to the web site you suggested and I’m going to buy a jar, I just want to know that is the same…..thanks

    • Heather says:

      The recipes have slightly different ratios of tallow and olive oil, but all the ingredients are the same. Basically, the difference is that Vintage Traditions reformulated with a bit more olive oil to make the balm glide on more smoothly. I’m still using their old formula because I haven’t made a new batch :)

  57. Heather says:

    I’m intrigued by tallow! I’ve been making all-natural skin care products for about 18 months now. I never use synthetic ingredients of any kind and most everything I make is vegan, with the exception of those recipes using beeswax and/or honey. This may be a dumb question, but would tallow be considered all-natural and possibly organic depending on where obtained (definitely not vegan, lol)?

  58. Lisa says:

    This is so exciting! I work in a meat department and we throw alot of that away! I will be asking if I can have that fat from now on … ~grins~ maybe I can come up with some nice smelling recipes :D Bright blessings!

  59. Alicia Dane says:

    Please do not promote Tallow – it is from animals, cows, sheep and pigs, hooves, cartilages and fats. There are many other plant based moisturizers, thank you. Olive oil is one lovely one.

    • Jessica says:

      We own a farm where we raise our grass fed animals for meat & dairy. We are VERY involved in the entire process of animal processing & knowing what part is from where. Tallow IS from animal fat. Tallow IS NOT from hooves & cartilage. I just recently ordered my first tallow lip balm & am so excited to start making some tallow products from our own suet (that’s unrendered animal fat).

  60. Charlyn Palmore Kwiatkowski says:

    What about wrinkles….deep wrinkles and fine lines? I have very fair & dry skin, live at the beach in SoCal and, through the years, have sun-damaged skin. Oh, and I’m 56…..

  61. Beth says:

    How much EO-Essential Oil do you use to make the cream. And can I get the actual ingredients? I didn’t see any precise measures. Sorry

  62. Linda says:

    Hello! I have been on a candida/fungus free diet for three weeks and am feeling great. I am looking forward to trying this! We have a buffalo farm nearby and they have a little restaurant. Can I use tallow from that? I’m sorry but I need to be told the simple process of keeping it in a jar for 6 months or so. Tallow & evoo? Equal amounts? and a few drops essential oil? Is the scent necessary? Thanks for the help. Blessings.

  63. tasha says:

    I have a ton of the tallow left over from making bone broth, but you said it will go bad because of the excess moisture. Is there a way to get the moisture out? It’s all from grass fed beef and I’m dying to make a lotion for my skin.

    • Heather says:

      I’m not familiar with a method, sorry Tasha!

    • Becca says:

      I wonder if heating the tallow and cooking it will cause the extra moisture to evaporate off? You could try it, then leave the tallow setting out at room temperature for about a week or so. If it doesn’t mold by then, I would think it should be ok. Just a thought.

    • Rita says:

      Of course this is absolutely late but next time just put in a pan and cook until all the water evaporates. I have not done it yet but I’ve made my own coconut oil on the stove top and that’s how it’s done.

  64. Ondria says:

    OK seriously NO. Tallow is animal fat. I cannot fathom using the boiled byproduct of serious cruelty for my own vanity. I’m an avid follower of your blog Heather but this is where I, as an ethical human being who honors animals as fellow sentient beings, draw the line. I am horrified

    • Heather says:

      Ondria, I write very openly on my blog about consuming meat and other animal products. In my opinion eating sustainably raised meat is very ethical and not letting anything go to waste is part of that philosophy. This post reflects that belief.

  65. […] Tallow, in case you don’t know, is rendered beef fat. Sounds gross, but actually it’s totally awesome! I couldn’t possibly do a better job explaining tallow than the Mommypotamous does, so I’m just going to link back to her post explaining the wonder that is tallow. […]

  66. Miriam Bolton says:

    Can Sheep’s Tallow be used instead of Beef Tallow?

  67. Diana says:

    I’m looking all over for the Tallow on the links provided but can’t find it anywhere. I’ve checked under ever site in the Fats/Oils sections and more. Help!
    Thank you!

  68. Connie says:

    I just made this but reversed the evoo ratio to tallow. Doh! I’m gonna use it anyways :) Anyways, I also wanted to share that some Whole Foods will give you the fat for free if you ask. You just have to find out when they do their trimming and if they will separate the grass feed from the rest.

    • Rita says:

      If I understand correctly, the tallow is the hard fat from the kidney. Just until I buy the real thing online, I want to try using the fat from the bone broth. I’m just wondering if using the other fats long term is ok?

  69. Elaine Pyer says:

    I ordered both the pretty girly scent and almost unscented from Vintage Tradition and it arrived last Friday. At first I thought it was a little difficult to spread on my face so I added a pin size amount of coconut oil. Even that amt was too oily for my dry skin so last evening I just used a tiny bit of Vin Trad and oh my gosh I noticed a difference in the plumpness of my skin in the mornings. And that’s saying A LOT for this 61 year old lady (I lost a lot of weight and was quite shallow in some areas of my face with associated wrinkles and have had two types of aesthetic injections which did not last even three months!) I also put it on this morning for day wear and it has kept my skin moist and plump (I do have to add an additional sunscreen on top though). I started washing my face with raw, organic honey and love that too. However, I notice I have to apply the honey at least 2-3 times to feel like I’m getting the Vintage Trad. washed off correctly. Don’t mind doing that but wonder if there might be something else to properly cleanse that is beneficial. Certainly do appreciate this article. Can’t wait to let my friends know of this product.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Elaine! Yes, because the balm mimics natural sebum it is difficult to wash off. Since oil breaks down oil, you could try oil cleansing as an alternative to honey:

      • Elaine Pyer says:

        I contacted Vintage Traditions and explained not being able to wash off the tallow and they said I was using too much. Guess what! They were absolutely right on. When they say you only need to use a tiny bit, then it should be a tiny bit. Oh yes Heather I found a supplier of tallow online at (100% grass fed and grass finished). They sell as little as 1.7 lb and also 5 gallon bucket. I thinking this might come in pretty handy especially since I just downloaded your DIY Organic Beauty Recipes! Love it.

  70. ashlee says:

    i have combination acne prone skin, would this cause me to break out?

  71. […] by this  post, I used it as a makeup remover and skin moisturizer.  My elbows have never been softer!  (And no, […]

  72. Coryann says:

    Hi! I had purchased as a moisturizer initially, I have oily, acne skin with large pores. You do not need to use a lot of this so it will last a while. But I found when I used it to moisturize my skin was even more oily and increased my breakouts. But I noticed that my skin looked brighter and more even so I know it was good. So then I started using this as the OCM and it’s worked wonderfully! My skin’s oil has come to some balance and my breakouts while I have them are fewer than before, and when I look in the mirror my face is much more even and bright, my husband thought I was pregnant because I had a glow! Not prego just the tallow!

  73. […] up for making your own? Several parents have reported that tallow balm is ahMAZing for diaper rash and conditions like eczema. (Here are some before/after photos a […]

  74. Kristin says:

    Lovely post. As a middle-aged woman desperate to keep aging skin together I’ve been on rather the journey the last couple of years. I don’t any longer have the problem of eating too much polyunsaturated oil as I swapped it out almost entirely for clean saturated fats. It is so funny that I’ve gotten to the point that rather than washing certain fats off my hands in the kitchen I just rub them in.

    My first foray into this brave world of smearing cooking fat on the body was reading the article on the Weston Price Foundation website about the nourishing skin qualities of tallow. So for the past few months I’ve thrived on a hand and face salve of tallow loosened with avocado oil. My dry chewed cuticles are even healing after 40+ years of habit! I also use coconut oil as sunscreen and after sun moisturizer but it is VERY greasy when applied. It is a lot faster than trying to apply tallow salve over the body though.

    And now it is turning to the cold times. Based on another lovely blogger’s experience I decided to try just the home rendered lard I had in the fridge for cooking. Wow! Nice. Similar penetration and softness as tallow but easier to use. I’ve now melted a good bit of tallow with some coconut oil into my body moisturizer jar (that originally contained just coconut oil) and find that it spreads quickly and sinks in just as quickly. I still use the tallow mixture on face and hands but now have a new moisturizer for whole body. The cosmetic department at my local store has seen the last of me. I get my cosmetics at the meat counter of my local organic butcher!

  75. […] bought 3lbs of grass-fed beef fat for making face cream…stay tuned for this […]

  76. […] The “Naughty” Skin Care Ingredient You Absolutely Must Try! | The Mommypotamus | organic SAHM sh… […]

  77. Rachel says:

    Sorry, but it sounds like you are so totally brainwashed with all your Paleo thinking. It’s obvious from almost every post that you make that you are a part of the Paleo cult movement. Now you want to put animal lard on your face. Great. Thanks for sharing. I’m sure Paleo is a decent way of eating, but they (the people who set out to give it a name) are not the inventors of that way of eating, and you don’t have to be obsessed with it like it is an object to be lifted up on an altar and worshipped. Get over it and live your life, even if you want animal fat on your face.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Rachel. Actually, I am not paleo at all. I eat bread, rice, and all kinds of paleo “no no’s” on a regular basis. Not exactly sure what that has to do with skincare, but I thought I’d set the record straight :)

      • E Pyer says:

        Hi Heather. Have been using the tallow from Vintage Traditions for hmmm about three months on my face. I Love it. It has replaced at least four other types of “so-called” moisturizers and an additional eye cream! I went on the Vintage Traditions website a little after I started using it and read almost all of the comments/responses from tallow users. There were alot of interesting stories posted. One that I noticed was on, dare I say, hemmoroids (not sure I have the spelling correct). Well knowing that I am really anonymous in the blog, I will say this. It definitely works. Not so much make them go away but definitely shrink. There I’ve said it. To quote Martha Stewart “it’s a good thing”. Love your posts. Keep up the good work.

  78. Rita says:

    Heather, I am so anxious to try this but unfortunately the closest I can get is to go Wholefoods, buy some
    bones, make broth, chill and then scrape the top. I understand this is not ideal but it will take time to buy the tallow online and wait for shipping. If the fat I scrape from the top is then boiled down to remove any water, would it still have all that nasty stuff like harmones? Thanks for your help.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Rita! It depends on the diet of the cows the tallow is rendered from. I prefer to use 100% grass-fed, which depending on your location may be something you can find at Whole Foods.

      • Rita says:

        WF says their bones is natural, that is’s probably 75% grass fed. I think sometimes it’s just who you talk to there. I’m also on the email list of a company that will let me know when they have some available.

  79. Taylor says:

    Hello! I realize this post is over a year old. Do you still LOVE and use tallow as your body/face moisturizer? I normally use Jojoba oil as my skincare routine (jojoba oil has been the only thing my face likes). Can I add jojoba oil to the tallow instead of olive oil? Thanks :)

  80. Elizabeth says:

    I have been oil cleansing for a year and love it. First heard about the tallow from Wellness Mama and Liz Wolfe, but was afraid to try. Then read your post last night and decided to go for it. LOVE it! I am 47 with acne prone yet aging skin. Getting rid of grains and sugar was a huge help with the acne, and oil cleansing definitely improved the overall appearance of my skin, but the tallow is amazing. I tried straight grass fed tallow all over my face and neck last night. Didn’t love the smell, but loved how my skin looked in the morning. After wiping with a warm washcloth in the shower, I put a tiny amount on today, and barely noticed the smell. My skin looks amazing. Thank you!

  81. Mary Anderson via FB says:

    Wonderful!!! When I clicked the 20% off link, though, I got a page that said “nothing found here”. Maybe I clicked too early?

  82. Emily Tosten via FB says:

    Thanks for sharing! The link to buy it does not work though, goes to a page not found :(

  83. Deanna Rolfe Dunn via FB says:

    The link at the bottom of your blog post isn’t working…

  84. Sarah Vokes via FB says:

    Ditto the commenters above… Link doesn’t work.

  85. Heather Skinner Leary via FB says:

    Can you detail you evening facial routine?

  86. As a former beauty advisor I applaud this I’m cons tally searching for healthier skin care products and am very interested in this.

  87. Denise Ciszewski-Mueller via FB says:

    What company/product is it? The link doesn’t work on mobile

  88. Ali McCannell via FB says:

    the link doesn’t seem to work. for the discount site

  89. Alissia Haggard via FB says:

    Can’t pull it up either

  90. Emeth Hesed via FB says:

    I would love to buy it but the link doesn’t work.

  91. the link at the bottom doesn’t work.

  92. Pam Heald via FB says:

    I cant get the purchase link in the article to work, could you check it?

  93. Julie Jones via FB says:

    What they said. Lol

  94. Mary Anderson, Emily Tosten, Deanna Rolfe Dunn, Sarah Vokes, Annie Beth Brown Donahue, Denise Ciszewski-Mueller, Ali McCannell, Alissia Haggard, Emeth Hesed, Timna Harper, Pam Heald – I’m so sorry about that! My blog mangled the code for some reason but it’s working now.

  95. Nisa Dailey via FB says:

    I just tried- can’t get to it

  96. Pam Heald via FB says:

    Thank you for fixing it! :D

  97. Heather Skinner Leary via FB says:

    Do you use unscented or scented?

  98. Sary Rice Stroll via FB says:

    Ordered – thanks!

  99. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much for this post! I just recently purchased a 1/4 organic, grass-fed heifer and want to make sure I make the best use of everything. I’ve never rendered beef tallow, but I’m reading up on it. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  100. Have you ever smelled “mild manly”? Wondering how mild it is…Oil Cleansing literally saved my face so in excited to try this too :)

  101. Asia Maus via FB says:

    Thanks for sharing! Just ordered and am super excited to try it!

  102. Beth DiFebo Durham via FB says:

    What scent do you use??

  103. RussandAmy Granberry via FB says:

    How long would you estimate the 2oz size would last? Thanks :)

  104. Sarah West Mogle via FB says:

    Thank you so much. I just placed an order.

  105. Alissia Haggard via FB says:

    Adding to my Christmas list!

  106. Heather Skinner Leary, Jayne Jewell, Beth DiFebo Durham – Don’t laugh but I actually ordered the manly scent. I don’t think it’s really masculine, just clean and fresh.

  107. Caitlin Gibson – It’s actually my fave scent. I ordered it for myself! I would describe it as very clean and fresh rather than overly masculine. A guy would totally use it, though

  108. RussandAmy Granberry – I can’t say how quickly an individual would go through it because I use it on both myself and the potami, but a little goes a long way.

  109. Alicia Makjavich via FB says:

    Thank you, I was needing more moisturizer and I was using the coconut oil moisturizer from Eminence Organics. I just ordered this one, I can get 4 times as much for the same price and if it is as good as you say it is, even better! I am very excited to try it. :)

  110. RussandAmy Granberry via FB says:

    Thanks! I was just reading the benefits on their page and thinking it would be good for my kiddos too (I have one with eczema despite a restricted diet). I just had baby #6 in November and I think our due dates were almost the same day. Congrats on your sweet baby boy!!!

  111. When does this special end? I don’t get paid until friday!

  112. Amanda Smith via FB says:

    Thank you for this post Mommypotamus! I’ve been thinking this may be a good option for my son’s eczema. I was wondering if it would go bad at room temp or be smelly! Now I know the specifics and how to make it.

  113. Amanda Smith via FB says:

    Thank you for this post Mommypotamus! I’ve been thinking this may be a good option for my son’s eczema. I was wondering if it would go bad at room temp or be smelly! Now I know the specifics and how to make it.

  114. Tara Zupnyk Beyer via FB says:

    Thanks for posting! Just ordered :) Can’t wait to try this.

  115. I’ve been using the same tub for over a year and it’s not even half-gone. I haven’t noticed a single negative difference between it and the higher-priced “high tech” eye creams, etc. Thank you for recommending it!

  116. Amanda Smith – It will be good at room temp for over a year. I know several people who have had great results with eczema using this stuff.

  117. Its going to cost me$18in postage alone :-(

  118. Brenda K says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve been searching for the perfect, safe lotion for my face. I can’t wait to try this! I’m also curious, do you make all of your make-up or have you found a place to buy real make-up?

    • Heather says:

      I make some and buy some – sounds like I need to write a post! :)

      • Brenda K says:

        Yes, please! I bought your diy beauty products books! However, I’m pretty new to this true all natural living. I’m still learning and often overwhelmed by just preparing all of our food properly. There is still so much to learn and do with food. (I haven’t started soaking everything I should yet….and so on). So, when it comes to lotions, make-up, soaps etc, while I want to do real and healthy, making it all is overwhelming. I’d love to know where I could buy some safe make-up until I can manage to make more.

  119. Ketti Hoffman Carter via FB says:

    My mom and I have been using this for almost a year after reading your post about it, and we love it! It’s great for face, feet, hands, and especially under eyes. I like the girly scent.

  120. Emeth Hesed via FB says:

    When does the sale end? I get paid on Friday, too.

  121. Marilyn Gervais via FB says:

    Just ordered 3! Can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing xx

  122. Kathy Smith funny I was just talking about this! :)

  123. Rachel Lobban via FB says:

    If shipping weren’t $6.50 for me, I was going to be able to get it for my mom! Thanks for the info and link!!

  124. A Irene Nicolo via FB says:

    We use this with our son who has moderate-to-severe eczema we love it!

  125. Mimi Kim via FB says:

    Thank you so much for the discount code! I actually ordered some of this recently for my daughter’s eczema. It seems to be working pretty well and I feel much better about using tallow based balm than the prescriptions her doctors recommended. I just placed an order for more.

  126. Tessa Sverduk via FB says:

    Would this be bad for acne prone skin?

  127. Stefani Allen Wood via FB says:


  128. Kelly O'Donnell Karmine via FB says:


  129. Kiera says:

    I have to ask, what about the smell? I just recently rendered my first batch of tallow from pastured beef leaf fat, but the end product still had some of that beefy smell to it? I’m all for a good face moisturizer, but not if it makes me smell like McDonald’s. have you noticed that using plain tallow, not the cream leaves a smell?

  130. Aimee King via FB says:

    I had the same problem but tried a few more times and got through to the site. Order a stocking stuffer for myself. :) Thanks for getting us the discount!

  131. I’ve been using this for about a month and a half. Love it so far! I have acne prone/oily skin and couldn’t believe the results I got! Doesn’t break me out or cause an oil slick on my face. I ordered the almost unscented and it’s perfect! Great for any areas on your skin that’s dry…not just for face!

  132. Daun Felker Pringle via FB says:

    I switched from this one actually. I didn’t like the texture to another tallow balm, with a firmer texture.

  133. Vicki Olejarczyk via FB says:

    Not very affordable

  134. Mmm… The vegetarians and vegans say no thanks!

  135. Kristen Nickodemus via FB says:

    Thought of Tori, Theresa Teresa Schumacker

  136. Diana Fernandez Moody via FB says:

    I cant wait to try it..

  137. I started using tallow on my body after reading that it helps with eczema (it does!). I haven’t tried it on my face yet – now I will! I loved the article, thanks!

  138. Nancy Mlotkowski via FB says:

    Not sure if you legally can’t use product A’s name in your post, but you mention “Dove” in there, so may want to edit that out if it’s a true liability. :)

  139. The link doesn’t work for me. I can’t order.

  140. Greg Kamradt via FB says:

    Thanks for the link and discount.

  141. Diana Fernandez Moody via FB says:

    For some reason I cant order the product without paypal… I will try again later..

  142. You are so sweet to share! Thanks, Heather!

  143. You are so sweet to share! Thanks, Heather!

  144. Just ordered some and I’m excited to try it! :)

  145. Margaret Gray via FB says:

    Awesome, thanks! I’ve been wanting to make some for my daughter’s eczema, but rendering tallow keeps getting pushed to the bottom of my to do list.

  146. Best timing ever! Just today I made a mental note to buy more since I’m pretty much out. glad I procrastinated because now I get a discount! Best moisturizer for dry Colorado weather

  147. Sara O'Neill Tippett via FB says:

    So great. I love how they give detailed instructions on their website. I just made some with so e grass fed tallow I made! Can’t wait to try it!

  148. Angie Cole via FB says:

    I’ve been using this for almost a year — it’s great!

  149. Anna Fernandez Perales via FB says:

    Diana Moody….are you making or buying??

  150. Thanks! I just ordered a 2 oz for my dad for Christmas. I don’t even know what’s wrong with his skin and apparently the dermatologists (3 total now) haven’t the slightest idea either. It’s like some alien form of eczema on top of his compulsive itching, lack of patience and running to the family doctor for steroids as a band aid without actually fixing the issue. Very frustrating. Hoping this will help some. He uses Aveeno oatmeal products now…which I don’t think is the best either with all the other stuff in the products. He’s stubborn and not into my “hippie” ways so he says. Grrrr….

  151. Beth DiFebo Durham via FB says:

    Is this use as a moisturizer for face?

  152. Kathryn Frick Montgomery via FB says:

    Christina Rathburn, where to find organic, grass fed tallow?

  153. Christina Rathburn via FB says:

    You can render your own Kathryn Montgomery from your own cow. I have not done it yet…

    There is a link to some place to buy it too in the post.

  154. Thuy n. says:

    I found this grass fed beef tallow for $11.99 for 1.7 lbs. It seems like such a great deal and price saver vs. $16 for 2 oz of the body balm. What do you think? Thanks!

  155. do you know if it helps with eczema?

  156. I am wondering what my best bet for fragrance is…I’ve always been pretty sensitive to fragrances, but even more so now since motherhood has changed my chemistry. I’m gonna have to give this a try though! I’ve been using pricey Goats Milk moisturizer by Kate Sommersville (Nordstrom) which has given me the best results so far or lotions/balms from the Honest Co, but my skin is struggling because I need a root canal and the mild infection/inflammation is showing up in my skin. I used to always be combo/oily, but now I’m dry, but with inflammatory (and infuriating) breakouts. Wondering if this would help…

    has anyone tried the OUTDOOR SPICE? I gravitate toward spicy/sweet/citrus, but I’m wondering if this would be TOO spicy and/or earthy…?

  157. Tai Rae via FB says:

    I really appreciate that this company has directions for making your own tallow balm right on their site! Just for that I might buy some.

  158. Kirsty Sziron via FB says:

    I’m really tempted but shipping to Australia is more than the product! ($18 US)……

  159. Julie Angelo- my dad’s having the same issues as yours. It’s so weird! He’s tried so many things… even changing his diet and now he’s back on steroids!!!

  160. I JUST ordered some Vintage Traditions balm yesterday! I can’t wait to try it….1st time user of their product.

  161. Anna Slavich via FB says:

    Amy maybe this would help?

  162. Amy Brand Holt via FB says:

    Anna gheesh! I’m about willing to try anything! Merry Christmas to me!

  163. Heather L. Owens via FB says:

    Denise Moore, this may help for eczema… The peoples chemist is awesome and everyone should be following him! He definitely knows what he’s talking about and doesn’t sugar coat anything

  164. Danel Mapes Walker via FB says:

    Shipping is too high.

  165. Thanks for sharing. hope it works for my eczema baby boy.

  166. Ivona Drehobl via FB says:

    I can’t find if they ship to apo ae. Please help.

  167. I suffer from rosacea…I may have to give this a try. What fragrance would you recommend?

  168. Liz Swift via FB says:

    How about just coconut oil?

  169. Liz Swift – Coconut oil was my moisturizer of choice before I discovered this stuff. It’s good, but I like this a lot more.

  170. Kathryn Swift – I actually buy the manly scent. I don’t think it’s really masculine . . . more of a clean and fresh scent.

  171. Jenny Campbell Burdett via FB says:

    All over your whole face or just under the eyes? I love a clean scent! I’m pretty sensitive to lavender scent.

  172. Jenny Campbell Burdett – All over my face :)

  173. Mary Sousa via FB says:

    Thanks for sharing…I have been wanting to try this on my aging skin–LOL! I ordered mine last night & can’t wait to try it!

  174. caroline says:

    Could you use this to prevent diaper rash? Just curious!

  175. i use it on my face, my hands and my feet!!!

  176. Terra W says:

    I’m curious what you think about this article:

    I’m just confused about how “bad” using animal by-products can be since it’s been done for centuries. I know you should look for good quality meat and other products so I don’t need that explained to me. ;)

  177. Sarah Hall says:

    I bought this from your blog post almost a couple of years ago and I LOVE it. I’m about to buy some more today because of the discount. This product is AMAZING!!!! WAAAAYYYYY better than anything store bought, I feel like I have tried tons of products leading up to this. Thank you so much for highlighting this product for us!

  178. Kim says:

    Why is the shipping SO expensive for such a tiny jar? There are people on Etsy who sell grass fed tallow for much cheaper too. I’m not one of them :) Just appreciate a good deal, and this doesn’t seem like a very good deal.

  179. Gina Reaves Palmer via FB says:

    Thanks! Just bought some for my husband! :-)

  180. Honey T says:

    Hi, this is a great article and I thank you for sharing it. I am wondering if tallow and ghee have the same effect on skin. My 4 m/o daughter is suffering from eczema and I’m currently using coconut oil with minimal help from it. Since I already have ghee on hand, I wonder if it would work the same as tallow would on dry skin problem like eczema? Thanks in advance.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Honey! I’ve heard of some people that use fermented cod liver oil blended with ghee as a moisturizer. It sounds good to me, but I don’t know that it has exactly the same properties as tallow. You may want to try both and see what you think! (Also, some mamas find that the casein in dairy makes eczema worse. Some ghee manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure their products don’t have casein, while others allow small amounts)

  181. I can’t wait to get some!!! Gotta wait for my social security check though…

  182. Lisa Allen says:

    Hi Heather…I’m not sure if this has been asked/answered…Can I turn the fat off of bone broth into the proper form of tallow that will not spoil as quickly? Thank you!

  183. Autumn Ison Michaelides via FB says:

    My favorite all around creme!

  184. RaeLyn Carter Lee via FB says:

    Just ordered some for a friend.

  185. Meredith Dailey McCarthy via FB says:

    Accessing from my phone and don’t see a link to the site. Will you please post?

  186. Meredith Dailey McCarthy via FB says:

    Accessing from my phone and don’t see a link to the site. Will you please post?

  187. How long is this good for? I don’t get paid until Friday and don’t want to miss it.

  188. Markita Larsen – He didn’t say, but he’s a great guy and I’m sure he will honor it through Friday at the very least.

  189. Has anyone tried the almost unscented one?

  190. Cynthia says:

    NOOOOOOO! They’re out of stock due to overwhelm on orders. Must be great stuff. :-) Looking forward to trying it sometime. Thank you for sharing!

    • Heather says:

      I know! I had to place a second order because my family saw my FB post and wanted to know if the stocking stuffers were for them. I didn’t have enough for everyone, ha! Barely got my order in before he sold out. Will repost when it’s available again.

      • Cynthia says:

        Excellent, thank you for reposting when it comes back in stock, Heather. I am still ordering this for Christmas gifts. We can be patient if it means getting our hands on the good stuff.

  191. Kelly says:

    Hi Heather!
    I just found this link on FB and read it…sounds amazing!
    But I do have one question. My face is oily and prone to acne, will this balm worsen that at all?
    Or if one of the balms is better for acne prone skin, which one would it be?
    Please let me know!

  192. Elaine Pyer says:

    Hello Heather. Wow I’ve never seen so many posts on the Vintage Traditions tallow. I have been using it for 4 months now and wouldn’t do with out it. All the people above who are trying it for the first time are really going to be pleased, so pleased with it. I ordered two more before your link to them was put up and received them immediately. Lucky me. I call it my little miracle in a jar (Pretty Girly Scent) is my favorite and I gifted one of my purchased from before to a friend who absolutely loves it.

  193. Gina says:

    Um. Sorry. I can’t do it. It sounds interesting but I think I’ll stick with the body butter of coconut and shea butter recipe. Unfortunately all forms of cow are practically verboten in my house. My 8 yr. old is very allergic to beef and dairy so we must keep an eye out for all its forms including gelatin, tallow, and magnesium stearate (an ingredient used in manufacture of tablets). She gets hives all over her body from even a hint of it. There’s a meat allergy suuposedly to all forms of mammal that scientists believe is related to the bite of the lone star tick whose habitat is the eastern half of the country. You get a tick bite and suddenly have life threatening allergic reactions to meat. Many cases are showing up outside this range. My daughter does not have this (i think) but others from comments on blogs have an allergy to one type of animal but not others as well. I think it’s tied to what feed the animals get or what ‘s on their feed (some sort of spray related to nutrasweet but stronger). This additive is used to mask a moldy taste in the feed and does not have to be labeled. Oh and the allergy isn’t to the actual meat protein but the sugar in the meat. Yet another reason to go wild when it comes to meat. Or know your source really really well. Want to investigate?

    By the way my daughter can eat lamb, pork, chicken and fish and sheep yogurt and sheep cheese with no problem. No to chicken eggs unless they have soy free feed. Maybe lard would work. But i’d rather have a good dairy free, egg free, gf, recipe for non-beef pate.

  194. Andrea says:

    Any idea how deer tallow compares? My husband hunts and there is always an abundance of fat… that gets thrown to the dogs.

  195. Natalie says:

    Hi Mommypotamus, I was wondering if grassfed pork fat would work??? This is the only thing I have access to and what I have on hand! It smells so fresh and so good, like pie crust. But I don’t see anyone else asking this question yet :) So can I use lard in place of tallow? Would it be the same? Thanks!

  196. Liz says:

    I use tallow on may face every day and my skin has never looked or felt better!!! I use Willow Rose products ( and the tallow balm with tea tree and lavender is AMAZING!!! My rosacea is gone and the texture is smooth and soft ;) I am a HUGE supporter of using tallow!!

  197. Shanonn says:

    I am so going to try this! Right now I’m using a body butter my neighbor makes. It has coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, boric acid and vitamin E in it. I have noticed a HUGE difference in what the back of my hands look like! Where can I get tallow from grassfed cows? Or would pork lard work too?

  198. Frances says:

    Hi Mommypotamus,

    Ever since I’ve found your blog, I’ve been hooked! I even purchased your e-book DIY Beauty Recipes earlier. I’m really excited to try out the recipes you’ve featured, and knowing that these are actually proven and tested recipes makes it even more interesting! I would say that it’s one of my favorites to read.

    I’m a single mom with a hyper-active toddler of 3, and I’ve always been interested in making my own stuff. I’m still searching for credible suppliers for the materials for the recipes on the e-book (materials are a little hard to come by here in the Philippines, and I certainly don’t have any idea where to start looking). What I’m most interested in is tallow. I can imagine a lot of things you can do with it and all the great benefits you can derive from using it on your skin. Is it possible to substitute some of the ingredients on the balms, lotions, & soaps with tallow? I’m not sure where I can get grass-fed suet here in the Philippines, but I’ve come across an interesting product that I’ve always disregarded for a very long time. The product is called Sebo de Macho. My sister is fond of it because she said that it can diminish the obviousness of wound scars, but I wasn’t really entirely positive about that though. Until I’ve read this article, I didn’t even bother knowing what the product was made of, until the other day when I noticed on the packaging that it said “Skin Moisturizer”. That certainly caught my attention. Because of that, I did something I’ve never done before — smell the product. I was surprised that it smelled like that of beef fat. So I went to the manufacturer’s website and checked out the product, and found that it’s made of sheep tallow! Surprise, surprise! I’m not really sure it would have the same benefits as beef tallow, but knowing that it is, in fact tallow, I went out of my way to try it on myself. From then on, I was more bent on grabbing a copy of your e-book, and finding out how I can purchase the product in bulk. Since then, I’ve been using Sebo de Macho as a facial moisturizer after I wash my face, and used it as a hand moisturizer as it is. I must say, it felt DIVINE! I’ve also seen dramatic changes to my skin too! I just works wonders. Although, I’m still skeptic about its scar diminishing properties, I would say that this has become my must have in my bag. I’ve also used it all over my body after bathing, and it’s just so wonderful on my skin that I can’t get enough of it! I haven’t tried mixing it with other oils yet though, but I will surely try creating lotion and other stuff with it in the future.

    I would just like to say a million thanks to your post, and for opening our eyes to the wonders of using tallow. More power to your blog!

    • Heather says:

      YAY, I’m so glad you discovered the awesomeness of tallow, Frances! It doesn’t surprise me at all that the benefits of tallow for skincare are well known in the Phillippines :) As for substitutions, it really depends on the product. I only use mine for a skin balm and soap, but I’m sure there are many more uses!

  199. emily says:

    this sounds amazing. Heather– Have you ever emulsified tallow to make a lotion? Would tallow lotion come out very thick since it is a solid? I’ve seen your video tutorial on making lotion in a food processor and I kind of want to combine these two posts into a tallow lotion extravaganza.

  200. Jennifer says:

    Looking forward to trying this!!
    What do you cleanse your face with??

  201. […] discounts with some of my fave companies, like the maker of this uhMAZing skin balm, Cultures For Health (water kefir, anyone?), and Wild Mountain […]

  202. Geanna Bell says:

    I started using tallow salve after a naturalist friend started using it to help me and I absolutely love it!!! It works better than the store bought creams and lotions and costs so much less per batch as well :D Highly recommend tallow salve over the garbage that they sell in the stores!!

  203. Amanda says:

    Just to be clear, if I make my own tallow, it will smell a little right? Is there a way to make it odorless? Can the stronger the smell be a sign of old fat, or the wrong kind of fat used? Does lard smell less than tallow?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Amanda, yes it will have a smell. Some batches have more/less smell than others for some reason – not sure exactly what it is but I don’t necessarily think it means the fat is old. In general I think lard smells a little less than tallow.

  204. Angela says:

    Hi Heather,

    I’m in the process of making my own tallow balm now, and have added the EVOO and essential oils and it still smells pretty (ok, very) beefy. Any suggestions? Is this an acquired smell? I purchased mine already rendered from my local butcher and softened it at 50 degrees C in the oven, then mixed in the oils.


  205. michelle says:

    I can’t find the link to the 20% discount – is it still valid and if so, would you mind leading me to it? Have you tried the almost unscented one? Ordering for my infant son with bad eczema. Thanks!

  206. Candace says:

    I make my own beef bone broth every week, can I use the solid fat that forms at the top of the jars after they cool for this purpose? Thank you for your time.

  207. vicki says:

    Why just beef or sheep? or are those the only ones called tallow? I’ve heard my hubby mention tallow about venison so it got me wondering.

    Would pig, chicken, deer, antelope, or bear tallow work in a similar way? (we raise pigs & chix and my hubby hunts the others)


    • Heather says:

      Hi Vicki, I would consider them all beneficial but not identical. For example, lard has more Vitamin D than beef tallow but far less Vitamin E. It’s also a bit greasier, while beef tallow tends to absorb better.

      • vicki says:


        so are they just from different animals but otherwise the same? is lard just a pork product? sorry, just want to make sure i understand before I tell him I’m planning to cook it down and rub it on my face(since he’ll think i’m nuts!) :)

      • vicki says:

        I mean, is it a different process to get one or the other or just a naming difference between animals and one animal happens to produce more D vs E?

      • vicki says:

        nevermind…i found my answer. lard seems to be strictly from pig fat whereas tallow can be a variety of animals…thanks.

  208. Missy says:

    Thank you so much for this piece! I bought this product and reviewed it on my eczema blog linking both you and vintage traditions! I am so happy!!

    • Heather says:

      YAY, I’m so glad you’ve noticed a benefit for your little one! I just love Vintage Traditions. Even though I sometimes make my own I love their scents soooo much – Mild Manly is my favorite, haha!

  209. michelle says:

    I rendered my own tallow, but noticed in my last ‘cream’-batch there are some drops forming on the top in room temperature, is that moist from water content (=probably spoilage) or could it be from the oils used?? How do i avoid those? I feel like freezing i after mixing it up to let it harden makes it have some water content when defrosted again. Not sure, maybe you could shed some light?? thank you so much for all the inspiration!!

  210. […] Tallow is uniquely compatible with the biology of our cells. About 50% of the structure of our cell membrane comes from saturated fats, with remaining amounts consisting of monounsaturated and to a lesser degree polyunsaturated fats…. Tallow [also] contains skin nourishing ingredients that plant-based oils do not. Though I am still a huge fan of coconut oil, the skin on my face is visibly more toned with tallow. I think that may be because of the abundance of fat soluble vitamins (A,D,K and E) that naturally occur in pastured tallow, along with the potent anti-inflammatory conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and anti-microbial palmitoleic acid. (source) […]

  211. Leah says:

    I recently made your tallow balm recipe. The only difference was that I rendered it in a crock pot on low all day rather than in the oven over a day’s period. Is it supposed to be somewhat hard to rub on skin? I have to use my fingernails to get it out of the jar and then rub a clump in at a time on my son’s skin. Just wondering if that waxy-like substance is common or if I could have done something differently. I have used solely the tallow balm on my son’s inflamed skin over a period of a few days, and have not seemed to notice a difference yet. I’m hoping a few more days will show me a difference as I have been praying for a natural balm/solution such as this for quite some time AND I have more rendered tallow and suet in my freezer to eventually use up as well.

  212. Elaine says:

    Have been using the tallow from Vintage Traditions for over a year and love it. Got my friend hooked on it as well. However, did you know that along with being a moisturizer that you can use it to clean your face. I just happened to read an article from the Food Renegade and tried it. It works. I did not remove my makeup just to see how well it worked. Followed her recommendation (kinda like cleansing with the oil cleansing method). To double check to see if all makeup and dirt was removed used a toner (non alcohol witch hazel) on a cotton pad and voila! No dirt residue. Go figure, a two-fer!

  213. Kristin says:

    Congratulations on the amazing traction you have gotten with this one post. It has been active for about two years according to the comments. I just wanted to say that I discovered tallow as a skin healing salve about six months ago. First it was as a VERY stiff salve only loosened with a bit of avocado oil to rub into my chronically abused cuticles in a valiant attempt to at least heal them enough to handle salt and lemon in the kitchen (yes I have a lifelong nibbling habit.) The tallow is the only thing that stays on my hands long enough to have a positive effect. I’ve made up a jar for a friend with the same issue and she has had good results as well.

    So I branched out and these days make a whipped body butter that is about 60% tallow, with the rest lard, duck fat and coconut oil. I add a little tapioca flour to make it fluffier and less greasy on my skin and when nearly set up I hit it with a hand mixer. I will never use commercial products again. I’ve had so many people ask what I’m doing that my face looks so young (no, I’m not young anymore.) I love the looks of shock when I tell them what I use. :) So glad to see you are promoting nourishing skin care. I love your site.

  214. vivi says:

    Yesterday my hubby got one bee sting in his ear,, he asked me for whatever remedy to calm down the pain,, I, doubtly, applied 8:2 concoction of tallow n CO on his ear,, he asked, whats that? My reply, nothing, just some coconut oil and its friend ;) I was afraid he would refuse the tallow thing ,, in the evening, the swollen was gone with just a bit pain,,I applied it once again,, in the morning the pain was gone

  215. I like natural products for my skin, as my skin is so sensitive.

  216. Desiree says:

    Hi Mommypotamus,

    I read through the article twice but didn’t see any instructions on how to actually render the tallow. Do you just heat up the beef lard on the stove?


    • Heather says:

      Hi Desiree, if you click the link to buy tallow balm you’ll end up at Vintage Traditions’ website. They have a tutorial on their website that you may find helpful.

  217. hypatia says:

    Hi Mommypotamus :) have you used tallow on your scalp? or do you know of any benefits in using tallow on the scalp? i have researched and have not found any info regarding using it on the scalp. thank you!

  218. […] At $20 for 2 ounces, it sounds pricey, but it lasts ages if you only use it for your face and neck. All bets are off if you start applying it everywhere! Buy the balm at Newbies may like the essential oil-scented varieties, which mask the natural scent of tallow. Do-it-yourselfers can make their own, following these directions.  More from the Mommypotamus about tallow as a wholesome and ethical skincare ingredient here. […]

  219. Tania says:

    Thanks for sharing,
    Sorry but i still dont get it…do you buy it or make it ? I prefare to make it but have no idea what tallow is exactly or if i buy it, is it from a supermarket ? I know i may sound silly but its the first time i heard about it.
    Thank you.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Tania, you can render it yourself using the instructions linked to in the post or buy it via the link at the bottom of the post. Hope that helps!

  220. […] of my serious beauty needs and quandaries… so when I stumbled onto an article she wrote about tallow being a superior beauty treatment (What have I gotten myself into here?! I mean, I’m all for being natural, but Beef Fat?! No […]

  221. Avi says:

    I don’t see any instructions to make eczema cream, I have a 17-month-old nephew who has a really bad eczema.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Avi, I just updated the post so that the instructions are easier to find. It’s under “How To Make Tallow Balm” now :)

    • Vieve says:

      Please try healing from the inside out. We healed eczema with milk kefir. Homemade, not store bought. I was amazing. I bet it could be applied topically as well, but it was a matter of weeks and from drinking it the eczema was gone. Maybe it’s been mentioned above, I don’t know. Make kefir!!!!

  222. […] know. The idea was pretty darned weird to me too, but I kept reading about it (this was one of my favorite articles ) and hearing about the lusciously beautiful skin it left behind. By now you know I’m a lazy […]

  223. Haley says:

    I was just wondering if you could add cacao powder for a little color? Sort of like a tinted moisturizer?

  224. ShanePatro says:

    People can also use Honey and YOGURT for better results because the natrual results are more effective than using cosmetics

  225. Olivia says:

    How necessary is it that I use tallow rendered from beef rather than pork or mutton?

  226. Ilise Carter says:

    I’m looking for users of tallow or other animal fat-based skincare. What are the benefits and drawbacks? I’m writing an article on the growing popularity of these organic options and I need to talk to users about their experiences and why they opted out of mainstream brands and vegetable-based products. Please email me directly at

  227. Cynthia says:

    I found a great source on Etsy for tallow balm and cream of all kinds.
    I’ve been a fan for over a year. All kinds of tallow from buffalo to beef to deer. Scented oils of your choice or not. Other oils added or just straight tallow balm. And prices MUCH better. I have no vested interest in this company but wanted to share.

  228. Devin says:

    I’ve been experimenting with tallow and lard – you guys are definitely on to something! :-)

    I have a question though, I’ve recently discovered tallow is great to style my hair, I love it!

    I am wondering though about reports it might clog the follicles, I can’t seem to get a straight answer anywhere……

    What do you all think??

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