So you’ve rendered your fat and now you want to make some whipped tallow balm but don’t know how?
Or maybe you bought some rendered fat and have no idea what to do with it?
In fact, let me help you out! I’ve recently discovered that tallow cream is perhaps the best moisturizer this side of the hemisphere. Why? There are many benefits to using tallow cream but amongst the most important is its compatibility with our skin’s own genetic makeup. What does mean exactly?
Role of Sebum
First let’s talk sebum. Sebum is secreted by your sebaceous glands. It is mainly composed of triglycerides and fatty acids (lipids). What else is made entirely of fats? Tallow. No carbs or proteins, just straight up fat.
Also important to note is that human sebum contains squalene, esters of glycerol, wax and cholesterol, as well as free cholesterol and fatty acids. Fatty acids and triglycerides make up the bulk of sebum content. Equally important is sebum’s role in photoprotection, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity and delivery of fat-soluble antioxidants to the skin’s surface.
What about tallow?
Obviously, animal fat is by far the most bioavailable and natural product on the market. It comes free of any chemicals or fillers (grass fed is best in this situation) and is one of the easiest products to get your hands on. As the concept of farm to table continues to gain momentum acquiring beef fat is easier than ever before.
Since the farm to table movement entails shopping locally with the least amount of impact on the environment make friends with your local butcher. Your local butcher can be your best friend. Or depending on where you live you can even acquire your own cow from a local farm. This is also entirely dependant on your access to farms and storage situation. Cows are hefty and take up a lot of room.
Since tallow and sebum are both characterized by their high fat content one can speculate that tallow is beneficial to human skin. Amongst the fat content of both tallow and sebum, tallow also contains high levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). CLA contains anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Interesting to note is CLA’s ability to also protect against mammary cancer growth.
Besides it’s pathology, tallow is also affordable, contains high levels of vitamins A,D,E and K. Not to mention it’s more stable than any other cooking oil and it’s simply pure and natural for all you hippies out there. But would you want to rub it all over your body? Hells yeah!
Making Whipped Tallow Balm
Now that i’ve bored you to tears about why you should use tallow cream let’s start making it!
- 1 cup of rendered fat (I used mine that I made the day before)
- 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
- 42 drops of essential oil of choosing (I’m not a huge fan of these but no one wants to walk around smelling like beef fat)
- Melt your rendered fat over low heat on stove
- Combine tallow with olive oil in a metal bowl
- Add essential oil(s) to fat and olive oil and stir until oil is well blended
- Fill a jar with your blend and let solidify to have the solid balm or
- After it has solidified place into a blender and whip until desired consistency
- Voila. Smother that puppy all over!
Your whipped tallow or solid tallow can be stored for a few months. I prefer to use the whipped tallow for my own personal use whereas my daughter prefers the solid form. Please do be careful storing it in the summer months as it will melt if left in a warmer environment. Speaking from experience do not leave it in your car for the summer. Trust me.
There are many variations to make catering to your own personal preference. I like to keep things simple with vanilla or a lemon scent. I despise the strong wood smells so I stay clear of those. This recent batch was just vanilla but I think next time I will make a coffee one. Because who doesn’t love to smell coffee all day!
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