Just look at that amazing body butter in the picture above. Doesn’t it look heavenly?? Just 3 simple ingredients and less than 5 minutes is all it took to create this super luxurious and non-toxic body butter!
Now, don’t panic as I tell you the secret ingredient …. Tallow
Are you panicking?
Please, let me explain…
That’s right, beef fat. Why would I slather my body with beef fat, you ask? First and foremost, because I don’t like to put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat. After all, 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. Pasture raised beef fat is nourishing to eat and nourishing to the skin.
Next, tallow is compatible with the molecular structure of our skin cells. It is 50-55% saturated fat, the same percentage that makes up our cell membranes. Additionally, tallow is very similar to the protective sebum naturally produced by our skin. In my experience, tallow does not clog my pores (I have switched my whipped facial oil cleanser from coconut oil based to tallow based with amazing results) and I believe it is because of its similarity to sebum (source).
Finally, tallow is a time-honored skincare ingredient. And while I am sure that animal fats have been used as protective skin balms since the beginning of humanity, I don’t think we have proof of that. We do, however, have records that show tallow was a main ingredients in skin balms during the 1800′s (here are some examples).
However, there is one downside. If you just whip up tallow it still smells like, well, Tallow. Although it’s not offensive, it’s not what I want to smell like either! By blending in a natural fragrance or essential oil you can customize your whipped tallow body butter to your own favorite smell!
As always it’s best to support your local farmer.. However, if you don’t have a local pastured beef farmer you can purchase pre-rendered tallow online (click HERE) or you can buy beef suet online (click HERE) to render at home (click HERE for my instructions on Rendering Beef Suet into Tallow).
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering HOW on EARTH do you turn Tallow into Whipped Body Butter, right??
You’re not going to believe how easy it is. You just literally WHIP it.
Yep, you heard me right. You just WHIP up your Tallow into body butter using your hand or stand mixer! After your tallow is whipped fluffy, I whip in some additional healthy oil and/or essential oil for scent.
You may find other recipes for whipped tallow lotions, however they all want you to melt your tallow, combine ingredients and the let them harden together… I find that step to be completely unnecessary.
Here’s How I make my Whipped Tallow Body Butter:
- In your mixer, whip 1 cup of Rendered Tallow (room temperature) for about 1-2 minutes until all the lumps are removed and fluffy.
- Add in 1/4c cup of Oil, I use this all natural body oil because I LOVE the scent of it (click HERE) You can also use Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil or Sweet Almond Oil.
- If you used an unscented oil like olive or Jojoba, add in essential oil of your choice for scent. I recommend peppermint, patchouli, or grapefruit essential oil. Also, I keep a small jar blended with Breath Easy Essential Oil blend in our medicine cabinet as a natural alternative to toxic menthol rub (aka vicks vapor rub).
- Store your Whipped Tallow Body Butter in a glass jar with a lid. If you make more than you can use up in a few weeks or it’s very warm in your house (which may cause it to liquify) feel free to store it in the freezer – I like to make up several batches and keep jars in the freezer, this also makes amazing holiday gifts when presented in decorative glass jars like THESE as I have in my picture above 🙂