Tallow might just be the original skin smoother from our ancient ancestors because of its nourishing and skin regenerating qualities. Though we may never know when tallow's use became widely acceptable, what we do know is that this gold wonder has, within the last few generations only, become a dirty little secret and a lost addition to our vocabulary.
What is Tallow?
Tallow is rendered Suet. Suet is the fat that surrounds the organs of a cow or deer, typically the kidneys. Once heated, suet will liquefy into gold colored oil that can easily be separated from the "nasties" that are originally intertwined throughout the suet (such as meat, ligaments).
Once separated, tallow is then purified by boiling the oil with water to essentially, "wash" the tallow clean and then filtered to remove fine impurities. (Here's a product shot out: the tallow used in the soap we sell is triple purified and strained through progressively finer mesh to ensure clarity).
Before being rendered, beef tallow is called Suet. Yes, that is the same "suet" you see advertised on bird feeders. Suet, and then tallow, has a plethora of benefits when consumed but also when applied to the skin or used in soaps.
A little Background on Tallow
Tallow and lard have been stigmatized as terrible, unhealthy and downright disgusting (conveniently by the same companies who use it within their products under hidden names) while in all reality, both are incredibly beneficial to the human body and have been used for centuries for anything from locomotive lubricant to bar soap.
Did you know...?
That tallow is widely used in lipsticks, facial moisturizers, eye makeup, face foundations, shampoos, shaving creams, soaps and facial cleansers. Elements of tallow are frequently used under the names Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid and Sodium Tallowate.
Geez, I wonder if the argument/advertising that Tallow is still bad for us would hold as much weight if the general public knew it was in a majority of our skin care products already without us knowing it!
Long before families began relying on corporations to supply their lab-derived skin care products and even longer before women were deduced to non-producing positions in the workforce, families and communities counted on their women to use available resources to make great things.
Through this encouragement and commitment, women developed and refined recipes that were passed down from one mother to the next and through the very scientific process called trial and error, developed a slew of items to share with the community.
These pioneering women learned how to use gifts from nature, such as clean animal fats, to produce lotions, salves, hair treatments, soaps, cosmetics and cold remedies.
Tallow Similar to Human Skin Cells
Tallow was one of the key ingredients to these recipes as beef tallow has a remarkably close cell structure to that of the human skin.
Tallow actually provides key elements we need to maintain healthy, sturdy, cell integrity. Ever wonder why our elders appeared to have such soft, supple skin later in life?
Well, consider this. Our skin is biologically compatible with tallow in that they both contain 50-55% saturated fats (which are actually a good thing contrary to popular discussion) which help maintain skin cell integrity and tone.
In addition, both Tallow and Sebum (found naturally in skin) consist primarily of triglycerides which allow for easy absorption of nutrients.
If that is not reason enough to slap a wad of it on your skin, consider this as well. Tallow is full of antioxidants and nutrients such as Vitamins A, D E and K, anti-microbial palmitoleic acid, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acids) which boasts anti-inflammatory qualities and has been linked to cancer prevention.
It's almost as if that beautiful, intangible essence of what we call life/spirit/god literally designed Tallow to benefit the human skin. Do we really need any more reason than that?
Why is Grass-Fed Tallow Better?
While tallow is widely available within commercial products, what the consumer must understand is that the benefits listed above and below are found primarily in grass-fed, pasture raised cows which the average company is not using.
The grass, fresh air and sunshine a cow is exposed to when allowed to graze freely in a pasture as they were intended to do provide the building blocks for production of these vital nutrients inside the animal's body.
Commercial cow farming restricts the animal's diet to grains, its living environment to confined, overcrowded spaces, and contradicts that which the animal was intended to do: roam freely in the sun.
Beyond the nutritional benefits we scientifically understand of a free-to-graze cow, just imagine the unknown positive energetic qualities that are stored inside each and every cell within that animal.
It's time we support this humane cow raising practice energy and demanding free-to-range cow tallow is definitely a start!
Benefits of Beef Tallow When Consumed:
- High in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) a type of fat that has been shown to reduce heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer
- High levels of Vitamin A, D, E and K
- High level of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Rich in antioxidants
Benefits of Beef Tallow Applied to Skin:
- Rich in anti-aging antioxidants
- Rich in vitamins A, D, E and K that nourish the skin directly
- Easily absorbable as beef tallow closely resembles the human skin cell structure
- Tightens and maintains integrity of skin cells
- Promotes skin cell regeneration
Why Purchase OUR Soaps that contain Tallow?
Our tallow comes from a family run ranch in southern Colorado. Nestled between the mountains and the flatlands, Edmundson Ranch nurtures some of the finest cows we have ever seen.
We have been purchasing beef from this ranch since 2012 and each year, we are reassured in our decision to buy grass-fed, free-to-range beef from a small family farm where they actually care for their cows.
Our tallow comes from free-range, grass-fed and grass-finished cows that live on a green pasture near the mountains. Can you imagine the energy produced within these cows!
Once we receive the suet, we immediately begin the rendering process the old-fashioned way (with our hands, a cutting board, plenty of big pots and a lot of patience!) to ensure we have captured the life essence of the animal soon after its' exit from life. (Really is no way to say it nicely).
We then purify the rendered tallow an additional 3 times to ensure clarity and quality.
We then use the finished tallow in every soap recipe we make. The percentage of tallow we use makes our bar soaps extremely hard and long lasting, as opposed to some other natural soaps we have tried which tend to disintegrate quickly and turn soft after only a few uses.
We know you will see the difference in our soaps that use fine tallow, and we hope you feel great knowing that you are not only supporting a company that offers high-quality tallow soaps to the public unadulterated, but also a family that raises animals humanely as it should be.
We hope you enjoy this journey, tapping into a lost resource. No matter how you choose to use Grass-Fed Free-to-Range Beef Tallow, just know that you are adopting a custom that helps us humans steer back towards balance.
You are taking a stand against the negative image of using such a wonderful natural resource and telling the world, "Tallow is Real, Tallow is Natural, Tallow is a Blessing that we must begin to use again!"
Living in the Colorado area and interested in a family who raises grass-fed, free-to-range beef? Click here to get directly to their website.