I have seen people wondering so much about whipped soft and silky tallow balms. Honestly, there’s nothing easier than this recipe. Tallow is rich in fatty acids (such as palmitoleic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid) that will help forming the lipids that keep your skin moisturised and soft and protected without damaging your skin’s natural microbiome and pH.
- effectively treats dryness
- increases skin flexibility and can speed up healing on skin wounds
- supports the natural microbiome of your skin
This recipe makes a 60 grams container. It is child-friendly also and as nourishing as it can get.
- 30 g grass-fed, organic, beef tallow
- 14 ml extra virgin olive oil (kept in a dark glass, at stable room temperature)
- a little drizzle of raw honey (optional)
- You melt the tallow.
- Pour it in the glass bowl you will use to whisk it with and allow to cool.
- Add your EVOO and honey on top of the melted tallow and mix well until all oils and honey are combined.
- Allow it to cool until the combination is set.
- With an electrical whisk, start whisking until it becomes lighter in colour, soft, silky. Try it on your skin to see if everything is well combined.
- Place it in a glass or aluminium container and keep at room temperature.
You can add 2-3 drops of your essential oil mix* (check notes) IF this is not for children. I chose not to, but I have done another batch for us with geranium essential oil (for dry skin).
And here it is. Your luxurious whipped tallow balm to make at home. It couldn’t get easier than this.
To keep it short: Tallow (sebum) is probably the best moisturiser for your skin as the pH and biological composition is recognised right away by our bodies. Coconut oil, on the other side, which has been widely advertised as a great option for both babies and adults disturbs greatly the skin’s natural pH. Coconut oil has a pH of 7-8 while healthy skin’s natural pH is around 5, it means that coconut oil is 100-1,000 times more alkaline than your skin – completely messing up your skin’s microbiome.
*Note: Some oils can interfere with hormonal production (f.e. lavender essential oil can have oestrogen-like properties making it quite of a bad choice for young boys and men, also tea tree essential oil has been directly associated with gynaecomastia, enlargement of breasts in pre-teen boys) and other can be irritants on such delicate skin (baby/child). You want to not interfere with the natural sebum production, henceforth you just keep the recipe as pure as possible.
You can switch to jojoba oil also, instead of extra virgin olive oil.