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what is tallow

What is Tallow?

What is Tallow? Tallow is rendered Suet. Suet is the nutrient-dense fat that surrounds the organs of a cow or deer; most notably the kidneys. Once...
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The History & Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil

Let's be honest shall we? You either love Patchouli or you hate it. It is rare to find someone who only slightly likes or dislikes it. This may be...
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The Essence & Benefits of Peppermint Essential Oil

There is no denying the stimulating effects of peppermint essential oil on the mind and the spirit. Peppermint oil has a minty, sweet, crisp, clea...
how is soap made

How is Soap Made?

Soap is made through a process called saponification. Saponification is the blending of oils or fats with an alkali and water to produce a salt of...
what is bar soap made of

What Is Bar Soap Made Of?

  All bar soap is made of water, oils, fats, and an alkali called sodium hydroxide (lye). Defined by chemistry, soap is a salt of a fatty acid. Ba...
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The Essence and Benefits of Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiver essential oil has a rich, earthy, musky, resinous aroma that invokes a sense of damp dirt after a fresh rain. It offers a sense of groundi...
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What Makes Essential Oils So Essential?

Technically speaking, essential oils are considered "essential" because the oil produced is the "essential" volatile oil extracted from the plant ...
tallow in moisturizer

WTF! You Put Cow Fat in Your Moisturizer?!

Yes, yes we do. Wanna know why? Because cow fat (otherwise known as tallow) is the single best ingredient to use on our skin due to its biological...
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What Causes Orange Spots On Soap?

Unlike spots on an old avocado, orange spots on soap should not alarm you. In fact, it should be quite reassuring that they are no more than a nat...
Will Tallow Skincare Stink?

Will Tallow Skincare Stink?

The scent of tallow skincare strongly depends on how the tallow has been rendered, the quality of the tallow, and how the artisan formulates the p...
paraben free skincare

What Are Parabens and Should We Avoid Them?

What are Parabens? Parabens are a class of synthetic, chemical preservatives praised for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They are in...
lotus flower history

The Significance of The Lotus Flower

The lotus flower has long been a spiritual symbol found in cultures around the world. It has been used in ceremonies and artistic renditions by th...