Beef Tallow for Skin – What it is, How It’s Used and Why Your Skin Needs it!

by Trinity Hogan June 22, 2022 3 min read

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Beef Tallow is arguably the single best ingredient to rub on your skin! 

It softens, moisturizes, and absorbs into the skin easily because it shares a close similarity with human skin oil structure. 

It has been used for CENTURIES by our ancestors who knew how well this fat hydrated and protected their skin. 

And to top it all off, it's LOADED with vitamins, antioxidants and CLA (a lipid shown to have powerful health benefits)...well the grass-fed version of it anyways… 

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What is tallow?

Tallow is purified, rendered beef suet. Suet is the nutrient-dense fat that surrounds the cow's kidneys. Once the cow has been butchered for its meat, the suet is removed, melted, and progressively filtered to remove impurities.

Once cleaned, suet is then known as tallow. Tallow is shelf-stable for years (meaning it won’t go bad even if it isn’t refrigerated) and does not have the beefy scent you might expect.   

How is Tallow Used?

Tallow can be used in many different ways. It can be used to make candles, soap, crayons, lubricants, lip sticks and other cosmetics.

Because of its high melting point, it’s regularly used as a cooking oil and in many baked goods.

Tallow has been used for thousands of years and continues to be used in many applications, although it has recently become less popular due to deceptive marketing tactics by many vegetable oil producers. 

Why Was Tallow Used?

Prior to the last century, people produced what they needed to survive and traded with others what they didn’t.

Foraging, farming, and raising livestock were among the many ways we did this. Each year, once the livestock were butchered, everything was used.

cow in field

Nothing was wasted – bones, meat, fat, and even the organs. Tallow was among the valuable resources obtained from this practice and used for a variety of reasons.

Why is Tallow Not Used Today?

Actually tallow is still used in many commercial (retail) products - soaps, shampoos, conditioners, makeup, food items, crayons, paints, and so on... but it is typically hidden in creative ingredient names (sodium tallowate, stearic acid, tallow amine, etc...).

Sadly, most of the tallow in today’s products derives from CAFO-raised cattle, which are bred in crowded, unsanitary conditions and fed an unnatural diet.

It is of very poor quality, devoid of vitamins, and is filled with antibiotics, steroids, and growth hormones.

As a consumer, it’s more important than ever to ensure the tallow you use is high-quality, grass-fed tallow raised the old-fashioned way – without grain feed, antibiotics, or steroids!

Why Use Grass-Fed Tallow on Your Skin?

It has almost the same chemical composition and structure as human sebum. As a result, when applied to the skin, grass-fed tallow is absorbed and accepted the same way as human skin oil (sebum).

A cellular level of hydration is released that goes far beyond anything on the market today! In addition, grass-fed cattle make a lot of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a lipid that has been shown to have several health benefits.

It has been demonstrated to improve skin health by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, reducing sun damage, and offering significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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How Do I Start Using Grass-Fed Tallow on My Skin?

It's simple: Just lather it on your skin! The best way to absorb the benefits of grass-fed tallow is by using tallow-based soaps and moisturizers.

When you apply it, tallow absorbs deep inside your skin's layers, delivering an unmatched level of hydration.

At Nefertem, we produce our own tallow here in the USA using organically-raised, grass-fed, grass-finished cattle raised on family ranches.

We combine pure essential oils, organic botanicals, and responsibly-collected herbs with our grass-fed tallow to make the finest skincare products on the market!

Feel good about the positive impact you are making on the environment by saying no to destructive factory farms and yes to supporting grass-fed.

To maintain your skin's health, use Nefertem Holistic Skincare made with grass-fed tallow. Give your skin what it needs to thrive!

Get Started With This Tallow Starter Kit

Experience the exceptional hydration of our most popular tallow soaps and moisturizers all in one kit at a ridiculously low price! 

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