Conjugated Linoleic Acid, or CLA, is an omega-6 polyunsaturated essential fatty acid that is absolutely critical for our health.
Not only does it provide support, flexibility, and structure to our cell membranes, but it has also been shown to help reduce body fat, nourish vital brain tissue and allow our bodies to absorb fat-soluble vitamins...woah, what?!
Yup, fat is good for ya. Turns out those "no-fat" campaigns from the 1970's were just illogical shenanigans.
So where do we get it?
The "Journal of Dairy Science" revealed in a 1999 study that beef and fat from grass-fed cows are the highest sources of CLA.
Grass-fed cows, a sustainable and ethical alternative to factory farming, have higher CLA due to their omega-3 rich diet of grass, as compared to corn-fed cows.
But let's back-up a second and understand what tallow really is...
Tallow is the purified, end result of rendering the suet (nutrient-dense hard fat) that comes from around the kidneys of a ruminant animal, namely cattle. (See our render process in the image below).
Tallow is very different from lard which comes from pig fat.
Does the Cow Have to Die?
Yes, the cow has to be butchered, sorry vegans, tallow is not for you. But for meat-eaters, and those who appreciate the entire animal being used nose-to-tail, the bonus here, is that using this suet prevents waste and ensures the life lost was not in vain.
Let's be honest, if there are beef eaters out there, there's gonna be suet too. So, why waste it.
Where is Tallow Used?
Tallow has been used since the beginning of time (or at least recorded history that we know of).
Back in the day, it was commonly used to lubricate locomotives and steam engines, make candles, soaps and other skin salves.
Nowadays, it's used in way more ways than you could imagine, in fact, almost guaranteed you have a byproduct of tallow in your home right now...
Lip sticks, candles, soaps, lotions, as biofuel, as cooking oil, in the textile industry, as animal feed, as flux for soldering, as a lubricant for casting, in print making, aviation fuel, Native American pemmican, McDonald's french fries (ok, they did away with real tallow in 1990, in favor of vegetable oil with beef flavoring added...uh gross...), as shortening, dog food, and a plethora of other uses that most people have NO IDEA about.
But keep in mind, that all tallow is not the same...
Grass fed tallow, like we use in our skincare, comes from cattle that has specifically been allowed to live like nature intended: open pasture, green grass and sunshine which produces a tallow that is rich in specific essential fatty acids and vitamins not found in modern-day skin care.
In addition, these grass-fed cattle are raised without the use of hormones, steroids, or antibiotics, unlike the inhumanely-raised, "factory-farmed cattle" which produce tallow with dangerous chemical byproducts present.
PLUS...the benefits of Grass-Fed Tallow, as opposed to grain-fed tallow, is unmatched...
Our tallow (raw suet) comes from local, grass-fed, grass-finished cattle, raised without the use of hormones, steroids, or antibiotics, by families who actually give a darn about the planet and its people.
Once we receive the fat, we chop it up, place it into large pots with some water, and low-simmer it until all the solids melt.
We then carefully strain the tallow through numerous layers of bread cloth to ensure no impurities come along for the ride.
Then, we freeze it, transfer it to curing racks, and let it sit for 1 week undisturbed (well mostly...we also sing songs by Whitney Houston to it to infuse it with good vibes...it makes a difference, trust us).
THEN...we repeat the process.
BUT THEN... we repeat the process one last time without water.
FINALLY... we let it cure for about a month before we use it in any of our products.
WHY IN THE H*LL DO WE DO ALL THIS?
Our meticulously processed tallow is nearly scentless, void of impurities, and extremely firm, making it the highest quality available.
Our labor-intensive, proprietary, triple-purification rendering process ensures we produce the world's best tallow. Period.
Here at Nefertem, we offer the highest quality, purest tallow skincare products, and have for YEARS (before it was cool).
We combine our hand-rendered, grass-fed tallow with organic, unrefined plant oils, pure essential oils, soothing herbs, and 100% good vibes.
Every tallow skincare product is handmade in small batches right here in Park Forest, Illinois, USA, by a family (our family...like husband, wife, 3 kids, and sometimes grandma) committed to keeping the lost art of tallow skincare alive.
No parabens, preservatives or junk. No artificial fragrances, colors or flavors. Packaged in glass and recycled cardboard - NOT plastic.
And so darn silky on the skin, you might be mad you didn't find it sooner. Sorry.