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Mmmm … let’s smear some beef fat all over our bodies!
Actually, yes. Let’s do just that!
I am IN LOVE with these tallow balms from vintage Tradition! I had never thought of using beef tallow as part of my skin care routine, but I am forever hooked now that I have tried it.
Welcome to the third installment of my 2012 Non-Toxic Summer Skin Care Series. I am stoked to be reviewing the great tallow balms from vintage TRADITION. Not only do their products rock, but they are homegrown, Colorado company, which makes me even more excited to feature them!
Did you know that before all of these fancy schmancy, chemical-laden skin care products were invented, people used animal fats and other oils on their skin all the time? Soap was made from lard or tallow (beef or sheep). “Lotions” were made from lard or tallow. Have dry skin in 1850? Rub some tallow on there! It doesn’t get much more natural than this. And, the best part? It works!
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Why Use Tallow?
- Tallow contains large amounts of natural, fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D, E, and K, all of which are very nourishing for the skin.
- Tallow has fat-soluble activators, which are only found in animal fats, and helps promote healthy skin.
- Tallow (grass-fed) contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has long been touted for its health benefits. It is said that CLA has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Tallow contains palmitoleic acid, which is said to have natural antimicrobial properties.
vintage TRADITION only uses the best tallow in their products. Their tallow comes from Larga Vista Ranch, where the cows are happily raised organically and are 100% grass-fed, which means their tallow will be more nutrient-dense. Because of their diet, the tallow is higher in minerals and micronutrients.
These balms last a long time. I’ve had my three containers for awhile now and it seems like I’ve barely scratched the surface. Once the harsh, Colorado winter arrives, I know I’ll be using them all the time. Also, unlike what a lot of people think, these balms does not feel greasy or leave a greasy residue.
What’s in The Balm?
The ingredients are simple:
- 100% Grass-fed Beef Tallow
- Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Organic Essential Oils
They also take care to avoid using any tools during processing that would leach chemicals or toxins into their balms. During processing the balms are only in contact with stainless steel and glass. Never any plastic or aluminum.
Am I Going to Smell Like a Piece of Beef?
That was the first question my husband asked when I told him he needed to try these new balms. I laughed and assured him he would not. I have to admit, the thought did cross my mind when I first opened the jar. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I smelled the contents of the three balms I received.
Pretty Girly Scent: This has a mild, florally scent, developed by the combination of lavender, elemi, palmarosa, geranium, and celery seed essential oils.
Mild Manly Scent: My personal fave. Has a mild, masculine scent (marketed for men, but I still really like it and use it on myself!). It contains a combination of cedarwood, ylang ylang, lavender, basil, and sandalwood essential oils. That’s why I like it — I love cedarwood and sandlewood scents.
Almost Unscented Scent: My husband’s fave. This is a very mild balm, with just a hint of cedarwood, lavender, and sandalwood. Not overpowering at all.
Who Told You to Put the Balm On?
Sorry. I couldn’t resist throwing a Seinfeld reference in here. For those of you who don’t understand, you can watch this clip.
And now, I’m telling you to put the beef tallow balm on. And don’t worry, Jackie Chiles won’t yell at you.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. YOU CAN ORDER HERE.
Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter this giveaway to win a set of 3 balms (one of each scent). For this giveaway, we will have not one, not two, but THREE winners! That’s right, THREE lucky people will get to try vintage TRADITION’s 100% grass-fed beef tallow balms for themselves. If you simply cannot wait, you can go ahead and order here. Trust me, you will not regret it!
The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and will run from midnight Wednesday, August 29th, through midnight Wednesday, September 5th. The winners will be announced on the blog Thursday, September 6th. The winner will also receive an email from me announcing their win, and they will have 72 hours to respond to claim their prize, or a new winner(s) will be chosen.