Homemade Tallow Face & Body Butter Recipe


What?  Did I say Tallow?  Isn’t that beef fat?  Why yes it is!  But wait….don’t go away!  Let me tell you about the amazing healing and nourishing properties of grass-fed tallow for your skin!  I am going to show you how to make your own Tallow Balm for your face and body!  For this recipe you will want to choose a grass-fed tallow from sustainable, ethical and holistic farming practices.  This will provide you with a clean and pure, nutrient-dense vitamin cream with the a fatty acid profile similar to that of the membrane of our human cells.

10 Benefits of Grass-fed Tallow for the Skin:

  1. Tallow contains Vitamin A, D, E and K.  These vitamins are fat-soluble so they are readily available for cellular uptake!  These vitamins are essential for our overall health and for our skin!  Tallow also contains B12!
  2. Grass-fed tallow contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid or CLA which have properties that are anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial.
  3. It contains Steric Acid or Oleic Acid (Omega 9) which help form the outer, protective layer of our skin.  These fatty acids help to provide moisture to the skin along with softness and they provide anti-inflammatory benefits.  Steric acid gives the skin suppleness and helps to repair damage.
  4. Tallow contains Palmitoleic Acid (Omega 7) which is antimicrobial and detoxifying. Palmitoleic Acid is one of the basic building blocks in the skin and as we age we tend to be more deficient in this nutrient.
  5. Tallow balm can be used all over the body….face, lips, hand, body, feet.  It is a multi-skin care product for every skin need.
  6. Tallow’s structural composition can be considered “bio-identical” because it is compatible to our skin’s biology and it is easily absorbed.  A little goes a long way!
  7. Tallow is non-greasy and it won’t sit on your skin, like for example, coconut oil.  It can be used as a diaper balm, but I would eliminate the use of the essential oils so that it is scent free.
  8. It’s toxic free!!! So many cosmetics, health and beauty products contain known carcinogens, chemicals, heavy metals, endocrine/hormone disruptors, neurotoxins and fragrances.
  9. It’s sustainable!  You’ll be using less plastic and even some containers that aren’t recyclable.
  10. It’s less expensive than store bought lotions and potions!
  11. BONUS!!  It will make a great gift for your family and friends!

Reference:  Traditional Nourishing and Healing Skin Care- The Weston A. Price Foundation

Customize Your Choice Of Essential Oils For Your Skin Type

Normal Skin or Mature Skin:

  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum

Dry Skin:

  • Sandalwood
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Geranium
  • Cedarwood

Oily Skin:

  • Tea Tree
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Cypress
  • Lemon

Sensitive Skin:

  • Geranium
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile

Blemished Skin:

  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium

Why You’ll Want To Use Essential Oils In This Recipe

The obvious answer is that essential oils smell so amazing and they are relaxing and have such an array of therapeutic benefits.  But one important thing to note about this recipe is that tallow smells like BEEF!  Yes, it is the one downside, but once you put it on your skin, the smell with dissipate.  For my recipe, I used 24 drops of lavender oil (2% dilution).  Feel free to mix your own to customize your favorite scent or to meet your skincare needs.

What You’ll Need

The nice thing about the recipe is that you don’t need a lot of ingredients.  I used vitamin E oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef tallow, and organic lavender oil. The lavender oil I used was a gift from my aunt.  It is from www.pelindaba.com in Washington State.  I also am a big fan of the NOW brand of essential oils and I also love their organic lavender.

I LOVE these 4oz wide-mouth Ball jars.  You should be able to easily find them in your grocery store, Walmart or even Target.  But feel free to use whatever glass container you would like.


How To Make The Tallow Body Butter

Measure your tallow with a digital scale and place in a sauce pan.

On medium heat, melt the tallow throughly.

Pour into a stainless steel or glass bowl.

Add the olive oil and vitamin E oil.

Stir to combine the tallow and the oils.

Allow the mixture to cool down and come to room temperature while sitting on your counter.

Now at this point, I have made a balm.  If you wish, you can pour your liquid mixture into your glass containers before it cools and let it sit for 2-4 hours or place in your refrigerater so it can harden and look like the above photo.

Otherwise, if you prefer a body butter consistency, once it cools to room temperature you can use your electric mixer and whip the mixture until soft peaks form.

Be sure to scrape the edges of the bowl with a silicone spatula so that it combines well.

That’s it!  Now just use your silicone spatula and transfer the mixture into your beautiful glass jars!

I hope you love this as much as I do!  You’ll find that it absorbs quickly into the skin and it won’t leave a greasy residue.  Remember, a little goes a long way!  Let me know if you try it! If you are interested in making your own, natural skincare products, I highly recommend that you search on Pinterest. There are so many recipes and you can even create your own to suite your skin needs like I did!

To You In Good Health,



Disclaimer: I do not diagnose or treat disease, but instead make recommendations for balancing the body and promoting optimal wellness.  Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioners are approved by the NTA as a certifying organization, but are not licensed or certified by any state.  I am not, nor do I represent myself as a dietitian or nutritionist.  This post is not sponsored.


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Tallow Face & Body Butter Recipe


  • 226 grams Grass-fed Beef Tallow
  • 43 grams Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 7 grams Vitamin E Oil
  • 24 drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil or other organic essential oil of your choice 2% dilution
  • Yields two 4oz jars


  1. Melt beef tallow in stainless steel pan until dissolved. Remove from the stove.

  2. Add the olive oil and vitamin E oil and stir to combine.

  3. Add the lavender oil or other essential oil of your choice.

  4. If you prefer to use as a balm, pour into two, 4 oz glass jars and allow to harden in the refrigerator. Once cooled, remove from the refrigerator and allow to return to room temperature before using.

  5. If you prefer to use the balm as a whipped cream, once it is cooled, use a hand-held electric mixture and blend until to form soft peaks.

  6. Scoop the whipped balm into two, 4oz glass jars.

  7. Store both forms at room temperature. Discard after 6 months of opening or go by the use date on your products.