Tallow Soap

Even toothpastes, cleansers, shampoos and deodorants labeled as “natural” and “organic” have ingredients that would behoove us to avoid.  For example, consider basic baby powder. Talcum powder, which is a common component of commercial baby powders, is sometimes contaminated with asbestos. Though the options sold in health food stores are usually much safer, most contain cornstarch. In cases where the rash is due to an overgrowth of yeast (such as when it coincides with thrush), cornstarch will actually feed the yeast and make the rash worse. So what is the alternative?

Do it yourself!

I am so, so excited about Heather Dessinger’s DYI Organic Beauty Recipes ebook!  It includes 50+ all natural, non-toxic recipes that really work, as well as video tutorials! To get a sense of what’s in the book see samples on The Mommypotamus blog’s beauty section!  I learned today that not only is tallow a nutrient dense, traditional fat but, it also serves to clean!  The gentle lather of this ultra-pure, basic tallow soap pictured above is is perfect for skin of all types.

I choose each item that I recommend carefully, and in this case, I highly recommend that you order her ebook!

Why choose this ebook instead of free recipes?

There are some great recipes out there that work really well … and some that don’t! Unfortunately it’s impossible to know which it will be ahead of time and it’s always a bummer to have to throw out failed attempts made with fantastic ingredients. Each recipe in this book has been tested over and over to ensure consistent results.

Also, Heather worked hard to formulate products that will allow you to keep your refrigerator free from the clutter of ultra-perishable beauty products. Though these recipes are not infused with toxic preservatives that will make them last for years on end like those three year-old fast food burgers we’ve seen, most will stay fresh for months at a time. Not only does this cut down on time spent preparing each item since you don’t have to make small batches every week, it also saves you money and cuts down on waste.

You’ll Learn How To …

  • Make your own shampoo, conditioners, lotions and deodorant
  • Whiten your teeth naturally without harsh chemicals like coal tar, fluoride, aspartame, aluminum and benzene
  • Nourish yourself from the inside out for radiant skin, hair and nails
  • Use natural preservatives, make sure your skin and hair remain PH balanced, and formulate products that are safe for small children


I have reviewed the ebook and absolutely love the clarity of the layout, the stunning photography, which includes step-by-step pictures, the list of alternative ingredients, the shelf life information, and the sheer simplicity of so many of the recipes!  I also like the fact that some recipes include bonus video content whereby Heather leads us through a recipe.

Of particular interest to this community is the Mommy and Baby Care section!

  • Blooming Belly Balm
  • Blooming Belly Butter
  • Stretch Mark Diminisher
  • Gentle Baby Wash
  • Butt Balm
  • Basic Baby Powder

See the rest of the Table of Contents

Valuable Resource

I highly recommend that you order Heather’s ebook! I am so pleased to have mine.

Have you made your own self-care recipes?  What has your experience been?