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On March 1, 2015 I wrote an article about the benefits of tallow balm for our blog. After having re-read the article, I realized that there is not much more I would add to that relatively comprehensive review. So, I will offer a summary of that article here and close with an offer from Vintage Tradition who has launched a new website and label!

1. It is a wise precaution not to apply substances to our skin that we would not readily take internally or, in a word, eat.

2. In his book Toxic Beauty, Samuel Epstein highlights the fact that many chemicals are found even in some popular “natural” brands found in health food stores. There is also undisclosed “fragrance”, almost certainly synthetic, and such fragrances have been documented to be carcinogenic and toxic in other ways, causing headaches, dizziness, allergic rashes, skin discoloration, coughing, vomiting, and skin irritation as well as nervous system and behavioral effects.

3.  As Sally Fallon Morell explains in the Oiling of America, “natural” products also contain certain vegetable oils that could be harmful: polyunsaturated oils like safflower, sunflower, cottonseed, corn, soy, and canola.

4. Tallow was traditionally used for skin care. A book of recipes and information for all facets of life, written by Dr. A.W. Chase, MD in 1866, lists ten formulations of salve, eight of which contain tallow, in addition to other natural ingredients.

5. Skin care products that were made with animal fats disappeared at the same time that animal fats in our diets did. Among the animal fats used for skin care, it appeared that the one used most overwhelmingly was indeed tallow. Tallow is the rendered fat of cows, sheep, and other ruminant animals such as deer. It is very solid and waxy at room temperature and can be kept for extended periods without the need for refrigeration. Vintage Tradition was one of the first to reintroduce tallow balm for retail sale in the United States.

6. No plant-based skin care ingredient or product can remotely compare to tallow in its power to nourish and heal the skin. Read more in my original post on the topic.

7. Tallow is compatible with our skin biology and is readily absorbed by the skin.Tallow contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health.

8. You can make your own tallow balm.  Mine simply hasn’t turned out as frothy and light as I’d like … and there are only so many hours in the day, so I get mine from Vintage Tradition. I choose their brand because of the quality and simplicity of the 3 ingredients: 100% grass-fed tallow, Chaffin Family Orchards’ extra virgin olive oil, and Young Living Essential Oils. I like their varieties as well. In addition, they have been consistently supportive of the Weston A. Price Foundation and Nourishing Our Children as active community members and cheerleaders.


For the last couple of weeks, I have been using Vintage Tradition’s improved tallow balm on the back of my arms in the hopes of healing the keratosis pilaris I’ve developed. I am so happy to report that it has cleared up significantly, and is almost resolved at this point. I am very encouraged to continue to apply it regularly. I’ve been using Sensible, however I believe any of the varieties will serve. Read other testimonials from customers like myself.



Vintage Tradition now sells their products on Amazon, however they are offering our community members an exclusive 10% discount through August 7, 2017 on their website. Use code nourish10. The discount applies to your entire order, including their deodorant and samples! Yes, they now sell tallow balm samples, as pictured above, and will also send a complimentary sample of your choice when you purchase $50 worth of their products!

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Kenneth and Andrew Gardner of Vintage Tradition have generously offered our community members 4 free 2-fluid ounce tallow balms to be shipped to 4 individuals within the United States. If you are randomly chosen, you will have an opportunity to choose what scent you’d like, including completely unscented. Recipients will be chosen on August 7, 2017 at 6:00P Pacific.

Please answer this question below in the comments with no less than 5 sentences to enter the giveaway. Be sure to mention tallow balm in your response.

What skin care products you are currently using and why would you like to receive a tallow balm?

Results – Four qualifying responses from Amanda Bevan, Deb Regan, homesteadylife, and SageView were randomly chosen to receive a 2-ounce tallow balm of their choice complimentary.