Recipe for Homemade Tallow Balm

  • Author: Kenneth of Vintage Traditions via Heather Dessinger's DIY Organic Beauty Recipes eBook
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins


  • 1/2 c. beef tallow
  • 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!)
  • a few drops essential oils


  1. Simply heat the tallow over very low heat until it liquifies. Optimally at about 120F (you may need to melt, then cool it a little), stir in EVOO and essential oils. Start with a small amount of aromatics and add more if necessary. You don’t want the lotion so strong you can’t use it.
  2. Mix together and put in a container in the fridge to harden, then store at room temperature.


* Use caution with essential oils, particularly if young children might use the lotion. Please read my post on the potential dangers of essential oils.

* I was dehydrating something anyway and simply put one of those little muffin cup shapes of tallow (about 1/4 cup) in a glass bowl on a shelf of the dehydrator. Without any babysitting, it was melted when I was ready for it. Love that! The bowl just went into the dishwasher, so no messy clean up, either.

* Hugs to my mom for rendering tallow for us! That’s love right there, sharing your local, grassfed beef tallow with your crazy daughter and her family. I’ll have to make her a batch of unscented tallow balm, just the way she’d like it.

* Renee of MadeOn swears by the addition of beeswax to any lotion, which would make it a bit harder, but it really seals in the moisturizing oils. I have little doubt that beeswax would be an improvement upon this recipe as well, but it would also increase the mess. For those wanting something a little stronger, the MadeOn DIY kit recipes could be made with tallow instead of coconut oil, for example.