This Tallow Lotion was a Nice Surprise!!
I’ve made homemade tallow lotion before, and it was nice, and very inexpensive, and I do like it but it was a little greasy and nothing to write home about.
I’ve heard from some others reviewing a different brand that their tallow lotion smelled like cooking beef!
So I was a little nervous testing this out, but to be honest, I was down to the last shred of MadeOn hard lotion in the house and knew that this would arrive faster than I’d get around to making a proper order from Renee, so I thought, “Why not?”
Emilie Toups, the blogger who created Crunchy Balm, impressed me with all her info about tallow (see below) and when I received the product, I was even more impressed.
This tallow balm is whipped, and man, can you tell! Its consistency is like the whipped butter that you get at a good steakhouse, that fluffy, light texture with cinnamon and…um…I mean, if you ever use the “butter” on your steakhouse rolls, you’ll know what I mean. (Their “butter” is actually margarine almost every time now that I’ve started asking, and I’m SO sad because I might have really enjoyed that little indulgence but just don’t do it anymore, so sad.)
Minus the cinnamon (and the industrial oils), this balm feels just like whipped butter. But it’s 100% grass-fed tallow – I’ve never seen anything like it.
There’s not even a hint of “eau de beef.” The essential oils Emilie uses are very light but also powerful: lavender, bergamot, frankincense, and sandalwood are in the original blend and marjoram, chamomile, ylang, ylang, spruce and frankincense in the Sweet Girl blend (unscented is also available).
Gentle Dry Skin and Sunburn Relief
I had been using the Crunchy Balm on my candida rash on my elbows and hand (sigh) and it was doing more or less as well as MadeOn – I prefer the beeswax “sealing in” action of MadeOn in general and feel like it’s a little more powerful BUT Crunchy Balm is quicker to apply.
I had it with us on vacation and when my kids’ faces got a little toasted in the sun despite my best efforts, I thought, “Why not?” The essential oils struck me as very skin-friendly and healing and also safe for children.
Once they tried it, Crunchy Balm became the only thing they would tolerate on their faces after a sunburn – and in fact we did a little “green product” evangelizing with that use! My cousin’s little girl hated the burning sensation of commercial aloe vera gel (I think it had alcohol in it) and was head over heels about how the lotion soothed her pretty intense burn on her face. I had to leave some Crunchy Balm behind for her after we parted ways because she loved it so much!
We had such a great experience with this lotion that I’ve already ordered 3 more tubs, setting one aside for Christmas for my cousin’s daughter.
Here’s a little more on tallow lotion
From the company:
Tallow is FULL of vitamins and minerals that feed your skin and help repair it, making it soft and supple. Forget the chemicals and give your skin whole food nourishment our ancestors used.
Our ancestors frequently used tallow to moisturize and protect their skin (they knew what they were doing!), yet somewhere along the way we were led to believe that plant-based products were superior, although their chemistry does not match our skin well.
Though plant based oils and butters can be WONDERFUL, animal products (like tallow) offer your skin a unique set of nutrients (vitamins A,D, E, and K in perfect harmony with their activators along with anti-inflammatory CLA) that it’s most likely been your skin has been missing out on!
We ONLY use tallow from grass-fed cows pastured on organically grown grass, which results in tallow that is rich in nutrients and free of pesticides and other toxins.
Using tallow-based products (along with eating animal organs and other “unusual” parts) means respecting that animal’s life by using EVERYTHING it had to offer, instead of just eating it’s meat.
“Healthy, ‘toned’ skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin. Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology.”
Crunchy Balm has numerous uses:
• luxurious face moisturizer
• soothes inflamed skin
• softens cracked heels and hands
• deep lasting moisture
• stretch marks
• chapped skin and lips
• wind burn
• baby skin
• diaper rash and much more!
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