You made body butter out of what???
Well, it surprised me, too. The fine folks at Fatworks offered to send me one of their high quality cooking fats to try out and, while I have used it for cooking, I also had a hunch their Pure Beef Tallow would be useful outside of the kitchen, too. The consistency is similar to coconut oil and other saturated fats (i.e. it’s solid at room temperature), and I’ve used coconut oil to make body butter and other lotions a lot in the past, so why not tallow? I decided to give it a try and I was so pleased with the results that I just had to share the recipe with you!
Psst….Pretty soon, I plan on sharing my recipe for the BEST roasted potatoes made with this grass-fed beef tallow! They are the crispiest roasted potatoes I’ve ever had.
This whipped tallow body butter is so creamy and moisturizing!
You are seriously going to love it. Making your own lotion is a lot easier than it may seem. And I think it is more cost effective, too, because you can buy the ingredients in bulk and they last pretty much forever. Plus, this lotion is so moisturizing that a little goes a long way. It’s really easy to make, too.
You simply melt the tallow in a saucepan with the cocoa butter and then add in your jojoba oil or almond oil (basically a liquid oil to keep the lotion smooth and creamy) and let it sit until it begins to solidify again. Once it starts to harden up, but is still creamy, you add in your favorite essential oils and whip it good (whip it real good!) until it gets soft and fluffy.
Which essential oils should I use to make my tallow body butter?
Some essential oils have great skin benefits. For this lotion, I used a blend of 15 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of rosemary.
Always check the label first to be sure the oil you want to use is safe for skin! Here are a few of my favorites…
- Tea Tree (melaleuca) – cleansing, soothing
- Lavender – calming, relaxing, soothing
- Frankincense – rejuvenating, healing, calming
- Peppermint – cooling, opens airways (I recommend peppermint for a natural chest rub, not to rub all over your body as some people can be quite sensitive to it)
**Always spot test essential oils for skin sensitivity by diluting a few drops with a carrier oil and rubbing it onto the back of your hand.
**I do not recommend citrus oils for this body butter due to photosensitivity. If you do use citrus oils, avoid the sun or tanning beds after using.