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Have you ever heard of tallow? It may seem like a random thing on a beef carcass that no one thinks about, but it's actually quite useful. If you're a mom looking to save a few dollars on lip balm and eliminate toxins from your beauty routine, making your own lip balm from tallow might be an option for you. In this blog post, I'll share my favorite recipe for tallow lip balm that I love to carry with me on the go during the harsh winter months.
Tallow is rendered beef fat and has been used for centuries in many skin care products. Its natural fatty acids help nourish and moisturize the skin. Mixing tallow with other nourishing ingredients can make a great lip balm perfect for winter weather.
Here is a simple recipe for tallow lip balm:
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp tallow
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 1 tsp honey
- 6-8 drops essential oil
Make sure to use a high quality pure essential oil to avoid nasties. You can grab some of my favorite brand with the link here
- In a double boiler, melt the tallow, coconut oil, and beeswax.
- Once melted, stir in the honey.
- Remove the mixture from heat and stir in the essential oils.
- Carefully pour the mixture into small containers or chap-stick tubes.
- Allow several hours for the mixture to completely harden.
Coconut oil and beeswax help to moisturize and protect the lips. Honey works as a natural humectant that helps retain moisture. Essential oils such as peppermint, lavender or grapefruit oil add a lovely scent and additional benefits to the lip balm.
Using tallow lip balm can help prevent dry and chapped lips during the winter months. It can be used alone or as a base before applying lipstick.
The easiest option to finding tallow is to ask your local butcher or farmer for beef fat trimmings. You will have to render it down yourself. You can find those directions here. Alternatively, you can also purchase tallow on our online store here.
Tallow lip balm is a DIY solution that is easy to create and customize. It can benefit your lips in multiple ways while saving you money and avoiding any harsh chemicals in store-bought lip balms. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can create a useful and nourishing winter necessity. Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!
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