When winter brings the biting cold, it can wreak havoc on your skin. Winter Tallow & Honey Butter Face Cream is healing, hydrating, and nourishing. Great for eczema or for those who just want to stay younger looking… forever.
I Think I Discovered the Fountain of Youth…and Bottled it
I wasn’t actually setting out to discover the fountain of youth, but I think I found it. It is not a place, but rather, a moisturizer. Tallow to be specific. Interestingly, I discovered it quite by accident. I have always loved natural products and kind of had the basic philosophy that if I wouldn’t put it in my mouth, why put it on my skin? The skin is an organ that comprises over 75% of your body. Whatever you put on your skin, goes right into your system. The more your system needs to fight harmful toxins, the less focus it has on healing and performing optimally.
I guess when I started thinking with this perspective, I began scanning labels. All of a sudden I became aware of what I was ingesting, putting on my body, or cleaning my home with. Everything around me from home cleaning products, deodorant, to laundry detergent received a complete overhaul. I wanted to keep things as pure as possible. You can check out my post on detoxifying your laundry room here.
As a result, I switched over to preparing my own skin care products just so I could control what was going in them. The only problem was wintertime. My skin is pretty balanced except when the air turns bitter cold. All of a sudden, flakes appear, and my skin tightens and cracks. What is that all about?
Wisdom from Above
So, I did what any normal person would do. I prayed and asked God for wisdom. He is always ready to reveal His brilliance. In the dead of winter, I looked around and saw that plants are dormant, but the sheep and the cows still roam about unbothered. I don’t know why that popped into my head except that I had just prayed. It made sense to me. In the winter I would need something that could withstand winter temperatures, and reserve my plant oils for the more humid warmer seasons.
With my download from heaven, I started my research and came to the conclusion that tallow was my answer. I created this moisturizer and handed out a few jars to some friends at church. Instantly, I had customers for life. One friend’s husband came up to me and asked, “What is in that jar? My wife looks ten years younger and her skin is so smooth. Can I get a jar too?” My Tallow Fountain of Youth Balm was born.
What is Tallow and Why is it Good for My Skin?
Tallow is simply rendered fat from a cow or sheep. It is intensely moisturizing, healing and replenishes the skin’s natural elasticity that decreases with age. I love that it is 100% natural, won’t clog your pores, and doesn’t leave that greasy feel after it is applied. Just long-lasting, soft silky-smooth skin all day long.
The fat in tallow actually creates a protective barrier on the skin locking in moisture, yet still allowing the skin to breathe. This fat layer is what popped into my head when thinking about the dormancy of plants in the winter and the perfectly content cow in the field when it is snowing outside. Plant oils stay liquid when refrigerated and tallow and shea butter solidifies when chilled. Isn’t God brilliant? He gives us the most amazing downloads when we stop to ask and then really listen. This cream really works, and it is my go-to every winter for the softest skin imaginable.
A Breakdown of the Ingredients for Winter Tallow & Honey Butter Face Cream:
- Tallow– see above
- Shea Butter– anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, boosts skin moisture, and helps fight breakouts.
- Manuka Honey– balances the skin’s ph, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial (leaving skin clean with less bacteria that may cause breakouts), and helps remove dead skin that keeps skin clean and young.
- Calendula and Yarrow Infused Olive Oil (or regular olive oil)– Yarrow and Calendula are both amazing at reducing inflammation, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, improving the softness of the skin, and reducing bacteria that may cause skin breakouts.
- Jojoba Oil– moisturizes dry skin, fades fine lines and wrinkles, antibacterial, boosts skins glow, nourishes and heals.
- Vitamin E Oil– healing, moisturizing, diminishes fine lines, scars, and wrinkles, reduces itching, and a natural preservative.
- Aloe Vera– reduces swelling and inflammation, diminishes dark spots and scars, speeds up wound healing, supports the production and release of collagen, heals sunburn, clears up acne, and moisturizes.
- Pomegranate Seed Oil– boosts collagen production, helps with skin elasticity, promotes the reversal of skin damage, moisturizing without greasy feel or clogging pores.
- Lavender Essential Oil – lavender is the number one essential oil for skin conditions. It is great for skin healing, anti-microbial, anti-inflamatory, antibacterial, helps reduce redness and soothes and calms the skin.
- Frankincense Essential Oil– naturally astringent, rejuvenates damaged skin issues, reducing the appearance of skin conditions, fine lines, or wrinkles.
- 3/4 cup (96 grams) pure, unscented, grass-fed tallow
- 1/4 cup (32 grams) shea butter
- 1 T (15 grams) Manuka honey
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) olive oil or calendula & yarrow-infused olive oil
- 2 T (1 ounce) jojoba oil
- 1 tsp. Vitamin E oil
- 1 T (15 grams) aloe vera
- 15 drops each Frankincense and lavender therapeutic grade essential oils
- 6 drops of pomegranate seed oil (optional)
- In the bowl of a Kitchen Aid mixer, measure out the tallow and shea butter on a kitchen scale. Measure separately and then add to the bowl in case you add too much and have to take some away. You don't want your ingredients contaminated with another ingredient.
- Prepare a pot of simmering water on the stove over medium-low heat, and place the mixing bowl over to melt the tallow and shea butter.
- Remove from heat and add the olive oil, jojoba oil, pomegranate seed oil, vitamin E oil, and honey. Stir until mostly dissolved. Honey will settle on the bottom of the bowl, but will incorporate in the whipping process.
- Place in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes until it starts to set but is still pliable. You don't want it to harden and solidify.
- Once it sets and the color changes from a clear, dark green to a waxed over color, add in the aloe and essential oils (they are heat sesitive) and place on the mixer with the whisk attachment.
- Whip on high for 10-15 minutes until the mixture resembles a creamy, pale-green color.
- Fill 6- 2 oz jars with cream, cover with a tight fitting lid, and store in the refrigerator to keep until ready to use.
These make wonderful gifts. Store the container you are using in a cool, dry place. Apply to a clean, dry face.
I gave the measurements for the ingredients in cups/teaspoons, but also in grams/ounces. Truthfully, I have been using my kitchen scale a lot more lately and have been happier with the results because the measurements are more accurate. I also recommend measuring your ingredients separately before adding to the whole just in case you accidentally add too much of something.
Furthermore, I included some process pictures for you to see the different color changes your moisturizer will take on as you move through the steps. I am always fascinated at how something so bright green can turn almost white just by whipping in air.
Make sure the jars that you use are clean and sterilized. Place them in the refrigerator to solidify when you are finished. Although they can stay at room temperature, depending on where you live, it will last longer if placed in the refrigerator. Because this is a winter moisturizer, and it gets cold here, I don’t worry about keeping it out of refrigeration.
As long as you keep your hands clean and avoid contamination, your lotion should keep well. If you notice any mold developing, discard. It is best to apply using a clean applicator, popsicle stick, or spoon instead of introducing bacteria from you hands into the jar. I hope you enJOY this moisturizer and look and feel years younger.
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***See the above ingredients list for the links to each ingredient I use for this face cream