Tallow Butter Balm

I can’t live without my lamb tallow face salve, and now that I have made this tallow body butter, I know we won’t be able to live without this. This is made with beef tallow, from one of our Jersey steers, which is why it seems more yellow than the lamb tallow, but it is really wonderful.

Ashley from the Browning Homestead wrote about her tallow body butter and has lots of interesting things to say about why beef tallow is good for your skin, and I followed her proportions, two parts tallow to one part coconut oil. Thank you Ashley!

I render tallow and lard when I have it in large quantities and store the jars in the refrigerator, so I have to make the mess once, and then have jars on hand.

This is a pint and a half of kidney fat (suet) beef tallow rendered.


Use the bowl of your mixer on top of a pot of water on the stove as a double boiler to melt the tallow in.


Add one part coconut oil. I just filled up half of the jar that had the tallow in, so I did not have to measure or make anything else dirty.


Keep an eye on it, and don’t let it get too hot.


You can take it off the stove and continue to melt, and let it cool a little before you add the essential oils.


You won’t exactly smell like a brisket, but it is so much nicer to have a lovely fragrance, and the added benefits of the essential oils. I used 150 drops of Elevation, which is one of our favorite DoTerra Joyful blends.


Put the bowl in the freezer or fridge for a while, so it cools down and sets up a bit. I left mine in the freezer a bit too long, and the top and sides were a bit too hard, but it still whipped up great.


Use the whisk on your mixer.


It whips up into a snow white, incredibly fluffy and fragrant body butter in no time.


This pint and a half of tallow and 3/4 of a pint of coconut oil made 3 and 1/4 pints.


I can’t believe how wonderful it is, and not greasy, absorbing very quickly.

11 thoughts on “Tallow Butter Balm

  1. Ha!!! I made tallow salve about 2 weeks ago and I do LOVE it…. but I must have heated it just a bit too much… when I put it all over me before I go to bed…. I smell like a frying pan…. and hubby dreams of bacon at night!! You bet I will still use it all 🙂 What is the proper temperature… if there is even any – how warm is too warm?

    • Judith, the trick to rendering snow white, mostly odorless, lard or tallow is to have the temp as low as the fat will melt, then jar it up as soon as you have enough to fill a jar. Seal each jar right away, and when it cools you will have a good seal. The first jars will be the most perfect, whitest and odorless, which is why I always mark my jars as 1,2,3… and use the lower numbers for salves (and now this body butter) and for pastry. This post explains the process better and has other links. Good luck, and having your husband dreaming of you covered in bacon certainly can’t be bad! 😉

    • Hi Laurel. They can be stored in a cool, dark pantry/root cellar, but if your house is really warm, then you may store in the refrigerator. When you are using a jar, you may just keep it in your bathroom or on your counter for your hands in the kitchen. Tallow and lard do not need to be refrigerated, as they are poured in the jar hot and create a strong seal when cooled, but when they are opened I always refrigerate.

    • I thought of your dear husband stealing your face salve for his legs. Ha! This stuff is REALLY incredible, and I will make some for you, and if I can get my act together someday I will make lots of it and also the face salve for sale. xoxo (This batch is being shipped off for birthday presents.)

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