What exactly is tallow, you may be wondering. Tallow is the main ingredient in a carnivore moisturizer.  Tallow is fat that is cooked down from any ruminant animal. These are hoofed herbivores with a four-chambered stomach like cattle, sheep, goats, bison, elk, and deer. Essentially, when we use tallow, we create an animal-based moisturizer.  A WHAT?! Yep, the benefits of tallow skin care are undeniable. We are animals.  All animal fats require zero conversions to be made usable by our animal bodies. Tallow has the unique quality of being welcomed into the top layer of our skin while leaving a satin-thin residue that is surprisingly effective against water loss.  If you are new to the idea of using a tallow skin care product, you are probably thinking – Why would I want to apply animal fat on my face? 

Why Is Tallow Skin Care Good For My Skin?

Tallow contains abundant natural fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and fat-soluble activators. These are found only in animal fats and help to promote skin health. Tallow also contains fats like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, and palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties.

Our bodies require fat in order to absorb vitamins A, D, & E. These vitamins are incredibly important for our bodies to function properly. Supporting everything from brain function, to immunity, to providing antioxidants, you want your body to receive an abundant supply of these nutrients. Tallow is a potent superfood, and eating bison has a long list of great health benefits. Not so long ago, it was a kitchen staple. However, it’s been replaced over the years by unhealthy oils from seeds due to their cheap manufacturing costs. Large companies once considered them (seed oils) a waste product. They’re now sold to consumers as cooking oils with no consideration for long-term effects on health.

Why Isn’t Tallow Used In More Products If It’s So Good?

The “health police” have told us that fat is bad and saturated fat is the worst. That message has been spreading throughout the food and farming industry and that has trickled over to the skin industry as well. Instead of seeking out all traditional, whole ingredients for our face and body’s nourishment, most companies focus solely on overly processed plant ingredients, and petroleum-based products, and exclude boring old-fashioned tallow.  

Grass-fed high-quality tallow is limited as industrial farming simply cannot yield this premium ingredient, which makes it undesirable for mammoth skin companies to produce.  In addition, there is a tremendous amount of variation from batch to batch, which means it can only be consistently crafted by a skilled artisan in a certified lab, but in the old ways.  This does not lend itself to mass production.

So, Why Bison Tallow For Skin Care?

Well, honestly, it was a toss-up between Sheep or Bison. Both of these animals are of my particular admiration as these are both basic staples from the Native American reservation where I was born.  Bison have very low fat compared to genetically bred bovines and they require land to roam which both makes me happy. 

Meet Nomad⎜Bison Tallow Repair Butter

Nomad Skin Repair Butter is whipped to fluffy satin-silk perfection with Bison Tallow, a smidge of Organic Jojoba, and a double kiss of Organic Bulgarian Rose & Frankincense Essential Oils.

I have to admit that tallow can smell a bit funky…but I assure you that ours does not. The genius blend of Organic Bulgarian Rose and Frankincense gives Nomad a superb scent that is also incredibly nourishing.

And, like all of my products, Nomad is naturally free of gluten, wheat, soy, nuts, peanuts, dairy, egg, and shellfish. 

Where Do We Source From?

The tallow we use is not certified organic like all of the other ingredients. The impractical reality of  certified organic standards isn’t good enough for us or you. For example, did you know that organically raised cows can still spend months in crowded, unsanitary feedlots eating grain and soy? Instead, I have chosen roaming bison wherein my suppliers use the best methods in production, which include a 100% grass-fed, non-toxic, chemical-free approach to farming with healthy soil and an overall healthy ecosystem without pesticides, pharmaceuticals, or any other chemicals.  Field harvested with gratitude & reverence.  

It is expensive and time-consuming for a ranch to be certified organic, so many exemplary producers choose not to. The big downer is that costly ongoing expenses of certification are only passed on to the consumer. Many consumers choose to “certify” the products they purchase by buying directly from companies that they trust, and we do that in your place when acquiring the premium quality tallow for our Nomad Bison Tallow Repair Butter.

I have had to vet a small handful of multiple ranches to source from as the divine quality I seek is hard to find, available only seasonally, and in low volumes.  This first batch is made from wild and jubilant bison in Santa Fe, New Mexico which is near my old stomping grounds in Taos.

Tallow repair butter is the crowing jewel of tallow skin care. If you’re interested in our Nomad Repair Butter, check it out in our shop and let us know what you think!