Whipped Tallow Body Butter

Whipped Tallow Body ButterMy first thought when I saw the ingredient of this whipped body butter was tallow??? What is that? Beef fat? No way, I am putting that on my face… little did I know that I would make it, love it, and even be blogging about it because the world should know about the amazingness of using tallow on your skin.

So, why should you use TALLOW on your SKIN…

From Health Starts in the Kitchen:

Why would I slather my body with beef fat, you ask? First and foremost, because I don’t like to put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t eat. After all, 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream. Pasture raised beef fat is nourishing to eat and nourishing to the skin.

Next, tallow is compatible with the molecular structure of our skin cells. It is 50-55% saturated fat, the same percentage that makes up our cell membranes. Additionally, tallow is very similar to the protective sebum naturally produced by our skin. In my experience, tallow does not clog my pores.

Finally, tallow is a time-honored skincare ingredient. And while I am sure that animal fats have been used as protective skin balms since the beginning of humanity, I don’t think we have proof of that. We do, however, have records that show tallow was a main ingredients in skin balms during the 1800′s (here are some examples).

From the SKINtervention Guide by Liz Wolfe of CaveGirlEats:

“The Fatty Acid profile of grass-fed, pasture-raised tallow (yes-tallow!) is incredibly close to that of the human skin cell. Tallow has been used as a nourishing moisturizer for centuries…”

From Mommypotatmus:

“Healthy, ‘toned’ skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin. Interestingly, tallow fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology.” 

From Traditional Nourishing and Healing Skin Care by Andrew J. Gardner

“Another strong indication of tallow’s compatibility with our skin biology is its similarity to sebum, the oily, waxy matter that lubricates and waterproofs our skin. Indeed, the word “sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin and began to be used in this biological sense around the year 1700….”

“In regard to this compatibility of tallow with the biology of our skin, we should note that we are animals rather than plants, so the modern taboo against animal products in skin care products would seem unfounded and even illogical. In addition to containing very little saturated fats, plant products do not have the same levels of other nutrients needed for healthy skin. Tallow contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health.”

Is that enough info for you…. another reason that I LOVE my tallow body butter (which I use as my face moisturizer at night) is that it feels so luxurious on my skin. I have the occasional pimple prone skin and this actually helps control those ‘pips’ as my dad used to call them. You can also make this as a cream for anywhere and my girl, Claire, adds her husband’s shutran to this cream to help support the manly endocrine system.

Being the essential oil girl that I am, I add EOs to my face cream that promote youth and keeping my face as clear and wrinkle free as possible. If you want to know more about where I get my essential oils: click here

I make this recipe and then I divide it for how I need it. Usually I make half of it for my face cream and keep the other half in the fridge until I need it.


Whipped Tallow Body Butter


¾ cup tallow

¼ cup coconut oil

yields 1.5 – 2 cups whipped

  • In a double boiler, slowly melt tallow and coconut oil together. Transfer to fridge and let cool for a few hours, or cool for 45 minutes in the freezer (you want it nearly solid again).
  • Begin to whip your mixture in a stand mixer on high until completely smooth and light.
  • Add essential oils, mix on high thoroughly.
  • Transfer to a large glass cosmetic jar.

For my face cream I will use half the recipe and add 10 drops of Frankincense, 20 drops of lavender, and 15 drops of Melrose. Play around with the recipe that is right for you, but here are some more suggestions from Health Starts in the Kitchen:

      • Non-cystic acne – Melaleuca, lavender, bergamot, cedarwood, sandalwood, helichrysum
      • Oily – Melaleuca, helichrysum, lavender, clary sage, bergamot, geranium
      • Sensitive/Soothing – roman chamomile,  helichrysum,
      • Dry/Anti-Aging – geranium, lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, roman chamomile

Thank you to my friend Claire for first introducing me to this body butter. You are a rockstar! :-)

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, One Year Old is what you are…

One year… one whole year since Kolbe Therese was born. Well, it’s more like one year… one whole year that I have survived as a mom. Pretty crazy. The amount of change and growth that I have had this year has probably been about equal to Kolbe. Motherhood is truly the best, but there is a humbling learning curve that happens. My motto this year has been that “God only grants you the grace you need for right now, not tomorrow” and that has saved me from thinking ahead to the “just wait until she is moving”, “just wait until you can’t get anything done”, “just wait until you have to actually feed her food”, etc. remarks that well-meaning mothers feel obligated to give out. But truly I have enjoyed every stage. Every moment has something to take from it. I thank God every single day for this sweet and very smiley little girl and I am so excited to see what her 2nd year of life brings her.

Now onto the good stuff, for Kolbe’s party I wanted to incorporate the colors pink and gold. As I was browsing Pinterest thinking about her favorite songs, I thought it might be fun to do a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme. After I settled on a theme, the rest came easy! I had such a fun time planning this 1st birthday party and I am excited to share these pictures with you! Enjoy!

The dessert table and the Princess throne…


IMG_1166c   Thanks Aunt Kylie for making this gorgeous sign… Don’t you think she needs to have a business???


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Baked Potato bar for the adults… star shaped PBJs, Mac & Cheese cups, piggies in a blanket, and applesauce for the kids. IMG_1187  IMG_1187a IMG_1190  IMG_1191 IMG_1192 IMG_1196 #babyfistpumpIMG_6249 The birthday girl lovin’ on her Emme!IMG_1199  Because of our tiny townhouse yard, I made sensory buckets for the kids to play in! IMG_1202 IMG_1205  Birthday cake time! IMG_1234 IMG_1237  “What is this??? I want the fancy cake behind me! Not this naturally sweetened, no refined sugar stuff. I know that frosting has beets in it. What is my mom trying to do to me? Kill me??” -Kolbe’s inner monologue IMG_1241  “Yeah, I want none of that garbage.” And that was the end of the smash cake.  IMG_1245

IMG_6273  Post cake and pre nap… can you tell she was struggling??? But I love my family so very much! IMG_1255 The invitations! Cake: Zenzero Bakery, Coppell

Petit Fours- Maureen’s Bakery, Sugar Land

Cupcakes- my mom made them using THIS recipe

Big Pink Balloon/One Balloon- Shoptomkat Etsy Shop

Gold Sequin Runner- JoAnn Fabric

Tissue Paper garland- Tasselove Etsy Shop

Kolbe’s crown- LoveCrushBowtique Etsy Shop

Kolbe’s Dress- Janie and Jack c/o Kolbe’s Nana and Papa

‘One’ Bib- MudPie

Picture frames over mantle and on welcome table- Michaels

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Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Ok so today I am giving total credit to Denise Sawyer of the Wholesale Mommy blog because she has THE GREATEST bath time DIY for kids. I can’t wait to make some of these for little K… for the little girl who is so fickle about her love of bath time, I know these will help on those ‘off’ nights. Denise calls her recipe Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs but in honor of holy week, and that Easter is in 4ish days, I will take the liberties to rename the recipe to Easter Egg Bath Bombs for this week. Plus, now is the time you most likely have all those little Easter eggs lying around to use as a mold.

So without further adu… the recipe from Denise…

All you need to make these fun bath bombs are 3 ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Epsom salt
  • 6+ drops of food coloring
  • 6+ drops of Essential oils (Get your oils here!)

(Note from Kristen: I would not use a citrus oil because of the plastic eggs… lavender or another oil would be better and when they have finished drying out, make sure you store them in a sealed, glass container)

  • Easter Eggs

Ingredients for dinosaur egg bath bombs from wholesomemommy.com


You also need some kind of mold – I used some old plastic Easter eggs we keep around for playing games in home school. :) Just make sure the eggs are hinged, or cut the hinge so that you have two separate pieces.  If you don’t have plastic Easter eggs, you can buy soap mold online or at some craft stores.

Since the ingredients in these bath bombs are all safe to ingest, these are great gifts for children – or to make with small children. I’m not saying they would TASTE great, but it won’t harm them if they try to take a taste while using them or helping you make them! :)

All you do is mix the Epsom salt, food coloring, essential oil, and 2 Tbsp of water in a bowl until everything is incorporated really well. You can play around with how much food coloring or essential oils you use until you get the color you want and the scent you want.

Fill both sides of the egg {or mold} with the salts and use the palm of your hand to pack it in tight. Close the two sides of the egg together and then very carefully remove one side of the egg.  Allow the egg to sit out to dry overnight. Remove the other side of the egg and allow the egg to dry on the counter {away from little fingers} for 2 or 3 more days.

Now your eggs are ready for gift packing in clear little gift bags, jars, or for tossing in the tub!

Dinosaur Egg Bath bombs with Epsom salt for kids from wholesomemommy.comhttp://wholesomemommy.com/dinosaur-bath-bombs-healthy-fun/

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St. Patrick’s Day EO Make and Take

Last night I had about 10 girls over for a St. Patrick’s Day Essential Oils Make and Take. It was such a great time! This was my first Young Living party to host and I wanted it to be a fun experience for everyone in attendance. We made 4 different goodies… Thieves spray, a Sleepy Roll-On, Lip Balm, and Peppermint Sugar Scrub. It was great because I really worked to have all the materials ready to go so that when 7:30 arrived, we would be ready to get busy.

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One extra thing that I did was I had brown kraft sacks with my young living business card stapled to them, this allowed my guests to keep their goodies altogether to bring home.

We had a fabulous time and I can’t wait until next time!

You asked for them and here they are… I made them on Canva!



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