Easy DIY Beef Tallow Lotion (One Ingredient)

Prep time: 20 mins      Melt time: 10 mins      Rest time: 1 hr+     Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

This DIY beef tallow lotion is animal-based, easy to make, and free of chemicals, synthetic ingredients, and harmful additives.

What you need to make Easy DIY Beef Tallow Lotion

Ingredients:

  • Beef tallow (you can use this tallow to cook/eat if you want, too!)
  • Essential oils (optional)

Equipment:

Substitutions

No noted substitutions.

easy DIY beef tallow lotion

How to make Easy DIY Beef Tallow Lotion

If a visual will help, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe.

easy DIY beef tallow lotion

Portion out the amount you want to use.

I would start with at least one cup of tallow. I usually make this in batches and measure out a few cups when making a new batch.

Melt the tallow.

Using your cooking pot, melt the tallow to room temperature. It will turn into a transparent golden liquid. No need to heat it, just melt it.

Let it rest to thicken.

Once the tallow is melted, remove it from heat and pour it into your mixing bowl.

Let it sit on the counter for 1+ hour until it begins to firm up. You are looking for it to be whiter, thicker, and goopier, but not fully solidified…similar to the consistency of applesauce.

easy DIY beef tallow lotion

Whip the tallow.

With your hand mixer, whip the tallow using the high setting until you reach a “lotion” texture.

Add essential oils to the lotion.

If using just one scent, you can add essential oils to the whole batch. If doing this, add 50 drops of essential oils for every 1/2 cup of lotion. Mix well.

If you want to make individual batches with different scents, pour the lotion (without the essential oils) into your amber glass jars. In each jar, add up to 100 drops of essential oils, and use your bamboo sticks to mix and fully incorporate the oils. For a visual, see the Instagram Reel.

easy DIY beef tallow lotion

Scent ideas:

“Everyday” full-body/face lotion: lavender + orange + lemon + bergamot (this is my favorite!)

Muscle rub: eucalyptus + peppermint + lemon

Store your lotion.

The lotion will firm up over time. Store in glass jars and consider using an amber jar if you added essential oils to your lotion. This stuff lasts a long time (years). I use the expiration date on my bulk lotion tub as the expiration date for the lotion.

Note: When you apply the lotion, it may feel a little oily on top of your skin at first. This is normal. It absorbs quickly and well.

easy DIY beef tallow lotion

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Tips to make the best Easy DIY Beef Tallow Lotion

  • When you apply the lotion, it may feel a little oily on top of your skin at first. This is normal. It absorbs quickly and well.

Easy DIY Beef Tallow Lotion

easy DIY beef tallow lotion

Easy DIY Beef Tallow Lotion

This DIY beef tallow lotion is animal-based, easy to make, and free of chemicals, synthetic ingredients, and harmful additives.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Food Type: Topical
Cuisine: Lotion
Diet Preference: Beauty, Lotion, Skincare
Author: Ashley Rothstein

Equipment

  • Cooking pot (for melting tallow)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Amber glass jars (or containers to store lotion in)
  • Bamboo mixing sticks (optional)

Ingredients

  • beef tallow (you can use this tallow to cook/eat if you want, too!)
  • essential oils (if using)

Instructions

If a visual will help, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe.

    Portion out the amount you want to use.

    • I would start with at least one cup of tallow. I usually make this in batches and measure out a few cups when making a new batch.

    Melt the tallow.

    • Using your cooking pot, melt the tallow to room temperature. It will turn into a transparent golden liquid. No need to heat it, just melt it.

    Let it rest to thicken.

    • Once the tallow is melted, remove it from heat and pour it into your mixing bowl.
    • Let it sit on the counter for 1+ hour until it begins to firm up. You are looking for it to be whiter, thicker, and goopier, but not fully solidified…similar to the consistency of applesauce.

    Whip the tallow.

    • With your hand mixer, whip the tallow using the high setting until you reach a "lotion" texture.

    Add essential oils to the lotion.

    • If using just one scent, you can add essential oils to the whole batch. If doing this, add 50 drops of essential oils for every 1/2 cup of lotion. Mix well.
    • If you want to make individual batches with different scents, pour the lotion (without the essential oils) into your amber glass jars. In each jar, add up to 100 drops of essential oils, and use your bamboo sticks to mix and fully incorporate the oils. For a visual, see the Instagram Reel.

    Scent ideas:

    • "Everyday" full-body/face lotion: lavender + orange + lemon + bergamot (this is my favorite!)
    • Muscle rub: eucalyptus + peppermint + lemon

    Store your lotion.

    • The lotion will firm up over time. Store in glass jars and consider using an amber jar if you added essential oils to your lotion. This stuff lasts a long time (years). I use the expiration date on my bulk lotion tub as the expiration date for the lotion.
    • Note: When you apply the lotion, it may feel a little oily on top of your skin at first. This is normal. It absorbs quickly and well.

    Looking for some animal-based sweet eats? Try one of these recipes:

    Strawberry Truffles

    Crunch Bars [with Beef]

    Jumbo Chocolate Cups with Salted Chunky Date Filling

    Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins

    Spongey Cake Bars

    Maple Bacon Doughnuts

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    Ashley Rothstein

    Ashley Rothstein develops tasty, whole food, animal-based, fat-filled recipes that include a moderate amount of minimally toxic plant foods. To fix her own health issues, she bounced around between the carnivore, keto, and paleo diets for a few years. After experiencing and studying each diet philosophy, she learned she feels her best by merging the three and following an animal-based diet with time-restricted feeding. As a glut at heart, she likes to channel her creativity and create meals that are healthy but also satisfy her inner gluttonous spirits.

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