DIY Face Moisturizer Tallow Face Cream

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This DIY face moisturizer is the purest and most natural skincare product ever. It is a nutrient rich whipped tallow face cream that delivers the ultimate hydrating, soothing, and anti aging benefits. 

DIY face moisturizer

Tallow face and body cream

When it comes to pure and natural skincare products, 100% grass fed tallow takes the cake. You can’t get more pure, biocompatible with our skin, or natural than tallow. This DIY face moisturizer brings all of that primal goodness in the form of a tallow face cream.

I share all the facts about grass fed tallow benefits in this ultimate guide to tallow skin care. In this post, I share all the reasons why skin loves grass fed tallow

This tallow face cream is similar to the recipe in my post on how to make tallow balm, but here I’ve tweaked it a bit to make it into the perfect DIY face moisturizer. 

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What is tallow? What is tallow cream?

Basically, tallow is rendered beef fat. Render just means to cook animal fat down.

I talk a lot more about what tallow is here. I show how to make tallow in this post on how to render tallow here

On its own, tallow is pretty stiff and hard to spread on skin. To make tallow face and body cream, you mix a little bit of liquid oil (like olive or jojoba) with some melted tallow. That makes a cream with the perfect spreading consistency. 

Tallow cream can be plain, or you can add some essential oils to it. Adding essential oils with anti aging benefits makes tallow face cream into the ultimate DIY face moisturizer. 

You can either whip tallow face cream, or leave it as a solid balm. My favorite is whipped, because it is just so light and fluffy, and fun to use!

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Easy tallow face cream recipe



  1. Melt tallow until liquid.
  2. Add liquid oil and stir to combine.
  3. Allow mixture to chill in freezer until just barely solidified, not liquid and soft enough to easily whip.
  4. Whip with hand mixer until fluffy.
  5. Add essential oils and whip to combine.
  6. Store in a glass jar.

Why use tallow on your skin? Is tallow good for skin?

What are the benefits of tallow? Like I mentioned before, I have written quite a lot about how amazing tallow is for our skin in other blog posts. You can check them out here and here

I’ll give a quick summary here. 100% grass fed tallow is incredible for skin, because it is so biocompatible with our skin cells. You can tell the moment you put some on your skin – it seems to instantly recognize it drink it right in! Bison tallow also has similar benefits for skin. 

100% grass fed tallow is wonderful as a face cream, because of the rich and wide variety of skin friendly nutrients it contains (source). Here are some of the beneficial nutrients in grass fed tallow:

  • Vitamins A, B12, D, E, and K are extremely nourishing for skin. This particular combination of beneficial vitamins is only found together in animal products. 
  • Alpha linoleic and linoleic acids in almost a perfect ratio of 1:1. These are also known as omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and they maintain the structure and barrier function of skin. They are also helpful for anti inflammatory and immune responses in skin, including eczema and rosacea. 
  • Stearic acid and oleic acid are fatty acids that are found in the outer layer of our skin, and in our sebum. They are softening, moisturizer, regenerative, and anti inflammatory. Stearic acid helps to repair skin,  improve the flexibility of skin, improves skin’s barrier function. Oleic acid helps the various beneficial nutrients penetrate deeply into skin. 
  • Conjugated linoleic acid or CLA has powerful anti inflammatory properties, and is also antimicrobial. 
  • Palmitoleic acid is a very active antimicrobial in our skin. It is also one of the basic building blocks of our skin, but it decreases as we age. 
  • Palmitic acid helps improve the smoothness of skin, and helps with skin’s barrier function, and decreases as we age. 

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Is tallow good for your face?

It sure is! Let’s look at some of the things 100% grass fed tallow does that are beneficial for the skin on our face:

  • Tallow is a very healthy fat. It contains a wide array of all the beneficial nutrients that our skin needs to repair itself. It is the best moisturizer to use if you want healthy skin. 
  • Many of the nutrients in grass fed tallow help to promote youthful skin by providing substances that our skin naturally loses as we age. 
  • Tallow is extremely compatible with the oil that our skin naturally produces. It actually shares a similar biology. That’s one of the reasons why our skin is able to use tallow so effectively. 
  • Compared to plant based oils, tallow provides skin with very intense moisture. You will recognize this immediately when you put it on your skin. There is nothing better than tallow for soothing and hydrating dry skin. 
  • Tallow is not only great for repairing skin, but it also helps to prevent damage to skin. All of those skin friendly antioxidants and other nutrients keep skin healthy and strong. 
  • The natural antimicrobial properties in tallow help to prevent acne and breakouts. Tallow also contains powerful anti inflammatory properties (source). 

How often to use tallow face cream

What if skin is too dry or too oily? How do you now how much to use? This really depends on your skin type and what your skin needs right now.

For dry and mature skin, you’ll probably want to use your DIY face cream twice a day. For oily skin, once a day, once every other day, or even less often than that might be best.

It’s important to experiment and see what your skin likes best. Also, a little bit of tallow face cream goes a very long way! This can be something to get used to at first. 

If you accidentally use too much, no worries. Just use a dry towel to wipe off the excess, and you’ll be good to go. 

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Will tallow clog pores?

No, tallow is noncomedogenic (source). Since it is so compatible with how our skin is made and our skin’s natural sebum, tallow works with our skin to moisturize, soothe, and repair it without clogging pores. 

If you think tallow is giving you any issues with your pores, you’re probably using too much. A little goes a long way! Use just enough, and it will be perfect. 

Does tallow contain collagen?

Not exactly, but several of the antioxidants found in tallow do help with collagen production and maintenance in our skin. This helps keep skin firm and smooth. 

Two powerful antioxidants, vitamin E and vitamin A are both found in grass fed tallow. Vitamin E helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen, and vitamin A encourages the production of collagen in our skin(source). 

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Which is better: lard or tallow?

Sometimes people want to know if they can use lard for skin like you can use tallow for skin care. You can, but tallow is a much better choice. 

Lard from free range, naturally raised pork does contain a nice amount of vitamin D, but that’s about it. On the other hand, as we saw above, tallow contains a wide array of fat soluble vitamins and and an abidance of other nutrients. Tallow is the clear winner when it comes to skincare. 

Also use it as a whipped tallow facial cleanser

That’s right, this DIY face moisturizer also doubles as an oil cleansing balm. In fact, it’s my absolute favorite thing to use when I do the oil cleansing method. 

You might be wondering: What is oil cleansing? If you’re new to what the oil cleansing method is and all the benefits it provides, be sure and check out my post on oil cleansing with tallow here. It’s incredible! 

Another way I love to use tallow is as a deep conditioning treatment for my hair. Read all about how I use tallow for hair here. 

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More tallow skincare

Tallow for skin care

Oil cleansing with tallow

How to make tallow balm

Whipped tallow sugar scrub

What are your favorite oils for skincare? 

Let me know in the comments!

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Yield: 8 fl. oz.

DIY Face Moisturizer

DIY face moisturizer

This DIY face moisturizer is the purest and most natural skincare product ever. It is a nutrient rich cream that delivers hydrating and anti aging benefits.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup organic, grass fed tallow
  • 1/4 cup liquid oil (carrot seed, avocado, olive, argan, rose hip seed)
  • 48+ drops essential oils


  1. Melt tallow until liquid.
  2. Add liquid oil and stir to combine.
  3. Allow mixture to chill in freezer until just barely solidified, not liquid and soft enough to easily whip.
  4. Whip with hand mixer until fluffy.
  5. Add essential oils and whip to combine.
  6. Store in a glass jar.












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