Tallow Lotion Recipe: Light, Non Greasy

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This tallow lotion recipe makes a light, non greasy lotion that is so much fun to use. You can even use it in a pump bottle. 

Tallow lotion

Tallow lotion

For me, tallow balm will always be the clear winner when it comes to tallow skincare products. You just can’t beat how pure it is, and how well it works for any skincare need (source). 

Learn more here where I share what makes tallow so amazing for skin in the ultimate guide to tallow skin care. I also show how to make tallow balm here.

You could say I am slightly obsessed with tallow. I have so much fun coming up with all sorts of skincare products using tallow, and I have quite a collection already, including scrubs, lip balm, salves, sunscreen, shaving cream, diaper rash cream, lotion bars, and more. 

Even though tallow balm is incredible, I really wanted to try and come up with a true tallow lotion, just for the fun of it. I wanted something light and non greasy, like my shea butter lotion, but made with tallow. And, I wanted something you could use in a pump bottle. 

After scouring the internet, I discovered that, to my knowledge, nobody else has come up with a tallow lotion recipe like this. 

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A fun way to use tallow for skin

After blending and emulsifying and experimenting, I finally came up with a true tallow lotion recipe that does everything I wanted. 

This lotion is lighter than tallow balm, and acts just like a traditional lotion on the skin. It absorbs right in without a greasy after feeling. 

If you’re looking for the best ever DIY face moisturizer, check out my tallow face cream recipe here.

Tallow lotion recipe

The ingredients you’ll need 

Normally, I like to keep things as pure, simple, and natural as possible, and use something like beeswax to emulsify. That’s what I do in my shea butter lotion and my magnesium lotion recipes, and it always works great. 

In my experimenting and designing this recipe, I discovered that beeswax doesn’t work for emulsifying tallow lotion. In order to make this work, I have to stay a little bit from my normally high standards of using only edible skincare ingredients. 

I ended up needing to use an emulsifying wax and some stearic acid, just like many homemade lotion recipes call for. Now, in the whole scheme of things, this isn’t really a horrible compromise, and the end product still ends up being way more pure and natural than most commercial natural lotions.

I just had the add that disclaimer here, since this recipe does deviate a little from my normal way of doing things. But, this recipe is just for fun, and like I said, it really isn’t a huge compromise. 

The emulsifying wax makes the emulsifying process foolproof. Tallow does naturally contain stearic acid already, but in my experiments, the batches of lotion that turned out the best all contained additional stearic acid.

Pump bottle tallow lotion

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Tallow lotion recipe directions

Ingredients (by weight):

Instructions:

  1. Weigh tallow, oil, emulsifying wax, and stearic acid and place in the top of a double boiler. 
  2. Allow ingredients to fully melt and combine. 
  3. Remove tallow mixture from heat and put mixture in a glass pitcher.
  4. Slowly pour in water into tallow mixture in a thin stream, while whisking constantly. 
  5. Keep whisking while mixture thickens. 
  6. Add preservative and essential oils, and whisk to combine. 
  7. Pour into container of choice. Lotion will continue to thicken as it cools. 

Tallow lotion non greasy

Keeping tallow lotion fresh and shelf stable

Since this recipe does contain water, you do need a preservative. You can use something more natural, like Optiphen Plus. That’s what I normally use when I need a preservative. 

Another preservative option is Phenonip, although it is a little less natural than the first option. Phenonip is what is commonly used in homemade lotion recipes. 

The choice is up to you. I have’t had a batch of lotion mold or go bad with either preservative. 

Also, it’s important to use tallow that is of good quality and properly rendered. I cover all of the details here where I show how to render tallow

Have fun customizing your lotion

One of the most fun things about making your own body products is that you get to decide what they smell like. I only use essential oils to scent my products. They are pure and natural, and have beneficial properties of their own. 

My favorite way to come up with gorgeous scents for my homemade personal care products is to use a pre made seasonal blend from Plant Therapy and add some vanilla to it. It smells so good! 

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. 

How to make tallow lotion

More tallow skincare recipes

Tallow balm

Herb infused tallow salve

Tinted lip balm with tallow and honey

Whipped tallow sugar scrub

Whipped tallow salt scrub

Tallow sunscreen

Diaper cream with tallow 

What do you like to make with tallow?

Share your favorite ways to use tallow in the comments!

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Yield: 8 fl. oz.

Tallow Lotion Recipe Light, Non Greasy

Tallow lotion

This tallow lotion recipe makes a light, non greasy lotion that is so much fun to use. You can even use it in a pump bottle.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5.6 oz. distilled water
  • 0.4 oz. stearic acid
  • 04. oz. emulsifying wax
  • 0.76 oz. grass fed tallow
  • 0.76 liquid oil, such as olive, jojoba, etc. 
  • 24 drops preservative
  • 48 or more drops essential oil

Instructions

  1. Weigh tallow, oil, emulsifying wax, and stearic acid and place in the top of a double boiler. 
  2. Allow ingredients to fully melt and combine. 
  3. Remove tallow mixture from heat and put mixture in a glass pitcher.
  4. Slowly pour in water into tallow mixture in a thin stream, while whisking constantly. 
  5. Keep whisking while mixture thickens. 
  6. Add preservative and essential oils, and whisk to combine. 
  7. Pour into container of choice. Lotion will continue to thicken as it cools. 

Notes

All ingredients are by weight.

 

15 thoughts on “Tallow Lotion Recipe: Light, Non Greasy”

  1. What are your thoughts on using emu oil as a liquid oil substitute? Also, I’ve read great things about witch hazel. What are your thoughts on using non-alcoholic wh as part of the water measurement?

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  2. Our cream is in two locations, one warmer than the other. The warm one is separating (about 70 degrees, the cool one is 60 degrees.} . It looks like the oil is separating out. Any suggestions? We love the recipe.

    Mark

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    • I’m happy to try and help! I’m not sure why this would happen, unless you used any substitutions in the recipe. The commercial emulsifying wax is usually quite reliable in preventing separation. I haven’t seen it separate, and it gets pretty warm here in the summer. If you did use any substitutes, I’d try it with the emulsifying wax that I recommend, and see if that helps 🙂

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  3. I want to make a tallow based balm with an infused vinegar.
    Would you recommend a preservative? (No other water added)
    Would I need an emulsifying wax or would beeswax be suitable?
    I know it seems off topic from your post but this one was the closest I could find!

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    • What an interesting idea, that sounds nice! I would probably still use a preservative, and I’d do emulsifying wax. I couldn’t get beeswax to work well for this particular recipe, so that’s what I’m guessing would work better for yours as well. Hope that helps!

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  4. Is the measurement for the emulsifying wax 4 oz or 0.4 oz? Maybe a typo? Also, can you link to a scale that will measure .76 oz? Mine will only do tenths of an ounce and it looks like that is how most kitchen scales are. This is all new to me!

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  5. Hi, is the emulsifying wax 0.4 oz the same as the stearic acid.can you tell me how many ml in total this batch makes? I’m use to working in my so I’m getting really confused trying to work it out 🙂

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    • Great question! The emulsifying wax is different from stearic acid. This recipe makes 8 fl. oz. of lotion. You can use an online converter to convert into milliliters. Hope that helps!

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