I first met Shalley the Buffalo Gal last year at the Weston A Price conference in Atlanta, GA. Tamara and I sampled her skin care products and oooh'd and aaah'd over the awesome lip whips she had!! Several weeks ago Shalley spoiled us with a goodie box filled with her amazing tallow products. I did a happy dance because I had been wanting a good tallow based skincare to replace my homemade version. Mine just smelled too….beefy.
So, why tallow?
Tallow in skin care isn't a new fad. Traditional cultures used tallow for food, fuel, cleansing, and for soothing irritated and weathered skin. There is good reason for this, too! Tallow has a fatty acid profile of 50-55% stable saturated fats. Similar to the lipids in our own skin, tallow is easily recognized by our bodies. Tallow is readily absorbed, enhancing the bioavailability of the abundant nutrients.
Tallow from grass fed cows is especially nutrient dense. Water Buffalo tend to have a broader palate than cattle, thus have a slightly richer profile in their meat and fat. Tallow contains a lovely balance of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K along with their activators. It is abundant in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which can have an anti-inflammatory effect and palmitoleic acid – a fatty acid that is anti-microbial and promotes soft, youthful skin.
The EWG Database gave tallow the best possible safety ranking! Tallow's fatty acid profile allows the abundant nutrients to be preserved without refrigeration for extended periods of time. Plus, you can eat tallow, too!! Our skin is our largest organ, absorbing 70% of what we put on it. Why not absorb something wonderful and nutritious?
And the best part? It feels AMAZING!!! I have fallen in love with several of her products. I noticed that my husband is using them, too!!
First, the lip whips are unlike any lip balm I have ever used. They are light and fluffy and incredibly moisturizing. I don't have to use a lip balm as often because my lips are so healthy! Tamara loves the lemongrass lip balm and I am partial to the peppermint lip whip.
The Farm Girl's Fresh Face has officially become my favorite moisturizer for my face. It is great for oily skin and I LOVE putting it on under makeup. It isn't greasy, goes on smoothly and feels amazing. I love that it has lavender AND frankincense to soothe my skin. A little goes a long way so this jar will last me a while.
My other favorite is the Farm Girl's Friend. Since I live in Phoenix and our winters are pretty mild, I am lucky enough to be able to wear flip flops in January. As a result, my heels get dry and cracked quite frequently. I started using this moisturizer on my feet at night and have noticed an immediate difference! My heels are healing! And quickly, too! This jar has a permanent place on my nightstand!
I mentioned that I noticed my husband has been using the products as well. I found the tube of Hand Salve-ation on his sink! The skin on his knuckles and fingers split easily in the dry winter. He has been using this every day and his hands have healed and they are staying that way!!
I really can't say enough about Shalley and her amazing products. Her moisturizers are the best I have ever tried. And guess what? She is going to give you a DISCOUNT!!!
Special Oh Lardy Discount!!
Shalley is offering all of you Oh Lardy readers a 10% discount! Visit her site and just enter the code ohlardy at checkout to get 10% off of your entire order.