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SPOTLIGHT INGREDIENT: Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Beef Tallow

Article Summary: Grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised beef tallow is the primary ingredient in all Good & Simple Face & Body Balms. Tallow may just be nature's perfect ingredient for skin and body care. Grass-fed beef tallow is high in fatty acids and is an excellent moisturizer for the skin all year long. When tallow is combined with other key ingredients such as golden jojoba oil, emu oil and essential oils, you have a powerful blend of natural ingredients that hydrate, soothe, and enhance our body's natural state-of-being and our skin's natural beauty and supple texture. Keep reading to find out more about this incredibly powerful ingredient.



Simply stated, suet is the hard fat that surrounds the kidneys and loins of a cow. Tallow is made by rendering (heating) the suet and removing any small bits of meat that may be present. You are now left with rendered fat that is extremely versatile. Tallow is nutrient-dense and is excellent for skin care and topical applications with healing properties our skin easily recognizes and assimilates.

This fat source was once used by our ancestors for natural skin care, wound healing, cooking, and more (nose-to-tail practices). Up until recently, this fat was simply a byproduct in the mainstream beef industry and is in a state of rediscovery as we familiarize ourselves with its beneficial properties.

It was and also still serves as a very healthy fat source that provides significant nutritional benefits in today’s modern world.



The grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised beef tallow that we use in all Good & Simple Face & Body Balms is our primary ingredient. This tallow is rendered from cows raised on small Midwest farms that practice regenerative organic farming. This premium quality tallow has a more nutrient-dense profile when compared to tallow from conventionally-raised cows.



Let's take a minute to define the terms we're using as we know this can be a bit confusing.

  • Grass-fed = a cow ate grass for most of their life, but not necessarily their entire life. If this is the only attribute, they may be fed grain in the last few months of life to increase weight.
  • Grass-finished = a cow ate grass their whole life - to the very end. No grain or fillers of any kind were included as a part of their diet (or in the last few months to fatten them up).
  • Pasture-raised = a cow raised grazing freely on acres of pasture.

When all three qualifiers are combined, you have a premium grade fat source from a cow that was fed their optimal diet and had the most ideal living conditions.



  • Grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised beef tallow from small Midwest farmers practicing regenerative and organic farming


  • Non-comedogenic (will not clog pores), hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial
  • Highly bio-available and compatible with human skin
  • High in vitamins A, D, E, K2, B12, Choline
  • Grass-fed tallow is higher in healthy saturated fats than tallow from a conventionally raised cow
  • High in fatty acids, including oleic, palmitoleic, stearic, linoleic acid and others
  • High in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid - antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory)
  • Excellent moisturizer for the skin and helps relieve dryness
  • Increases the skin's flexibility (elasticity) and supports our body's innately intelligent natural healing abilities
  • Supports the protective barrier of the skin
  • Replenishes the building blocks of the skin that may decrease with age
  • Assists accompanying ingredients to penetrate the skin at a much deeper level and work faster


    Grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised tallow

    (Photo: Rendered grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised beef tallow)



    By selecting premium quality tallow and combining it with other key ingredients, we create a nutrient-dense balm that supports healthy and balanced skin. This choice in turn promotes regenerative and healing farming practices (free of pesticides, herbicides, etc) in which each animal is enjoying a beautiful life - and our earth is able to flourish.

    We demonstrate to the industry that we want more earth-friendly, organic, and regenerative farming practices. Purchase power at its finest.

    We can all make a difference — create ripples and make waves.

    What we put on our skin is just one component of living a healthy lifestyle.

    Support your skin and body with healthy, nutrient-dense skin care products.



    You will find this ingredient in ALL of our face and body balms. Interested in exploring the rest of our capsule line? Shop all products here.



    Interested in learning more about other ingredients we use in our face & body balms? Please take a peek at our Ingredients page where we give a brief overview of each ingredient along with products that use them as a part of the formulation.

    We are 100% transparent and share all of the ingredients that we use in our balms. No hidden ingredients cloaked with "fragrance" or "proprietary ingredient" language. What you see is what you get. :)



    If you would like to take a deeper dive into tallow and the benefits of using this ingredient for natural skin care and your overall diet, below are a few articles to get you started:

    We always encourage you to dig in and do your own research. What your body needs and what suits you best will be unique to you  - and this may vary and even shift as you move through life. Take time to listen in and discover what it is that you need.

    Have comments or questions about this ingredient or article in general?

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    Anne & Jen
    Owners, Good & Simple



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