Tallow: Why Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Matters

Tallow: Why Grass-Fed & Grass-Finished Matters

Article Summary: Why is grass-fed, grass-finished, pasture-raised tallow considered premium to conventional tallow? We're happy to answer this in today's article. Keep reading to find out more about this incredibly powerful ingredient that we use in all Good & Simple face and body balms.



Tallow is rendered beef fat that comes from the fat surrounding the kidneys and loins of a cow. Tallow is nutrient-dense and is excellent for skin care and topical applications with healing properties our skin easily recognizes and assimilates.

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

For a more in-depth article about tallow, read "SPOTLIGHT INGREDIENT: Grass-fed & Grass-Finished Beef Tallow".



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. Premium quality tallow has a more nutrient-dense profile when compared to tallow from conventionally-raised cows.



What is the difference between these terms and why do they matter? Let's break this down.

  • Grass-fed - cows that eat 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 - cows that eat grass their entire life; not fed any grain or fillers.
  • Pasture-raised - cows raised to graze freely on acres of grass pasture.

When all three 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.



  • 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, and Choline
  • Grass-fed tallow is higher in healthy saturated fats than tallow from conventionally raised cows
  • 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


    Jar of Good & Simple Balm made with beef tallow

    (Photo: Jar of Good & Simple balm made with grass-fed,
    grass-finished, pasture-raised beef tallow)



    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.



    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 couple 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?

    Leave a comment below, we would love to hear from you!


    Anne & Jen
    Owners, Good & Simple



    Good & Simple is a handcrafted line of face and body balms formulated with premium, wholesome ingredients. Our balms are nutrient-dense, nourishing for your skin, and serve as a multi-purpose solution to your skin's unique needs. Yes, it can be easy.

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