I'm a huge fan of using tallow for skin care, so I was delighted to meet Shalley “the Buffalo Gal”! She and her family raise water buffalo, alpacas, and parrots. They use every bit of what they raise — including taking that nourishing grass-fed tallow and turning it into lovely tallow-based skin care products.
Shalley is the owner of Buffalo Gal Grass-Fed Beauty; see below for how to save 10% on your order through Monday, December 15, 2014.
Get to know Shalley, more about tallow in skin care, and how to make your own in this podcast. Plus… the tip of the week!
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About Shalley and Buffalo Gal Grass-Fed Beauty
““Hoy” (as the buffalo say), I’m Shalley, the Buffalo Gal. I’m a grass farmer, raising Asian water buffalo, alpacas, and sheep. My life as a farmer exposes my skin to harsh conditions. For years I was hard pressed to find a botanically-based moisturizer to satiate my dry skin for any length of time without greasiness. In other words, lotion companies enjoyed nice earnings off the likes of me. Don’t get me wrong — good-smelling, all-natural lotions, balms, body butters and creams are among my favorite things. But, because I’m rather particular about what I eat and what I put on my skin, I insist on not having the chemicals and by-products that come with even “all-natural” products. Even the amazing coconut oil, which I adore, for me doesn’t quite do the trick as a stand-alone skin moisturizer. This all led me to consider starting my own skin care line. I acquired a lot of knowledge about essential oils and nutrition over the years while I was a holistic practitioner and nutritional supplement rep. In my research I couldn’t find something better than was already on the market. Fast forward several years, now married to a grass farmer, imagine my discovery that what I was looking for was actually in my pasture!
Ruminant animals (cows, buffalo, bison, deer, elk, goats, sheep, antelope, etc.) provide an amazing symbiotic relationship with their environment by first disturbing it through grazing and then nourishing it by returning and trampling nutrients into the soil. This interaction provides an environment in which micro-organisms and insects flourish to generate new and improved ecosystems. Ruminants are experts in converting the nitrogen they eat into many essential nutrients we are nourished by when we eat their meat, organs, and fat. The “kidney fat” or suet of a ruminant can be rendered into a highly useful fat called “tallow” — the star of my skin care line.”
- Buffalo Gal Grass-Fed Beauty
- Buffalo Gal Grass-Fed Beauty on Facebook
- Wardee's Tallow Balm
- Wardee's Tallow Bars
- Rendering Tallow
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