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Deep Moisturizing Tallow Hand Salve Recipe

Tallow moisturizer is a richly nourishing salve for hands, feet, and face that promotes deep skin hydration and overall skin health with all-natural ingredients. Follow this easy homemade moisturizer recipe and take a spa day at home!
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: DIY Personal Care
Yield: 4 ounces
Cost: $4.50




  • Fill pot about 1/3 of the way with tap water and place over medium-low heat on the stove. Bring it to a gentle simmer, look for small bubbles in the bottom of the pot.
  • While the water is heating up, place the measuring cup on the scale and weigh out the tallow, olive oil, sunflower oil, sweet almond oil, beeswax, lanolin, and vitamin E oil. Carefully place the measuring cup inside your pot on the stove to create a double boiler.
  • Stir occasionally, for a few minutes until all contents are melted. Be patient! Keep the heat low; do not overheat or burn any of the oils.
  • Once fully melted, remove the measuring cup from the pot, dry off the bottom with a towel, and place it back on the scale.
  • Weigh and add shea butter. Stir occasionally and allow the shea butter to melt with the residual heat.
  • Once the shea butter is completely dissolved, add in essential oil. Gently mix with a spoon.
  • Fill cosmetic tin or glass container and leave undisturbed, with the lid off, for 24 hours. Store in a cool dry place.


  1. I use virgin unrefined shea butter in all of my products, except for this hand salve. This is because, in my testing, I found that the distinctive strong shea butter smell was unpleasantly overpowering and not allowing the essential oils to come through in the final product. To remedy this, I use refined shea butter since it is deodorized. It is up to you what kind of shea butter you use.
  1. The liquid oils are pretty easily substituted if you don’t have all of the ones listed, but do have others. You can experiment with switching out the olive oil, sunflower oil and sweet almond oil for other oils like avocado, jojoba, etc. Or if you have 2 of the 3, you could simply substitute more of those 2 to make up for the one you don’t have. You get it! Don’t be afraid to play around with it.
  1. Fragrance is completely customizable; use either essential oil or fragrance oil. Weigh the oil with a dropper or pipette into the mixture. The total amount may vary based on the essential oil(s) that you choose to use and what the manufacturer's recommended usage rate is.
Hopefully, you already render beef tallow at home, but if not buy grass-fed tallow from a store or order tallow online.
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