Why Tallow?

Tallow is very compatible with our cells. Approximately 50% of our cell membrane’s structure is made from saturated fats. The rest is monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. It is the saturated fats that give our cells the integrity to function properly. Healthy skin cells must have enough saturated fats and monounsaturated fats to flourish and look great. You guessed it….Tallow is 50-55% saturated fat, with the rest being monounsaturated fat. It makes sense to use something with a similar make-up to nourish our skin’s cells, right?
Tallow from grass-fed cows/bison contains the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. It also contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), which has anti-inflammatory properties. Let’s not leave out the palmitoleic acid found in grass-fed tallow that offers anti-microbial properties as well.

Why No Palm Oil?

You will see many manufacturers using palm oil in soaps. We choose not to use palm oil, as most of it is unsustainably harvested. The harvesting of palm oil deforests areas, ruining the natural habitat of animals like the orangutan. We render tallow from grass-fed beef/bison that is already being raised for food. We do not believe in wasting any part of the animal or raising an animal for the sole purpose of our products. At Vintage Body Care, we render our own tallow from local, humanely raised, happy grass-fed cows and bison. We are proud to offer this ingredient in our products.

Why No Castor Oil?

You will find castor oil as an ingredient on most of your handcrafted soaps and many body care products.  So, why are you not seeing it on ours?  Afterall, isn’t it castor oil that gives soap lather?  Well, here’s why… The castor seed contains ricin, a toxic protein.  Heating during the oil extraction process denatures and inactivates the protein.  However, harvesting castor beans may not be without risk.  Allergenic compounds found on the plant surface can cause permanent nerve damage, making the harvest of castor beans a human health risk. India, Brazil, and China are the major crop producers, and the workers suffer harmful side effects from working with these plants.  These health issues, in addition to concerns about the toxic byproduct (ricin) from castor oil production, have encouraged us to find alternative oils to use in our body care products.  We pay the extra money and take extra time in developing products to ensure that our company is not causing harm.  We believe in fair trade and ethical purchasing practices.

Disclaimer: Our products have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. They are not intended to treat or diagnose any sort of medical condition. Please seek medical advice before beginning treatment for any medical condition. If pregnant or nursing, please consult your health care provider before using any product with essential oils or herbs.