Tandi is committed to using as many local ingredients as she can, and in Lancaster, PA, animal fats are the only suitable soapmaking oils that “grow” locally. Tallow soaps last longer than all-veggie ones, have a fluffy and creamy lather, and are very moisturizing. Tandi’s face and body soaps are made with 30 to 45 percent tallow, (the rest is vegetable oils). Blending oils is important to create a balanced bar.
Tandi’s laundry soap is made entirely with Lancaster County tallow, with no non-local oils!
All the tallow that Tandi uses comes from Lancaster County beef and she and her husband render it themselves.
While feedlot tallow is cheap, the tallow Tandi uses is very pricey; it is of the highest grade and, after accounting for the labor to render (clean) it, it is more costly than extra virgin olive oil. Cleaning tallow is a labor of love, taking three days from start to finish. Tandi and John render tallow in true old-fashioned style, using fire as their fuel and a huge cast iron pot. The result is a bright white odorless fat.
Those with sensitive skin love tallow soaps, as they are gentle and conditioning. Tallow lends a special quality to soap that can’t be obtained with only vegetable oils.
Tandi does offer vegetarian soaps as well.
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