I don’t eat red meat, so it’s weird for me to be writing a post about beef fat in your skincare products. I’ve actually never even really tried red meat as a food, being grossed out by it even as a child.
However, my personal and professional mission is to find the safest, purest, most nontoxic products (and the ones that have the least environmental impact), so I have gotten over the ick factor and now exclusively use beef tallow to clean my skin and laundry.
Here’s How it Happened…
My dad, John Goss, is always researching and reading and trying new lifestyles and hobbies. Over the last few years, he’s been into the Paleo movement. In fact, he and my mom, both Certified Holistic Health Coaches, have tried nearly every dietary theory in existence, and they continue to dabble in many simultaneously.
My dad has always been a less-is-more and DIY type when it comes to personal care products. I was embarrassed by his crystal deodorants and homemade toothpaste powders as a kid, but now realize they are great alternatives to the conventional, toxic brands I wanted to buy at the drug store back then. (In fact, my dad is working on formulating a Paleo toothpaste—stay tuned!).
Just this month, Dad–who has been a part of Gimme the Good Stuff since its inception in 2010–launched a line of skincare and laundry products for the Paleo crowd.
Here’s what he has to say about Paleo Skincare and how it came to be:
Since the mid 1970’s, I’ve been exploring alternative lifestyle and diet choices. I’ve eaten strictly vegetarian, and been a Macrobiotic. I’ve spent some time as a raw food enthusiast, explored Ayurvedics, and dove into Sally Fallon’s theories whole-heartedly. Through all of these phases, I would take what worked for me and leave the rest behind. The result is a lifestyle built on experience.
About 5 years ago, I immersed myself in information on the Paleo movement, and a lot of the theory really resonated with me (I tend to often go back to evolution for guidance on optimal lifestyle choices). While I don’t eat or exercise strictly as a caveman like some of my fellow Paleo enthusiasts (I do enjoy beans and you won’t see me at Crossfit), I think when it comes to skincare and cleaning products, there wisdom is going back to a more basic regime, particularly one that involves beef tallow as a cleaning aid.
While working with my family on Gimme the Good Stuff and sourcing green, clean products, I realized that there weren’t really any skincare/cleaning products that merged well with the Paleo lifestyle. I teamed up with a local soap-maker, and even get pastured tallow from a Brooklyn butcher. With Paleo Skincare’s offering of bar soaps and laundry detergent, there are now options for those of us interested in simple, effective products for modern cavemen and women.
The Tallow Difference
Even before my dad launched this line, I’d been selling tallow soaps in our online store for years, and they have a very devoted following among my readers. Here’s some of what makes tallow the Good Stuff, whether you are into a Paleo lifestyle or not:
- Tallow has a much smaller carbon footprint than do vegetable oils (palm oil in particular is implicated in massive deforestation). My dad is committed to using as many local ingredients as possible. He is sourcing tallow from a butcher in Brooklyn (their cattle is a few hours outside of the city.)
- Tallow soap bars last longer than all-veggie ones, and have a fluffier, creamier lather.
- Those with sensitive or dry skin love tallow soaps, as they are gentle and conditioning. Our skin is made of mostly saturated fat, and tallow is made of mostly saturated fat. The lipids in tallow are the same as those in sebum, so tallow is super skin-friendly and extra moisturizing.
- Tallow contains a host of vitamins and other good stuff (much of which is missing from veggie oils). These include vitamins A, D, K, and E, plus conjugated linoleic acid and palmitoleic acid (anti-inflammatories and anti-microbials, respectively).
Where to Buy Paleo Skincare Products
Well, of course you can get the Paleo Skincare lineup in our online store. It is also available at One Stop Paleo Shop, and will soon be carried in a variety of brick-and-mortar stores. To learn more about the mission, ingredients, and process behind Paleo Skincare, you can visit www.paleoskincare.nyc.