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I'm new to this. How should I store my tallow balm?
Super simple. Keep your tallow balm in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight.
To" reset" your balm:
You can create your tallow balm's desired texture and consistency by gently warming the closed container in warm water and then placing it in the fridge to cool. The tallow balm will create a memory and will stay soft and spreadable. Like any natural fat (coconut oil, ghee, coconut butter), tallow will be solid in cold temperatures and soft and buttery in warmer environments.
The balm can change consistency during the winter months or with temperature fluctuations. I encounter this with natural foods- like honey; it can crystalize. But what you can do in these instances is reheat the balm in hot water. Just close the lid tightly and let the balm melt in a bowl or vessel of hot water. Once the balm melts, all fat molecules become soft and restructured. Put the balm in the fridge for about 10 mins, and all should be soft and smooth.
How should I store my tallow soap?
The best method for storing artisanal soaps is to keep it on a raised soap dish and allow it to dry in-between uses.
How long do tallow products last?
Our organic tallow is incredibly high-quality and shelf stable and does not go rancid. Like any food product, using your tallow balm or soap as fresh as possible is best, and we suggest it within about six months.
Is tallow safe for me to use on my face? Is it safe for children?
Yes. Tallow is a gentle, nourishing, and healing fat for nearly all skin types, including more sensitive areas such as the face. It is the original moisturizer, and as its makeup is very similar to our skin, it is easily absorbed into the human body.
Additionally, organic tallow from pasture-raised cattle is nutrient-dense in vitamins A, D, K, E, and B12. Its ability to heal skin irritations, especially eczema and diaper rash, is incredible. We recommend using tallow as a healthy alternative to commercial petroleum or synthetic chemical-based creams.
Do I need to cut the wick of my tallow candle?
Summer Solace's natural tallow-beeswax candles are radically different from commercial candles. We call our candles 'living candles,' and you can trim the wick as needed. When burning candles, the warning sticker on the bottom of our candles is for general safety purposes.
We use Eco wicks made of cotton (not certified organic) but sourced regionally, here on the West Coast. Our wicks burn clean and are entirely lead-free.
When ready to use, light your tallow candle and burn it for 4 hours. Ensure you create an even pool of melted wax before extinguishing your candle—trim as needed. Never leave your burning candle unattended.