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. Keeping your soap wet or damp can ruin the soap – causing it to break, become mushy or in some extreme instances, crumble. Think of your tallow soap as you would a face cloth: you want to let it dry out completely before you use it again. Allowing the soap to dry prevents any bacteria from growing and helps maintain ideal texture.
How long do tallow products last?
Our organic tallow is incredibly high-quality and shelf stable. It does not go rancid. As a seasonal product, the color and smell of the tallow changes throughout the year; in the Spring and Summer, the cows are eating fresh herbs and grass and the tallow is a lovely golden hue, in Autumn and Winter, they're eating more dried material, and the tallow is resultantly paler.
Just like any food product, it's best to use your tallow balm or soap as fresh as possible. We suggest within about 6 months. If any skin irritation occurs, please discontinue use.
Is tallow safe for me to use on my face? Is it safe for children?
Yes. Tallow is a very 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 that of our own skin, it is very easily absorbed into the human body.
Additionally, organic tallow from pasture-raised cows is super 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.
Please note that not all essential oils work for everyone. Essential oils are powerful concentrates, and must be diluted for use. Summer Solace uses minimal amounts of the highest grades of essential oils and absolutes in our products. If a product is not noted as being safe for facial use, we recommend against using it for that purpose.
If you know you are sensitive, we suggest trying our Pure Unscented Balm for best results. Although pure tallow works for most, there's always the possibility that it may not work with one's biology. Discontinue use if any issues arise.
I'm having a hard time getting my tallow balm out of the jar. Is this okay?
My tallow balm is a little grainy and seems to takes a little work for it to dissolve.
Tallow is essentially a wax, so it does harden. However, it also melts at body temperature. We add a small amount of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil to ease spreadability, but being solid at room temperature or cooler temps is normal. If you're struggling, to aid softening, try using a hair drier on a warm setting.
You can also place your open jar of balm on a heat-proof tray and slide into an oven at its lowest temperature (usually around 225° F). The slight heat will slowly soften the tallow. Take your balm out of the oven and place in the fridge to cool for about 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge and check for consistency. Repeat process if necessary. Once you've achieved desired texture, reseal the balm and store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Do I need to cut the wick of my tallow candle?
Natural tallow-beeswax candles are pretty different from most commercial candles. They are what we like to call a 'living candle,' and you can trim the wick as needed. Our wicks burn clean, as they are made of a hemp-organic cotton blend and are entirely lead-free.
Note that you do need enough exposed wick to create the flame and melt the wax. If the wick is too short, an undesirable tunneling effect will occur, causing the wax to burn unevenly, which wastes time, money and candle!
When ready to use, light your tallow candle and burn for a minimum of 4 hours. Make sure you create an even pool of melted wax before extinguishing your candle. Before your next light, do check the wick, as it may need a little bit of the already burnt part to be cut off. Let the candle tell you what it needs. More light and heat requires more exposed wick.