Why Tallow


It takes some solid oil to make a bar of soap.  Tallow, or rendered animal fat, have been the traditional source of solid oil for soap making.  Relatively recently, palm oil has become a common substitute for tallow used for soap.  There are a couple of reasons why:

  1. COST. No argument; palm oil is cheaper than tallow.
  2. THE MYTH THAT PALM OIL MAKES A BETTER SOAP.   Tallow soap is longer-lasting and a more cleansing and bubbly than soap made with palm oil.  It does not clog the pores and leaves skin feeling clean and well-conditioned.

Our tallow is locally-sourced and hand-rendered in small batches, using no chemicals.  Whenever possible we utilize certified humane-raised, grass-fed beef suet.


For committed vegetarians with moral objections to using animal-derived products, palm oil is probably the best substitute for tallow, but THE PRODUCTION OF PALM OIL IS THREATENING THE SURVIVAL OF MANY SPECIES IN THE TROPICS, including orangutans, Sumatran elephants, Bornean pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos and Sumatran tigers.  According to the World Wildlife Fund, about 400 acres of tropical rain forest per hour are being cleared to make way for palm oil production, mostly in Indonesia and Malaysia, where the palm is an exotic species.  Many species are being driven to extinction through these unsustainable practices.  Certified ‘Sustainable’ palm oil is available, at several times the price, but whether it is truly produced sustainably is hotly debated.