Pure Primal use traceable, local ingredients. This is one of the actual farms where our star ingredient comes from – happy, healthy, Certified Free Range Grass Fed cattle as nature intended. Support your farmer whom through blood, sweat and tears, brings us this amazing marbled meats and golden liquid the Latins called tallow.
*Please note – when we mention TALLOW, it always refers to Humanely raised, Locally sourced, Free Range, Grass Fed, nourishing animal Fat.
FATTY FACTS – Why we are obsessed with Free Range Tallow
We know that the skin is the largest organ of the body and readily absorbs much of what is applied to it, GOOD and BAD. That is why so many drugs can be administered through the use of transdermal patches. Therefore, it is an excellent principle and wise precaution not to apply substances to our skin that we would not readily take internally or, in a word, EAT. What we use on our skin should then be edible, and even better, a whole food, in which case it would also have the potential of actually nourishing the skin and helping it to heal itself.
The nitty gritty about this golden liquid and why we do not ONLY use plant oils:
From biology, we know that the cell membrane is made up primarily of fatty acids, a double layer, to be exact. Saturated fats constitute at least 50 percent of the cell membrane. Since saturated fats tend to be more solid than unsaturated fats at a given temperature, they help give the cell membrane its necessary stiffness and integrity for proper function. The monounsaturated fats, while not as “solid” as the saturated fats, are more so than the polyunsaturated fats which are also present in the cell membrane in their own proper proportion, although the modern diet leads to a disproportionate amount of the polyunsaturates. Healthy “toned” skin cells with sufficient saturated and monounsaturated fats would undoubtedly make for healthy, toned skin. Interestingly, Tallow Fat is typically 50 to 55 percent saturated, just like our cell membranes, with almost all of the rest being monounsaturated, so it makes sense that it would be helpful for skin health and compatible with our cell biology. WOW!
Another strong indication of Tallow’s compatibility with our skin biology is its similarity to sebum, the oily, waxy matter that lubricates and waterproofs our skin. Indeed, the word “sebum” actually means “tallow” in Latin and began to be used in this biological sense around the year 1700.
The sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum, are found in greatest abundance on the face and scalp, but they are distributed over all of our skin except on the palms and soles. Sebum is made up of lipids (fats) of which 41 percent are in the form of triglycerides, and the lipids of Tallow are principally in the form of triglycerides, which is how fatty acids are usually configured in nature.
IN REGARD TO THIS COMPATIBILITY OF TALLOW WITH THE BIOLOGY OF OUR SKIN, WE SHOULD NOTE THAT WE ARE ANIMALS RATHER THAN PLANTS, SO THE MODERN TABOO AGAINST ANIMAL PRODUCTS IN SKIN CARE PRODUCTS WOULD SEEM UNFOUNDED AND EVEN ILLOGICAL.
In addition to containing very little saturated fats, plant products do not have the same levels of other nutrients needed for healthy skin. Tallow contains the abundant natural fat-soluble activators, vitamins A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E, which are found only in animal fats and which are all necessary for general health and for skin health.
Tallow from grass-fed animals also contains fats like Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties. Dr. Mary Enig cites a 2006 study on fats showing that CLA, which is found in high concentrations in Free Range Tallow, has significant anti-cancer effects, and that supplying Tallow increased those effects due its palmitic acid, another fatty acid.
And here is a good place to note a couple of reasons why the industry does not create products like Tallow Balm for skin care.
Products directly from nature cannot be proprietary (especially not if you can make them in your own kitchen). In addition, products from nature are not always consistent and predictable since each batch can vary according to the season, the source and so on. This variance does not fit the industrial model, even the health food store industrial model. I believe the safest and most healthful course is in the use of whole food substances from nature, and therefore we should use Tallow as our ancestors did.
We went back to basics and learnt from our forefathers and followed the traditional wisdom of our ancestors.
ALL our Boerseep is made according to our Voortrekker tradition, from a recipe passed down from our “Oumagroeitjie”.
We honor the animals who have given their lives to feed us. Showing respect, we utilize as much of the animal, wasting as little as possible.
Gathering all the fat from ONLY 100% Free Range, humanely raised & culled, beef and venison, we render the most beautiful tallow, low & slow, overnight, to produce the most gentle, nourishing, hypo-allergenic base for most our skin care range as well as our Boerseep range.
• Our products contain ingredients like Free Range Tallow, Local Extra Virgin COLD PRESSED Olive Oil locally sourced from a single Farm in Franschoek, that has been infused with Organic Calendula, Chamomile flower, Lavender, Organic Fairtrade Coffee, Rosehip and more. Each of these ingredients has been chosen for their reputed potent healing and nurturing effect on the skin.
• We pack our products full of healing, nourishing and beneficial ingredients found in nature, including as many organic, wild-harvested and natural ingredients as possible.
• Contains no cheap fillers (such as petroleum, water or mineral oils), harmful chemicals or artificial colours or fragrances, or any of that other toxic stuff that is found in most personal care products on the market today.
• Gentle products ideal for the most sensitive skin or problem skin conditions.
• Most of our products are friendly to pregnant women and nursing moms (otherwise indicated)
• We support fair trade and local sourcing where we can.
• Pure Primal use only glass and stainless steel where possible. We try and eliminate the usage of plastic where we can as it is a hormone disruptor and toxic to the human body. Not to mention harmful to the environment.