May, 15th 2024 · Stephanie Mary

Homemade Tallow & Calendula Cream

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When Calendula is in bloom in spring and early summer, I try to take full advantage of ever-giving flowers. This year, I was inspired to make a homemade calendula cream. I wanted to create a cream that can soothe a variety of skin ailments, while also being non-toxic, accessible, and easy to make. Combining the Calendula with sustainably sourced tallow creates a cream that’s soothing, anti-inflammatory, helps with wounds, and is great for caring for a variety of skin conditions.

Ingredients for the tallow and calendula cream.
Pouring the oil to infuse the calendula olive oil
Straining calendula olive to use in the tallow and calendula oil cream

Skincare Benefits of Calendula

Calendula has a variety of amazing benefits for your skin. According to healthline.com, “Calendula oil might accelerate wound healing.” These wounds include everything from sunburns to rashes, to irritation and redness.

With Calendula being in bloom in spring and early summer this is a perfect recipe to have on hand. Taking into account a seasonal lifestyle, during the summer, your skin gets exposed to a lot more. Sunburns are common during summer along with irritation from being more active outdoors (scrapes, bruising, etc.). Having this homemade tallow and calendula cream on hand is perfect to help address these skin irritations as they come up.

Close up of the oil being prepared
Melted oils for the cream
Tallow and oil after it's been infused and mixed for the cream

Whipping the tallow and calendula cream to make it fluff.

Organic Tallow, The Secret Ingredient

Combining with the benefits of Calendula, organic tallow is a win-win for your skin! I’ve been thinking of making a skincare recipe that uses tallow and when I was working with Calendula it all fell into place!

Tallow is known for its deeply moisturizing properties. Tallow promotes skin health and closely resembles the structure of our skin cells, making it an effective and easily absorbable ingredient. When infused with Calendula oil, this homemade tallow and calendula cream works to heal, nourish and moisturize your skin.

Sourcing Your Tallow

It’s important to properly source your tallow. I try to stick to using all-natural, organic products in my skincare. Avoiding harmful ingredients, unnecessary fillers, and other products that can cause negative side effects is what inspires me to create my own skincare. Tallow is one of those ingredients where I’m very aware of where I source it.

If you live near a farmers market where they sell organic products, I’d ask a local farmer who sells organic, if they have rendered tallow for sale. Then you know the source and can trust it’s safe for your skin. Otherwise, there are places online you can order from that are certified organic.

Close up shot of the fully whipped tallow and calendula cream

Side angle of the whipped body cream
Overhead shot of the cream in the glass containers.

Using the Tallow & Calendula Cream

You can use the tallow and calendula cream in a variety of ways. The tallow acts as a moisturizer so if you are experiencing dryness, just apply a little of the cream to the area of your skin that’s dry. This works for eczema, psoriasis, or just dry skin.

Another use is for skin irritation, whether it’s a sunburn, bruise, scratch, etc. The Calendula and tallow in this recipe combine to moisturize, soothe, and facilitate the nourishing of these skin ailments. Just apply a little topically and let the skin absorb it.

Calendula Cream FAQ

May I use the calendula cream on babies? yes! This cream is friendly for both babies and mommas at all stages. If you decide to add an essential oil make sure it’s a baby-friendly essential oil.

May I add essential oils? Of course, add my skin-friendly essential oil of your choice as the scent of the calendula cream on its own is very light and neutral. You may decide to add an essential oil for an aromatherapy benefit. My recommendation would be to add a sweet orange essential oil.

More Calendula Skincare Recipes

Working with Calendula is one of my favorite natural, herbal ingredients. Here are a few more skincare recipes where you can experience the healing properties of Calendula:

This is my first tallow recipe, and I would love to hear your feedback! Feel free to reach out on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen).

Homemade Tallow & Calendula Cream

Homemade Tallow & Calendula Cream

Yield: 4 small jars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Use this homemade tallow and calendula cream to soothe and hydrate the skin.

Ingredients

Calendula Infused Olive Oil

Calendula Tallow Whipped Moisturizer

Instructions

  1. Make your Calendula Infused Olive Oil the day of or 4-6 weeks before making the Calendula Tallow Whipped Moisturizer.
  2. If needed here are the full instructions on how to make Calenduna Infused Olive Oil.
  3. Once you have your Calendula or any flower-infused oil ready move to the next stop.
  4. Place Tallow and mango butter into a double boiler, or a bowl over boiling water.
  5. Place the temperature on low to medium, until tallow and mango butter starts to melt, this process will take about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Once the tallow and mango butter are melted and blended, turn off and remove from heat to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Once cooled add in the calendula-infused olive oil, add in essential oils here if you want more of a scent.
  8. Cover and transfer to fridge or freezer to fully harden. In the freezer, it should take about 1 hour to harden fully.
  9. Use a stand mixer or hand-held whisk to whip until the moisturizer is fully whipped.
  10. Use a spoon or spatula to transfer the whipped tallow into jars.
  11. Store jars in a cool dark place until ready to use!
  12. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Feel free to substitute shea butter for mango butter if this is what you have on hand. Mango butter is perfect if you have more dry skin, shea butter is great if you want less moisturizing properties.
  2. I preferred not to add essential oils due to sensitive skin. However, if you are looking for more of an aromatherapy experience feel free to add your preferred skin-safe essential oils.

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