Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. Skin, as the largest organ, absorbs anything you slather on it – and that includes chemicals (even naturally derived) that lurk in your skin care products which is why, at home, I use only natural bodycare methods – and mostly real food ingredients to nourish my skin. (Check out the reader Q and A on this.)
So while I do my best to nourish my family from the inside out with healthy fats, bone broth, fermented foods and plenty of cod liver oil, I also make sure to use simple balms, butters and other personal care products made out of ingredients so natural you could eat them.
about vintage traditions
Recently, I came across Vintage Traditions – a little company producing artisanal body balms in the heart of Colorado, using Colorado-raised grass-fed beef tallow as the base for the balms. Tallow, has long been used in personal care products like soaps and balms, but it (like most healthy fats) fell out favor in the last hundred years as cheap vegetable oils and chemicals took over not only the food industry, but the personal care industry too.
Their balm – a combination of rendered tallow and essential oils – is thick and deeply hydrating. I’ve been using it regularly on my feet, hands and elbows which have a tendency to become super-dry in the the arid, high-alpine climate in which I live. I imagine it’s emollient qualities would make it a superb balm for eczema, diaper rash and other skin conditions afflicting small children.
what you’ll win
I’ve paired up with Vintage Traditions to offer this week’s giveaway: 3 readers will win 3 balms each! And it’s open to Canadian readers, too!
how to enter
All you need to do is click the link below, sign up for the Vintage Traditions newsletter and come back here and tell me in the comments why you want to win!
rules and eligibility
This giveaway is open to all Nourished Kitchen readers aged 18 and over who reside in Canada or the US (except where prohibited by law). The giveaway is open through Wednesday, 9/19/2012 at noon and the winner will be announced via email to those who entered on 9/21.