Recently I’ve fallen in love with a body balm called Vintage Tradition.
You all know that I do not like to put anything on my skin that contains chemicals because of the cancer and autoimmunity risk.
I also like to use products that add nutrition and improve the health of my body, not just maintain or band-aid problems.
I interviewed Kenneth, one of the creators of the balm and they have quite an interesting story behind this product that not only excludes toxic ingredients, but it contains fats that feed your skin with vitamins that your animal body naturally needs. .
Here is a refreshingly extreme take on natural skin care; one that we need if we are going to eradicate unnecessary chemical carcinogens and neurotoxins from our skin care routines.
By the way, Vintage Tradition is giving Club TBYH members 20% off their body balm.
The Tequila Farmers:
“Little did we know that a trip to a farm in Mexico would lead us to embark on another journey…
This journey led to the discovery of what people used for skin care before the introduction of manmade chemicals as well as the science behind the traditional wisdom…
Our quest began after a tour of a farm in Tequila, Mexico… Tequila is, of course, where the famous liquor of the same name is produced from the blue agave plant. Even though the workers in this desert where the plants are cultivated did not use gloves, their hands were soft and not dry or calloused.
We were informed that they had always used a balm which was a mixture of beef tallow and gel from the blue agave plant. This amazing “new” information was the impetus for our research into traditional skin care and what people used on their skin before the advent of unnatural substances such as petroleum products and chemically-fractionated plant products.
In our research, we found that people used naturally pressed plant oils like olive oil, which modern sensibilities would expect and accept. However, we also found that people used another class of oils even more: animal fats. This was astounding information to us, especially in light of the modern taboo on the use of animal products in today’s skin care, but it squared with what we had learned in Mexico.
At the time, there were virtually no skin care products available that were made with animal fats. Interestingly, they disappeared at the same time that animal fats in our diets did.
Among the animal fats used for skin care, it appeared from our research that the one used most overwhelmingly was indeed tallow. Tallow is the rendered fat of cows, sheep, and other ruminant animals such as deer. It is very solid and waxy at room temperature and can be kept for extended periods without the need for refrigeration.
“We use tallow as our skin balm’s main ingredient because it is nature’s original skin care product and works better than the man made products that began to replace it in the 20th century.
Tallow contains abundant natural fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and fat-soluble activators, which are found only in animal fats and which all promote skin health.
Tallow also contains fats like conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, and palmitoleic acid, which has natural antimicrobial properties.
What’s In The Balm?
“The ONLY ingredients of Vintage Tradition skincare are tallow from 100% grass-fed cows, genuine extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil, and therapeutic-grade essential oils. It is the “Whole Food of Skin Care”.
Messed up Modern Mentality On Skin Care
“A sound principle of health is to give the body what it needs to maintain and heal itself…It is a myth that anything besides substances found in nature can create any long-term skin health.
The modern mentality often seeks to improve on nature or even to supplant nature.
In the case of skin care, this mentality seeks to manipulate the chemistry of the skin to produce relief or enhancement. It seems logical that such an approach would likely only produce short-term results, if any, and, what is worse, could result in toxicity with possible long-term negative effects on the skin and on the health of the whole body.
Therefore, it is no wonder that modern skin care products have to be re-applied, possibly more and more frequently, to maintain their effect, and we can never know all the other harmful effects that their unnatural ingredients may be having on our health.
In your opinion, what is the unhealthiest skincare habit that Americans have?
“The unhealthiest habit that Americans have regarding personal care is to use commercial personal care products in the first place, and this includes most of what is found in health food stores, even products that call themselves “organic” or “natural”.
These products are health-damaging, not just to the skin but to the whole body since the skin readily absorbs much of what is applied to it, good and bad. Check the label for ANY ingredient that is not the name of something in nature. If it sounds like a chemical, it is a chemical, and that includes synthesized “vitamins”, which are also toxic.” – Kenneth from Vintage Tradition
I hope that helps you all find truly healthy skin care. I know it can sound limiting, but I find it quite freeing. It eliminates a ton of options and what I am left with is a much more budget-friendly and soothing skin care routine.
Of course I use makeup, tooth powder, and shampoo/conditioner (for long hair management and shaving), but everything else is something I could find in my kitchen and eat, as well as use on my skin! Right now, Vintage Tradition is my hair balm, body lotion, face lotion, hand lotion, cuticle cream, foot cream, sun protection, and deodorant. Everything else are superfluous products that you don’t really need if you’re on a budget.