Summer Sequoia renders suet (which is the fat from the inside cavity of the cow, closest to the loins and the kidneys) from grass-fed cows raised on organic fertile pastures at Magruder Ranch in Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California and 100% certified organic pasture lands just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean at Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales Bay, California.
Both ranches are less than 150 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area and are family owned farms. Our rendered suet fat yields buttery soft tallow with a pleasant and mild scent that we combine with local Olio Nuovo Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Seka Hills grown on Native American land by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Capay Valley, California.
We use only the highest grade of Organic Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils in our balms from the Ecologically responsible Floracopeia of Grass Valley, California and wildcrafted Absolutes by John Steele in Sherman Oaks, California.
Tallow was commonly used as a sustainable regenerating skin protectant before the introduction of Petrochemicals. Our wise ancestors knew the value and health benefits of using grass-fed animal fats in their diets and topically to protect and heal against the environmental elements.
Safe: Tallow has long been consumed as cooking oil that is especially useful for high temperature cooking due to a high smoke-point. It is safe to eat, delicious and therefore safe to put on the body. Summer Sequoia tallow is derived from local, pastured, 100% grass-fed cows to avoid contamination with pesticides and chemicals.
Stable: Like coconut oil, tallow has a very beneficial fatty acid profile, with 50-55% stable saturated fats. This means that it is stable and does not readily go rancid, such that the beneficial nutrients can easily be preserved without refrigeration for extended periods of time.
Nourishing: Our tallow from properly treated grass-fed cows is especially rich with nutrients that plant-based oils simply do not posses. Tallow contains a harmonious balance of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in a balanced combination with their activators. It also has an abundance of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects and palmitoleic acid, which has antimicrobial characteristics.
Easily Absorbed: When you apply Summer Sequoia tallow balm on your body you will notice that it leaves your skin feeling smooth without a greasy residue as with some body butters. Some experts hypothesize that this is due to the similarities in the fatty acid profiles of tallow to human cell membrane and sebum (the waxy substance naturally secreted by your sebaceous glands to lubricate, waterproof and protect the skin. ) In Latin, "sebum" actually translates to tallow or lard.