As we go into the new year, we're brimming with excitement over the relationship we have established with local pig and sheep farmers, Gypsy Wind Farms out of Blair, SC, to use the lard from their piggies in our soaps. What’s so special about the Gypsy Wind pigs? Well, let me tell you! They are raising beautiful purebred Mangalitsa pigs. The uniquely hairy pigs that people are calling the Kobe Beef of Pork.
For the last 50 years, pigs have been bred to have virtually no fat. Making one of its main advertising points "The other white meat." But it turns out when you breed the fat out of pigs it becomes tasteless. So people are starting to look for pork that tastes better, that taste like real meat. And you can only do that with fat and marbling. Eating this wonderfully fatty meat is one way to enjoy the benefits of the great Mangalitsa but only so much of its fat can be consumed so because the Mangalitsa has a large fat cap soapmaking is another great way to honor the life of this beautiful animal and use every inch to nourish our bodies not just from the inside out but from the outside in.
The fat of the Mangalitsa is incredibly healing for the human skin, making some of the best natural skin care products around. If you are on the fence about the use of animal fat, pork lard to be exact on your skin, take a close look at your current skincare regimen and I'm sure you will find lard in at least one of those commercial products. Unless you are using exclusively vegan products of course. Almost 100 percent of all commercial cosmetics and skin products have animal fat in them. Even if you are ok with this. You have no idea the source, the treatment of the animal, nor how the lard was handled and rendered so that it can be made useful in that product.
As we go through the month of January & February, I will be working on the release of our Mangalitsa line of skincare. Farm-to-face if you will! If you want to come along on this journey with me please feel free to follow me on Instagram & most-likely Youtube as I share more and more about how Gifted Hands will honor the God-given blessing & life of the beautiful Mangalitsa pig.