My obsession with coconut oil is a secret to no one, and the kind folks at Tropical Traditions seem to have gotten the memo as well. After seeing May’s Refined vs Unrefined post, they contacted me about trying a jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. As any reasonable person would, I responded with an enthusiastic “heck yes!” The more research I did on Tropical Traditions, the more confident I felt in my decision to review their coconut oil. The following video should bring the curious up to speed:
Ingredients (provided on product’s label)-100% organic virgin coconut oil.
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s unrefined and chemical-free.
2. It’s organic.
3. It’s cruelty and gluten-free.
4. It’s vegan.
5. Glass jars are always good to have around, and I’ll definitely be reusing the one that my coconut oil came in.
Product Description(provided at tropical traditions.com)- ”This Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Only the highest quality coconuts are hand-picked from each harvest. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world! Testing done in independent laboratories on coconut oil antioxidants reveals higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils. The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconuts to make coconut milk. The milk is then allowed to sit for about half a day, while the oil naturally separates from the heavier water. The oil is then filtered from the curds (coconut solids). No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. Our coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade Virgin Coconut Oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties. The Gold Label Standard is our highest standard for Virgin Coconut Oil.”
Price– $19.95 for a 16 fl. oz. jar, 29.50 for a 32 fl. oz. jar, or $75 for a gallon.
Performance– I’m convinced that coconut oil can improve/enhance almost any aspect of a person’s life, so I’ve been using this product several times a day in a variety of ways. Here are a few of my favorites:
1) 2 tablespoons of coconut oil + a morning pot of green or white tea + an immersion blender = a winning combination. I’ve also noticed that the coconut oil in the tea makes my lips so soft, which is a nice perk.
2) It’s great for frying eggs and sauteing veggies.
3) Just after showering, this oil makes a wonderful all-over moisturizer. The damper the skin, the more quickly it dries. No greasy skin for this girl!
4) Mix it with a little sugar and make some hydrating, exfoliating magic happen.
5) Did you know that coconut oil also makes the perfect gentle eye makeup remover?
I could go on, but I think you get the picture. You can do any and everything with this stuff.
Scent/Taste– It smells and tastes like coconuts, obviously! The flavor isn’t overwhelming, though, and I can fry an egg in it without having to worry about the egg being overpowered by the coconut.
Rating– 10/10. I considered subtracting a point for the price, but this is a product for which I would not at all mind splurging… and I mean it.
Would I purchase this item again? I’d be a crazy person if I didn’t.
Wanna snag your own jar of Tropical Traditions coconut oil? Use this referral link and we’ll both benefit from your purchase! You’ll receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I’ll receive a discount coupon for referring you. Feeling lucky? Come back tomorrow and enter to win a quart jar!
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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