With three little ones, I am more conscious than ever about the foods my family eats and the products we use. Wanting to give my kids the very best start in life, I am always looking for more natural alternatives when it comes to our foods, our household cleaners...even our body care products! That's why I was very interested when my sister-in-law began talking about coconut oil and it's wonderful benefits a couple of months ago. She introduced me to Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and I couldn't be happier about it!
Instead of selling coconut oil mass-produced by machines from dried coconut, Tropical Traditions is committed to providing healthy coconut oil. For more than 10 years, they have been producing their coconut oil by hand, using the wet- milling process of extracting the oil from fresh coconuts. In fact, in reading more about their company on the website, I learned that Tropical Traditions only picks out the best coconuts that will produce the best quality oil.

Independent laboratory analysis shows this to be one of the highest quality coconut oils on the market, having the highest levels of antioxidants. This enhanced Virgin Coconut Oil is now in the US market under the Tropical Traditions Gold Label brand. It meets our strictest standards to earn this designation. Today when you buy Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, you are buying the highest quality coconut oil we have to offer, and it is still made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow.

When I learned we were going to have the opportunity to review a 32 oz jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I couldn't have been more excited!
I have read a lot of testimonials on the benefits of using Coconut Oil, and couldn't wait to try it out with my family. We have had it for about a month now and have used it for more than I could have ever imagined. One of the neat things about coconut oil is that it's a liquid above 75 degrees F. (25 C.), and below that it will be a solid fat. It can be stored in either form, and it can be liquefied easily by applying low level heat. Even by dabbing a little on my finger, it begins to change from a solid fat to a liquid. Very neat! I have found that because of this, a little goes a long way. I can see our jar of coconut oil lasting us a long time!

After reading through the Tropical Traditions website more in depth, I learned many ways coconut oil can be used in cooking. We've enjoyed using it to replace vegetable oils in baked goods, using it for frying food, etc. The taste it gives is amazing, and personally...I feel like it's a much healthier option for our family than shortening, canola oils, etc. As time goes on I'm looking forward to checking out some of the yummy recipes found on the Tropical Traditions website!

I am also one that prefers finding alternative treatments for everyday things and have used the coconut oil for several other purposes as well. (Please note, that the following examples are my personal experiences and in no way am I making health claims. Please see disclaimer at end of post.) For those who read here often, you know my son struggles with eczema quite badly. I like to keep his skin moisturized and thought the coconut oil might be a great way to do that. Our own personal experience has been that by dabbing a little bit on his most dry, flared up spots that it helps heal and sooth it a lot faster! We have even added a little bit to his bath water for a moisturizing soak. He comes out of the water with such soft, yummy smelling skin. 

I have also used it on myself as well! I got a sunburn one of the first days it was nice enough to be outside for an extended period of time in May. I decided to put coconut oil on the burn and was amazed how well it helped the redness and pain go away, and prevented any peeling. 

I also have been using it as a lip moisturizer and one of my favorites...a treatment for canker sores! I hardly ever get canker sores, but had two of them starting the day I received the coconut oil. I began putting it on the sores multiple times a day and found that it helped relieve the sting and pain of the sore almost instantly. Not only that, but for me...it also helped speed healing. The sores were gone much faster than my past experiences with them!

I've been so happy with the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil! I love knowing that Tropical Traditions takes care into bringing people the very best, healthiest coconut oil that is produced by hand and not mass-produced by machines! It makes me feel good using it with our family and I'm sure as time goes on...we'll find many there uses and recipes that work for us! 

If you're interested in watching, here's a short video on some of the uses of Coconut Oil:

Buy It: You can purchase the 32 oz jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for $29.95. 


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Tropical Traditions is America's source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their

What is Virgin Coconut Oil
? You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the  advantages of buying coconut oil online.
Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

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**Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review 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. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way. Please note, these uses noted in my post are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or disorder. The opinions here are solely my own and are our personal experiences with coconut oil. The results and opinions of others may vary from my own.

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  1. The Jaded Mom June 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM  

    Virgin Red Palm Oil and organic essential oils imported from France.

  2. rj7777 June 3, 2012 at 8:00 PM  

    This oil comes from the Phillipines. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

  3. Denise June 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM  

    There are so many ways to use coconut oil, especially in cooking. Frying, baking, dips, ketchup, salad dressings, pie crust, soups, fudge, pudding, cookies, muffins, brownies, cake, candy, gluten free and dairy free recipes, coffee, hot chocolate, smoothies, etc. I've been wanting to try this!

  4. mrsshukra June 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM  

    I learned there is no difference between virgin coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil.

  5. aperry June 3, 2012 at 9:22 PM  

    I got a few great recipes!!

  6. aperry June 3, 2012 at 9:22 PM  

    I got a few great recipes!!

  7. Nicole G. June 3, 2012 at 10:12 PM  

    I learned that there are other uses for it besides cooking. I would have never thought to use it as lip balm or for dry skin. I am also interested in cooking some of those recipes!

  8. Jessica June 4, 2012 at 2:29 PM  

    I learned that the oil does not become toxic at high heat, so you can use it for all cooking and baking needs including frying.

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  9. Domestic Diva June 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM  

    They sell antioxidant greens -- sounds great for smoothies.

  10. Andrea June 5, 2012 at 1:42 PM  

    I learned that traditionally coconut oil has nourished millions, if not billions, of people throughout Asia for thousands of years.
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  11. Frugal Tumbleweed Acres June 6, 2012 at 5:33 AM  

    I learned politics were the main reason coconut oil fell out of favor in western countries like the U. S.

  12. Jennifer June 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM  

    I learned that it is made in small batches by families in a sustainable way.

  13. Helena June 7, 2012 at 8:28 PM  

    The traditionally-made coconut oils, like that of Tropical Traditions, have the most anti-oxidants.
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  14. Brandi Elam June 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM  

    I learned that Tropical Traditions were the first ones to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the United States.

  15. Rebecca Smith June 8, 2012 at 12:09 AM  

    I learned that coconut oils have been used to clean teeth for years!

  16. Elena June 9, 2012 at 9:52 PM  

    I learned that no chemical or high-heat treatment is used to produce the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids.

  17. Nicolle B. June 10, 2012 at 9:05 PM  

    that it can be used as a butter or margarine substitute for spreads or for baking

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  18. eastman520 June 12, 2012 at 9:27 PM  

    I learned that they sale a lot, including moisturizer which i'd love to try! I heard that Coconut oil is great while nursing, so i'd love to win this!

  19. Tylerpants June 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM  

    I learned that there is no difference between "virgin coconut oil" and "extra virgin coconut oil. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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