TT Organic Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway! Great for cloth diaper moms, too!

I love coconut!

Let me clarify: I’m not such a fan of coconut in things like pies, cakes or Almond Joy bars. I prefer my coconut more savory, like in Thai food, or in drinks. I love coconut water, and rich soups made with coconut milk.

Several months ago, I started using coconut oil. I use it in my cooking and baking, and sometimes I even just mix a little bit into my oatmeal. It’s a beautiful cooking oil,  lending a faint, delicate coconut flavor that is just heavenly in fish, chicken and vegetable dishes.

The best thing about coconut oil, in my opinion, is that its uses extend far beyond the kitchen. Did you know that you can use coconut oil on your skin, your lips, and even your baby’s bottom!? 8O Yup, that’s right. Coconut oil is a 100% natural, extremely effective way to combat your baby’s red tush, and, unlike conventional diaper creams, it’s safe to use with cloth diapers! (I recommend keeping a separate jar in baby’s room, though. ;) )

So, I was really excited when Tropical Traditions sent me some of their Gold Label virgin coconut oil to sample!

The first thing I did was head over to their  free coconut recipes blog for ideas on how to use it. There were so many recipes I didn’t know where to start! So, I started with Hot Cocoa! (It is January, after all.)

I’m still experimenting, so I’ll be sending some more recipes your way soon…

I’m not going to throw a bunch of health claims at you, because you know how that goes: research is pretty subjective, and no definitive health claims can be made about a food without upsetting the FDA. But here are a few things I DO know about TT virgin coconut oil:

  • It’s made by family farmers, using good manufacturing practices benefiting rural families in the Philippines.
  • It’s certified organic under strict USDA standards, with no chemicals or GMOs.
  • It contains lauric acid, a nutrient found in breastmilk that supports the body’s immune system.
  • It tastes wonderful, and leaves my baby’s bottom soft, soothed and smelling super coconutty! :)

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of virgin coconut oil along with recipes and more, you can acquire a free copy of the Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil book by taking part in their referral program! Click here for details, then choose “Referred by a Friend” and enter user ID 6878693 for your free book!  Contact their customer service department for assistance, if needed.

If you use coconut oil, or even if you’re just intrigued by its many uses, I have fun news! Tropical Traditions has offered me one 16-ounce  jar of their Gold Label virgin coconut oil to give away to one lucky reader! :D

And, this one is open to both US and Canada! :)

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED***

Mandatory entry:

Visit Tropical Traditions and leave a comment below telling me something you learned about coconuts, coconut oil, the company itself, or any of its products! Easy as pie!

Bonus Entries:

1. Sign up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. You’ll be first to find out about free product specials, discounts, news and new recipes! (2 entries – leave 2 comments for this one!)

2. Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @TropTraditions (1 entry. Include your Twitter handle.)

3. Tweet: (1 entry per day. Leave one comment per tweet, including a link to each unique tweet.) Here’s a sample tweet you can use:

I entered to win @TropTraditions Gold Label virgin COCONUT OIL! Enter now @ABCGP http://wp.me/pTRQh-Bp Ends 2/16 #giveaway

Good luck!

 

Entry period is open until 8 pm on February 16, 2011. I will choose a winner via Random.org after entries close, and winner will be notified via email. Winner will have 72 hours to respond and claim their prize, or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada.

**UPDATE! My winner is comment #33! Congrats Nicole! Check your email…

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Disclosure: 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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Comments

  1. I LOVE Tropical Traditions! We use their coconut flour (which can be baked with) for everything since we eat grain free.

    As far as learning something – they renovated an old family farmhouse to live in the Philippines.

  2. I learned that this company was the first to import Coconut Oil fro the Philippines! I already know a lot about coconut oil, so it was the only new thing I learned. :D

  3. I subscribed to the newsletter! (Can’t WAIT to hear about sales – I make Lactation Cookies called Mama Munchies and use coconut oil to replace a quarter of my butter).

  4. Following on Twitter @gypsyjewels

  5. TWEET TWEET! ;)

  6. Sabrina Radke says:

    I learned that there are tons of uses for coconut oil!

  7. Sabrina Radke says:

    I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter!

  8. Sabrina Radke says:

    I follow Tropical Traditions on twitter~brisbritches!

  9. I learned that Tropical Traditions also makes dish soap!!

  10. I signed up for Tropical Traditions Newsletter

  11. I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter as @tarajean56

  12. plaidtoaster@gmail.com says:

    It was interesting to learn that coconut oil can be replaced in recipes for butter, oil, etc. I also was very happy to hear about using it on baby. We cloth diaper and I love this idea.

  13. Thanks for the great giveaway – I love Coconut oil – it’s a great skin moisturizer, and has many other great uses too!!

    Reading their site I didn’t realize that Virgin Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is also found in human mother’s milk. :)

  14. Shannon Alexander says:

    This is what I learned:
    We were the first ones to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the US market.

  15. Shannon Alexander says:

    receive newsletter (shannon.ready@gmail.com)

  16. Shannon Alexander says:

    receive newsletter (shannon.ready@gmail.com) entry 2

  17. Shannon Alexander says:

    follow on twitter (MikeAWife)

  18. Shannon Alexander says:

    tweeted

  19. domestic diva says:

    They have coconut peanut butter. Sounds yummy!

  20. I learned that Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Oil is versatile. You can cook with it, put it on your skin, and just about everything! It’s a miracle product in my opinion.

  21. I learned that coconut oil is safe for pregnant women, but should be used with caution if you aren’t used to eating it prior to becoming pregnant.

  22. Follow on twitter @Syrana

  23. I like that coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system and is also found in human mother’s milk.

    brandielam3 at gmail dot com

  24. Subscribe by email
    brandielam3 at gmail dot com

  25. Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter (@shakymommy)
    brandielam3 at gmail dot com

  26. I learned that you can substitute coconut oil in any recipe that calls for butter, margarine, oil, or shortening!
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

  27. I receive the Tropical Traditions newsletter #1
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

  28. I receive the Tropical Traditions newsletter #2
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

  29. I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter – amccrenshaw
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com

  30. I learned you can use coconut oil in your baking recipes and it is so nutritional compared to other oils.
    nicolebang@gmail.com

  31. Signed up for TT newsletter entry 1
    nicolebangerter@yahoo is the email I used to sign up, you can also contact me at nicolebang@gmail.com

  32. Signed up for TT newsletter entry 2
    nicolebangerter@yahoo is the email I used to sign up, you can also contact me at nicolebang@gmail.com

  33. Follow TT on twitter @skipbang
    nicolebang@gmail.com

  34. I learned that a coconut can be classified as either a nut, a fruit, or a vegetable!

    richardrachel at hotmail dot com

  35. following tropical traditions on twitter @caedmen

  36. I learned on the Tropical Traditions website that …”research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss.” What!? An oil that raises your metabolism?! Sounds fantastic to me! I wanna try it!

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot ocm

  37. I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter!

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  38. I follow @TropTraditions on Twitter!

    @Marseepan

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  39. Tweet! Tweet!

    February 1, 2011

    http://twitter.com/#!/Marseepan/status/32550447344517120

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  40. I have been using TT coconut oil for over a year and love it, too. I remember appreciating that the company does all it can to keep its coconut production sustainable – better for the land and the employees.

  41. I’ve been a long-time newsletter subscriber. 1

  42. I’ve been a long-time newsletter subscriber. 2

  43. I follow TT on Twitter (shepherdslamb)

  44. I didn’t know it was good for your immune system! I love coconut, its so good it oatmeal.

  45. Signed up for the newsletter.

  46. I’m following tropical traditons on twitter as thisbeangreen.

  47. Tweet! Tweet!

    @Marseepan

    http://twitter.com/#!/Marseepan/status/33050050896592896

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  48. I learned that coconut oil can also be used as a hair and skin moisturizer, and can be substituted for other oils in cooking.

  49. signed up for their email newsletter

  50. following on twitter @the_vegster

  51. I learned that Red Palm Oil is really high in Vit. E. Love Tropical Traditions….

  52. I learned that Tropcial Traditions was the first to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the US market! Thanks for the giveaway!
    kschroeder616 at gmail dot com

  53. I’m following @troptraditions on twitter as @posielove

  54. I signed up for the newsletter! I’ll be honest, I try to avoid signing up for newsletters, but after taking a look at their site and facebook page, I saw a lot of great links and information that pertains to health issues that I’m interested in. So thanks!! kschroeder616 at gmail dot com

  55. Newsletter entry #2 kschroeder616 at gmail dot com

  56. I learned that thir gold label coconut oil has higher levels of antioxidants than other brands.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  57. I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter #1
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  58. I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter #2
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  59. I love that they use family farms and harvest the coconuts using age old practices.
    Thanks!
    cokelush at gmail

  60. I’m a subber to the TT Newsletter.
    Thanks!
    cokelush at gmail

  61. 2. I’m a subber to the TT Newsletter.
    Thanks!
    cokelush at gmail

  62. Tweet: http://twitter.com/cokelush/status/33729033418055680
    Thanks!
    cokelush at gmail

  63. I learned that coconut oil raises your metabolism! Sounds fantastic!

  64. I learned that because they don’t refine their virgin coconut oil it still smells and tastes like coconuts! I love that!
    Blessings,
    Katelynn
    http://katellynnscreations.blogspot.com

  65. I am a subscriber to the TT newsletter. #1

    Blessings,
    Katelynn
    http://katellynnscreations.blogspot.com

  66. I am a subscriber to the TT newsletter. #2

    Blessings,
    Katelynn
    http://katellynnscreations.blogspot.com

  67. I learned the difference between all of the various types of Coconut Oil TT sells
    rollerbeth at gmail dot com

  68. I’m signed up for TT’s newsletter
    rollerbeth at gmail dot com

  69. Tweet! Tweet!

    @Marseepan

    http://twitter.com/#!/Marseepan/status/34018919710724096

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  70. Coconut oil is wonderful as a skin moisturizer and great for your metabolism!

  71. I follow TT on Twitter! (LillaRosePaulaR)

  72. I signed up for the tt newsletter. #1

  73. I signed up for the tt newsletter. #2

  74. Michelle C says:

    I learned that coconut oil is solid at room temperature. Weird!!

  75. Ashley Smith says:

    The coconut oil is made by hand from real coconuts using a technique that his wife learned from her homeland.

  76. Ashley Smith says:

    Signed up for TT newsletter

  77. Ashley Smith says:

    Follow TT on twitter under Dylanangel2001

  78. Ashley Smith says:
  79. I learned that it’s great for stretchmarks!

  80. I Signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter 1

  81. I Signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter 2

  82. I follow tropical traditions on twitter!

  83. Brittney Minor says:

    I learned that the company extracts the oil by grating the fresh coconut, extracting the coconut milk, and then letting the coconut milk stand in a covered container for about 24 hours. After about 24 hours, the oil naturally separates from the water producing a crystal clear oil that retains the full scent and taste of coconuts.

  84. Brittney Minor says:

    I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter

  85. Brittney Minor says:

    I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter 2

  86. Please disregard my previous tweet entry! I didn’t get the correct tweet down! Here is the correct tweet!

    http://twitter.com/#!/Marseepan/status/35488744815468544

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  87. I learned the melting point of coconut oil is 76° and is very shelf stable.

  88. Long time newsletter subscriber.

  89. Tweet! Tweet!

    @Marseepan

    http://twitter.com/#!/Marseepan/status/35889521518182400

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  90. I learned that the process for extracting the coconut oil is more natural – a method they had used in older generations.
    ssqueakert at aol dot com

  91. Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @TropTraditions
    name: ssqueakert

  92. #1
    Signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter
    ssqueakert at yahoo dot com

  93. #2
    Signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter
    ssqueakert at yahoo dot com

  94. katklaw777 says:

    I learned that they believe the traditional fats and oils that have been consumed in traditional cultures for hundreds of years are still the healthiest fats and oils available to us today, including coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, sesame oil, and butter from the milk of pastured animals.

  95. katklaw777 says:

    Signed up for the TT newsletter. #1

  96. katklaw777 says:

    Signed up for the TT newsletter. #2

  97. Tweet! Tweet!
    @Marseepan

    http://twitter.com/#!/Marseepan/status/36577321116762113

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  98. Tweet! Tweet!

    @Marseepan

    http://twitter.com/#!/Marseepan/status/37617742370578432

    heaventaste @ hotmail dot com

  99. I learned that the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is still produced by hand

    missanneperry at gmail dot com

  100. I Signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  101. I Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @aeperry

  102. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/aeperry/status/37754310645256192

    missanneperry at gmail dot com

  103. I Signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter #2

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