Recently Tropical Traditions provided me with a jar of coconut oil to review and then have a giveaway for my readers. I’ve heard that coconut oil is a wonderful healthy alternative to other oils but I really didn’t know much about it. I did some (internet) research and learned that people used to think it was less healthy (was used and perhaps still is used in movie popcorn because it stays fresher longer but was considered incredibly unhealthy…much like eggs were, right?)—now it seems that coconut oil is possibly considered more healthy than olive oil. I’m not saying that for certain though, because I’m not a doctor or scientist, and you know how this stuff is.
I really love the smell and taste of coconut. When I opened the jar I could strongly smell coconut. Would this affect the taste of food if I used it instead of olive oil? It turns out the answer is: not really.
Things to know about coconut oil: it is in solid form, so to use it for cooking you just need to heat it up, either on the stove or in the microwave. This is an extra step that is a little annoying, but not really a big deal. While you are waiting for your oil to melt you can take some and rub it onto your knuckles and elbows to help with dry skin!
I made a few things on the stovetop with coconut oil and then I also made a recipe for “Cumin Coconut Carrots” from a local blog friend. (I recommend this recipe—Chris liked the carrots a lot and said we should make them again—I consider that a winner!)
I haven’t tried this yet, but I hear that if you take some coconut oil and whip it up in your Kitchenaid mixer (or any mixer, really, I just happen to love my Kitchenaid more than I should love a brand) it makes a fantastic body butter.
Here’s a bunch of information from the company:
Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!
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 website: 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.
Okay! You can enter to win your own jar of coconut oil. This is a little more complicated than some of my previous giveaways, but I think you can manage! The contest will end at 10:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, October 17. It is open to US and Canadian residents only.
1. (Required) Subscribe to the company’s newsletter here (and leave a comment below).
If you do that, you may increase your chances of winning with the following (must enter the first way otherwise these don’t count, sorry!)
3. Follow me on Twitter @hannahviolin
4. “Like” Tropical Traditions on Facebook
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Good luck to you all!
Contest is now closed! Thanks to all who entered. Winner will be contacted soon.
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.