Jul 13, 2012

{coconut oil giveaway & review via tropical traditions}

you guys...we are giving away one of my favorite things EVER today...


i actually started writing a post on coconut oil over two years ago & there was just too much wonderful stuff that i wanted to say about it, & i never could finish.

so today i am finally doing a post on coconut oil & am lucky enough to be reviewing some of it, also!
i'll try to keep this as neat & tidy as possible, but bear with me, it might get long!

Tropical Traditions sent me a quart of their gold label extra virgin coconut oil, & i have to say - completely, 100% honestly, i've used coconut oil in the past that is good, but this is my favorite. coming from someone that has tried multiple brands of coconut oils over the past several years.
you can taste the coconut when you're cooking in some more than others - daniel & i both prefer to not taste it - & with this i really can't!

you all really should know why i love coconut oil so much. its probably the greatest, & one of the first things i learned about when we started eating healthier.

it is one of only two oils that we keep in our home. the other is extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings & dipping sauces & things.

you can also look into more info & health benefits of it here.

a few ways we use coconut oil:
1. as a substitute for canola or vegetable oil in all baked goods
2. when i'm baking or frying anything. i use it just like any other oil or butter in the pan or tossed/coated & i don't feel bad about cooking with, or even lightly frying things with it because coconut oil has a much higher 'smoke point' {the temperate that a heated oil begins to break down & the oil begins to smoke & become rancid, if you really wanted to know} than a lot of other oils, so the oil doesn't go bad during the course of cooking with it, which we love.
3. as apart of my makeup remover/facial cleanser {oil cleansing method}
4. in my face scrub {recipe coming soon}
5. in our lotion bars, or you can apply straight to your skin as a moisturizer
6. for a deep conditioning hair mask {coat hair & put in a bun. let sit for an hour or more & rinse rinse rinse}
7. in homemade deodorant
8. to condition our wood cutting boards
9. in place of shaving cream
10. as a bath soak. {add a spoonful to a bath with a few drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil}
11. as a massage oil
12. in place of wd-40 - seriously guys. it works.

you can find even more ways to use coconut oil here & because this post is already getting too long, TT's website actually has a really great section that explains more of the health benefits & differences between different types of coconut oil. if you're researchy like me, you can check that out here.

make a switch, maybe?
so maybe maybe i've convinced you that you should make the switch over from vegetable & canola oil? i think that this is something easy to incorporate towards healthier eating. so now that you are on board, what next?

first, i would say don't let the cost be the reason you don't make the switch, although i totally understand that that could be an issue. if you're looking at the gold label coconut oil, then yes. you will probably have sticker shock if you're comparing it to vegetable oil. it is more expensive, although if you keep checking back at their website, they actually have really great sales a lot of the time!

let me say, too, that we go thru a little less than a gallon of coconut oil each year - including all of the lotion bars & cleansers & everything else i use it for. so a gallon would be between $45-$65 depending on the kind you get. that is our cooking oil {& sometimes butter substitute} all year long, plus you can subtract any amounts for makeup remover, cleaners, face scrubs & a lot of the other things i listed above - maybe you won't use it for all of those things, but for us, that definitely justifies the price!

 i would also say that another option - buying a less expensive 'grade', even like this one is still AWESOME & way better for you.

you could also start a coop with friends & buy 5 gallon tubs to divide out {make it a party & it could be fun!} & it is quite a bit cheaper that way, too! thats something i've been talking about for awhile but still haven't gotten around to.

so now about that giveaway:

Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

the winner will recieve 1 quart of  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.

a little bit about it: the coconut oil you will receive is hand crafted in small batches by family producers {awesome} and it is the highest quality coconut oil TT's offers & one lucky lady {or man} can win it!

i thought i would mix things up this time & give you all some options for entering below either by:

-subscribing to tropical traditions mailing list {you would receive their sale ads each week this way}
-following @troptraditions on twitter
-or subscribe to colemans in love via bloglovin, blogger, google etc....

or all three! you get one entry for each.

please also leave a comment & let me know which ways you entered!

thats it!

i'll pick a winner next friday & post it up on the blog!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

ALSO: if you use any of the links in this post, you will receive a free copy of their Virgin Coconut Oil book {totally something i would love. maybe it's just me} if you decide to purchase anything on TT's website & i'll get a coupon of some sort for referring you - i would totally do this though, even if i didn't. i'm not just trying to sell you guys stuff, i promise.

best of luck!

{Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review. I was under no obligation to review it, write a positive review, or do a product giveaway in exchange for the product recieved.}


  1. I love coconut oil. It's the best thing since sliced bread. I actually was considering ordering it in bulk since it's so expensive for a little jar at Sprouts that we go through way too quick. Especially since we use it for everything from cooking to conditioner to tanning oil. I entered twice with their mailing list(looking forward to those coupons) and subscribed to you of course.

  2. I have been reading all about coconut oil lately and have been interested in trying it!

    I entered twice! mailing list & subscribing to you!

  3. I subscribed to their mailing list!

  4. I subscribed to Colemans in Love.
    PS. Your little boy melts my heart he is so precious.

  5. I subscribed to the mailing list :) I'm looking forward to your face scrub recipe!

  6. 1) I subscribed to the mailing list

    2) I am following them on twitter

    3) I subscribed to your blog via bloglovin'

    hooray for coconut oil!

  7. Exciting! I loooove coconut oil for all the reasons you listed. One I am excited to try is oiling up my wood cutting boards. Thanks!

  8. We just started using coconut oil and have really loved it so far! I didn't realize how diverse its uses were. thanks for the mini lesson:)

  9. I love coconut oil, but I haven't tried many brands nor have I tried cooking with it. I've stuck mainly to using it for makeup remover/facial cleanser and hair mask treatment. This sounds like some rock star coconut oil!

  10. I have heard such wonderful things about coconut oil recently and would really really love to try it! Thanks for the tips!! I subscribed to columns in love via bloglovin, blogger and google! Love it!!

    1. oh no, it auto corrected "colemans" to "columns" - sorry!!

  11. thank you so much for all of the tips as I am new to the coconut oil world! I love that you added you can't really taste this one.. I'd prefer to not taste it as well and haven't had much luck in that area so hopefully I'll get to try this one!

    I subscribed to their mailing list, followed them on twitter and I also already follow you via blogger and bloglovin!

  12. I subscribed to their mailing list, following your blog via blogger, and folllowed them on twitter.

  13. hi there, i just subscribed to their mailing list. i am currently obsessed with coconut oil these day : )

  14. whoo. subscribed to mailing list and follow you on bloglovin.

  15. oh! want to try this! :)

    already follow you and am their newest twitter follower! fingers crossed!

  16. Hello :)
    I recently came across this blog through pinterest. I was expecting to find some good DIYs but definitely am leaving with so much more than that. I am so blessed by your wonderful love story, marriage, and life as a mother. Isaac looks like such a sweet little boy! I am definitely adding him to my prayer list :) Hoping for the best and excited to be a new follower of this blog.


    1. sarah - you are the sweetest. thank you so much!

  17. We love coconut oil. With our family of 6 though, we certainly go through more than a gallon a year... I've most recently started using it with oil pulling (weird I know, but I'll know how well it is working when I go to the dentist next) and giving it internally to my baby girl. It was the thing that finally cleared up her blocked tear duct. :) So yes, we are big fans of coconut oil, but I have yet to plunk down the money to buy from TT although I've been reading about there stuff for a while.

    1. heather - i've used it for oil pulling, too! isaac has a blocked tear duct. thats so interesting. i may have to try that once he's eating a bit more solid food...

  18. 1) I subscribed to the mailing list

    2) I am following them on twitter @MONKEYMOM8105

    3) I subscribed to your blog via GFC LisaMarie

  19. I subscribed to the mailing list, followed them on twitter and am already subscribed to your blog. Also just wanted to let you know their twitter handle is actually @troptraditions and not @tropicaltraditions in case you want to edit that detail above :)

    We LOVE coconut oil and this brand has been highly recommended to me so I'd love to win it (since I'm too cheap to have purchased it for myself yet!)

    1. thanks for pointing that out! i fixed it for the giveaway but forgot it was in my post as well :)

  20. I've been interested in trying coconut oil for a while now, thanks for the tips! Is this give away open to European readers?

    1. hannah - thats actually a good question & i am going to go out on a limb & say YES. but i will check & let you know if i hear otherwise...

  21. I would love to try out this brand of coconut oil!! I subscribed to their mailing list. Thanks!

  22. iiiiii remember when you started using coconut oil. *giggle*

  23. I followed your blog (finally, since I have been reading it for about a year now), am following them on twitter, and signed up for the mailing list. Thanks for the giveaway! I am really excited to try coconut oil.

  24. Hi Mindy,
    I subscribed to your blog and signed up for the mailing list. Thanks for all the good ideas for coconut oil. I currently only use it every once in a while.

  25. Subscribed to the newsletter!! :D *fingers crossed*

  26. Hey Mindy — I subscribed to you (I thought I had already done this) and subscribed to the mailing list. I LOVE coconut oil. Right now my pantry's full of Nutiva, which tastes very coconutty. Good for me, bad for everyone else in the house (I love coconut, and often put a dollop of the oil into my smoothies). Great post!

  27. Great giveaway! I entered all three ways! I've been wanting to try coconut oil but not a fan of the coconut taste, so looking forward to trying out this brand -- glad to know it's not overwhelmingly coconut-y. :)

  28. I did all of the above! I LOVE coconut oil. We buy big tubs of Nutiva, but I would love to try this brand! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  29. I did all of the above!!
    Coconut oil is amazing! I use it to make my homemade baby wipes!!

  30. I've heard so many good things about coconut oil! Been wanting to try it, but haven't made the plunge yet. You have convinced me to get a move on however. ;)

    I follow them on Twitter and I've been subscribed to your blog for a while now. :)

  31. Did all 3 :)

    I've wondered about coconut oil but this actually make me less afraid to try it.

  32. Did all 3, too! Just discovering all the advantages to coconut oil..amazing that God could create something with so many multipurpose uses!

  33. I just subscribed to your blog, I think :)
    I just recently bought some coconut oil but haven't used it in all the ways you listed. I will definitely give those a try.

  34. I love coconut oil and use it everyday for years. I even give it to my dog and bird :) All of tropical traditions products are great. Try there lotion!