Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway! CLOSED



I have been dying to try this coconut oil. I had seen many reviews for this oil on other blogs. I kept entering the giveaways but never won lol. Luckily Tropical Traditions felt pity for me and sent me one to review and a chance for you to win the same!
Now you may be surprised by the calories in coconut oil. Don't worry. Coconut oil is a healthy fat (like natural peanut butter, avacodo etc). There are many health benefits to coconut oil.
The picture above is my attempt at making something with the coconut oil. I used my Cake Mix Cookies recipe.
First of all, just making these cookies I was treated to a wonderful scent. Usually cookies smell good while baking and fresh out of the oven. Using the coconut oil, the wonderful smell was immediate!
After I used the measuring cup to pour the oil into the mixing bowl, I scraped the oil out of it and applied it to my arms, hands and elbows. Did you know this is wonderful for your skin as well? I even have an all natural deodorant recipe to share using this oil. Beauty treatment while cooking, if only it could always be that way ;o)
I noticed the dough was easier to work with as opposed to when I used vegetable oil. It held together nicely. So instead of dropping teaspoonsful, I rolled into balls, placed on cookie sheet and then gently flattened. This made for more rounded and uniform cookies.
After they came out of the oven, my kids went crazy for them. All I had was plain yellow cake mix, so the oil added a very faint flavor. The flavor is not too strong though that I would worry about mixing coconut oil with another flavor. It's not overpowering, and very complimentary to any flavor. My kids LOVED them. And honestly, I don't think I want to go back to making my cake mix cookies with vegetable oil now. It's just not the same.
I was very low on groceries (I still haven't gone to the store) so I was limited on what I made. The above was just a plain yellow cake mix that I sprinkled a little brown sugar on top before baking. I thought it would have tasted great with a pineapple cake mix though! Then the cookies could have been kinda like a pineapple upside down flavor. Honestly the kids didn't mind at all. My 3rd child ate like 8 of them lol. They were so soft, and turned out perfect.
Buy It
Win It: 1 32 oz Jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
Mandatory Entry: Go to the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil page above and tell me something you learned about the oil and be sure to leave your email address. Must be a follower of my blog please.

Extra Entries
1. Go to Tropical Traditons free coconut recipe website and tell me a recipe you would love to try (2 entries)
2. Be a subscriber to my blog
3. Subscribe to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter. They have sales and promotions all the time you don't want to miss out on! (3 entries)
4. Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter (2 entries)
5. Follow me on Twitter
6. Like Tropical Traditions on Facebook
7. Watch Tropical Traditions video and tell me something you learned (3 entries)
8. Add my blog to your blog roll (2 entries)

Giveaway ends Oct 1, 2010. Opent o US residents. Good luck :o)
Check back through the week I will feature more recipes using Tropical Traditions Coconut oil!
Disclaimer: I received this product free to review. I was not paid for my review and was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


84 comments:

  1. Stopping by from the Tuesday Blog Hops!
    Hope to see you hop back by!

    Be sure to also join my blog hop today!

    Kerin :)
    hergoodintentions.blogspot.com

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  2. What a cute blog! Thank you so much for joining my new blog hop! I'm your newest follower. :)

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  3. I like the Coconut-Tuna Walnut Salad Recipe
    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  4. I like the Coconut-Tuna Walnut Salad Recipe
    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com
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  5. im a subscriber
    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  6. Subscriber to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter
    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  7. Subscriber to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter
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  8. Subscriber to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter
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  9. I Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @shopgurl
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  10. I Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @shopgurl
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  11. I follow you on Twitter @shopgurl
    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  12. I Like Tropical Traditions on Facebook
    (evelyn D)
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  13. I watched the video and learned that the people who founded tropical traditions learned their method of extracting oil from the phillipines.

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  14. I watched the video and learned that the people who founded tropical traditions learned their method of extracting oil from the phillipines.

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com
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  15. I watched the video and learned that the people who founded tropical traditions learned their method of extracting oil from the phillipines.

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com
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  16. you're on my blog roll
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  17. you're on my blog roll
    http://sweetqt.wordpress.com
    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  18. I learned that:
    This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts.

    I am on a special candida diet and coconut oil has been suggested. I too have never tried it but would love the opportunity!

    Thanks!

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  19. Coconut Baked Oatmeal, Chocolate Coconut nut bites!

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  20. Following Tropical Traditions on Twitter.

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  21. Following you on twitter :-)

    I am @stockpilingmoms

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  22. I learned that this is to be one of the highest quality coconut oils on the market, having the highest levels of antioxidants. Cool!

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  23. Omigosh the Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites look like something I need to make. :)

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  24. Omigosh the Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites look like something I need to make. :)

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  25. I subscribe to their newsletter. They do have awesome sales all the time that I share on my blog. :)

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  26. I subscribe to their newsletter. They do have awesome sales all the time that I share on my blog. :)

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  27. I subscribe to their newsletter. They do have awesome sales all the time that I share on my blog. :)

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  28. I like Tropical Traditions on my personal Facebook profile. I should really get a page for my blog. I can verify if needed.

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  29. In the video I learned that in 2000 their island was able to have a telephone line. This allowed them to have internet access. In turn they put up a website and that was the start of Tropical Traditions.

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  30. In the video I learned that in 2000 their island was able to have a telephone line. This allowed them to have internet access. In turn they put up a website and that was the start of Tropical Traditions.

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  31. In the video I learned that in 2000 their island was able to have a telephone line. This allowed them to have internet access. In turn they put up a website and that was the start of Tropical Traditions.

    Chelle
    newmommiez at gmail dot com

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  32. I learned that this coconut is made 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.

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  33. It doesn't use the oil, but this Coffee Heaven recipe sounds amazingly delicious: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_Coffee_Heaven.htm

    recipe entry 1

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  34. It doesn't use the oil, but this Coffee Heaven recipe sounds amazingly delicious: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/recipe_Coffee_Heaven.htm

    recipe entry 2

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  35. I watched the video and learned the coconuts are processed within 24 hours of falling out of the tree

    video entry 1

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  36. I watched the video and learned the coconuts are processed within 24 hours of falling out of the tree

    video entry 2

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  37. I watched the video and learned the coconuts are processed within 24 hours of falling out of the tree

    video entry 3

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  38. I learned that the 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.

    I am a follower

    nieceyd@gmail.com

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  39. The Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites look divine. I would love to try that recipe.

    nieceyd@gmail.com

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  40. The Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites look divine. I would love to try that recipe.

    nieceyd@gmail.com

    #2

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  41. I follow tropical traditions on twitter

    @goodieslist

    #1

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  42. I follow tropical traditions on twitter

    @goodieslist

    #2

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  43. I follow you on twitter

    @goodieslist

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  44. I like tropical traditions on facebook

    nieceyd

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  45. I added your blog to my blog roll

    http://goodieslist.blogspot.com/

    #1

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  46. I added your blog to my blog roll

    http://goodieslist.blogspot.com/

    #2

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  47. my mandatory entry: when buying Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, you are buying the highest quality coconut oil they have to offer, and it is still made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow.

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  48. extra entry: I'd like to try this recipe,
    Almond Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

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  49. Extra 2nd entries, I'd like to try, Almond Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

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  50. Extra 1, Subscriber to Tropical Traditions,

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  51. Extra 2nd, Subscriber to Tropical Traditions,

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  52. Extra 3rd, Subscriber to Tropical Traditions,

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  53. I like Tropical Traditions on Facebook,

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  54. I learned that their product is completely unrefined and from organic coconuts.

    I follow you on GFC.

    rksteg at gmail dot com

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  55. I'd love to try the Coconut Chai Smoothie! #1

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  56. I'd also love to try the Gluten Free Coconut Almond Cookies. #2

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  57. I subscribe to their newsletter. #1

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  58. I subscribe to their newsletter. #2

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  59. I subscribe to their newsletter. #3

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  60. I am a follower and I learned that Virgin Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  61. I would like to try the recipe "Coconut Smoothie".

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  62. I would like to try the recipe "coconut Smoothie". #2

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  63. I am a subscriber.

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  64. I subscribed to the "Tropical Traditions sales newsletter". #1

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  65. I subscribed to the "Tropical Traditions sales newsletter". #2

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  66. I subscribed to the "Tropical Traditions sales newsletter". #3

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  67. learned that the people who founded tropical traditions learned their method of extracting oil from the phillipines
    snugles4433@hotmail.com

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  68. I learned they use organic coconuts!
    thekillerbeesx3@yahoo.com

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  69. The Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites!

    thekillerbeesx3@yahoo.com

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  70. The Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites!

    thekillerbeesx3@yahoo.com

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  71. I learned that "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!"

    follower of your blog

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  72. I'd love to try the Coconut Flour "Tortillas" recipe

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  73. 2-I'd love to try the Coconut Flour "Tortillas" recipe

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  74. subscriber to your blog via Google Reader

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  75. 1-Subscribe to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  76. 2-Subscribe to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  77. 3-Subscribe to Tropical Traditions sales newsletter

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  78. 1-Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @matt4melis

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  79. 2-Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter @matt4melis

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  80. Follow you on Twitter @matt4melis

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  81. Like Tropical Traditions on Facebook

    http://www.facebook.com/matt4melis

    matt4melis at hotmail dot com

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  82. I learned that coconut oil is a much more stable oil than other oils. I follow you blog too.

    emilliepeters(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  83. Entry #1

    Would love to try the coconut flour meatloaf recipe.

    emilliepeters(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  84. Entry #2

    Would love to try the coconut flour meatloaf recipe.

    emilliepeters(at)yahoo(dot)com

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