We’ve been using coconut oil for a half dozen years or more here at Well Fed Family. Amy was introduced to Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and then she shared it with me. We were both already transitioning from the Standard American Diet to a more real foods/traditional diet, but then Christmas season arrived and we realized our favorite ginger cookie recipe was now off-limits since its main ingredient was Crisco! Amy had the brilliant idea of substituting the coconut oil in place of the Crisco – it worked and we were able to save the Christmas cookies! We’ve since learned that coconut oil is a great fat for anyone following a Weston A Price Foundation, GAPS, SCD or Paleo type of diet.
Now we use coconut oil for dozens and dozens of different things. That is why I was so glad to get the opportunity to write a review of the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. When the quart jar arrived at our house I opened it right up and got busy. I like having smoothies for breakfast several times a week and always add a tablespoon or more of coconut oil to the mixture. Whenever I pop popcorn I always use coconut oil, in fact I’ve even convinced our church to make the switch to coconut oil in their big movie theater-style popper. (1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup popcorn, 2 Tblsp sea salt into the heater). The kids like the taste and I’m happier that they are using a heat-stable oil that isn’t full of GMOs! We popped some popcorn with the Gold Label Coconut Oil and had family movie night. Everyone scarfed up the popcorn! Then I made a couple dozen homemade peanutbutter cups. I use coconut oil in the mixture to give it a creamy texture, plus I like that even the picky eaters in my family will eat them up – it’s a good way to get more coconut oil into them! Everyone loved the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil peanut butter cups, and I had a hard time making sure there were enough left to photograph and show you. Instead of highly refined, rancid vegetable oils for stir-frying I use coconut oil because it can take the heat without oxidizing. It also tastes great especially when you make Thai-seasoned recipes. I also can’t neglect to tell you how yummy sweet potatoes are when they are roasted in coconut oil!
I didn’t stop in the kitchen, however, I took the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil around the rest of the house, too. I mixed up 3 Tblsp of TTGLVCO with 15 drops each of chamomile and carrot seed essential oils for my daily facial moisturizer. I also filled up a small 2oz jar with just the coconut oil to use on the rest of my body. I use it daily after showering for a body lotion AND as a deodorant so I can avoid the carcinogenic chemicals and fragrances so often found in commercial skin products. I even rub a little bit of it into my hair to condition it and de-frizz. I have also found coconut oil to be great after too much sun at the beach, which happens at least once a year to us here in Florida.
Other areas you’ll find coconut oil at our houses? Amy also uses her Tropical Traditions in the baby’s room. It works on baby’s skin, especially on the diaper area as a natural diaper cream. You can also rub it all over baby in place of baby lotions. I also like to mix it with essential oils and use it as a relaxing massage oil to help my husband and kids fall to sleep more easily. The smell of coconut oil mixed with lavender and other essential oils is quite pleasant.
I also recommend eating Tropical Traditions Gold Label by the spoonful if you are trying to cut out sweets. It tastes good, I like it frozen for a little crunchy texture, and helps you feel full and cuts the sugar cravings.
Several years ago I read Virgin Coconut Oil, the book written by Tropical Traditions founder Brian Shilhavy, and learned about how they make their oils. Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a wet-milled coconut oil, meaning the oil is extracted from the fresh coconut meat without drying it first. Wet-milling is decidedly low-tech and also low-temp; this extraction technique has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. This is one of the things I like about the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, that there is minimal heat used during production of this oil. I also like that the coconuts are certified USDA organic and are used within 48 hours of harvesting. Additionally I like that the harvesting and processing is done by a cooperative of small family farms in the Philippines giving steady work and fair wages to support these hard-working people. I’m also a big fan of unrefined foods – especially unrefined fats and oils. The Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is unrefined, unbleached and retains the flavor of the coconut.
Due to FTC regulations regarding product reviews I can’t list any of the remarkable health benefits to using coconut oil. Maybe I will make that a separate blog post! In any case I encourage you to do your own research into the many areas where people are using coconut oil in the health, nutrition and medical fields. I see mention of coconut oil more and more frequently in the mainstream news and hear more and more people talking about it. I definitely plan on continuing to use it! If you’d like to see a video about the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil you can watch it here.
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 give away in return for the free product.