Tropical Traditions sent me a free 32 ounce jar of organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to review.
I have never used coconut oil, so I don’t really have anything to compare it with, but I can say that it is a HUGE jar! The ones I have seen at Trader Joe’s are probably about half the size.
I have not used much of it, but I am totally in love, and will be VERY sad when I run out!
I have used it in cooking, and used half coconut oil, half butter to make a sauce, when usually I use just butter. It turned out great!
I have used it as moisturizer, and it worked wonderfully. I mean it is OIL so it leaves you a little greasy, but it feels amazing!
I have used it for Oil Pulling, and it worked well. Hopefully if I continue to do it I can whiten my teeth! There are a couple of things you should know about this oil:
- It tastes/smells like coconuts. I have always thought I HATED coconuts, and only really wanted to get this oil because I have heard that coconut oil doesn’t taste like coconuts (this is true to a point – expeller-pressed coconut oil doesn’t have a flavor, virgin coconut oil, made from fresh coconuts, does). I was very surprised at how much I liked the smell and even the taste (when oil pulling you definitely taste the oil!) when I used this. Keep this in mind when you are choosing what to use it for as far as cooking goes.
- It is handmade! It is made from fresh coconuts, in small batches, by farmers and families. I think this is awesome!
- It is (sadly) expensive. It is about $40 for a 32 ounce jar. They do put them on sale some times, but it is pretty pricey. If you think about the fact that it is handmade, organic and NEVER processed on a machine, you can see where the price comes in, but it is still a little much for some budgets.
- COMING SOON I WILL HAVE A GIVEAWAY OF THIS AWESOME PRODUCT! I am planning to do a “blogging blitz” (great idea Melissa) for the Twelve Days of Christmas, and one of those days it is going to be a giveaway for your own jar of this wonderful oil!
Have you used coconut oil? What is your favorite use for it?