Review & Giveaway: Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil. My first introduction to coconut oil was through my work with Natural Parent’s Network. I remember reading about Hybrid Rasta Mama Jennifer‘s 80 Uses for Coconut Oil blog post and thinking:

“What IS this stuff, that you can use it for 80 different things!?”

Her post has now been edited and reposted to include 160 Uses for Coconut Oil. . . and the good news about coconut oil doesn’t stop there. As the coconut oil experts at Tropical Traditions demonstrate in the video embedded below, there are hundreds (yes. . . hundreds plural) uses for coconut oil.

I was privileged to receive a 32 oz. Jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil in the mail last month, and I have thoroughly been enjoying this brand! Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is smooth, easy to measure and scoop, and wonderful for use in the kitchen as well as for skin care and baby care.

My most frequent uses for the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil are for cooking pancakes, baking muffins, brownies, and cookies, and for moisturizing and comforting dry or chaffed skin on myself and my babies. 

Cooking and Baking:

I find that the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is so smooth and easy to measure for baking and cooking. It melts in a pan quickly to use for cooking, and it blends smoothly and quickly into recipes. I use it in place of crisco, vegetable oil, and sometimes in place of butter in cooking and baking recipes, and I have been really impressed with it’s performance. 

Other coconut oils that I have tried have been harder to emulsify in recipes, leaving clumps of coconut oil in the batter, but I have never had this problem with the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. 

It brings a great taste to pancakes, brownies, and other baked goods, but doesn’t highly alter the flavor of meats when you cook, and it’s tons healthier than butter or any other type of oil (vegetable, olive, canola, etc). 

32 oz. Jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil 

Skin Care and Comfort:

I also use coconut oil to moisturize my skin and my kids’ skin. It smells heavenly, goes on easily, and rubs into the skin quickly and without sticky residue. And it moisturizes better than lotion, with a smaller amount. I also love that I don’t have to worry if one of my children (eghem. . . baby Joe) tries to eat it while we are moisturizing after bath time. The very same type of coconut oil that is used for skin care is used for cooking, and there’s no risk to ingesting it like there is with other creams and lotions. 

The safety of coconut oil allows me to let my children learn self-care while moisturizing after a bath, or when applying the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to their lips or noses for comfort on chapped or chaffed skin. I don’t have to worry if Abbey applies too much coconut oil to her lips because I know that it is safe to ingest. And I can allow Joseph to feel the texture of the oil at room temperature (semi-solid) and enjoy that sensory experience without the fear that he might poison himself if he throws a gob of it in his mouth (which happens from time to time). 

I also love using the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions for skin care in the diaper area. When Joseph (11 months) becomes irritated in the diaper area, I apply coconut oil to the chaffed or irritated skin, and the coconut oil helps sooth his skin right back to normal. I have never used any other substance on his bottom and we’ve never had a diaper irritation last longer than 24 hours. Coconut oil is also safe for use in cloth diapering. It won’t create absorption problems like other diaper creme options can.

So, can you tell I love the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions? It’s really an awesome product, and reasonably priced as well. You’ll see if you google Tropical Traditions that they are a hugely popular and highly recommended company, and this list of qualities is a big part of WHY:

  •        They have a strong commitment to family farming and organic standards.
  •      They stand firmly against genetically modified foods.
  •      They research and find out where the products are produced, and how they are produced. 
  •      They adhere to fair trade practices.
Those qualities plus an excellent product that you can use for both cooking AND skin care?
 No, it’s not too good to be true. It’s just the amazing coconut oil. And Tropical Traditions. 

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The best part of this post is that Propical Traditions has generously offered to supply one lucky reader a 32. oz jar ($40 USD) of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, so that you can see for yourself how awesome it is. All you have to do to enter is to subscribe to Tropical Traditions’ Newsletter, which keeps you up do date on all the great deals that they offer on all of their products (including palm oil, coconut flour, coconut toothpaste and skin care items and more) and lets you know when you can get free shipping on your orders! 

In order to subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Newsletter and enter the giveaway, simply click on the  first Rafflecopter entry section, and follow the link. Then enter your email address in the request for more information section, and you’re entered in the giveaway! If you want to have additional entries, keep clicking away at the Rafflecopter entries – sharing your favorite use for coconut oil in a blog post comment, “liking” and “following” Tropical Traditions and Toddler in Tow on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and sharing the giveaway with your friends and followers on FB and Twitter. Do as many or as few Rafflecopter extra entries as you want. . . super duper simple. And then cross your fingers and hope that you’re the one that’s randomly chosen after the giveaway closes on April 6. 

What are you waiting for!? Find out how awesome coconut oil is by subscribing to Tropical Traditions Newsletter and entering to win a free 32 oz. jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil to try! Enter away, friends. . . 

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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.


  1. I like to use to make brownies

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

  2. I’d like to say “all of them!”, but that isn’t the requirement, so…the “Pecan Coconut Chocolate Milk” looks so amazing. I will be trying that one very soon…like, this week. *drool*

  3. I would love to use it to cook popcorn! Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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