I have known about Tropical Traditions for a couple years now and always meant to order some of their amazing coconut oil. For whatever reason I just never got around to it and ended up buying the coconut oil I found at my local grocery. Going paleo/primal really revved up my quest for quality though and I finally decided to buy what I considered the BEST coconut oil and coconut products out there. In my mind that honor belongs to Tropical Traditions. I ended falling in love with their coconut oil and several of their other products. Consider this my love letter.
The company itself is also amazing. This is small family business in the Philippines that uses local, organic coconuts. None of their products are mass produced which is why sometimes you go to their site and find your favorite items are backordered. The ethical way in which they grow and harvest from their own land as well as other area farmers speak volumes. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw (where they are located) makes their organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts you can buy too. Reading about the history of the company and their farm practices from their web site is fascinating!
We now order and use with regularity their:
Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil – It is 100% pure organic coconut oil made without the use of solvent extracts. It is made the “old” way by expeller-pressed mechanical extraction. Also, unlike virgin coconut oil it does not have a coconut taste or smell, which makes it our preferred oil for cooking.
Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil – This oil has that coconut taste and smell so it is perfect for baking and cooking foods that you want to have that special coconut flavor… think coconut shrimp or coconut brownies. Since going paleo I am making a lot more coconut based desserts so this is perfect for that use. It’s quite yummy!
Shredded Coconut and Coconut Flakes – We bought the one gallon pails once and now we just buy the refill packages. These go in all sorts of dishes – pancakes, cookies, cereal, etc.
Coconut Cream Concentrate - This is certified organic whole coconut meat in concentrated form. It is sometimes referred to as “coconut butter” and it is food, not a cooking oil. Typically we put it in drinks like smoothies and coffee but you can drizzle it on fruit, use it in homemade nut butters, or put it in puddings and fudge. Oh, and you can mix with water to make coconut milk.
Organic Coconut Flour – We use this in place of regular grain based flour for all sorts of recipes.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Moisturizing Cream – This is the stuff of heaven. It is so creamy and soft and it makes your skin feel that way too. Love, love, love this stuff! My husband also uses it quite frequently for his own skin and he uses it in his hair. We both prefer the peppermint scented.
Coconut Oil Teeth Cleaners – They don’t foam and they take some getting used to but I really like them. I have used and like the mint and the cinnamon.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Lip Moisturizers – Another wonderfully soft and luxurious skincare product. The citrus flavor is my favorite.
Coconut Bar Soap and Shampoo Bars – Ingredients: Just saponified organic virgin coconut oil.
They also sent me a free book about Virgin Coconut Oil after my very first order. Woot!
The Non-Coconut Products:
Certified Organic Canadian Raw Honey – Yum times a million. Best honey I ever tasted.
Organic Maple Syrup – Gives you a reason to eat pancakes every day!
I totally plan to try to just about everything they offer because I adore everything thus far and they have become my go-to standards for these products. So far we seem to be dousing ourselves pretty liberally with coconut and I am more than okay with that because it is so darn healthy for you, yet I would like to try their grass fed and pastured meats too. I guess I am a Tropical Traditions junkie at this point but there are worse things to be. ;)
So, on to the giveaway! Tropical Tradition has generously offered to send on of my readers a jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. They also sent me a jar for free. It was very happy to join the rest of our coconut goodies in the pantry.
This video shows all the ways you can benefit from using coconut oil:
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012