Product Review & Giveaway ~ Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil & Homemade Salve

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We had the opportunity to review Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. The only thing I’ve used coconut oil for up until now was homemade chocolate hard shell for ice cream (which is SUPER YUMMY!) but I wanted to make something different with it. So I took some time to do some investigation and finally decided I wanted to make this homemade salve. [I do understand that this is supposed to be an EXCELLENT substitute for different oils used in cooking…see below for more on that.]

In order to make it, you need beeswax, coconut oil and essential oil. So…off to find my items I went (well, I had the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil already…only needed to find the other two). Well, low and behold if a friend of ours up in Minnesota doesn’t have beeswax…and my husband and son were headed that way! (Could have only been the Lord!) So, they picked some up for me while they were there and brought it back home.

I then found out that one of my favorite places to order, Azure Standard, carries essential oils…this was then a no brainer! Got it ordered and picked it up Friday. Double WOOT!

Here is a picture of the beeswax and our scale…

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So…here is the process I went through…I cut off and weighed 2 oz of beeswax and put in in a homemade double broiler. *giggle*

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Then my “little helper” (with a cold, poor thing!) helped me scoop the coconut oil out of the container into the measuring cup…

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Impatiently waiting for the beeswax to melt…almost melted!

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Once melted it was removed from heat and added Coconut Oil…

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Then essential oil (for fragrance)…[I don’t necessarily recommend this brand…it is just what I bought]…

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waiting for the melting again (this time the coconut oil)…

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Once it was done, I poured into a glass container (I was glad I had a funnel!)…

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“Hardening”…I was surprised how fast it cooled!

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It still has a little cooling to go, but basically the final product…

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This was A LOT of fun and I am SO EXCITED to get to use our homemade salve!!! If this doesn’t sound of interest to you, you can check out some different recipes they have using coconut oil by clicking HERE.

This was a very interesting video about how they discovered and now continue to make this amazing coconut oil.

<a href=”http://rafl.es/enable-js”>You need javascript enabled to see this giveaway</a>.If you’d like to purchase some for yourself, you can visit Tropical Traditions HERE. The regular price for 32 oz is $40.00 but is currently on sale (as of the date of this posting) for only $29,50!!

Or…you can enter my giveaway for your chance to win some for FREE!!!  Enter below…

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Disclosure of Material Connection: 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.

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41 thoughts on “Product Review & Giveaway ~ Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil & Homemade Salve

  1. Lisa January 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm Reply

    We love to win!! 🙂

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  2. Jennifer January 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm Reply

    The only salve we have made had calendula petals and caused an awful allergic reaction in my daughter. This looks simpler.

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  3. Regina January 17, 2012 at 8:06 am Reply

    It has a high level of antioxidants.
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  4. Brandilyn January 17, 2012 at 8:35 am Reply

    I learned of the many varied uses for Coconut oil

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  6. domestic diva January 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply

    I like that it’s good for high heat cooking.

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  7. Kristen January 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm Reply

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

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  8. allison January 17, 2012 at 1:35 pm Reply

    i love to use it as diaper rash cream

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  9. Jaclyn January 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm Reply

    I didn’t know coconut oil was high in antioxidants, or that heating could increase them! Love the long shelf life, too!

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  10. Sue D January 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm Reply

    I like that it is made the old fashioned way from small family farmers.

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  11. Brittany Thomas January 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm Reply

    Highest source of lauric acid except breast milk

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  12. Jen S. January 19, 2012 at 12:27 am Reply

    Coldpressed oil is much healthier than other kinds of extraction.

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  13. Monique January 19, 2012 at 9:31 am Reply

    I love love love how to they make it in a traditional way.

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  14. Gina M Maddox January 21, 2012 at 10:37 am Reply

    I love that the coconut oil has a high concentration of antioxidants! Thanks for the chance to win!
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  15. julie January 21, 2012 at 8:53 pm Reply

    There are no transfatty acids

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  16. Catie January 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm Reply

    I like that no chemical or high-heat treatment was used!

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  17. ericka coello January 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply

    I watched the video. this product is super natural

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  18. Tandra Ahrens January 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm Reply

    I like that even though the process to ‘make’ it isn’t the easiest route, they still do what is the best method. And that no chemical or high-heat treatment is used. All natural!

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  19. Valerie Theberge January 25, 2012 at 11:54 am Reply

    I like the Virgin Coconut Oil – The Book. Over 85 previously unpublished foundational recipes.

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  20. Kathleen January 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm Reply

    I love that the coconut oil has a high concentration of antioxidants!

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  21. Kala January 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm Reply

    I love that it can be used at high heat!

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  22. michelle w January 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm Reply

    I like how the Green Label Virgin Coconut Oil are made with highest standards of organic fresh coconuts

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  23. meredith January 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm Reply

    i learned It has been a staple cooking oil for thousands of years in tropical climates. As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils

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  24. Jamie January 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm Reply

    I love that it’s super moisturizing and is stable at high cooking temps!

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  25. Sunnie January 27, 2012 at 7:52 am Reply

    I would like to try it for baking.

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  26. Heather January 27, 2012 at 2:05 pm Reply

    i like that it’s hand crafted!

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  27. KGG January 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm Reply

    LOVE coconut oil and hope we win! thanks!

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  28. Sierra January 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm Reply

    I learned that this is a very natural product that is high in antioxidants and has no trans fats.

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  29. Kathryn January 28, 2012 at 5:02 am Reply

    I like that it is produced by hand without chemicals

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  30. Mary Beth Elderton January 28, 2012 at 8:24 am Reply

    I love that this is a healthy fat and can be used in so many ways. I love that Tropical Traditions uses its buying power in such a way as to support communities that process coconuts in traditional—organic– ways.

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  31. Claire January 28, 2012 at 12:33 pm Reply

    I like that it can go in so many recipes!

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  32. Janet F January 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm Reply

    I like that it is made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow.

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  33. Andrea S. January 28, 2012 at 5:35 pm Reply

    It’s great for cooking and has lots of uses

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  34. Noelle Cagle January 28, 2012 at 11:27 pm Reply

    I like how heart healthy it is!

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  35. Becky Marie January 29, 2012 at 8:18 am Reply

    I love that it’s organic!

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  36. Brittany Boardley Renaldi January 29, 2012 at 9:53 am Reply

    I learned that this is a very natural product that is high in antioxidants and has no trans fats.

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  37. Darlene Owen January 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm Reply

    I like that Independent laboratory analysis shows this to be one of the highest quality coconut oils on the market

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  38. Melanie L January 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm Reply

    harshell chocolate with this sounds awesome!

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  39. Debra F January 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I like that it has highest levels of antioxidants.
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  40. molli mc. g. January 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm Reply

    I like that they tell you about the different kinds of oils they carry, and what they are good for; plus have lots of recipes to try!

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  41. Chelsea Wong January 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm Reply

    Their producers have been extracting coconut oil for them for ten years. That salve looks lovely!

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