Since becoming a vegetarian I’ve spent a lot of time researching natural ingredients for cooking and solutions for household and beauty needs. One of the things that kept coming up both online and in conversations was coconut oil. People talked about how tasty it was in recipes as well as how useful it could be for your skin, body and even around the house. I love the fragrance and flavor of coconut, so I thought it was worth a shot. It can be a bit expensive, so I bought a little container of a cheap brand at a discount store. On my skin it felt okay, but flavor-wise, it was bitter and practically inedible. It wasn’t a pleasant first experience, but you get what you pay for, right?
When I saw Tropical Traditions was offering an opportunity to review samples of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, I was eager to try it out. I received a 32 ounce jar like the one in the image below, which is currently sold for $29.95 on their website. The scent of the oil was pretty and soft and I couldn’t wait to test it out.
I used it in a few different ways to see if it was as versatile as folks were letting on.
First, I used it to moisturize my dry skin. The fragrance was light enough that it was recognizable and enjoyable without walking around smelling like a pina colada. The oiliness gave it more lasting power than the average lotion, but didn’t feel overwhelmingly greasy or slick. I actually liked it a lot and can’t wait to test it in the winter months when my hands are often painfully dry.
Next, I used it as a substitute for vegetable oil in a cake recipe. The cake was delicious, and I really couldn’t detect a coconut flavor at all.
Finally, I’d read somewhere that it was good for removing sticky substances from surfaces, so I used it to remove a sticker from a new bowl I bought. I’d peeled the sticker off, but it ripped and left some of the sticker as well as that ooky sticky adhesive behind. I dabbed on some of the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and let it sit for a few minutes. It worked like a charm. After lightly scrubbing it with a bottle brush, the sticker remnants and adhesive came right off.
Overall, I found the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to pass every test I put it through. It has a beautiful coconut scent and lighter oily texture than corn or vegetable oils. I think it’s a great product and worth a little extra cash for its quality.
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.