Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Giveaway



Today, I'm going to veer away from my usual recipe post. I want to let you know about something that was recently introduced to me. Tropical Traditions sent me a sample of their Virgin Coconut Oil to try. I have to admit, that I was not familiar with coconut oil at all. I was eager to try something new in the kitchen as always. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised! When I first opened the jar, I did detect a slight scent of coconuts, taking me to far away islands and sending me to a warm and relaxing place in my mind.
I was afraid that the coconut would flavor my food, and so I used it with a little apprehension. Much to my surprise, although there is a slight difference in taste, as there is in any oil you might use, from olive oil to vegetable oil, I did find that it didn't detract from the flavor of my dish.
Click here for some free coconut recipes.

I like the fact that Tropical Traditions is USDA 100% Certified Organic, and that it employs local people, giving them a much needed income. What was more surprising is the number of uses they have discovered for the coconut oil. It extends from the oil, to flour, lotions, hair products, and household cleaners! Wow, now that's a tree that must surely have given to us by our Creator to be used to our benefit.

You can watch this very interesting video for more information on the Tropical Traditions company:



Tropical Traditions also has a Referral Program, so if you place an order with them as a first-time customer, please select “Referred by a friend” and in the box that says “How did you hear of us?” enter my sponsor ID number… 5502694. By telling Tropical Traditions that I referred you, you will receive a complimentary copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy with your first order! This book is filled with testimonies and research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how one can incorporate coconut into their diet.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!
Here's your chance to win your own 32 oz. jar of Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil:


1. Leave a comment about something you learned at the Tropical Traditions web site.


2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.
If you subscribe in more than one way, leave a separate comment for each.


3. For a third chance to win, blog or Tweet about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.

For a BONUS ENTRY, subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter here: Be sure to let me know on a separate comment that you subscribed.


4. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.

Good Luck!!


Open to US residents only, 18+.
Winners will be chosen by random.org.
Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.
This Giveaway ends on Friday, October 16, 2009 at midnight, ET.

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121 comments:

Theron said...

I learned that you can use coconut oil to condition one's hair. I'm willing to try it.

Brenda said...

I've used coconut oil once before. I took 2 TBS per day, and I really did feel better when I took it, but had to quit because of the expense. Also used it to cook, and swear by it!

Freya said...

Coconut oil is not a source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Who cares, the stuff is GREAT!! LOL
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CathyH said...

I learned that you don't have to keep it in the refrigerator

CathyH said...

i subscribe to your blog

CathyH said...

i am subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter

deb c said...

I've heard that using coconut oil has many health benefits, from helping with cholesterol, high blood pressure, and losing weight.
Would love to try.

Nancy said...

I learned that one of the founders grew up on a coconut plantation in the Philippines.

Nancy said...

I am subscribed to the Tropical Traditions Newsletter.

spitfyr323 said...

I learned that many people put coconut oil in their coffee or tea.

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spitfyr323 said...

I'm an e-mail subscriber

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spitfyr323 said...

I subscribe to the TT newsletter

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spitfyr323 said...

Follow on Twitter and tweeted:

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Hotsnotty2 said...

I learned that the founders of Tropical Traditions are Brian and Marianita Shilhavy. Thanks!

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9string said...

They were the 1st to export from the Phillipines.

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I learned that the melting point of coconut oil is 76 degrees and that it does not need to be refrigerated.

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I am an email subscriber thru Feedblitz.

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I am a follower.

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

Thank you for bringing this company to our attention.

ky2here said...

People put coconut oil in their coffee or tea.

Naddez said...

The founders of Tropical Traditions are Brian and Marianita Shilhavy.

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Naddez said...

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Naddez said...

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llinda29 said...

I learned The founders of Tropical Traditions are Brian and Marianita Shilhavy.

KMG852 said...

I learned that one of the founders, Brian and Marianita, grew up on a coconut plantation in the Philippines.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it exciting when one learns of the benefits of Vitamin C D E and now Cocoanut Oil. To stall time and then reverse the signs of envirnomental stress with age and genetics. Thanks SW// raymondw345@AOl.com

Nanette said...

Tropical Traditions have a strong commitment to family farming and organic standards.
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Heather Brandt said...

I learned that coconut oil is NOT destroyed or changed chemically in anyway from its original form by using low heat.

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Brian said...

I always thought that coconut oil was one of the most unhealthy oils you could use, but it was surprising to learn not only of its Omega-3 benefits but that it doesn't become hydrogenated during cooking.

mmentor said...

sign me up

Tami said...

i learned this-When Abraham Lincoln served as president of the United States in 1862, about 48 percent of the people living in the U.S. were farmers. Today, that figure is less than 1%. interesting!

Tami said...

i get the TT newsletter

Tami said...

i tweeted http://twitter.com/agodlyhomemaker/status/4802658164

Madeline said...

I like that it doesn't have to be kept refrigerated.

clc408 said...

I learned that it can be a substitute for butter in baking.

Lisa @Me and My House said...

I learned the various ways coconut oil is processed. The Gold Label is best. We use VCO for everything - baking and body care at our house. Awesome stuff.

Lisa @Me and My House said...

Posted on my blog: http://frommeandmyhouse.com/blog-fromme/2009/10/12/vco/

Oh, and I also learned Brian's testimony of how he came to Christ.

Linda said...

You don't have to store it in the refrigerator. morning58flower@hotmail.com

EcoMom said...

I learned that Tropical Traditions carries a juicer and Juicing recipe book!

bison61 said...

I read the coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards.

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ms mel said...

i learned that this company carries so much more than coconut oil -- it offers chocolate, peanut butter, chicken and bison meat, as well as body/hair/tooth care! thank you for the chance!

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ms mel said...

i subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter -- thanks again!

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Gina said...

This oil is also NOT hydrogenated, and contains NO trans fatty acids. Sounds fabulous & so healthy for you.

courtneystoffel said...

I leanred that it's safe for pregnant women.

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CARMEN said...

I learned that natural, pure coconut oil is very stable with a shelf life of several years! I also learned that it's a healthy oil you can use in cookies, muffins, etc. Can't wait to try it!

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camelfam said...

I learned that to consume the same amount of mcfa's once should consume 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil a day.

camelfam said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/camelfam/status/4819643104

Linda said...

I learned that "The founders of Tropical Traditions are Brian and Marianita Shilhavy."

Linda said...

I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter.

Anna said...

I discovered that I can use coconut oil as a moisturizer for my skin.

rubyredsquirt said...

I found out that Tropical Tradition's foods are either certified organic or meet quality standards that are equal to or higher than organic certification.

wooster said...

The founders of Tropical Traditions are Brian and Marianita Shilhavy.

crystal said...

I enjoyed reading about Coconut Oil and the 'Old Way' that they use to make it.
I think that the Healthy Buyer's Club that allows individuals and families to purchase bulk retail products for a significant savings is a great idea.
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crystal said...

I signed up for their newsletter
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Anonymous said...

They have gluten-free products...Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour is high in dietary fiber and protein, and is gluten-free.

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Jeet said...

I already knew about all the benefits that coconut oil has to offer, seeing that I grew up consuming it and using it as hair oil back in India - but one new thing that I learnt was the company also sells chocolate, peanut butter, chicken, bison meat and personal care items.

lemonlaurie said...

Great video!I love the way they use the old fashioned method to extract the coconut milk.

JeansandTs said...

Wow! I learned that they also believe that there are too many polyunsaturated refined oils in the American diet, and as a result an overabundance of the Omega 6 fatty acids in our food today. They believe the traditional fats and oils that have been consumed in traditional cultures for hundreds if not thousands of years are still the healthiest fats and oils available to us today, including coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil, sesame oil, and butter from the milk of pastured animals
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Lisa said...

Tropical Traditions also offers Aluminum-free deodorant.
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Jen said...

I learned that they make their coconut oil by grating it, then extracting the milk, allowing it to sit so the oil separates.

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Jen said...

Tweeted
http://twitter.com/Greatgiveaways/status/4859796732

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S said...

I learned that you should not experiment with coconut oil when pregnant if your body is not used to it.

Laureen said...

I learned that there is no soy (aside from fermented soy sauce) in any of their products since the founders believe there is too much soy in the American diet. Thanks!

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

Laureen said...

I'm an email subscriber. Thanks!

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

Laureen said...

I subscribed via RSS. thanks!

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Laureen said...

I follow your blog. Thanks!

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Laureen said...

I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter. Thanks!

lmarston AT yahoo DOT com

heaventrees said...

I learned that coconut oil is a great hair conditioner and skin cream.

heaventrees said...

I subscribe to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

SuperAngel said...

I learned that TT helps support local Philippine families by having them work the coconut pressing and such.
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SuperAngel said...

I signed up for feedburner.
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heyLyss09 said...

They have so many awesome gluten-free recipes on their website!

erma said...

I learned that that using coconut oil has many health benefits.
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skytaylor said...

I learned they have organic apple sauce and I would love that I'm sure!
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skytaylor said...

Subscribed by email

Smooshy said...

coconut oil melts at 76 degrees

Anonymous said...

I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter.
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Anonymous said...

They still use the traditional way of making the coconut oil! I've heard that it works for Hot Flashes,will give it a try!

Jennifer said...

I learned that the coconut oil has healthy fats.
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Jennifer said...

subscribed to TT newsletter
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Anonymous said...

Healthy fats are always a good thing!

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icalledonjesus said...

I learned that coconut oil actually helps with cholesterol...my husband was always telling me that we couldn't have coconut oil because it would make our cholesterol go up.....who knew? lol!! Thanks!! I would LOVE to try this. Lori at icalledonjesus@aol.com

icalledonjesus said...

I subscribed to Herbal Bedfellow by email. Thanks!! Lori @ icalledonjesus@aol.com

icalledonjesus said...

I subscribed to Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter. Thanks! Lori at icalledonjesus@aol.com

Becky said...

I learned that coconut oil contains lauric acid, the same acid found in human mother's milk. Also the medium chain fatty acids raise energy levels...something I've definitely needed since starting college last year!

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adrian said...

learned that palm shortening is NOT hydrogenised, and contains NO trans fats
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adrian said...

receive the trop traditions newsletter
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Stephanie Arnold said...

i learned how healthy coconut oil is for your body and the power of good saturated fats

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Brooke said...

Besides the fact that is it hand processed unlike the other VCO you can find.... I also learned that it will be a solid or liquid depending on temp... so not to freak out if it gets solid...

Pamela S said...

I learned there are many beneficial health & beauty benefits to it. Plus they carry lots of other non coconut food items. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

I'm subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

I'm already a follower on GFC. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Susan said...

I found out that the founders of Tropical Traditions are Brian and Marianita Shilhavy.

Jeff said...

I learned it can be a substitute for butter, I bet that would be so good in cookies!

Thank you, I've been wanting to try it! :)

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jj said...

This is very healthy one,very nice Health blog. I bookmarked it.

Peggy said...

I would love to check out the Tropical Traditions organic coconut flour, is fiber from the coconut meat after most of the oil has been extracted to make Virgin Coconut Oil and you can even add it to water and smoothies for more protein. Thats neat!!
Thanks
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Peggy said...

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Peggy said...

tweet
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jennem said...

Coconut oil is a food, not a medication, and therefore it does not have “side effects.”
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Alice said...

Coconut oil is good for pets too! My dog absolutely loves just eating out of the jar. It gives my dog a shiny coat.
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Alice said...

I learned that all Virgin Coconut Oils retain the fresh scent and taste of coconuts.

jerseyjerry said...

Brian earned his B/A in Greek at Moody

jerseyjerry said...

blog follower

Alma said...

I learned that their poultry is raised in a real pasture and eat cocofeed, which is what's left after the coconut oil is extracted.

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Alma said...

I subscribe to their newsletter.

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Gianna said...

The melting point of coconut oil is 76 degrees.

purango said...

In 1862 about 48 percent of the people living in the U.S. were farmers. Today that figure is less than 1%. garrettsambo@aol.com

Laureen said...

I Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/MamandeEDS/statuses/4933407097

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Beth said...

I learned that coconut oil can actually help you to lose weight!

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Beth said...

I am subscribed to the TT newsletter.

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lilyk said...

I learned that the benefits of coconut oil are mainly from the nutrient value of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

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lilyk said...

I subscribed by email with FeedBlitz.

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lilyk said...

I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter.

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Dina said...

The coconuts they use come from small family farms in the Philippines.

Dina said...

http://twitter.com/aitmama/status/4977911719

Dina said...

subscribe to the Tropical Traditions Sales Newsletter

Dina said...

Never mind - just realized the giveaway has ended ;-)

Juanita said...

I have been using coconut oil for cooking and baking for a couple of years but I have been using a different brand. Yesterday I visited the TT website, through a google search, for the first time and placed my first order, signed up for their newsletter and blog! Looks like I jumped the gun on those things. :) That CO is good for hair, that was new to me, so I'm gonna give it a try. This is my first visit to your blog, btw, and I see some recipes I am gonna try. TY for those.

brucealan@hawaii.rr.com said...

wow , processed in 24 hours
gotta try this one.