Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is one of the first virgin coconut oils to be exported to the United States from the Philippines.
Brian Shilhavy (founder of Tropical Traditions) discovered the health benefits of coconut oil after moving to live in the Philippines with his wife, Marianita. He believes that coconut oil made by traditional methods is superior to the modern coconut oils found in stores.
Here you'll find a breakdown of their product line and a brief summary of each product.
- This is Tropical Tradition's premium unrefined virgin coconut oil. It's hand-made and processed without using heat, chemicals or solvents.
- Only freshly picked coconuts are used within 24 - 48 hours. The coconut meat is shredded by a wet mill and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconut. The milk is then allowed to sit for about 1/2 day to allow the oil to separate. The oil is then filtered and bottled.
- Tropical Traditions claims this oil contains some of the highest antioxidants and they offer test results on their website
- This oil is certified organic, according to USDA standards, and produced following GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).
- The Green Label oil is machine-made using certified fresh organic coconuts that are first dried and cold-pressed by a machine. I think the main difference between the Gold and Green label is how soon the coconuts are pressed after harvesting. The Gold label uses coconuts within 24 - 28 hours after being picked and the Green label uses fresh coconuts that are a little older. Don't worry, though...Tropical Traditions says they don't use copra; a coconut meat that's been left to dry out in the sun for days destroying much of the fresh nutrients.
- Tropical Traditions says no heat, chemicals or solvents are used to make the Green Label oil. The slightly-dried coconut meat is cold-pressed by machine to extract the oil and it's certified organic, according to USDA standards.
- This is a high quality refined coconut oil. It's not a virgin coconut oil and if that's what you're looking for, you should try the Gold or Green Label oils instead.
- Comes in organic and non-organic, depending on what type of coconuts are used. They charge less for the non-organic oil because you don't have to pay for the organic certification.
- This oil goes through a steam deodorizing process and is exposed to heat. This removes the taste and scent of coconuts from the oil. Some people like their coconut oil tasteless and Tropical Traditions says this type is commonly used all over Asia.
- Tropical Traditions calls this their most economical high quality coconut oil and they recommend it to people who don't want to spend a lot for virgin coconut oil. They claim this oil still contains an excellent source of lauric acid and isn't hydrogenated.
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I was fortunate enough to receive a bottle of the Gold Label Tropical Traditions and I must say it's an excellent high quality coconut oil.
I found the oil to have a very rich coconut flavor - and the oil tasted very light. I tried mixing a tablespoon of this oil into my cup of coffee (try it, you'll like it!) and it melted instantly. When I used the oil as an after-shower skin moisturizer it absorbed quickly and smoothly, leaving my skin soft, smooth and healthier-looking.
I've tried a lot of coconut oils and I must say Tropical Traditions makes one great coconut oil. I liked how fast the oil melts into a liquid when heated and how clean and clear it looked. I can really taste the quality in the oil; it's not heavy and left a nice clean taste in my mouth. It is a really delicious coconut oil!
Here are prices for the Tropical Traditions Gold Label coconut oil. The Green Label and Expeller-pressed oils are a few dollars cheaper than the Gold Label brand, but I've only listed the Gold Label prices here. I've broken down the price according to size and cost per ounce.
|Size||Cost||Cost Per Ounce|
|1 Gallon (128 oz)||$70.00|
|5 Gallon (640 oz)||$230.00|
These prices were the latest sale prices I got from Tropical Traditions in July 2009 and prices may fluctuate since the publishing of this article. As usual, you'll save more when you buy in bulk, but remember that you may have to pay more for shipping a 5 gallon pail compared to a small 16 oz bottle.
Depending on where you live, you might be able to get Tropical Traditions at your local health food store or organic food store. You can also order directly from Tropical Traditions. They have a U.S. distributor in Nevada and also have distributors in Canada, Europe and Australia.
Another great place to get Tropical Traditions coconut oil is from online retailers. The main advantage is you can compare prices and also get the best rates on shipping.
Here are a few Tropical Traditions Organic Virgin Coconut Oil available at Amazon.com: