I was so excited when Tropical Traditions asked me to review the product Coconut Oil, I have always heard so much about it but never knew there were so many uses for it. I always assumed coconut oil was for skin and hair :) Boy was I wrong after looking it up it really has opened my eyes to so many possibilites.
First I want to note that this is product is grown and produced in the Philippines it is produced in the old gen but had some more modern direction. First let me share a little about the product Brian Shilhavy (founder of Tropical Traditions) discovered the health benefits of coconut oil after moving to live in the Philippines with his wife, Marianita.The product is made via older generation used to extract the oil by grating the fresh coconut, extracting the coconut milk, and then letting the coconut milk stand in a covered container for about 24 hours. After about 24 hours, the oil naturally separates from the water producing a crystal clear oil that retains the full scent and taste of coconuts.Today it is still being made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow.
Ive had the time to use the product on multiple occasions and I would like to share the uses.
I have a good friend and she has very kinky hair, hard to brush and keep from getting all out of control. She uses straightener but doesn't care for the way it makes her hair look or feel. So while her and daughter were here we used some of the coconut oil in her hair after she showered and used it while she brushed the hair. The coconut oil made her hair not only smell nice but it gave it a very relaxed feel with out all the extra chemicals associated with shelf treatments.
While making fajitas one night, i typically brown my meat in EVOO , but while this was sitting on the counter,what better use. I added about 2 TBSP to my pan just enough to coat it and so my meat wouldn't burn. The smell of the oil is not much different when cooking then with any other oil but when tasting a piece of the cooked meat it did have a very subtle, very slight taste variation. By all means, i really enjoyed using it for cooking, so I did try it as a substitute for Veg oil in my brownies..difference in taste..NOPE not really, the brownies and the fajitas were gobbled up so noone really missed the other:)
I do use coconut oil after a shower on a couple times a month basis. I generally do it as a change of pace, I dont want my skin to dry from using same product all the time. It by all means is not overly scented and it is easy to blend in but until its all dry and blended dont put on that nice shirt as the nice shirt will have a lil ring around it.
The Tropical Traditions company sent me the product to review, I am NOT being paid for the review nor is there any other compensation besides have the pleasure of trying the product. As with all my other reviews, MY opinion is just that MINE.
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