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Coconut Oil – How I Use it & Why I Love It – Plus A Giveaway!

If you’ve been online you’ve probably heard buzz about Coconut Oil.  I first tried coconut oil about a year ago; I picked up a jar at my local grocery store to try it in a recipe. I didn’t truly appreciate the benefits of coconut oil until earlier this year, when I really started to make healthy changes in my diet.


Tropical Traditions recently sent me a 32 oz. size container of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to review.  I had always heard great things about Tropical Traditions but had not ordered from they before.  When the package arrived I was pleased to see how HUGE the jar was!  { high-five to Tropical Traditions for sending out a great sized item to review. }



The most common way I’m using coconut oil is for when I make eggs.  Below is a picture of what I’ve been eating for lunch lately.

My lunch: 2 egg whites plus 1 whole egg scrambled in coconut oil.  Sometimes I toss in cut up Laughing Cow Cheese

Then I heat up a box of Green Giant’s Health Blend veggies – 1/2 the box is just 90 calories! Protein, veggies, fiber and lots of flavor!

When I first opened up the coconut oil the very first thing I noticed was the smell, it had a light scent of coconut.  This was different for me because the coconut oil I used before did not have this lovely smell.  When I have baked with the coconut oil I don’t notice the coconut taste or smell at all.  When I cook eggs with it I notice a very subtle smell of coconut, which I love.

Another way I have been using the coconut oil is in my hair.


Now I don’t have thick, curly hair like my adorable niece (I just wanted an excuse to post a picture of her!).

Photo by J.Joy Photography in CT.

My hair has gotten pretty dry and frizzy since I started to highlight it again.  I knew that coconut oil is said to be great for your hair so I thought I would give it a try.

Here’s How: I took about 1/8 cup of oil and smoothed it throughout my hair (mostly on the ends, where my damage is). You may need to use more or less depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Then I wrapped my hair up in a bun and let it sit for a little over an hour. I jumped in the shower and shampooed my hair as usual but I did not condition.  When I dried my hair afterwards I could tell an immediate difference, My hair was smooth, super soft and frizz-free! It also smelled lovely.

Other Ways I have used coconut oil:

  • To soften my cuticles
  • To tame frizzy hair when my hair is dry (I’ve used it like a pomade, just a dab)
  • As a moisturizer for my hands and heels
  • I even removed some sticky label residue off our table with coconut oil!
  • I’ve baked Healthy chocolate chip cookies and promptly at them all!


Today I’m excited to offer one of my lucky readers a 32 oz jar of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!!

To enter: Leave a comment telling me if you’ve tried coconut oil and what you think of it.

For additional entries: Subscribe to Another New Season by having new posts sent directly to your e-mail or by RSS
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** please leave a separate comment for each entry **
The giveaway will end on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 11:59pm


What? You don’t want to wait?

You want to order some today?

Now, through Thursday, June 30th, you can purchase 1 pint of certified organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions and get a 2nd one FREE. That’s 2 pints for the price of one! Order HERE.  Also, if you place an order using any of the links I’ve provided you will also receive a FREE Virgin Coconut Oil Book!


Disclosure: Tropical Traditions has not paid me for this post. They have, however, provided me with the 32 oz jar of coconut oil to review.  All reviews and opinions are my own. I value honesty and integrity and you can be assured that all opinions are my own. I will not recommend a product that I do not fully endorse. I will brag about products I love and this is one of those!

This post includes affiliate links, I do not get paid when you click on the links. I will, however earn a small commission if you place an order. Thanks for supporting Another New Season and our family.

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  • Amanda
    June 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I have never used it, but would love too! I have heard great things about what you can do with it and would love to try. Just haven’t gotten around to buying any yet. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Becky @ Our Peaceful Home
    June 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I love the stuff. I use it for everything. Well, right now I am out of olive oil so, I really am using it for EVERYTHING!

  • Becky @ Our Peaceful Home
    June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

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    June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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    June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

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  • Kendra
    June 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    You better believe I love my coconut oil these days :). I just got my 108 oz of coconut oil shipment, but we love it… so I’d love to win! Thanks!

  • Kendra
    June 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I subscribe via email!

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    June 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I like Another New Season on FB

  • Rebekah
    June 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve used coconut oil for making popcorn on the stove. I LOVE the slight coconut taste that ends up on the popcorn. YUM!

  • Rebekah
    June 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I subscribe via RSS.

  • Rebekah
    June 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I like you on Facebook.

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    June 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I follow you on Twittah. 😉

  • Jenna Z
    June 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve never tried coconut oil but I keep seeing the most delicious recipes using it and would LOVE to try some!

  • Emily
    June 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I use coconut oil on my toast in the morning. It is especially good with cinnamon raison bread! Thanks for the other ideas too.

  • Emily
    June 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I also subscribe through your email and I love every minute of it!

  • domestic diva
    July 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I love coconut oil. It tastes and smells amazing. We use it for most sauteing.

  • Sabrina McAuley
    July 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Makes the BEST Chicken and Rice!!!
    But around here it is hard to come by…. So I try to trade goods with friendsw to get some… All Out now, a win would be awesome! But reguardless, This coconut oil is the best around, and if you havent tried it, you NEED TO!!!

  • Stephanie
    July 5, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I love Coconut oil, I cook with it, use it to make chap-stick, lotion bars and deodorant. I also used it last month when I had a really sore throat and it cleared it up in a day! It has so many health benefits and I just like the taste better too.

  • Lesya
    July 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I would love to try this out! I haven’t cooked with it, but I’ve been planning to buy it!

  • Thelma
    July 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I’ve never tried it, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it 😀

  • Lesya
    July 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I am now an e-mail subscriber 🙂

  • Thelma
    July 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    I follow on twitter

  • Mary
    July 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I used coconut oil for icing.

  • Jay
    July 6, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I would love to try!!! I won it once at a blog giveaway but it never came in the mail. What a bummer. I would like to use it to bake with!!!

  • bubblyseahorse
    August 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Donna! 🙂 I love this post. I use coconut oil in all of my soaps and scrubs, my hair treatment, lip and cuticle balms, and more. I think it is my favorite oil for skin and hair products I sell. It’s amazing. I use it for cooking, too- people don’t realize how healthy it is!! Just wanted to thank you for spreading the word on the way s you use it for hair/skin. There is a big new knowledge of it for cooking but you don’t see as much on the net about the wonders it does for skin! Seeing as how I buy it in 5 gallon drums I’ll wait to enter a different givaway and let your other followers have a chance to enjoy this awesome oil. I just wanted to say I loved the post! i also love you on twitter! Love the new blog. Glad you found a home that’s just right!

  • Heather McMurphy
    May 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I have used it and I know it has wonderful health benefits and want to continue. I love to tell others what it does too

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