Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

I was given the opportunity to try out this very popular 100% natural Virgin Coconut Oil Gold Label Tropical Traditions! Firstly, I was very impressed by the nature of this product!
Coconut oil has been used for hair treatment in coconut producing countries such as India and the Philippines for thousands of years. Studies in India have been done on how effective various oils are on treating damaged hair. The study compared mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil because these were the three most commonly used oils in hair treatment products used in India. The aim of this study was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using these three oils.

The effects with use of Mineral Oils: Mineral oil is a byproduct of the distillation of crude oil to produce gasoline and other products made from petroleum. Also known as white petroleum, mineral oil has been widely used in skin-care products and in heavy machinery applications. Scented, mineral oil is popularly known as baby oil. It's also used to swab and clean ears safely and is recommended to trap insects that might enter the ear canal. Mineral oil is available in three grades and is refined according to its use. It is even used in heavy equipment to prevent parts from sticking together. With that being said Mineral oil is also not as safe as we think for our hair and scalp. Mineral oil should not be used as much on the hair and skin. Mineral oil clogs the pores and suffocates the skin, which is a breathing organ. Adding mineral oils on the follicles make it difficult for the hair to breath and obtain moisture's which is needed for the hair to create healthy strong growing hair. Your hair and skin are alive and you must treat them as such. (Information gathered by for research purposes)

The effects with use of Coconut Oils: Coconut oil is used as a natural conditioner for hair. The molecular structure of coconut oil makes it easier to penetrate through the hair shaft and works with the natural hair proteins. Coconut oil is also used to treat conditions like dry scalp or fungal conditions like seborrhea dermatitis that cause itchy flakes.
Ordinary shampoo formulation results in protein loss during washing. Coconut oil can minimize protein loss, as it contains the medium-chain triglycerides that can pass through the cell membrane and waterproof the scalp and hair. (Information gathered by ww. for research purposes)

My review and 2 month results from the use of Tropical Tradition Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil: Before using The Tropical Tradition Virgin Coconut Oil, I was on a religious regimen with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Using the Olive oil, I was seeing great results! My hair was shinier than normal, my scalp wasn't getting dry and itchy like normally, the olive oil was a great sealer for my hair excellent for addition with any type of conditioner, great as a hot oil treatment. I was very happy with my EVOO!

I didn't quite know the difference between the benefits of EVOO and Virgin Coconut Oil until I was able to try it out and learn for myself. I started using my VCO about 2 months ago. Adding the oil to my scalp with stimulating massages, to my hair as a hot oil treatment, to my hair as a pre-poo and to my hair as a sealer, I then noticed a slight difference. The dandruff that I would always come into contact with was eliminated, my hair was growing more than Ive noticed before hand, the growth that was being promoted was thicker and shiner, it help somewhat repair my damaged hair (however, damaged hair is damaged hair. I believe in getting rid of it completely rather than salvaging it), it worked very well as a pre-poo, great as a addition to conditioners as a DC or co-wash, I loved how it sealed in my moisturizer and held it there very well! I am a new fan of this Virgin Coconut Oil!

PROS: Excellent addition to con
ditioners and co-washes, smells very good, able to use as a liquid or solidified, promotes growth, leaves hair very shiny, eliminates dry flaky scalps, does well on skin, penetrates into the scalp with stimulation, seals in moisture adding shine.

CONS: Bottle doesn't close tight enough, wish product was in a easier to handle bottle, wish mouth of the bottle wasn't so wide (difficult to pour into a different application bottle)

Rating: 9.5

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free
sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return
for the free product.