Monday, November 10, 2014

Blast From the Past - "Tropical Traditions - Fall Giveaway Festival Review and Giveaway" (ended)

Due to a technical issue, earlier posts on this blog were deleted. These posts are being re-shared with readers on a daily basis.  This blog post was originally published on September 16, 2011

As part of this giveaway festival, I am again partnering with Tropical Traditions, a regular sponsor on  I love working with Tropical Traditions because they offer high quality natural and organic products on their site.  Not only do I work with them on reviews and giveaways - I am also a customer.  I recently ordered the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil that I had reviewed previously.  Consider me a Coconut Oil convert!!!

For the Fall Giveaway Festival I had the opportunity to review both the Tropical Traditions Hair Oil and the  Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for Hair.

"Tropical Traditions has formulated three different hair oils using our organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil along with other high quality organic oils known to nourish hair. Along with the base of organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, we included organic jojoba oil, organic macadamia nut oil, organic rosehip oil, organic shea butter, and organic carrot seed oil in each formulation. Two of the formulations are scented with the highest quality organic essential oils available, imported from France: Rosemary and Lavender. There are no other ingredients besides these high quality organic oils: NO SILICONES, NO SULFATES, and NO ALCOHOLS".

Available scents:

 I have extremely dry, brittle hair but the scalp can tend to get oily.  I am fortunate that my hair "expands" when going from wet to dry so it looks thicker than it actually is.  The flip side of having this texture is that as it dries, my hair tends to get very frizzy and kinky in some areas; this makes it much more difficult to manage when dry and prone to breakage.  Another challenge is that through the years my hair has lost a great bit of curl and thinned (due both to age and to alopecia). 

Women of different ethnicities will often have different hair care concerns.   Taking care of specific ethnic hair types may need to be approached differently.  Even though I am Italian, my hair is has many of the same traits of African American hair and I face many of the same challenges that African American women do.  As such, after quite a bit of research, I have adopted some of the recommended hair care practices for taking care of African American hair, including using oil treatments, for taking care of my own hair. 

 I have tried other oil treatments but with mixed results finding that I have to literally dispense a "perfect" amount of product.  If I don't put exactly the right amount on I either do not see a difference at all OR my hair looks greasy and the thinning is accentuated from the excess of product.  I was interested to see if using coconut oil would perform any differently....

When I received the package from tropical traditions I took it out of the box, squirted a quarter sized amount in my hand and then rubbed it evenly from ends and worked my way up.  After I did that I went into the bathroom to look at the mirror and was very happy with the results. 

  • No greasiness
  • Frizzy hair tamed
  • Smoother, silkier texture

I was shocked actually.  Now granted, it did not get rid of ALL of the frizziness, but it definitely worked, more so that any other products I have tried.  I think what was most impressive was that it made a NOTICEABLE difference.  I am really looking forward to seeing what happens with long term use.

I tried the lavender scented product.  I have used the Tropical Traditions lavender scented soaps and found that these had more of a true lavender scent.  The hair oil seemed to have a combination lavender - coconut scent which was not unpleasant, but it was not what I was expecting either. 

I am not sure why the coconut oil works differently than other oils other than it is easily absorbed by the hair.  Having noticed this myself, I confirmed my suspicions by googling....  For some reason coconut oil is absorbed more easily into the hair shaft instead of clinging to the outside like other oils can tend to do.   I am not sure if this will work for everyone but it is recommended for all hair types.  (I also cannot confirm that you will have the same results that I did, but it cannot hurt to try.)

I am such a huge advocate for Tropical Traditions Products.  I really think that their products are of excellent quality and are of great value.   If you are on the fence about purchasing from Tropical Traditions, read over their testimonials, the great information posted on site and compare the prices to other retailers.  For example, on my last order I priced the coconut oil.  I found that Tropical Traditions offered the best value for what I was looking for (natural, organic coconut oil in a larger package).  The people behind Tropical Traditions are also a passionate advocate for living a natural, organic and sustainable lifestyle and want to share that passion with their customer base.   I will continue to regularly use their products and hope that you will consider doing so. 

I have one Tropical Traditions Hair Oil product to giveaway to one of my readers.  This is a $28 value!  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!  Also, when I announce the winner I will post an update about the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil which I am also reviewing :)

Disclosure: I received the opportunity to provide a prize pack to one of my readers through a PR firm. I did not receive any compensation for my initial review or for this giveaway. For more information on this blog or on my posting practices, please refer to the disclosure policy at the bottom of this page.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

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