Barlean’s Organic Coconut Oil Giveaway (U.S. 1/21)

Clearly I am a huge fan of coconut oil and use it for just about everything under the sun. I am still blown away by how many uses it really has! If you have not taken the time to read 160 Uses for Coconut Oil, I suggest you do so in the near future. You will be amazed at the power of this oil!

I have been pretty married to one particular brand of coconut oil since I began using copious amounts of it close to 2 years ago. I was able to purchase 5 gallon pails which suited my needs just fine. I dabbled in other brands of coconut oil but never found one that I felt was a as good as my favorite brand.

A few weeks ago I received an email from Terence, an account manager at Barlean’s, thanking my for writing 80 Uses for Coconut Oil and letting me know that he linked it on the company’s Facebook page. He wanted to thank me for the time I spent writing the post by sending me a jar of their coconut oil. Oddly enough, I had never tried that brand although I use their Flax Oil, Omega Swirl products and their Olive Leaf Complex. A few emails later and my coconut oil was on its way along with a few other goodies (more on that later).

I was actually quite excited to try Barlean’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. The information on their site made it sound quite promising. The company states that their Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is:

  • Island fresh from the province of Quezon in the Philippians;
  • Has an exceptional coconut flavor & aroma;
  • Superior to other brands in that the coconuts are hand selected then harvested at the peak of flavor & nutritional value;
  • Pressed on demand – bottled on demand;
  • Solvent & chemical free;
  • Certified organic by the USDA.

This particular coconut oil is cold pressed which means that the coconut is opened and the soft “meat” is scooped out and allowed to dry at very low temps (this is to lessen the amount of liquid in the coconut—like the remains of the milk) then it is expeller pressed.  Their processing is NOT “copra” processing which is dried meat made by smoke drying, sun drying or kiln drying. Copra oil usually has to be refined in the end—something they would never do! The cold pressed process allows for a smooth coconut flavor to the oil but one that is not overpowering.

I have to admit that coconut oil is a little hard for me to take straight off the spoon. It’s a texture/oily thing. I gag a bit and sometimes I just can’t do it. Even the taste gets to me after a while.

After the Barlean’s shipment arrived I immediately opened the jar of coconut oil, grabbed a spoon, crossed my fingers, and downed about a tablespoon. Much to my surprise I really, really enjoyed it. It was VERY smooth going down and I only gagged a little…not my full blown gagging reaction. It tasted wonderful and had a sweetness to it that I liked. I double checked the label to make sure that there was no added sweeteners because it tasted too good to be true. Nope – nothing questionable in there! I decided to take another spoonful just to be sure and again, it went down easily, tasted amazing, but left no lingering aftertaste or oily residue.

I would never want to steer my readers in the wrong direction, so I took the oil to the most discerning critic I know…Tiny! She has been taking coconut oil straight off the spoon since she was about 14 months old (she is almost 3 now). She loves the stuff and has never had an issue getting it down. I handed her a spoonful and she devoured it, asked for more, then grabbed the jar and hid it in our office “just in case.” (Just in case = I want it and you can’t have it!) I’d say that this is a pretty powerful endorsement for Barlean’s Coconut Oil!

The only downside for me is that it does not come in a larger jar. The price is reasonable, I can stand behind the company’s ethics and business practices, and their customer service is fantastic. Plus they have a 100% guarantee that their products are both all-organic and non-genetically modified. That is huge for me! Oh, did I mention that they use black, opaque plastic bottles made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is fully approved by the US and Canadian governments for vegetable oils and has an untarnished record of health and safety. Another consideration of using HDPE plastic is that it leaves less of an environmental footprint-less natural resources (such as water and electricity) go into producing HDPE bottles and they are much lighter than glass bottles, so they require less fossil fuel for transportation and less protective packaging during shipping. And all their HDPE bottles are #2 recyclable.

I plan on expanding my coconut oil repertoire and will include Barlean’s coconut oil in my daily usage of it. Now if they would only come out with a one or five gallon pail….hint hint!

Ok – now for the best part! One lucky reader will win a 16 ounce jar of Barlean’s Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite use for coconut oil. Be sure to include a valid email address if one is not already linked to your profile.

Extra Entries (please leave a comment for each one – no need to reenter your email address):

1.   Visit 160 Uses for Coconut Oil and let me know which use surprised you most;

2.   Visit Barlean’s website and let me know which product(s) you might also be interested in trying;

3.   Follow Hybrid Rasta Mama via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Networked Blogs, and/or Google +)
4.   Follow Barlean’s via RSS feed, Facebook (you will get a free sample of their Omego Swirl) and/or Twitter;

5.   Stumble 160 Uses for Coconut Oil.

The giveaway opens today, Sunday, January 8, 2012 and closes at 11:59pm on Saturday, January 21, 2012. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck!!!

Be sure to keep an eye on my blog in February. There will be some more Barlean’s goodies up for grabs!

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Comments

  1. says

    My favorite use for coconut oil is diaper rash ointment! My second favorite is as part of a deodorant mixture :)

    amandametro at ymail dot com

  2. says

    I think I was most surprised by the use of coconut oil for nausea (wish I had known that years ago!) as well as its anti-retroviral properties..didn’t know it could kill HIV!

  3. says

    Just read 160 uses and am most interested/surprised by the age spots and balding uses (I’ll be trying both — much better than chemical-laden products that don’t even really work).

  4. Karine Murphy says

    My favorite use for coconut oil is as a body moisturizer for my baby. He just loves to have it smeared on him after his bath and we use this ritual to stay emotionally connected after a long day while we giggle over which body part to rub it on next! I love it especially since he can ingest it and it’s actually good for him to do so. There is no need to worry about him getting any in his mouth if he is curious to taste it too!
    sacred.wolfmother@gmail.com

  5. Karine Murphy says

    # 34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer is the use that really excited me since I am addicted to getting tattoos and never thought to use it on the ones I have already. It sure beats having to buy the tattoo parlour’s expensive creams or use stinging body moisturizers with all their chemicals!

  6. Karine Murphy says

    Barleans Signature Fish Oil Capsules interests me since I supplement for DHA and EPA already with another company but am unsure of the quality of the ingredients I am ingesting. I would much rather go with a company that is renown for having excellent products than what is currently only available in my local health food store.

  7. says

    I love using it for popcorn oil.. I only recently started using coconut oil, so I’m excited to have so many ways to use it at my fingertips!

  8. Karen says

    It’s hard to say my favorite use because I use it for so many things…. I would say my favorite way of using it is for my skin. It smells amazing and I use it all over and it makes my skin amazingly soft and smooth. It really is a wonder product. I use it for cooking, on my hair as a conditioner… I love it!

  9. B Marie Melton says

    My favorite use for Coconut Oil is for its nutritional supplement in my raw food recipes.
    I am most surprised it can be used to prevent HIV and other diseases and parasites.
    I would like to try Barlean’s Omega Kid’s DHA Bubbles natural orange cream chewable softgels. It sounds like an easier way of providing my kids with optimal levels of nutritious Omega-3 since we are vegans.

  10. says

    I have used barleans poducts for years and love love the coconut oil for everything. Especially dry skin in the winter months. Their flax products are great even my kids love them!!!! Thank you for your great blog post .
    Beccy

  11. says

    I’m new to the coconut oil world, only been using it for two weeks VIA finding you and your suggestion. I am hopefully using it right after bath or shower in hopes to decrease cellulite. I am also using it in my oatmeal in the am. Tasty.

  12. Anonymous says

    I have used coconut oil for many years after my shower to keep dry winter skin away. thanks for you listing of other uses

  13. says

    The properties of coconut oil surprised me the most … WOW !!! There are a lot of great uses on the list but the first one I’m gonna try is using it for acid reflux as I suffer with that pretty often

  14. says

    I have yet to use it! I love your 106 Uses post and plan to try everything at least once, though. I especially would like to try it out as a body lotion. I just can’t seem to find a lotion (natural or not) that works well for me.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

  15. says

    The most surprising use to me was the entire section of the Health Problems it can help cure. It’s just AMAZING to me that one, single natural item can do so much good and it’s just recently being “discovered” by the mainstream.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

  16. says

    I’m planning to make some huge batches of granola this weekend. I’m going to have to see if I can find some of Barlean’s Lignan Flaxseed Oil to add to it. I really want to add flax to the mixture and I have heard that, while the seeds are great, they really can’t deliver the full benefits of flax. The oil would be a much better option and a great replacement for the butter in my recipe.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com ☮

  17. Jackie says

    I have never used your products, however I am just getting into this. I am a missionary in Africa and it sounds very useful. I read the 160 items that it is used for and sounds great to me. Definitely would use it. Also I had my sister check out a pharmacy that carries your products and other natural health products. The pharmacy has always been there, I never cared I guess that is dealt with natural health supplements, until now. Waking up after a long nap….thesiekberts@gmail.com

  18. says

    got wind of coconut oil from my mom group and just read your 160 usages. going to get a small jar from TT and try it out on my severe eczema and on my 7 month old as moisturizer. (knew_we@yahoo.com)

  19. says

    Surprised most: 24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.

    I had not heard that before!

  20. says

    Barlean Product: Most interested in trying the Omega Kids products. I’m always on the lookout for healthy supplements my kids will take without fuss. :)

  21. says

    My favorite use for coconut oil is frying eggs. The texture from frying eggs in coconut oil unique and oh so tender! My other favorites are substituting in baked goods and conditioning my hair.

  22. says

    Which one use for coconut oil is my favorite?! I love it too much for everything. My favorite for this week, then: mixed with sugar for a nice body polish.
    Bigallfish (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. Kirsten says

    I don’t have a favorite use because I’ve never tried it. But now I’m inspired after seeing the list. I think I would like it most as a diaper rash treatment, my daughter always seems to have a nasty one

  24. Kirsten says

    My 4 year old takes a Tablespoon of Barlean’s Lemon Swirl Omega 3 every night. I would love to try their coconut oil!

  25. MomE says

    I have to choose ONE favorite use!? Awww… okay, fine. Sex. No, seriously! Especially when you’re a nursing mama and hormones are keeping the cervical fluid production low. A dollop of coconut oil makes for a very enjoyable sexual experience. :)

  26. MomE says

    I have to say, WASHING my face with oil was the most surprising use I read in the 160 Uses post. I can’t imagine washing with oil, although I love how soft my face is after using coconut oil as a post-washing-with-soap-and-water moisturizer. It might be worth trying castor oil/coconut oil to wash…

  27. MomE says

    I would love to try the Barlean’s Omega Kids Swirl. I mean, my 2.5-year-old looooves eating cod liver oil capsules (GAG!) but it might be fun to try him on something like that, see if he likes it as much.

  28. Jennifer Heimoz says

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win the Coconut Oil! Can’t wait to get it and try some new recipes!

  29. Anonymous says

    I just purchased pure coconut oil but it doesn’t say whether it is refined of not. It is louanna from Krogers. Does anyone know about this? Thanks

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