Where to Buy Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is once again becoming popular, after years of wrongly being accused of being an unhealthy oil. As coconut oil once again is being recognized as a healthy oil, many people are asking where they can buy coconut oil, since it has been so scarce in western countries for many years now. Fortunately, the consumer has some choices today on where they can buy coconut oil. One basically has two choices for buying coconut oil: in a store or online. Let's look at both of these options for buying coconut oil.
Buy Coconut Oil Online
Buying coconut oil online has several advantages. First, rather than simply picking up a jar on a store shelf and reading some text on a label, you have the opportunity to learn more about the product and the company selling it by visiting the company's website online. Tropical Traditions, for example, presents a lot of information about not only how their coconut oils are produced, but the goals and mission of the owners of the company as well. When you buy coconut oil from Tropical Traditions, you can see that your purchase benefits local families and producers in the Philippines, for example, if you buy the Gold Label brand coconut oil. Tropical Traditions also has an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page clearly explaining the differences between all of their coconut oils. We also have a video (see above) that explains how our Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is made. When you are buying coconut oil online in the comfort of your home on your computer, you are not in a rush, and you have time to do some research and make a more informed purchase.
Secondly, the best values and the best deals for buying coconut oil are found online. If you use coconut oil frequently, you will benefit from purchasing a larger container, and very seldom will you be able to buy coconut oil in a store packaged in a one-gallon or five-gallon container. These large containers take up too much shelf space, and are not worth stocking for most stores. Also, since online internet stores do not have all the overhead of a brick and mortar store, they often offer discounts, special sales, and even coupons that can be used when you buy coconut oil. For example, Tropical Traditions puts out a twice weekly sales email that one can subscribe to and be notified when special sales, such as Buy 1 Get 1 FREE, are offered. Tropical Traditions also frequently publishes coupons, such as FREE Shipping coupons, which are the best time to buy coconut oil if you are buying a large, heavy container, such as a 5-gallon pail.
Some of the other major advantages of buying coconut oil online are that you can interact with other coconut oil users and learn new ways to use coconut oil. Tropical Traditions, for example, has a very active Facebook Page where sales, giveaways, and recipes are posted every day. There is also have a very active Coconut Recipes blog (and Facebook Page) with hundreds of coconut recipes as well as video tutorials. Customers also submit their favorite recipes, and if it is published along with a nice photo, they earn $50.00 in gift certificates that can be used towards buying coconut oil or any of Tropical Traditions' other products.
Buy Coconut Oil in a Store
The major advantage in going to a store to buy coconut oil is that you can do it immediately if you need to buy coconut oil right away. You don't have to wait for a couple of days for your coconut oil to arrive like you do when you buy coconut oil online. This is the major advantage of buying coconut oil in a store.
The disadvantages of buying coconut oil in a store are that you have to choose from several brands simply based on the information on the label. Most stores only carry small jars of coconut oil to conserve shelf space. It is rare to find anything larger than a 16 oz. jar of coconut oil in most major stores. This is not an economical way to buy coconut oil if you are a heavy coconut oil user. It is far more economical to buy coconut oil by the quart or gallon.
Also, since coconut oil just recently began to be stocked in stores again, many store employees do not know much about it, and may not be able to answer your questions. Or even worse, they may give you false information. If you buy coconut oil from a major supermarket chain, be aware that more than likely that coconut oil has been mass produced very cheaply to meet the demands of stocking so many stores. The good news is that even refined mass-produced coconut oil is NOT unhealthy, and still contains the medium chain fatty acids that make coconut oil so wonderful. The only time this would not be true, is if the coconut oil is hydrogenated. But that would be very unlikely, as recent research in fats and oils has shown that the hydrogenation process produces dangerous trans fats, and most places would not want to stock such a coconut oil, even if it were available.
Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is the highest quality coconut oil offered, and it is not sold in major store chains. There are some small businesses that care about selling high quality products and stock the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil if you need to buy coconut oil from a store in an urgent situation.
Some comments from Tropical Traditions customers
I enjoy buying quality, healthy items via the Internet as it gives me more time to do other things than drive a minimum of 25 miles one way to the nearest big town to shop, plus this site has items that I can't get in town. Shopping.com Tropical Traditions Customer Review
I have ordered from Tropical Traditions more than once and I have no problems at all - very high quality products - easy to purchase online - a lot of very helpful information regarding products. I will definitely purchase only Tropical Traditions in the future. Verna, Shopping.com Tropical Traditions Customer Review
Tropical Traditions is one of my favorite online vendors to purchase from. I'm very happy with their service, products, and the products are always packaged very well. Thank you, Tropical Traditions. Shopping.com Tropical Traditions Customer Review
I Love this oil. We have been using it for years! Evelyn, Tropical Traditions Facebook Page