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Brian and Marianita Shilhavy, founders of Tropical Traditions, were the first ones to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines in 2001. Today, the Gold Label standard is the highest standard for organic Virgin Coconut Oil. This Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world! Testing done in independent laboratories reveals a 50% - 57% content of lauric acid, and higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than most other coconut oils. The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed to make coconut milk. The milk is then fermented for 24-36 hours, and the oil is then separated and filtered from the curds. No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used here for hundreds of years. Our coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade Virgin Coconut Oil has a long shelf life due to the high anti-oxidant properties. Independent laboratory analysis shows this to be one of the highest quality coconut oils on the market. Today when you buy Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, you are still buying a coconut oil made by hand and benefiting families in the rural areas of the Philippines where the coconuts grow. All other "virgin" coconut oils are mass produced by machine.