Jamaican Black Castor Oil Vs Clear Castor Oil

Jamaican black castor oil vs clear castor oil

Whenever I visit the family in Jamaica, before I leave my mom knows she has to take me to get two things; a bottle of honey and a rum flask of castor oil.

You know you got the good stuff when the only thing they can find to put it in is an old white rum bottle. I never distinguished between Jamaican black castor oil and the clear kind until I started my hair journey; I have always just known the ever potent dark colored version.

If you talk to an older Jamaican person they would probably be quick to tell you too that you can use it for a variety of things including, rubbing your joints if you suffer from arthritis, to induce labor (which I personally would not recommend), and it is believed that it can prevent cysts and lumps if you massage your breasts with it.

My Grandmother will also tell you that if you use castor oil on your skin you can prevent eczema, psoriasis, pimples and other skin ailments. They would hardly ever mention hair which I thought was quite interesting, but none the less we now know it’s great for our tresses too.

To determine the difference between Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) and the clear version, it will be necessary to give you a short history lesson.

Castor oil is originally from Africa. As it is with many other things, the slaves brought the seeds over to Jamaica where the oil was extracted and used for all the things I just described.


Raw unadulterated castor oil is very rare but is still being made in some areas of the island today, and is not black in color, it is actually yellowish. Squeezing the seed at high pressure to extract the oil is called cold pressing, and when it is done in that manner it allows the properties of the oil to remain intact versus using heat which degrades the oil.

Earlier I mentioned the castor oil in the rum flask, and one of the reasons I mention it is because the Tropical Isle brand that we are used to purchasing is the closest to that version that you can find anywhere.

According to their website, the reason the oil is dark is because the seeds are roasted, and the ash from the process is added into the oil taking it from that yellow color to in some cases extremely dark.

Originally posted 2014-01-12 15:00:45.

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

    1. Rets Tolentino

      hello, i want to try JBCO.. where and how can i purchase this product? im from Philippines hope you can help..

    1. Shawnee Wiley
      Shawnee Wiley

      You can find the jbco at your local beauty/hair supply store. The regular castor oil at your local grocery store…Good luck!

      1. CinnaLocs

        You can find it at the hair supply store. However, like mentioned above it has additives and is very diluted. (Read the ingredients) Its best to go on amazon.

    1. Michelle Nesbeth
      Michelle Nesbeth

      Yes, and this is after using it once a day for a month. (BC on the left) Notice my edges and sides are thin. (1 month post BC on right). My hair is full and edges filled in just after a month of using JBCO daily. I swear by it.

    2. Michelle Nesbeth
      Michelle Nesbeth

      @ Denise, I use it with a mixture of other oils to decrease the smell. I use it as a sealant with the LCO method.

    3. Tiffany Laurice Cummings
      Tiffany Laurice Cummings

      Yes yes yes,,,,i only wear quick weaves while im transitioning,,i oil my hair good before installing and i do a hot oil treatment every two weeks,,, hair has grown,,,

    4. Loda Lorain
      Loda Lorain

      Black jamaican cashier oreo grow my hair back with in 3 months of using it my hair was pulled out from the root so my edges were bald black Jamaican castor oil grow my hair back I didn’t think it was going to grow back I’ve never tried the clear though

  1. LaShaye-Shante Lynniece
    LaShaye-Shante Lynniece

    Jamaican black. Its great makes my hair soft w/o that greasy feel. And I love the smell.. i use the coconut. I’m going to try the lavender and it does makes my hair feels thicker.

    1. Olive Skovski
      Olive Skovski

      Yes I do it when I deep condition. I mix up JBCO, pure coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil. Mix it all up with my hair mayonnaise n conditioner and honey…

    2. Patrica

      Oh yes, I do. It’s great and easier to apply that way. Add a drop of rosemary and peppermint oil and you reach the stars in no time.

      1. Kim Coleman

        I just start using JBCO trying to grow my thin sides and to grow my hair out. How do you apply it to your hair?

        1. Cre8ive

          I use it as a pre-poo on my hair and a sealant on my ends after moisturizing during the week. The night before wash day, I pour on my scalp between parted sections, add it to a section then chunky twist. Then I sleep in a plastic bag over night and wash in the morning. As a sealant I use sparingly on my ends after moisturizing with aloe vera gel.

          Good luck!

  2. Sarinity Savoy
    Sarinity Savoy

    Yes it do thickens you edges and it promotes a more full growth in those spots to well it did for me

  3. Keesha Duncan
    Keesha Duncan

    Jbco love it! My edges are growing back…and the rest of my hair is growing like weeds….I’ve never tried the regular.

  4. Tequila Berryhill-Edwards

    JBOC while my hair was braided just took them out glad to know it doesn’t weigh the hair down or is very greasy cause my hair is very thin

    1. Doreen Patterson

      You sound like that you maybe allergic to it. so you need to stop using it. I’ve heard and read the same comments before.

  5. Christenlle's Prosperities

    JBCO it’s the only thing that works since my hair is so thick and kinky curly the zig zag wateva it penetrates easy making my hair really soft

  6. Tricee

    I would love to try this.. Where can I buy or order JBCO from???

  7. Felecia Duff
    Felecia Duff

    Jbco a little goes a long way. Had my bottle for a year and it barely looks like i Used it

  8. Wincie Collins
    Wincie Collins

    Clear Castor Oil has grown my hair like no other. It’s more natural without extra chemicals or dye in it. If you ever decide to flat iron your hair, using clear Castor oil it straightens your hair like a perm. It’s amazing!!! I’ve found the cure to grow and strengthen my hair. Clear Castor Oil all the way!!!

    1. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      No… Go to your nearest Whole Foods Store. It cost less than $10. The price is worth saving your hair. I wish you the best. Love and God Bless You. 🙂

    2. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      @ Michelle and Sharon. I don’t doubt JBCO works for you but I’ve tried everything under the sun and I have had the best results with The Clear Castor Oil. It works for my hair. Never said, JBCO had chemicals or dye in it. I prefer what’s best for me. I wish you the best on your hair journey. Love and God Bless You. 🙂

      1. daphysmiles

        you IMPLIED that JBCO had chemicals and dyes. caster oil isnt naturally clear so its technically not pure either if its clear

        1. Alma Ruddock

          No I think she said that SOME brands of JBCO may have added dyes so to read the ingredient list to be sure that you are getting the right stuff. And yes, completely clear castor oil is also highly processsed, the yellowish one is the one being referred to as “clear”.

    3. Niqua Wright
      Niqua Wright

      The original castor oil which is black, has no chemical. However, when extracted it comes out that dark colour… .It has to go through a clarification process to allow to become clear my friend.

    4. Niqua Wright
      Niqua Wright

      These products are best bought organically from jamaica or purchased on online stores such as amazon, or ebay.

    5. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      @Phindi. Clear Castor oil is orderless and 100% pure. So pure you can use it on your skin.
      @Niqua.. Please read my comment carefully. I never said, “JB” has chemicals or dye inside of it.
      Clear Castor Oil is organic. I purchase mine from the Whole Foods Store. I don’t order online. Clear Caster Oil is 100% pure and you are able to use it on your skin too. JBCO, is ment for your hair. I don’t think JBCO would be wise to try it on your skin. I enjoy orderless natural 100% pure remedies that are “best for me.” What’s for me my not work for you. I’m happy you find JBCO as a product for you.
      I’m old school and I love my Clear Castor Oil.
      God Bless You on your hair journey. 🙂

    6. Prú Sashà
      Prú Sashà

      @Sara Lee yes you can order it online from this website. http://Www.Drvita.com they sell only organic stuff at very cheap price from coconut oil to conditioner to shampoo amd other stuff. I bought my 32oz castor oil bottle from there and it wasn’t up to $10 .

    7. Prú Sashà
      Prú Sashà

      Amd honestly they both work. There’s np difference between the two except the color but at the end of the day they both produce the same result. I use clear castor oil and my hair is fuller and seems to grow a lot faster.

    8. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      I personally don’t order anything online. I purchase My Clear 100% Pure Castor Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, etc. less than $10 at The Whole Food Store around my area. Thank you so much for the information online Pru. 🙂 God Bless You.

    9. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      @ Pru…. The other products didn’t work for me. I’m truly happy with my Clear Castor Oil. I Love it!!! So 🙂 !!!!

    10. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      @Shasha.. Your welcome.. I use castor oil and coconut oil on my hair. Mostly Castor Oil.
      @ Nicky… Thank you. It’s amazing!!! 🙂

    11. Sweetness Montoute
      Sweetness Montoute

      My mom uses the black one and it goes with her well.and for the first time she can keep her hair relaxed and nit complain her hair is breaking

    12. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      That’s wonderful Sweetness. 🙂 After my Big Chop last year and haven’t had a perm in my hair over a year. My hair is truly healthy and growing with the clear castor oil. I haven’t seen any breaking and my scalp is healthy. I don’t have dry scalp and I Love It!!! If your mom loves the black one than I’m truly happy for her hair journey. 🙂 God Bless You.

    13. EmpressAuset Love-Locs
      EmpressAuset Love-Locs

      I’ve never even heard of the clear caster oil until now so I can’t say which is best…can’t really understand why some people say they ‘prefer’ the JBCO when they’ve never tried the clear one….anyway, thanks for the info Wincie Collins I will try it. I particularly like the idea of it being odorless and can be used on the skin.

    14. Wincie Collins
      Wincie Collins

      Thank you, EmpressAuset Love-Locs. I’ve tried every product and the winner in my book is The Clear Castor Oil. I Love it on my hair and I use it on my skin everyday too. It works for me and I hope you are able to try it too. I hope you have a local Whole Foods Store around your area. I promise you will see a difference when you use it the first time. It makes your hair and skin so soft. I’ve found the cure to my hair journey and I pray you will continue your successful hair journey too. Love and God Bless You. 🙂

  9. Wincie Collins

    Clear Castor Oil has grown my hair like no other. It’s more natural without extra chemicals or dye in it. (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY…. NEVER SAID JBCO HAD Chemicals or Dye in its ingredients) FOR THOSE WHO ARE REPLYING TO THIS COMMENT… 🙂
    If you ever decide to flat iron your hair, using clear Castor oil straightens your hair like a perm. It’s amazing!!! I’ve found the cure to grow and strengthen my hair. Clear Castor Oil all the way!!!

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