Very clear castor oil has a lower iodine content than the yellow version because it is filtered making it the purest version of itself you can find. The clearer the oil the more pure it is considered but it is not necessarily better.
There are other completely clear versions of castor oil that are found in high quantities at the beauty supply stores. These are typically more processed than the Tropical Isle Brand, and tend to have other additives.
You will find added ingredients like some sort of fragrance, mineral oil, and just in case you are into parabens, there may be some of those in them as well. Another good reason to always check the ingredients before you purchase a product!
So which is better JBCO or clear castor oil?
Honestly, determining if the Jamaican black castor oil with the ash is better than regular castor oil, can boil down to a matter of preference. One could argue that the oil with ash is not the purest because the ash is added to the oil from the roasting process and not extracted from the seed itself.
On the other hand the ash is a bi-product of the seed so having it in the oil is not such a bad thing, and actually makes the product seem more “whole”.
Regular castor oil might be easier on the nose especially if you use it daily for simple things like sealing your ends or in your creams and butters, it is less heavy and can be found in your local Walmart.
However Jamaican black castor oil is also great because it is the closest to the seed you are going to get. In terms of hair growth benefit anecdotally speaking both oils are as good as each other although in recent years JBCO has had the larger backing.
When you purchase castor oil make sure that it is from a reputable brand and always check the ingredient list. Some manufacturers have resorted to playing little tricks on us by adding dark dye to give the castor oil a dark color so they can market it as black castor oil or just adding a few drops of castor oil to a base of mineral oil and calling it castor oil.
So, what’s your preference, JBCO or regular castor oil?
Originally posted 2014-01-12 15:00:45.