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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Terrie Hooks

Well if i cab find it i am willing to try it.where can you buy it.

Sandra Mallory

I will be looking for this.

Terrie Hooks

Lol if i can find it.

Tamiko Prescod

Black jamaican castor oil. The regular castor oil is too thick.

Jada Di'Empress Fountain

Truly Blessed I would recommend seeing a dermatologist for the white scalp if sulfer8 isn’t working. Or you could try a scalp renewal serum, kind of expensive ($21) at local beauty supply.

Tajah Ellerbe

The clear castor oil is actually better but I have a bottle of jbco so I’m gonna use that up first

TorrieLisa Jacobs

I am allergic to something in the jbco so definitely clear.

Teronica Guyton

I love the jbco..I purchased mine from Sally beauty supply. ..they also have it in lavender and coconut scented if you can’t get with the smell of the original jbco

Karen J
Karen J

I get mine from my sister back in the West Indies – she makes it. Never tried the store varieties. Makes my hair soft and great for hot oil treatments. A little goes a longggg way (my hair is fine).

Roberta Hosey

I use it for my edges. I like it. Tried it for my daughter s hair but stopped. It caused her scalp to be too flaky. She has eczema. So I just use coconut oil for her. I buy it from Target. Its solid. I rub it in my hands to melt it.

Sonia Marie Thornton

I use jbco and love it haven’t tried the other one.

Alberta Greenaway

I get my castor oil from Dominica I used it in my son’s hair when it was very long and black, curly with waves, I grew up using it in Dominica love it

TorrieLisa Jacobs

@Pam try the curly girl method for your daughter. Look for the book

Regenna Gatewood Reid

Truly blessed i used to have same problem with my scalp after seeing numerous dermatologists grease was making it worse it was hard to grasp because we have always used grease lol so i stopped with the grease amazing difference as for dry hair moisturizing conditioners work wonders

Rukiya Nubiannp Chavers

Jbco is dark brown Deb, I prefer it over the clear

Tee T Igotthishere

JBCO…..love it

Naimah Temple

Dont matter

Ima Dunbar-Thomas

Buy the oil from amazon.com

Patricia Malcolm

for the person that says she’s allergic to something in the Jamaican black castor oil she’s buying the wrong product is I’m Jamaican and if you use the real Jamaican black castor oil there is nothing else in it but

Princess Elvin-Lewis

Ate they they the best hair oils? Should I be oiling my hair?
#blackgirlraisedinwhitecommunity

Sandra Ifeoma Orimilikwe

Doesn’t matter:)

Katrina Palm

I JUST THOUGHT TO MENTION THIS AFTER SEEING THIS PIC, IF YOU HAVE BEEN HAVING LOTS OF SHEDDING AND HAVE BEEN USING EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF CASTOR OIL, THIS IS THE REASON FOR IT, I USED THE JBCO AND IT HAD ME NEARLY BALD, I DON’T USE VERY MUCH NOW, FOUND A ARTICLE WHERE OTHER’S MENTION SHEDDING AFTER USING IT AND I REMOVED IT FROM MY DAILY USAGE AND NOW HAIR ISN’T SHEDDING AT ALL, IF YOUR SHEDDING THIS COULD BE THE ISSUE.

Vicky Reed

JBCO..So much lighter in weight than clear CO..My hair loves it!!

Feliciafelipe Mspretty Trulyblessed

Where can I buy some JBCO?

Michelle Sawyer Mickey

They add an ash to the JBCO, that’s were it gets its dark color. Google the process for the two and they’ll tell you which is better. The clear is better processed.

Patrica
Patrica

JBCO is the best!!!!!!!!!!!

Mocha MeMe Murry

They both make my scalp it like crazy

Natasha BlackCherry Edney

JBCO!

Michele Luvba Hodges Elmore

WELL I WILL BE TRYING THEM ALL….

Lanika Williams

Jamician bco

Bailee Brooks

Jbco lol

Shawnee Wiley

Lauretta Hall

Tracey Mccorey

@ Truly Blessed info works wonders but before all of that please do an acv wash in her hair. My daughter had the worst dry scalp I ever saw. It started when she was 4 and was so bad nothing worked not even things the dermatologists prescribed. Then I discovered Apple cider vinegar. I just mix it with some water and spray her scalp once a month before I wash it. She hasn’t had dry scalp in a year…it really works

Toni Edwards Lee

Clear cold pressed is better because it’s PURE! They add things to the JBCO to get it like that.

Tracey Mccorey

*acv*

Shantell Bates

I think they both work

Charnique Williams Neka

I read an article that said the black castrol has the ash from the burnt beans mixed in it to make it black . And the clear is better. My grandma always used the regular clear and her natural hair is down her back, it’s the only thing she uses….very old school

Antoinette Harbour Simmons

Clear..both are good though..

Angel Ayers
Angel Ayers

I use both but I prefer JBCO. I use JBCO on my scalp, scalp massages,to seal my ends and add to my butter. I also have the clear on hand for back up in case I run out of JBCO.

Lilmama SoCold

Where can I find the JBCO?

Jerreeshasbeautiful Smith

Jbco I love the hair grease has my hair really growing I prefer the hair grease jbco over just tge oil

Mya Henderson

My hair is always dry no matter how much I put in it its very thick but growing slowly now im three months prego. .. which one should I use?

Monique Williams

You can get the jbco from amazon, that’s where I bought my bottle

Patricia Payton

Jcbo

Patricia Payton

Oops jbco

Ashlee Aimee Mckeiver

Clear, the jb is just too hyped up for me. I don’t jump on every wagon. And I knew about castor way beofre I went natural.

Jeaneen Alise

I’ve tried both and I prefer JBCO. I mix it with Basil, Rosemary and Peppermint Oil… I apply it ONCE per wash cycle (so once a week)

Ashley Nicole

Jbco – love the one from Sally’s that’s mixed with Coconut oil…smells delicious

Okema Shields

Black castor oil. Keeps my hair soft n moist. My hair is a lot more healthier!