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. Auty Chanel

    Jbco, I have the lavender infused one & I love it. It makes mu hair soft & excellent wen I want to oil my scalp.

  2. Yina Elejalde

    I can’t use ANY OIL in my natural curly hair 🙁 I break up all over back,face even my scalp. My body don’t like Oils

  3. Madge E Ellis

    I’m also from Jamaica and strangely the only thing my mother used castor oil for was for my hair. In those days my hair was long, thick and “unruly”, and despite me started having a perm at age ten it was always thick and healthily because my mother would use the castor oil to oil my hair and scalp. Hated the smell but my hair was gorgeous until I started caring for my hair myself in college n vowed never to use that awful smelling oil in my hair again. Lol. Man was I wrong! Since I started my natural hair journey 22months ago my holy grail has being Jamaica black castor oil and coconut oil (which was another staple for my skin and hair as a child). My hair is thick, mucho healthy and has grown significantly. Yay JBCO!

  4. Jamila Kelly

    Michelle Nesbeth what exactly does it do to your hair ? I mean I read good reviews about the JCO that’s why I got it. Hot oil treatment like..warm it , leave it in then rise ? I’m not exactly hair savvy @[email protected]

  5. Kenya Williams

    Black castor oil is the best. Even the clear one as well. It works well when you warm it a little and place it in the scalp!!

  6. Margo Williams

    The true difference between clear castor oil and black castor oil is the process by which it is made. Natural castor oil colour is somewhat yellow or lighter depending on the bean. Clear castor oils are cold pressed-which means no heat is added,they are squeezed at very high speed to extract the oil.The process of the black castor oil is that they parch/roast the beans and they grind it and then boil it to extract the oil. From a scientific perspective clear castor oil would and should be better. I am from jamaica and mostly here is the black castor oil are made and that is what i use&it does grow my edges. But i did pick up a bottle of that now brand when i was in the states last year i will try it to see if there is any difference. I think either one is good& you can buy anyone that makes you save money or the one that works with your hair.

  7. Shalice John

    I love the JBCO! Even though it is really thick as opposed to the other castor oils. I love to incorporate it into my hair products. The best by far!!

  8. Prú Sashà

    And honestly they both work. There’s no 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.

  9. L Denise Patterson

    Use both. JBCO on my scalp and lashes. Now foods or another brand to add to my deep conditioners and other preparations.

  10. Nikita Rogers
    Nikita Rogers

    I’m sworn by clear castor oil mixed w/olive & coconut oil for my hair… Good Lawd! It’s the truth…
    I’ve also replace my normal facial cleansers with castor oil & my skin’s like butter…. not to mention the $ I’m saving!!!!!!

    #winning

  11. Nikita Rogers

    I’m sworn by clear castor oil mixed w/olive & coconut oil for my hair… Good Lawd! It’s the truth…
    I’ve also replace my normal facial cleansers with castor oil & my skin’s like butter…. not to mention the $ I’m saving!!!!!!

    #winning

  12. Shevel Thomas

    In the article it says “while info might not be as practical for everyday use” are u guys trying to say it should not be used everyday?

  13. Richie Richards
    Richie Richards

    same damn thing.The only difference is one is over process.That oil has been going into my hair since I was a child….and Jamaican castor oil has no dye in it.That’s how it looks in it natural state.The overprocess one is clear. I am Jamaican so I know the difference….the bean use to grow in our backyard.

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