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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Tasha Ann McCullough

Shawntanisee Sterling let’s find out..

Shawntanisee Sterling

funny! i already use the Jamaican black castor oil Tasha Ann McCullough

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.

Chrystal Taitt

JBCO I love it

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

Annette Smith

The one that smells better!

Angel SoGood Morris

I use both. Jbco on my hair & regular castor oil for my body

Anita Cowan Love

JBCO growing agent for sure

Madge E Ellis
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!

Patrica
Patrica

Girl, I love it!!!!!!!!!

Judy Dotson

I like them both.

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]

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!!

Casey Istheirmom

How often do you use them?

Vonetta Williams-Paden

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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.

Shalice John
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!!

Jenice Jester

Ashley Nicole does it come pre mixed or do you have to mix it yaself?

Scandi Marshall

I use jamaican red pimento oil which has black castor coconut and wheat germ oil all organic

Khrystal Bianca

Clear, it straightens my hair somehow.

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.

Jessica Jackson

Jbco makes the hair feel better

Linda Aunt Faye Pettis

I use both!

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.

S Denise Jefferson

I love this page!!

L Denise Patterson

S Denise Jefferson laughing at the similarities in our names lol.

Lorsina Scott

clear castor oil

Carol Holmes

What is the difference between the two?

Kim Martin-Dorsey

Where do a buy them

Jackie Sample

JBCO.

Shasha Natasha Nelson

im currently using jbco, we’ll see what happens. if nothing I will try the clear

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

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

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?

Alma Ruddock

No, just that it may be too thick for some of us to use daily 🙂

Virtue Johnson

I love Jamaican Castor Oil its natural & unbleached

Denise Thomas

The clear really works well for me…

Zelphia Ranee Whitfield

i enjoy both!

LaSonya Jelks

has anyone used both and compared them?

Rosalyn Barney

Jamaica black

Regina Naturalistic Brooks

clear castor oil forever!

Towanda Lewis

I would use the clear castor oil

Sarah Laïla

I use di black but I’ll test di clear 😉

Leslie Tayi

Clear!!!

Nicola Taylor

I guess cuz its growing

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.

Hope Porter

Jamaican ALL DAY it conditions & mostior izes so good lawd vaby!!!!!!

Wanda Climons

Love it feels good

Evaughn Person

I use the clear castor oil from Whole Foods!!

Angela Wilkins

They both work

LaTonya Merritt

I only use jbco..I’ve never tried the clear

Angel Solidasarock Longmore

Jbco….is all natural, I love it