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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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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BeBe Leslie Matthews

Jbco is the best…

Dominique Smith

The Black Jamaican Castor oil has done my hair JUSTICE while I had my sew ins installed! I’d mix that with organic coconut oil.

Stephanie LaTrice Standifer

That Jamaican Castor oil is growing my hair like crazy! And I mix it with Tea Tree Oil. It’s the best!

Rosa Johnson

Truly Blessed, try rinsing your daughter’s scalp with aloe vera juice or rubbing it with aloe vera gel like you would with a hair grease.

Shornette Walker

I have the real thing!! Straight from Jamaica


I have been using the plain castor oil for 4 months now and my hairline has improved greatly. I don’t use it everyday as I sometimes don’t remember to but I have had major improvement along my hairline. I am hoping to try the black one when this bottle is finished. I also love the roasted aroma.

Terri Moore

I must try this jbco everybody speaks volumes of

Chaun Zeigler

Both the clear has grown my hair a great deal 🙂

Julie St John

I love JBCO it;s the best

Keish Jordan

Jbco amazing love it

Ashley Iainttakinnoshit Plummer

Black all day

Ebony Fwm Williams

Jbco Great for thinning hair ::)::) ::)

Merri Beth Rich

So how do you apply it?

Dedrach Matthews

Actually I use both…I mix them together & use as one…it has worked wonders on my hair

Shirley Winters Harris

I never used, which one should i use?

Natasha Coppedge

For those of you that use the jbco how long did it take you to see results on your edges. I have been using it for about 2 months now. And I don’t really see a difference. I have never had and issue with length retention but I wore my edges out during my transition phase in 08 by wearing a scarf every day all day for nearly a year. What little hair i do have grows in length but doesn’t thicken up. I am currently trying the green house effect with aloe vera juice, olive oil, grape seed oil, and jbco. And I had better results in the beginning than i do now. As with most products and routines i try. Any thoughts?

Jeanette Robinson

I’ve heard that the clear does just as well as the JBCO

Umm Tawbah

Castor oil..it works!!!

La'Keya BeautifulBrown Treasure Randall

They both actually work well. I didn’t hear anything about jbco until going natural but when I was perming I used regular castor oil in my hair and it grew like Crazy but back then I wanted it short!

Aceboone Coone

I use Black Castro oil every day I love it

Darline P Watkins

Clear castor oil, but will try JBCO

Tracy SgtWife Phillips

Does regular castor oil cause dryness to the scalp for anyone else? I use Extra dark JBCO but being the PJ I am Im trying to use up my cold pressed castor oil so I mixed them. Now seems like my scalp is dry.

Joann Wellington

Been using JBCO since April 2013. Hair has grown a good 3 inches. I used it when I had a hair weave in & it worked like crazy. Trimming the ends helped alot too.

Tracy SgtWife Phillips

Where do you all purchase your JBCO from?

Joann Wellington

Amazon. Had it within a week. & it doesnt Take much. Just part hair & Only apply to scalp in 4 section. Thick parts because your scalp does sweat. So it really doesnt Take much. Wash hands before you touch the rest of your hair. It will distribute thoughout the hair itself. Love it.


I have been using both for about four years. I used the lavender JBCO to grow in a thinning patch due to hypothyroid. It also worked on my edges and eyebrows! I also get thicker results when using both- I always keep both on hand.

Tracy SgtWife Phillips

It’s the Liquid Cream Oil method…basically a reverse of the LOC method.

Gail Sharron Henry

Don’t know because i have tried neither!

KJ Russ

I use the clear. I’m on a tight budget, so I stopped using JBCO and opted to buying $2 drug store castor oil. I’ve heard other ladies say that it has worked for them, so I decided to try it. And guess what? It does work. I’ve had steady growth and the severe itching I had for years was gone.

Evette Pierce

I heard Jamaican Black Oil is good for your hair.

Denice Lash

I’m going to try it

Nikeya Morrison

Its amazing the things you learn everyday i never heard of jbco

Nyala Nancoo

Lol blacker is always better

Andra Jordan


Janet Edwards

I like both the regular and the Jamaican black castor oil.

Tiffany Laurice Cummings

Jbco all day,,,expecially as a hot oil,,,,

JamesandTami Dodd

I was blessed with a bottle of JBCO today. I hope it works wonders. Lol

Renee Marrow Green

i use jbco, have been for over 6 month , seeing great results

Patsy Fields

Where can you purchase JBCO at

Cheryl Ellis

Just Put the BLACK in my hair…. LOVE how is FEELS!!!


I ordered my castor oil off of amazon. It’s not JB and it’s “tan” in color and cold pressed. I love the results! I use it on both my daughters and my hair. At the time I seen the JBCO but I simply got more for my money with the other and I’m glad I did!

Felicia Kamoche

I make 100% natural soap and use jbco, my clients seen to like it better as well.

Kourtnie Joi Sanders

Very Happy with the NOW brand. Works well no matter what

Patricia Compton Pearsall

Amazon sales it

Lorenzo Smith

Who care’s

Cherry Kush

I LOVE jamaican black castor oil

Lexii TrustNone Clark

Jamaican black castor oil The Best

Leslie Melton

Patsy Fields, you can get it @ any Sally Beauty Supply.

Vanessa Hagans-Hollinquest

How much do they both cost and were can i find them. Please inbox me.

Noralee Thau

how can I get this