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    What is Castor oil?

    What is Castor oil?

    What is castor oil?

    Have you heard about the benefits of castor oil but not sure what it is or how to use it? We answer all your questions!

    What is castor oil?

    Castor oil is a rich, natural vegetable oil with a nutty aroma and pale yellowish to dark brown colour. Thanks to its beneficial composition of nutrients and fatty acids, castor oil has been used since 4000BC in cooking, health and beauty care. Today, there are two main kinds: cold-pressed castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil.

    Where does it come from?

    Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant, also known as Ricinus communis. The plant is native to eastern Africa, India and the southeastern area of the Mediterranean, but it was exported to the Caribbean during the slave trade and is now found throughout the tropics.

    What is castor oil made of?

    Castor oil in its purest form is a triglyceride; around 90 per cent of its makeup is a fatty acid known as ricinoleates, and it also contains oleates and linoleates. Why is it so good? Because these ingredients are rich in moisturising omega-6 and omega-9, which are commonly used to repair damaged skin and hair, while ricinoleic acid may even have the potential to treat hair loss.*

    Cold-pressed castor oil vs black castor oil

    So what’s the difference between cold-pressed castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil? Mostly it’s the colour and composition, which are determined by how the beans are processed.

    How is castor oil made?

    Cold-pressed castor oil is extracted from castor seeds under great pressure. This means it is a lighter, cleaner and thinner form of oil because it doesn’t undergo the roasting process.

    Jamaican black castor oil, however, is roasted, mashed and boiled in a large pot to traditional Caribbean methods. The ash is then added to the oil giving it a less pure but thicker consistency as well as its darker brown colour and slightly burnt scent.

    Which is best?

    All castor oil is deeply nourishing and hydrating. But if you’re wondering which castor oil is best for use on replenishing a thick and healthy head of hair, many in the natural hair community prefer to use JBCO. However, cold-pressed castor oil can also be used in general hair care to soften and strengthen hair fibres.

    Likewise, JBCO can be used as an intensive moisturiser on sensitive areas such as the face and dry, chapped skin. However, cold-pressed castor oil is often thought to be better for skincare because it is a purer and more natural form. Some also claim it doesn’t lose any nutrients because it isn’t boiled.

    Uses of castor oil for hair

    As both forms of castor oil are rich in fatty acids, they can be used as an effective hair conditioner to strengthen the hair shaft, nourish the root and add softness and shine. Massaging castor oil into the scalp would help to promote regrowth thanks to the high content of ricinoleic acid and because the process of massage is good for blood circulation.

    Many with African hair or extremely dry hair fibres prefer to use JBCO thanks to its high ash content. This means it is thicker compared to other hair care oils, such as argan oil, which some believe helps to coat the hair strand for a more nourished look and thicker volume.

    JBCO also has a more acidic (higher) pH because of the ash content, which is ideal for those who want a hair product with clarifying properties or for people with very curly hair because those scalps naturally have a higher pH. JBCO not only conditions hair from root to tip; its acidic pH helps open and hydrate the pores for an ultra-cleansing hair treatment unlike most conditioners which close the hair cuticles.

    Castor oil is generally used for:

    • Adding moisture to dry hair and scalp helping to reduce dandruff
    • Giving hair a shinier and sleeker appearance
    • Repairing split ends and strengthening brittle and damaged hair fibres
    • Stimulating blood circulation and hair regrowth when massaged into the roots
    • Softening and thickening the eyebrows and eyelashes
    • Can be used by men and women on coloured, heat styled and chemically treated hair, as well as beards and other facial hair.

    How to use castor oil for hair

    Castor oil shampoos and conditioners can be used regularly to maintain strong, manageable and shiny hair, but neat JBCO can also be worked into towel-dried hair as a hydrating mask. To use castor oil to promote hair growth, massage the oil directly into the scalp two to three times a week.

    Uses of castor oil for skin

    When it comes to a daily skincare regime, castor oil can be very beneficial. It can be used:

    • As an oil-based cleanser to help dissolve dirt, makeup and impurities
    • As a facial serum to help make lines appear reduced
    • To moisturise chapped skin
    • To hydrate a dry and sensitive scalp
    • As a carrier oil in aromatherapy massage
    • To nourish and relax the whole body as a bath oil.

    Thanks to its low molecular mass, castor oil can deeply penetrate the stratum corneum – the outermost layer of the skin. This means it can be used on dry or sensitive skin and can help maintain a fresh, radiant and more youthful complexion.

    How to use castor oil for skin

    Castor oil can be mixed with a thinner oil – such as jojoba, almond or argan oil – and massaged into the face each night as a natural serum to help moisturise and reduce fine lines. It can also be blended and rubbed into the face as a facial cleanser, before being removed with a cotton pad. You can even add a few drops to bath water for soft and supple skin all over, or massage into muscles after a long day.

    Where to buy castor oil

    At CastorOil.co.uk, we source some of the highest quality castor oils from around the world. Our Jamaican black castor oil brands include Sunny Isle, Shea Moisture and Tropic Isle Living, while our cold-pressed castor oil range includes Pukka, Heritage and CHI.

    We stock everything from shampoos, conditioners, serums, treatments and masks to pure-form cold-pressed castor oil and Jamaican varieties. Most of our products are also certified organic castor oils, meaning they are free from added salts or chemicals. As a more powerful hair treatment, our castor and red pimento hair oil helps maintain strong roots while our castor and Moroccan argan oil hair serum intensively hydrates.

    For the easy way to restore a healthy shine to your hair and a radiant glow to your skin, browse our selection of castor oil products today.

    * http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874115301677

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    Hair Serum: Castor oil and Argan oil (4oz / 118ml)

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    Castor Conditioner Tropicle Isle Living  ★★★★★ Castor olie Traditioneel gemaakt uit Jamaica.

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Extra Dark Black Castor Oil Conditioner

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Extra Dark Black Castor Oil Pomade

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    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Cond. 16oz

    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Cond. 16oz

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    Castor Proteine Haar Conditioner Tropicle Isle Living  ★★★★★ Castor olie Traditioneel gemaakt uit Jamaica.

    Castor Oil for Hair: Protein Conditioner (8oz / 236ml)

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Curly Custard

    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Curly Custard

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    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment 4oz

    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment 4oz

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    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Serum 2oz

    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Serum 2oz

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Beard Oil

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    Castor Oil Hair: Conditioner and Detangler (8oz / 236ml)

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    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Style Lotion 8oz

    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Style Lotion 8oz

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    Roots Only applicator flesje - 120 ml

    Roots Only applicator flesje - 120 ml

    £13.95
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    Jamaicaans Bush Badolie met Pimento olie  (4 oz / 118 ml)

    Bath Oil with Castor Oil And Pimento Oil (4oz / 118ml)

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Relaxer Kit

    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Relaxer Kit

    £21.43
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    Khus Khus Body Butter met Castor Olie - 4 oz / 118 ml

    Bodybutter with Castor Oil And Khus Khus (4oz / 118ml)

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Extra Dark 8oz

    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Extra Dark 8oz

    £27.40
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    Heritage Castor Oil (Palma Christi) - 240ml

    Heritage Castor Oil (Palma Christi) - 240ml

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    Pukka Organic Castor oil - 250ml

    £17.85
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    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Rins out Cond 13oz

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    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo 16oz

    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo 16oz

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Extra Dark Black Castor Oil Shampoo

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    Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Pomade met Lavendel

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