Review of Castor Oil

Is It Good for Damaged Hair Treatment, Skin, and Regrowing Eyebrow and Eyelashes?

What is castor oil?

Castor oil is a colorless or pale yellow vegetable oil, processed from the seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis).


What is the Difference Between Regular Oil and Jamaican
Black Castor Oil?

The difference between regular castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil is the method in which oil has been processed.

Pure natural castor oil is pale yellow, practically odorless, is cold pressed ( no heat involved in cold pressing) and has all beneficial nutrients.

Jamaican black castor oil is from lighter brown to a very dark brown and has a smokey roasted smell. It obtained from the process, involved roasting castor beans, grinding them into a paste, adding boiling water to the paste and skimming the oil from the surface of the water.


What are the Real Benefits of Using Castor Oil?

Both, regular castor oil and Jamaican black oil are great for hair and skin; Castor oil promotes hair growth, grow back thinning hair, grow eyebrow and eyelashes.

Castor oil deeply penetrates into the skin and hair, conditioning and healing, for luscious, soft, touchable, and visibly healthy hair.

Castor oil is also an amazing anti-aging product for soft and elastic skin. Castor oil diminishes wrinkles and fine lines and works as a deep moisturizer for glowing and youthful skin appearance, diminishes stretch marks.

What are the cons?

This is a pretty thick heavy oil and it’s difficult to remove from hair.

Tip: I do co-washing – use conditioner only to wash hair. I do the shampooing only once a week.


How to Use Castor Oil?

Blend one part castor oil with one or two parts olive oil, heating it in the microwave for 30 sec. Use a small amount directly on your scalp, massage it and comb through hair, wrap in a hot towel or heat cap for an hour, then shampoo and use a conditioner as usual.

When you wash your hair, wash it first with a conditioner to break up the oil and then use shampoo as usual, then use conditioner again! You can do a hot oil treatment ( check first that the oil is not too hot to apply on the scalp !!!!). Gently massage over the scalp with a cotton ball, focusing on your thinning areas and edges, then wear a heat cap overnight or for at least an hour before bed. Leave the oil on scalp overnight sleep in night cap or wrap, then wash in the morning with shampoo or conditioner.

You will see hair growth in two to three weeks.

Using a hot oil treatment once a week will give you a very noticeable result. I usually add several drops of my favorite essential oil ( rosemary, peppermint, lavender, or lemongrass) to the castor oil for a better smell–you can choose your favorite essential oil.

Price: from $10 to $35

The cheapest place to buy Castor Oil- Amazon-Click here
My rating: 8 out of 10


Recipes With Castor Oil for Damaged Hair Treatment
and Hair Growth.

1. Mix 1/4 cup each Castor oil, Olive oil, and Coconut oil, warm it in the microwave

for 30 sec. When cooled, add several drops of any essential oil you like and 1 tbs

of your favorite conditioner. Mix the desirable amount with one egg and apply

on your hair for 30 mins, wrap with a hot towel or heat cap.


Bonus I

I usually add several drops of Castor oil in a bottle with my favorite shampoo.

Shake it before using!


 Bonus II

To grow your eyebrows and eyelashes:

Apply a tiny amount of castor oil with a drop of lavender or rosemary essential oil to your eyebrow and eyelashes every night before bed. I use an empty mascara container for oil mixture.

It took a few weeks before I saw any re-growth in my eyebrows but I can see over time that the hairs are growing back in more consistently, slowly but surely.


Bonus III

Castor oil can be effective in lightening dark spots on face and hands.

Apply with a cotton ball on dark spots and leave on for 2-3 hours, twice a day, then and rinse it off.



Persistence is a key! My dark spots become less noticeable
after two months of using castor oil.



Some companies on the market use a hexane ( a solvent chemical used to separate the oil making production quicker and cheaper).

Do your research to make sure that the castor oil you choose is 100% pure and 100% cold pressed and free of chemicals!



Please feel free to leave your comments and /or share your personal experience about Castor oil or any other natural products for hair growth and hair treatments!



8 thoughts on “Review of Castor Oil

  • November 1, 2017 at 6:36 am

    I used to think castor oil was either witches potion or for cars. Weird I know. Now I can see what its for and not be so confused. I think my parents lied to me growing up about stuff. Thanks for enlightening me!

    • November 1, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Ha-ha! It is probably because castor oil has also a strong laxative effect if taken per os. :)))

  • September 4, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Castor oil for stretch marks! Nice. I will be trying that as I have a lot of stretch marks from fluctuating weight and I’m currently losing weight so I’m getting more. I notice that a lot of these natural oils can be used for different purposes which not only saves you money but they are safe and effective. You mention you condition your lashes with castor oil using an empty mascara tube. How did you manage to clean it up after you finished your regular mascara before you put the castor oil in?

    • September 5, 2017 at 5:24 am

      Vanessa, there are answers to your two questions:

      1. Definitely, there are so many uses of natural oils and when used properly, they offer many benefits and have few, if any, side effects.
      Castor oil is the best natural remedy for stretch marks and scars.
      For the best result, mix it with almond oil in proportion 1:2, massage over stretch marks 2-3 times/day for 2 weeks.

      2. You can wash empty mascara tube with warm water and shampoo or eyemakeup remover, leave it in the container for 15 min then shake it up really well and let it sit for a couple minutes, then empty. Rinse it and repeat.

      Use the alcohol to sanitize it.

      There is a stopper on the top of the mascara tube. When you remove it, cleaning is a simple.

      Do not forget to put the stopper back after you clean the tube—it removes the excess of oil. Clean and disinfect the stopper and the brush with alcohol to protect your eyes from infection.

      If it sounds like a lot of work for you, you can get the tube ( clean and cheap ) from Amazon –
      small empty container for mascara or oil-$1.76
      Kope Portable 10mL Empty Mascara Tube Eyelash Vial Liquid Bottle Container Black Cap

      • September 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm

        Thank you for the Castor Oil and and Almond Oil recipe. I’ll have to get the oils and some empty bottle to keep the mixture in. Does the mixture have to be kept in a dark glass container so the oils don’t oxidize from light? How to best store this mixture?

        Thanks for the tips in cleaning the mascara tubes. I didn’t know the key is to take off the stopper. I like to reduce waste and reuse things but if the cleaning is too much of a hassle I’ll pick up the empty tube you recommended.

        • September 7, 2017 at 4:45 am

          Vanessa, those oils don’t require a dark container to keep it fresh. Keeping the container out of direct sun exposure and in a cool temperature will be good enough.
          How to remove a stopper out of a mascara ( concealer, lip gloss are the same) tube: There is a small plastic insert at the top of any tube with mascara, concealer, lip gloss, that snugs in the opening of the product– the stopper.You can remove it with tweezers or scissors. Tweezers are safer. Get each prong of your tweezers on either side of the stopper, then wiggle the stopper out. It might take some effort, but you’ll get it.
          Hope it will help! Thank you for comments!

  • August 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I actually bought some black jamaican castor oil and can definitely attest to the smell because it is strong. I got it to use on my husband who has had a bald spot for a while now. But I wasn’t sure if it was helping him and I didn’t want to give his hopes up. Does the oil help for already bald spots or just to make your hair thicker?

    • August 18, 2017 at 12:59 am

      Castor oil has known for anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal qualities that help boost scalp health and minimize or prevent hair loss rather than restore baldness (alopecia). It’s improves blood circulation and delivery nourishes to the hair follicles, and promotes hair growth. It helps keep hair follicles nourished​ so they can produce healtier and stroner hair.

      But if the hair follicles are dead, it can be reversed. Thank you for sharing your experience!


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