Difference between Jamaican Castor Oil & regular?

I found this short response to a question about the difference is between RCO and JBCO

It seems that her opinion is RCO works great for sealing, but JBCO works if you want to fill in those lost edges or other parts of your hair. Castor oil in general will thicken hair no matter which type it is. IDK. They seem the same to me and if Stephanie198907 is correct (from her report from another board) and they do add water to JBCO, then adding water to RCO would make it just as thin and scalp permeable?

I'm still going to try it

Short Q&A

From what I’ve read JBCO is better for REGROWING hair. For example: edges lost from too tight braids or weaves, thinning temples due to age, relaxer over use, etc.

It seems clear/pharmacy Castor oil simply moisturizes. HOWEVER, it does NOT have JBCO’s burned-nut smell which is why I don’t use it. I just can’t get past the odor.

Pharmacy/clear Castor oil moisturizes and seals superbly.

I experienced thicker hair when using it (which is why I stopped, my hair is thick enough as it is!) and it made my scalp tingle delightfully while under the hooded dryer (when mixed into my deep conditioners).

My hair was extra plump, moist and retained more shine, becoming thicker over time SANS odor, with CLEAR/pharmacy grade Castor oil. I had no intentions of regrowing anything or trying to “increase” my growth rate so I was quite pleased with it (clear/pharmacy grade Castor oil).

If filling in parts of your scalp is your aim, it seems, according to net-lore that JBCO is your best bet, if you can stand its distinctive smell.


ETA: I really don't think there is much of a difference. As long as you are getting the results you want. 100% castor oil will aid keeping moisture in hair, in growth and thickening of hair. My eyebrow threader (indian lady) says so. Just my $0.02

Last edited by coilynapp; 09-13-2009 at 08:45 PM.
@nubiancoils:

I believe most coilys use this brand: http://www.sams247.com/jamaican-black-castor-oil.aspx

Although I purchased mine from the health food store in my area.

Perhaps, it's the difference in the brand... I believe most people purchase their JBCO from that website, which explains the smokey smell.

I'm glad you were able to find a remedy though.

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@nubiancoils:

I believe most coilys use this brand: http://www.sams247.com/jamaican-black-castor-oil.aspx

Although I purchased mine from the health food store in my area.

Perhaps, it's the difference in the brand... I believe most people purchase their JBCO from that website, which explains the smokey smell.

I'm glad you were able to find a remedy though.
Originally Posted by LhoreSpencer
both the brand nubiancoils uses and the sams brand are the same

Tropical Isle Living. I know they switched labels at one point so I think the old label is white and the new yellow-greenish-brown. But they are the same.

Last edited by coilynapp; 09-13-2009 at 09:11 PM. Reason: spelling URG!
I just got my JBCO in the mail today. I was scared to open it because of some of the descriptions you guys gave about the smell. But to my surprise the smell is barely noticeable. There is a nutty smell but it is so faint I couldbarely smell it in the bottle. I took some and rubbed it on the back of my hand and wow it is thick compared to other oils I have used like olive, jojoba, coconut etc... I never tried any type of castor oil so this was a surprise to me. The smell didn't linger on my hand for more than 1 minute or so. After 5 minutes I couldn't smell it at all. It made my skin feel really soft in that spot so I am anxious to try it on my hair. So I will use it to seal the ends of my hair after styling and let you guys know what I think about it

So far I am really liking the oil and Iam glad that the smell wasn't bad or overpowering. I may not have to use the fragrance oil I purchased after all.

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Don't like it, just keep walkin!!

Glad you weren't too bothered by it CKC.

Scent is such a personal thing. Just like we all wear different perfumes or none at all. I love the smokey, nuttiness of JBCO. I also like the nuttiness of unrefined shea butter.
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more about differences and how JBCO is made. JBCO contains ash and apparently this is what give it the extra umph compared to RCO, hence the "smokey" smell. This link is of a blog that is connected to jamaicanblackcastoroil.com who have a good deal on JBGO (buy 3 4 oz for 19.99 get one free!; 8 oz for 9.99)

JBCO, how it's made, why it contains ash and how that's beneficial to hair
more about differences and how JBCO is made. JBCO contains ash and apparently this is what give it the extra umph compared to RCO, hence the "smokey" smell. This link is of a blog that is connected to jamaicanblackcastoroil.com who have a good deal on JBGO (buy 3 4 oz for 19.99 get one free!; 8 oz for 9.99)

JBCO, how it's made, why it contains ash and how that's beneficial to hair
Originally Posted by coilynapp
Great link, thanks!
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more about differences and how JBCO is made. JBCO contains ash and apparently this is what give it the extra umph compared to RCO, hence the "smokey" smell. This link is of a blog that is connected to jamaicanblackcastoroil.com who have a good deal on JBGO (buy 3 4 oz for 19.99 get one free!; 8 oz for 9.99)

JBCO, how it's made, why it contains ash and how that's beneficial to hair
Originally Posted by coilynapp
thanks for this
I knew I liked JBCO better than the regular castor oil.
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you're welcome SBB and hippychic! I found it very informative and it makes me even more excited to get my JBCO!!!
Just found out that Sam's it sold out of the JBCO and are expecting a new shipment in a day or two. So you should back order it anyway to get the sale price. Just a FYI for ya ladies!

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Don't like it, just keep walkin!!

more about differences and how JBCO is made. JBCO contains ash and apparently this is what give it the extra umph compared to RCO, hence the "smokey" smell. This link is of a blog that is connected to jamaicanblackcastoroil.com who have a good deal on JBGO (buy 3 4 oz for 19.99 get one free!; 8 oz for 9.99)

JBCO, how it's made, why it contains ash and how that's beneficial to hair
Originally Posted by coilynapp
So the sale price is: buy 3 4oz bottle sfor $19.99 and get 1 4oz bottle for free (total of 16oz) and a differenet sale for 8oz bottle for $9.99.

That's actually 1 cent more than what Sams247 charges. I was trying to compare! You can buy 2 8oz bottles for $19.98 at Sams247. Also, as an fyi the shipping is a $1 cheaper through Sams as well (at least for me).

Just wanted to provide that info to those that felt like they had to purchase quickly to get the sale price! However, since Sams is out of stock right now you have an alternate place to purchase since jamaicanblackcastoroil.com is having a sale. Their normal prices are more than Sams.

Thank you for posting this coilynapp!!
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more about differences and how JBCO is made. JBCO contains ash and apparently this is what give it the extra umph compared to RCO, hence the "smokey" smell. This link is of a blog that is connected to jamaicanblackcastoroil.com who have a good deal on JBGO (buy 3 4 oz for 19.99 get one free!; 8 oz for 9.99)

JBCO, how it's made, why it contains ash and how that's beneficial to hair
Originally Posted by coilynapp
So the sale price is: buy 3 4oz bottle sfor $19.99 and get 1 4oz bottle for free (total of 16oz) and a differenet sale for 8oz bottle for $9.99.

That's actually 1 cent more than what Sams247 charges. I was trying to compare! You can buy 2 8oz bottles for $19.98 at Sams247. Also, as an fyi the shipping is a $1 cheaper through Sams as well (at least for me).

Just wanted to provide that info to those that felt like they had to purchase quickly to get the sale price! However, since Sams is out of stock right now you have an alternate place to purchase since jamaicanblackcastoroil.com is having a sale. Their normal prices are more than Sams.

Thank you for posting this coilynapp!!
Originally Posted by NaturallyCurlyEnnovy
There is only a sale for the 4 oz bottles. None for the 8 oz.

ETA: I got mine from Sam's but I could only get a 4 oz, since the 8 oz was out of stock. I found jamaicanblackcastoroil.com after I had purchased. Both companies have outrageous shipping charges...I'm on the west coast, but gosh, ever heard of flat rate boxes?

Last edited by coilynapp; 09-15-2009 at 12:58 PM.
my JBCO is here YAY!!!!! and....it smells faintly nutty (not even smokey to me). YAY. It smells quite good and the scent doesn't linger. I do notice that it is as thick as my RCO. Doesn't go on sticky though. I mixed some of it with my afroveda shikakai oil for a scalp massage and my scalp feels extra great

I think I"ll be happy with this product.

ETA: are you ladies noticing a difference in color between RCO and JBCO? Mine is just a faint/pale yellow, just like my RCO. Is it supposed to be "black"?

Last edited by coilynapp; 09-18-2009 at 04:14 PM.
my JBCO is here YAY!!!!! and....it smells faintly nutty (not even smokey to me). YAY. It smells quite good and the scent doesn't linger. I do notice that it is as thick as my RCO. Doesn't go on sticky though. I mixed some of it with my afroveda shikakai oil for a scalp massage and my scalp feels extra great

I think I"ll be happy with this product.

ETA: are you ladies noticing a difference in color between RCO and JBCO? Mine is just a faint/pale yellow, just like my RCO. Is it supposed to be "black"?
Originally Posted by coilynapp
mine is med/dark brown
i dont think the color is consistent from batch to batch
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Mine is a nutty clear sort of brown.
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I looked at it again. I just poured a little in my spritz bottle. It is a medium dark brown
@NubianCoils, what does coffee butter do for your hair???. Shea butter dries my hair out, would coffee butter do the same?? I have 3c/3b med texture thin porous hair.
The difference is Jamaican Castor oil stank.
Originally Posted by NubianCoils
I just don't get this, and I'm on my third bottle. They all smelled the same. MariaG002, who hates the smell, gave me hers and it smelled fine to me, just the nutty cooked smell. I bought the other 2 bottles and they smelled the same. I'm extremely sensitive to fragrance but wouldn't think of adding an essential oil to this. I use a good tsp in my hair (over conditioner). I didn't rinse it out today, and can't smell a thing.
Originally Posted by Suburbanbushbabe

Smells like "GRANNY'S HOUSE" to me..like old moth balls or something!!

I have the kind from the drugstore and haven't used it yet because it says "laxative". I started a thread about whether or not it was ok to use, but didn't get a straight yes or no yet..so mine's still in the medicine cabinet .

I did give my son a teaspoon of it last week when he was getting over the flu and he went to the bathroom like 5 times..so I KNOW it's good for that!
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From jamaicanblackcastoroil.com:

"Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil is processed the “old fashioned “Jamaican way. Our Organic seeds are roasted and grounded by a manual grinder, after which the beans are boiled to extract the 100% pure, dark brown organic oil. Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the best quality oil on the market. Why you may ask? Over the last ten years it is an established precedent that Jamaican Black Castor Oil is more effective than the clear Pharmacy Castor Oil because of the Ash Content in Jamaican Black Castor Oil due to roasting of the beans. Therefore it stands to reason that the more Ash Content the more effective the Oil. This is not a myth, it is evidence based FACTS. Compared to other brands, it is the darkest Jamaican Black Castor Oil because we roast our beans longer, which produces more Ash Content in Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil than any other oil on the market. More Ash content increases the effectiveness and the color of the oil. Therefore, the Sunny Isle brand will strengthen and increases hair growth faster than any other brands on the market today.
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- The smell can always be fixed with rosemary oil, or grapeseed oil, lavender oil, etc... but basically you are being jipped when you buy from other places... like usual they wanna give you a little little bit for your money, to keep you buying... blah blah blah..
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