Thursday, December 11, 2014

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Review: Find Out Which One And Why!

Hello beauties,

It’s great to be back again. Well, I have been absent for a while. Yeah, and I will let you all in on the reason soon enough.

Today, I will be sharing hair with you. Yes, hair. Y’all know I never get bored of such amazing, over-a-million beautiful strands on my head that just keeps growing daily! 

As usual, my hair care routine did not and has not changed. I recently did the longest stretch in between wash, 2 months!

So my hair really needed some clarifying.
Come to think of it: 2 months without cleansing, I think I deserve some drum rolls. LOL!

1. So I cleansed with a shampoo I made out of:
Dudu Osun soap + tap water + lots of Olive Oil. 
This homemade clarifying shampoo is pure goodness. It just cuts through all kinds of gunk easily. Ordinarily, the Dudu osun would have been very stripping but the water helped in diluting it and olive oil made it super fatty and moisturizing.
This is what it looked like immediately
I poured in the Olive oil. 

Shake. Shake. Hello beautiful lather! 
This time, I wasn't stingy with the quantity of Olive Oil I used. It paid off because it still lathered anyway. See for yourself...

2. I conditioned with Tresemme Naturals Vibrantly Smooth Conditioner. 

Yes, I have upgraded from my VO5 Moisture Milks Conditioner. 
And I must say, I’m happy my hair loved the Tresemme. Shelling out N2,900 for a conditioner, it had better work smoothly. And it did. It didn't lather so much as the Vo5 would but it did an even better job at removing tangles and shed hair. 

3. And after rinsing out the conditioner, I applied the Cantu Deep Treatment Masque to my hair in chunky sections, twisted each section and covered with shower cap. I slept off with the shower cap on my head.

Thick and super rich. 

The next morning my hair felt so good I didn’t bother rinsing out the Cantu Masque. My hair really needed the deep conditioning. 

By noon on that day, I noticed the hair starting to feel dry. Oh yes, it has been moist all day from all the deep conditioning the night before I didn’t need to apply any leave in. I knew I needed to apply oils to seal in the moisture. 

I remembered using a sample Jamaican Mango and Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil Coconut that came in a sachet on my hair and goodness, I fell helplessly in love with the consistency. It was so soft and melted nicely into wet/damp hair. I just knew I had to get me some of that.

It is worthy of note to mention that I already own a bottle of Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Lavender in 4oz which I had bought sometime in April this year. 

Good Lord, that stuff is so thick and gooey. It's literally hard to spread on its own. I have to keep diluting it with other oils. And because I rarely mix oils, I find myself using it only in my deep conditioner. And that means using it once in a while. It hasn't even gotten to half. 

So you can imagine how the Jamaican Mango and Lime one must have made my hair feel that I deemed it fit enough to have another Castor Oil. 
I have always known Castor Oil is a thick, viscous oil so it was clear to me that nothing was wrong with the Tropic Isle Living one. I only wondered why the Jamaican Mango and Lime one wasn't so viscous. I checked out the ingredients list and then came my "Aha!" moment.  

Well, just as I thought, the Jamaican Mango and Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil Coconut is not just Castor + Coconut Oil! See the ingredient list:

- Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
- Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil
- Coconus Nucifera (Coconut) Oil
- Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil and 
- Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil

I love all the oils it contains. And even if I lie that I don’t, at least I love its consistency; the way it feels on my hair and the way my hair feels after applying it.
Both Castor oils are great to use on both hair and skin. For me, what makes the difference is that I'll be using the Coconut one for sealing and the Lavender one for deep conditioning and also to fatten up my Dudu Osun shampoo mixture; quantity and moisture wise.

So here's my chunky twists: big, soft and shiny, I got several naturals like me staring in envy and everyone asking what I used that made it soo shiny and luscious. *wide grin*

Keep watching this space as I will be using a lot more of this Castor oil for sealing and glossing. I leave you with pics of my chunky twists till next time. Enjoy!

Lots of love from me      




  1. Nice review and welcome back! I don't think I could go 2 months without washing my hair. My scalp would revolt. I may try the dudu osun with oils. I tried it before without oils (just diluted) and my hair wasn't too keen on it. I have the Lavender JBCO and I only use it on my scalp. My hair would feel so weighed down. I've never tried Jamaican Mango & Lime. BTW, I found the Ambi Lotion at the Casa Bella in the Palms, Lekki. :-)

    1. Hello dearie, Glad you got the Ambi lotion. Hope you're enjoying it. That's exactly the same ish I had with the Lavender JBCO: weighed down hair.

      Ooh I forgot to mention that I massaged Tea tree oil directly on my scalp during the stretch. I guess that helped a lot.

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  3. Wow, ur natural hair is nice. But I can't do dis natural thing. Once my hair is due, it's very hard to comb.precious

    1. Hi Precious, I'm sure most of the people who decided to stop applying relaxers to their hair at one point in time said their hair was too hard to comb. So if it's combing, there's always a solution.
      All the same, to use or not to use relaxers is a personal decision that each individual has to make.

  4. You didn't really expand on the Jamaican black castor oil? Was expecting a more informative write up like it's uses, advantages and disadvantages, where to purchase and price. Thanks.