Here are some descriptions of brands you can find on the market in the UK.
1. Fountain Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food and Fountain Pimento Oil.
- Colour of Fountain Pimento Oil and Fountain Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food
Fountainʼs Jamaican Black Castor Oil Liquid Hair Food, is unique in that it is mixed with two very vital components. Along with the brown 100% pure and authentic Jamaican Black Castor Oil, it contains Jojoba Oil and Peppermint. Fountain is an ethical company and help the Jamaican farming population, sourcing these ingredients directly from Jamaica.
The colour of this oil is golden/ dark brown and the addition of Jojoba Oil enhances its properties and does not hinder the benefits of this castor oil. Jojoba oil penetrates the hair shaft to loosen and dissolve sebum build up, creating a healthier scalp and peppermint enhances the castor oilʼs ability to stimulate circulation in the scalp. Even with these additions the product is mostly Jamaican Black Castor Oil and retains that distinct brown colour.The Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food is pictured here with the Fountain Pimento Oil which is on the left. This also contains Jamaican Black Castor Oil but is a on olive green/ brown colour. It is a combination of Pimento Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Lemongrass, Annato Seed, Peppermint and Nutmeg.
2. Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil is also made the traditional Jamaican way. In order to make the Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Sunny Isle roast their castor beans for a longer period resulting in greater ash content which means that the oil is slightly darker. They claim this makes the oil more effective.Here is the Extra Dark Variety along side Jojoba Oil.
The Sunny Isle Jojoba Oil is a bright yellowy colour alongside this darker brown Jamaican Black Castor Oil. To make their Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Sunny Isle roast their beans for a longer period and more ash content means that the oil is slightly darker. The high ash content is thought to make the oil more effective than regular clear pharmacy castor oil.
Here is the Extra Dark Variety along with the Regular/Original.
There is a very slight difference in colour and it can be seen that the Extra Dark is ever so slightly darker brown colour. The Regular is a brown/golden colour while the Extra Dark is darker version of this.
The varieties of Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Rosemary are enhanced by adding these essential oils to 100% pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Only a few drops are added and the colour of the oil remains the same throughout. Here is a picture of the three varieties of Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
These essential oils are meant to enhance to the properties of the oil and do not change its colour. All three are a rich golden to dark brown colour. They are made with 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil and a few drops of essential oil are added.
3. Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil
As with the other brands of authentic Jamaican Black Castor Oil, this is a rich golden brown colour. This is 100% Jamaican Black Castor Oil with no additions. Tropic Isle only lightly roast their castor beans. They do this so that the burnt residues do not become a part of the oil, and they do not over process the oil as together they make the oil thicker.
Tropic Isle Living Gently Roasted Jamaican Black castor Oil claims that it is not as as harsh in scent and taste but is just as effective.
Tropic Isle pictured here with Sunny Isle. Sunny Isle is seen to be a slightly darker oil as they roast their beans longer. Tropic Isle JBCO is lightly roasted.
Tropic Isle pictured here with the Fountain Jamaican Black Castor Oil Liquid Hair Food. Both are similar in colour. Fountains Oil is less greasy and not as thick due to the combination of Jojoba and Peppermint in the Oil.
There are also several West Indian Castor Oils on the market but some of these may be Cold Pressed Castor Oil darkened to appear like the Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
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Is Jamaican Black Castor Oil Safe
Castor Oil is extracted from the castor bean/seed. Jamaican Black Castor Oil in particular is made from the seeds of the Castor Plant grown particularly in Jamaican and processed the traditional Jamaican way. The plant was brought to the Caribbean during the slave trade. The castor bean contains ricin, which is a toxic protein. When the bean is heated during the extraction process, this heat denatures and inactivates the ricin protein. the beans and roasted and then boiled and the oil skimmed from the top. Any ricin is left behind in the meal or paste that is left once the oil is skimmed from the top.
It is best to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil topical and as stated on all the bottles of any Castor Oil you purchase from AfroDeity. It is intended for external use only. Pregnant women should never ingest Jamaican Black Castor Oil. It is a powerful laxative. We would recommend washing your hands after use and being careful particularly when using on children. Make sure to store these bottles out of reach of children as you would with any cosmetic product.
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