What is Castor Oil?

Wat is castor olie?

You may have heard of it. Castor oil, or its other name: miracle oil. That castor oil has received this nickname is not without reason. After all, the oil is known for its healing ability on several levels. Of course, we will come back to that later.

Jamaican Castor Oil is a pure product derived from the castor plant. The ricinus is a plant originated in Africa. but through slave trade, the plant ended up in the Caribbean. The Egyptians and ancient Greeks also got their hands on the cuttings of the plant and bottled this natural oil from the seeds/beans.

In the Caribbean, especially in Jamaica (the birthplace of the castor oil brand Sunny Isle), Ricinus is still grown and harvested in a completely traditional way. The result: a rich castor oil.


What is castor oil good for?

Castor oil is good for many things and is not called a miracle oil for nothing! Traditionally, black castor oil has been used to nourish your hair and skin.


Due to the presence of omega 9 fatty acid, this wonder oil is able to soothe skin problems and resolve scalp irritations. It clears the pores of bacteria and purifies the skin. Castor oil helps prevent complaints such as redness, irritation, dryness and an itchy feeling. Therefore, it is also popular among people with sensitive skin. Castor oil can be used for your whole body, by the way. So suppose you have eczema in the backs of your knees? No problem, castor oil can help with that, too.


Castor oil is also very important for your hair! The core of your hair as well as the hair follicles are nourished to the root with the essential ricinoleic acid, making the hairstyle resilient, moisturized and with a healthy shine.

Castor oil and hair growth can be mentioned in the same breath. It not only keeps your hair supple and strong but also stimulates hair growth. No wonder castor oil is one of the most widely used products in the natural hair community. Damaged hair is brought back to its original state by this wonder oil. Therefore, it is also a good addition in men's hair care routine.

By the way, the question: how often should you wash your hair is an important one. Don't do that too much. It deprives your natural oils and fats. Of course, as a men' s hair product, there are more caring alternatives.

Suppose you have scalp problems such as dryness and flakiness then castor oil is the appropriate remedy to address a sensitive scalp. The occurrence of that dry skin and scalp hair can have various causes such as:

  • Salt/chlorine from swimming
  • Climate differences
  • Using the wrong (chemical) hair products
  • Too often and too hot blow-drying
  • Polluting work environment
  • Shampooing too often
  • An unhealthy lifestyle

Castor oil is thus the perfect product to restore damaged skin and hair to full health. Due to the large amount of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, the hair is well hydrated deep down.

In addition to all the important fatty acids, the wonder oil also contains vitamin E. This important vitamin revitalizes the skin and is therefore a boost for your hair. Buying castor oil is therefore a necessity alone. Castor oil is ideally suited for the man with frizzy hair and the curly man.

Eyebrows and eyelashes

We're going to put it in there anyway. We talked about it briefly a moment ago. Castor oil is conducive to hair growth. But a handy tip from us, is that you can also use castor oil to grow your eyelashes and eyebrows. Now suppose you have a "hole" in one of your eyebrows and you want an even eyebrow again. Even then, castor oil is your friend.

Apply 1 to a few drops daily to the area you want. Then massage the oil in briefly and leave it on overnight. In the morning, rinse it off again. Do this for about three weeks and you will be amazed at the results.

How is castor oil actually produced?

We now know that castor oil is made from the castor plant and its seeds and beans. But how does castor oil come about? The dark oil is created because the seeds/beans are first roasted. Then they are ground and boiled. So here you can extract a liquid through which the dark castor oil is "born.

The dark color is obtained by roasting the beans. Just look at roasted coffee beans and their color. The light castor oil is created by pressing without the roasting process. Under high pressure, the yellow viscous oil is pressed from the bean.

The dark (Jamaican) black castor oil has the most beneficial effect on your hair. This is also due to the fairly high percentage of ash in the oil. The lighter, cold-pressed variety is again better for the skin in terms of ingredients. It conditions and softens the skin like no other.

Is castor oil dangerous?

No, castor oil is neither dangerous nor toxic. This also has to do with the production process. All as far as impurities are present are removed so that there is no longer any dangerous ingredient in the oil. In addition, Castor Oil is traditionally even used as medicine. So there is no danger, just the opposite.

What does castor oil smell like?

What is castor oil and how does it smell? This is a frequently asked question. Castor oil has an oily smell at its base. Pure and earthy actually. Generally not overpowering. A bit like olive oil can also smell. The smell is quite "clean" and light. The dark oil can be a bit more overpowering.

But again, some find it bitter in the nose. Of course, there are various blends and some brands also add essential oils that can give the castor oil a very pleasant smell.

Like almost all natural oils, this wonder oil has an expiration date. So if the oil becomes cloudy or darker and it has a foul odor, decay has set in. If so, buy a new castor oil for a while so that you continue to maintain the positive effects.

Is castor oil good for your face?

Castor oil is used for various cosmetic purposes. These castor oils can be comfortably applied to dry skin.

It is best to massage this with a cotton cloth. Due to the action of ricinoleic acid, castor oil is a hero for your skin. It becomes supple and elastic. Castor oil is also widely used during sports massage because it has a relaxing effect on the muscles.

The oil also causes fine lines or blemishes to fade away. For damaged skin, castor oil has a healing and caring effect. Here are the most important cosmetic properties of castor oil:

  • Moisturizes skin and hair
  • Heals wounds
  • Fades blemishes and fine lines on the skin
  • Makes your hair healthy, shiny and boosts volume
  • Helps repair brittle hair fibers
  • Can also be used as a hair mask

Are you looking for a remedy to stimulate your beard growth? Castor oil is an ideal product to combat bald spots in your beard.

Is castor oil a miracle oil?

Yes indeed it is. This oil is particularly unique because it has so many caring properties. Inside & out. Castor oil contains such natural and beneficial ingredients that not only have a very beneficial cosmetic effect, but also contribute to your health internally. This is why it has been used medicinally for centuries. That's why we dare to call it a miracle oil out loud.


Castor oil is a complete miracle cure for skin, hair and basically your whole body. Actually, we can only rave about this oil and all the positive workings it carries. We are fans.

If you still have questions, feel free to look us up. That's what we're here for! You know where to find us.

Good luck!

Your oiled friends, The Alpha Men