black castor oil
Castor oil beans in the raw. Photo @kreyolessence.

Sometimes grandma is right — that old-school black castor oil can offer the best remedy to any of your beauty ailments. The beauty industry has certainly received the memo, incorporating black castor oil as the star ingredient in a slew of new beauty products. And Caribbean brands have stepped up their game, celebrating this classic island ingredient with some innovative products. Made from roasted castor seeds (Rincinus Communis), black castor oil is rich in skin-and-hair-loving nutrients. Here, we break down the many ways you can use this versatile oil. Plus check out the Caribbean black castor oil brands you need to add to your beauty routine.

Hair: Black castor oil has become the new super-ingredient for hair growth, thanks to a high concentration of Vitamin E. Known for its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E is a major antioxidant, which repairs and protects the hair cells from free radical damage. Meanwhile, the oil also helps balance out excessive oil production. Use as a scalp treatment, massaging directly into the roots. You can also add a few drops to your favorite conditioner for an extra boost.


Skin: Black castor oil has serious moisturizing powers, thanks to the high concentration of omega-fatty acids, which penetrates the skin and promotes cell renewal. The oil also has antibacterial properties ideal for healing damaged skin. This is all thanks to high concentrations of ricinoleic acid, which cleanses the skin of bacteria. Use as a facial oil cleanser to treat acne and other skin irritations, and as a body oil to fade old scars and stretch marks.

Nails: Nothing softens rough and ragged cuticles better than black castor oil. Plus its clarifying properties are ideal for fighting off fungal infections in your nail beds. You can massage the oil directly to the cuticle, and let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Do these little treatments a few times a weak for stronger, more flexible nail, less prone to breakage.

Caribbean Black Castor Oil Brands To Know

Kreyol Essence

Founded by Haitian-American entrepreneur Yve-Car Momperousse, Kreyol Essence offers a whole line of black castor oil products. Here, their 100% Natural Haitian Black Castor Oil in Rosemary Mint boost your healthy scalp. Photo @kreyolesssence

Tropic Isle Living

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Founders Michael Anthony Hines and Lois Reid-Hines celebrate Jamaican traditions & remedies with their Tropic Isle Living brand, based in Jamaica. Photo @tropicisleliving

Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil

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