Beauty Care

Top 5 Cold Pressed Organic Castor Oils

Castor Oil (Ricinus Oil) comes from castor beans primarily produced in India & Brazil, though historically speaking, it originated in East Africa. It mainly consists of triglyceride ricinoleic acid that is recognized for analgesic effects. Over the years, it also paved great advancement in the aesthetic industry since Organic Castor Oil offers the following benefits:

√ Increases blood circulation on your scalp that results to hair thickening

√ Stimulates eyelash & eyebrow growth

√ Skin hydration & nourishment

√ Anti-Aging (High in anti-oxidants, Omega 6 & Omega 9 fatty acids, & Vitamin E for soft and elastic skin)

√ Cure for dandruff, itchy scalp, dry lips, brittle nails, & cracked heels

√ Reduces acne scars & stretch marks

 The castor oil can be used in raw or by mixing it with other essential oils (almond, olive, coconut, jojoba, & argan oils) for enrichment, at the same time, lessen the thickness.

A myriad of castor oil brands are already available in the market, which one should I buy?

Let’s take a look of the top selling Organic Castor Oil brands in Amazon as of 2018:

Note: All of these brands are ORGANIC, cold pressed (therefore, all healing properties are retained), hexane free, chemical free, almost scent free, non-sticky, and slightly thick.

 

5. RejuveNaturals Castor Oil (160z/473ml)

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♥ USDA Organic

♥ ECOCERT (Certification for sustainable development)

♥ Vegan & Cruelty Free

× Organic Castor Oil in glass bottle is prone to breakage

4. Foxbrim Naturals Castor Oil (2floz/60ml)

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♥ SUSTAINABLY HARVESTED

♥ Leaping Bunny Certified (Non-animal tested consumer products)

♥ USDA Organic

♥ With Applicator Kit (Eyelash Mascara Wand & Eyebrow Brush)

♥ Satisfaction Guaranteed

× Organic Castor Oil in glass bottle is prone to breakage

3. Aria Starr Castor Oil (16oz/473ml)

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♥ Highest Quality Grade

♥ One Year Satisfaction Guarantee

♥ Organic Castor Oil with a dispenser pump

2. Molivera Organics Castor Oil (160z/473ml)

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♥ 100% Vegan & Highest Quality Grade

♥ Organic Castor Oil UV protective bottle to retain healing properties & provides a stopper to avoid spillage

♥ Satisfaction Guaranteed or Money Back

1. Sky Organics Castor Oil (16oz/473ml)

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♥ 100% Pure, USDA Organic Castor Seed Oil

♥ Castor seeds ethically sourced from Kerala, India

♥ Perfect for all skin types

♥ Transferrable to other containers

♥ Doesn’t stain 

So, what makes one brand different from the rest?

√ All brands offer 16oz bottles except the Foxbrim Naturals that only comes in 2fl oz container yet complemented with an applicator kit (eyelash mascara wand & eyebrow brush).

√  Out of the 5 castor oil brands, only Sky Organics, Foxbrim Naturals, and RejuveNaturals manifested their commitment to sustainable production.

√  Also, kudos to Foxbrim Naturals & RejuveNaturals for being cruelty free companies.

√  All of the brands are odourless, chemical free, and almost have the same texture, what makes each brand unique is the PACKAGING.

√  Nevertheless, Sky Organics Castor Oil remains the 1st best seller in Amazon.

PRECAUTIONS

1. Pregnant women at all stages should avoid using castor oil since it can induce labor;
2. Castor oil, if used too much, can cause diarrhea that eventually leads to dehydration;
3. Possible side effects are nausea and abdominal pain or cramping;
4. Some people may have allergic reactions with castor oil (try applying a minute amount on skin and see how your body reacts);
5. Before any intake of castor oil, always follow directions on the package and consult your doctor first (especially for children between the ages of 6 and 10 years).

DID YOU KNOW?

The leading chemical companies of Arkema, BASF, Jayant Agro-Organics, & the international civil society organization Solidaridad jointly created a project called "Pragati" (Hindi word for progress) last 2016 in Gujarat, India. The project spearheaded the sustainable castor framework entitled "SuCCESS" (Sustainable Castor Caring for Environmental & Social Standards) that educated and enabled 1.019 Indian farmer of best agricultural and environmental practices in castor bean production. The key outcomes of the project as of 2018 were:  provision of safety kits & water storage drums, more than 2,000 hectares of castor farming are now in accordance with the project framework, and five demo plots created for better agricultural practices field demonstration.

Source: Shetty, Deepti. (2018, June 11). Over 1,000 Indian Farmers Successfully Complete the World's First Sustainable Castor Bean Program. Retrieved from https://www.basf.com/hk/en/media/news-releases/asiapacific/2018/06/sustainability_castor_bean_program.html

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