Hello! I was making a castor oil mixture the other day and I used the JBCO but then I ran out of it. So I only have clear castor oil left. I was wondering if I could mix the both castor oil together or It wouldn't work that way? —by Anonymous
Hey! Interesting question. It’s up to you. if they have worked well for you in the past and just the same in terms of effectiveness, then mixing shouldn’t be a problem.
And to my understanding and from personal experience, the clear variety (or pale yellow) castor oil and the Jamaican Black variety have functioned the same in terms of how it was used—to regrow my edges.
But….there seems to be different results and/or different reactions to each. For example, some have said the clear variety works wonders, while JBCO contributed to an itchy scalp, hair bumps on scalp, or excessive shedding.
Both oils are just processed differently, so take note of that.
Interesting fact to add: The reason why JBCO maintains its dark colour is because ashes are added to the processing of it—which is thought to increase the effectiveness of the oil. However, ash is also considered an impurity. Pure castor oil maintains the clear/yellow colour. (Perhaps that is why JBCO has that burnt, smoky smell compared to the clear variety, lol).
Side note #2: Just using my logical thinking here, but the scalp irritations with JBCO for some naturals could attribute to being unknowingly allergic the high ash content. For anyone else wanting know!
I’m always adding extra info, lol. But I hope that answers your question :-)