Castor Oil, Summer’s Multipurpose Beauty Aid

Castor oil is a multipurpose product used in hair and beauty products, as well as some over-the-counter medications (laxatives, antifungals, etc.)  Start your summer off right and purchase castor oil for smooth hands, pretty feet, and hair that is soft and shiny.  Castor oil is cheap and easily found at any drugstore or department store (CVS, Walgreen’s, Meijer, Rite-Aid, etc.).  Keep in mind though, all castor oils are not created equal.  The quality of castor oil differs from brand to brand.  My favorite?  Walgreen’s brand,which is $4.49.    

If you have ever read PEG-30 and PEG-40 in an ingredient list and wondered what they were, they are  derivatives of hydrogenated castor oil.  Check out Cosmetics Info’s website about castor oil here.  I’ve listed some products many of us often buy online or at the drugstore which lists castor oil as an ingredient:

  • Africa’s Best Carrot Oil Cream
  • Allergan Dry Eye Therapy
  • Aveda Shampure Shampoo
  • Basis So Refreshing facial cleansing cloths
  • Blistex Lip Revitalizer
  • Burt’s Bees Lip shimmer and Lip Balm
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
  • Compound W (Warts)
  • Curl Junkie Hibiscus and Banana Honey Creme Leave-in & Conditioner
  • Dove Invisible Solid Antiperspirant
  • Indigo Wild Zum Bar Soaps
  • Infusium-23 (Repair)ologie Leave-in Treatment (damaged hair)
  • Johnson’s Baby Cologne
  • Max Factor High Definition Lip Liner and Lipstick Brush


  1. Skin cleanser.  I use a combination of olive oil, castor oil, and lavender essential oil in a 2 oz.  bottle with a spout to cleanse and moisturize my face.  This has been a lifesaver in keeping my acne controlled and my skin moisturized.  Recipe:  1-1/2 oz olive oil, 1/2 oz. castor oil, 2 drops lavender essential oil.
  2. For dry ends, I apply castor oil to my ends.  If you’re looking for an alternative to a deep conditioner, add castor oil to your cholesterol condish (Lustrasilk) for a real treat.   It smoothes the hair leaving it soft, shiny, and frizz free.
  3. For dry scalp, use castor oil as a hot oil treatment for hair and scalp.  Especially good for those with dandruff or eczema.  
  4. Get your feet pedicure and sandal ready.  Castor oil softens dry, cracking skin on feet.  Apply at bedtime, cover with socks.  In the morning, use Ped-Egg or pumice stone to remove dead skin. 
  5. Castor oil is great for wart removal.  I think it is definitely safer to use on kids opposed to Compund W (which lists castor oil as an ingredient by the way).  The results take longer, but it does work.
  6. If you have thin eyelashes like I do, a light dab of castor oil to your eyelashes helps to thicken them up a little.  I’ve heard castor oil helps to grow your lashes, but I’ve yet to experience that.

I have yet to try these, but here are some other types of castor oil to check out. **Those who are allergic to sulfa should not use the Turkey Red Oil.** 


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by queen imani njari on June 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing!


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