Where to Buy Castor Oil ? My Ultimate Guide

Where to buy castor oil was one of my first questions when discovering the benefits of this remarkable natural remedy.

Castor oil isn’t incredibly known, so it’s not easy to just find it on any store shelf.  In fact, finding a high quality, cold-pressed, organic (optional), is hard to do, especially one for a reasonable price.

So here are some questions you should ask yourself before buying castor oil. Where can I buy castor oil? What should I be aware of? What is the best offer for quality/price?

In this article, you will discover:

1. Where to buy castor oil

2. My advice to avoid getting ripped off 

3. My recommendation (chart form)

4. Explanations of the terms {cold pressed, organic, unrefined/virgin, hexane free}

Where to Buy Castor Oil ?

Castor oil is primarily available in

  • Pharmacies or organic stores
  • On the internet (Amazon, ebay, other specialized sites)

Price will obviously vary depending on the place and the brand of castor oil.  But there is a trend.  Normally you will find castor oil priced at a higher rate in pharmacies as they usually play a role in advising and servicing.

Before knowing this, I always wondered why the same brand of mascara was $2-3 more expensive at a CVS pharmacy rather than at Target or Wal-Mart.

where to buy castor oil

However, sometimes the high prices are not justified and are marked way too high. Of course, this doesn’t just apply to castor oil, but to a number of other products sold in pharmacies.

To avoid paying more for castor oil, I recommend buying castor oil online as it is both cost and time-efficient.

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How to avoid getting ripped off?

Though I do recommend buying castor oil on the internet, there are several things you should keep in mind:

  • Buy castor oil (or other products) that prove themselves worthy of your money. This goes to say that when buying a product online, always consult the ratings and reviews of the product; both the positive and negative comments.

 

  • Filter through comments which badly noted just because of the consumer’s bad attitude that had nothing to do with the product, and filter through the positive comments that offer honest thoughts after using the product.  I often spend at least ten minutes thoroughly analyzing the comments, and so far I have never been disappointed with my decisions to purchase.

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  • Examine the cost per unit (ounce or liter in this case). You should also practice this when buying groceries at the store as it can save you tons of money.

My favorite castor oil on Amazon, for example, costs roughly around $3.75/fluid oz.  This castor oil costs a little more, and for good reason.  It is USDA certified organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin, pure castor oil that is 100% hexane free (which is a volatile liquid found in petroleum).

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Not to mention it is rated 4.7 out of 5 gold stars, based on thousands of customer reviews (with their other products like argan oil and jojoba oil being just as highly-rated and loved!)

where to buy castor oil

You can buy castor oil in bigger quantities such as 1 liter on Amazon as well, but you must make sure the brand is of high-quality.

Having a bigger quantity is convenient when one uses castor oil more liberally and frequently, such as for hair growth.

However, I personally do not mind paying a little bit more for a very high-quality organic castor oil. Especially because I am using castor oil mainly for my face and eyelashes; sensitive features that I would like to protect as much as possible!

My Recommendation 

There are a couple of brands online that propose high-quality castor oil for a reasonable price, depending on their method of extraction, production, etc.  You will find more details in the chart below!

No need to spend a fortune. Generally speaking, it is more cost-efficient to invest in bigger quantities for an additional buck or two.

However, the price per quantity will depend greatly upon the quality of castor oil.  For a first test, a smaller quantity will suffice.  But once you would like to use it more often, consider purchasing a larger quantity, as long as you are certain of it’s quality.

Again, my personal preference goes to the castor oil that is certified organic which guarantees the high-quality extraction and fabrication of castor oil in order to conserve all of the oil’s natural and essential properties.

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However, depending on your method of use and budget, all of these castor oils should do very well! Up to you to choose. 🙂

 ProductPrice per ounceQuality
foxbrim organic castor oilFoxbrim Organic Castor Oil$$$5 stars rating
Heritage Store Organic Castor OilHeritage Store Castor Oil$$rating 45
Sky Organics castor oilCastor Oil by Sky Organics$$rating 4
Molivera Organics Castor OilMolivera Castor Oil$$rating 4
jamaïcan black castor oil by sunny isleTropic Isle Jamaïcan Black Castor Oil$$rating 45

To see any of these castor oils on Amazon, just click on the picture or links and it will take you to the detail page. 

Get a Castor Oil that Is….

When looking for a high-quality castor oil, make sure you are buying castor oil that has the following terms or labels.

Cold pressed

Always buy cold pressed castor oil.

This is a must! Cold pressed castor oil ensures that the castor oil is extracted from the castor beans without using heat or any chemicals.  By doing so, castor oil preserves all of the essential good stuff, while leaving out everything else.

Virgin

A high-quality castor oil will be a virgin castor oil.  What does this mean?  Well, think of extra virgin olive oil.  Virgin castor oil simply means the castor beans are cold pressed for the first time.

Virgin castor oil ensures a castor oil of high-quality, as it maximizes the tremendous health and wellness benefits due to the enhanced release of essential nutrients, fatty acids, and minerals.

You will also notice terms such as “raw” and “unrefined”, these more or less mean that the oil extraction method was cold pressed (no heat was used), and that the oil was not chemically “redefined” afterwards.  Au-naturel.

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Hexane free

As I mentioned before, aim for castor oils that are “hexane free”.  Hexane, as defined by Merriam-Webster is, “any of several isomeric volatile liquid alkanes C6H14 found in petroleum.” So basically, it constitutes parts of gasoline.  I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to put that near my face or hair!

USDA certified organic

This labels certifies that the castor plant gets the green light from USDA organic inspections. This ensures that there are no harmful chemicals or pesticides during any step in the castor oil making process.

Where to Buy Castor Oil: Final Thoughts

Bottom line – if you are looking to buy castor oil, the best option is online. If you are new to castor oil and it’s benefits, I recommend starting with a smaller bottle.

Try out your first bottle!

I use my 4oz organic castor oil for several weeks before it runs out, though granted, I only use castor oil in small amounts: about every other day for my lashes (sometimes browsacne (face), and medium-sized amounts for my hair about once every week, and for my nails even less so – about once every two weeks.

But how often you choose to use castor oil is completely up to your wants and needs.  Faster growing hair will require daily use, for example, so just adapt the amount of castor oil you buy.

Do not hesitate to ask any questions in the meantime. Please do leave me your comments and share your experiences with the COG community below!

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32 Comments

  1. Cha said:

    Can I use this also for my abdomen? I have a fibroid and castor oil is the best home remedies for this..

    May 15, 2017
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    • Indeed, Cha! Castor oil is very effective for fibroids. I would recommend using as a castor oil pack.
      Best of luck and thanks for dropping by! 🙂

      May 15, 2017
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  2. Abba Nnee said:

    Dear Brittany, how does one apply castor oil on Fibroid.

    July 16, 2017
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    • Hi Abba, thanks for your comment. You can try to ease the pain and abdominal swelling related to a fibroid with a castor oil pack From what I know, fibroids usually require medical intervention (such as for regulating hormones, etc) but you should of course consult your physician. If you’re interested, here’s a 30 minute video about castor oil packs and fibroids. Hopefully it can help. Best of luck!

      July 17, 2017
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  3. Mushtaq Ahmad said:

    Hi, thanks a lot for the information. It answered all my queries. I need to use it for cataracts. Stay blessed

    August 31, 2017
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    • Hi Mushtaq, thanks very much for reaching out. Glad you enjoyed the read. Best of luck!

      September 9, 2017
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  4. Sheila said:

    I _would like to know what kind of castor oil I need for stop smoking.

    September 7, 2017
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    • Hi Sheila! I’ve never heard or read about castor oil to help quit smoking. I will definitely do a little investigating and perhaps write an article about it. If you find out some neat information about it, do let me know! Thanks for reaching out. Best of luck!

      September 8, 2017
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  5. Tania said:

    Hi, Brittany
    Very grateful for all your work in relation to Castor Oil.
    So helpful!
    Also could you please clarify re: using it for cataract please.
    I am very keen to use it as an Eye Drops once a day.
    Does it need to be processed ( hot/but not too hot temperature for processing?) to become safe for cataract?
    You see mostly The Castor Oil of advised qualities (as in your article) comes to the main suppliers from India.
    Customers are not able to find out if it is clean and safe for using for eyes. Some customers using it on eye lids only. To me it is nearly the same as in the eye as it is connected. There are a lot of positive responses for using CO for eyes, but where do they buy such clean and safe for eyes product?
    Could you help? I would be very grateful!
    Thank you so much for your time indeed indeed!

    September 10, 2017
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    • Thanks so much, Tania! I have not done my own article regarding castor oil for cataracts so I can’t tell you the pros/cons just yet, but from what I’ve briefly seen, it seems safe — however, sometimes if I put too much castor oil on my lashes, my lids sometimes get tender which is normal. Now I lessened my amount on the lashes and it’s perfect. From what I’ve seen online, some people say you can put a drop of castor oil in your eye directly for cataracts, but I’m not sure about the reliability of the sources. I’ll have to do some more digging and find out. Keep checking back on COG for new posts! Thanks for the idea 😉 Btw, whenever I use castor oil for my face, especially for my eyelashes, I always use 100% natural or organic. You wouldn’t want to put anything less than supreme quality around/on such sensitive parts of your body. I would recommend you to use Foxbrim. I hope this helps, girl! Thanks again 🙂

      September 12, 2017
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  6. Nelfa said:

    It this available here in the phillipines?

    September 14, 2017
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    • Hi Nelfa, my apologies for the delay! You should be able to find castor oil, yes. Have you tried looking online or in local organic markets/stores? Best, Brittany

      September 26, 2017
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  7. Deryn said:

    Please can I use Castro oil for red burn caused by bleaching cream

    September 14, 2017
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    • Hi Deryn, thanks for reaching out. Yes, castor oil is great for soothing and relieving burns! Best of luck 🙂

      September 26, 2017
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  8. Susanne said:

    Hello! I just wanted to add that cold pressed is not equal with the definition raw. Just because an oil was cold pressed, doesn’t mean it is raw. Cold pressing can still reach high temperatures, while raw guarantees that a certain temperature limit is not exceeded, which means it still contains all the wonderful vitamins in minerals as in the whole seed.

    September 24, 2017
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    • Hi Susanne, thanks so much for the helpful clarification! That’s great to know. Best wishes!

      September 26, 2017
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  9. Please i need a bottle of castor oil, how can i get it ? It is urgent

    September 25, 2017
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    • Hi Lucy, castor oil can be easily found online (for ex, as you see listed in my article) or in local organic (or natural product) stores. Best of luck!

      September 26, 2017
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  10. Berry said:

    At what rate can i get it in Nigeria price

    September 27, 2017
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    • Hi Berry,
      I am not sure about the approximate price for castor oil in Nigeria. Have you looked at eCommerce stores that deliver to your location? Best of luck!

      October 2, 2017
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  11. Mash said:

    Hi, Brittany

    Since castor oil promotes hair growth, and if I’m going to apply it on my face will my face grow with thick & long facial hair? Just like growing the eyebrows & lashes.

    I’m thinking to apply it on my whole face as well as for my eyebrows & lashes!

    Thanks to advice!

    October 16, 2017
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    • Hi there Mash,

      Thanks for your message! Not to worry, castor oil isn’t going to make you start growing a beard or make you have patches of hair on your face (hehe). Castor oil promotes hair growth by reaching the hair follicle where hair is already present. Meaning your hair on your head, your eyelashes, and your eyebrows (and for guys, beards). Try my castor oil face scrub/massage recipe to soften, nourish and replenish skin. 🙂 Best of luck and thanks again!

      October 18, 2017
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      • Mash said:

        Hi, Brittany

        Appreciated!
        One more question.
        Any area/s that we should avoid applying castor oil?

        BG
        Mash

        October 21, 2017
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        • Hey Mash, no problem 🙂
          Yes, number one – avoid ingesting castor oil. Number two, avoid applying heavy amounts around your eyes (some people report have puffy lids when too much oil is applied on the eyelashes). Number three, avoid applying castor oil on or near open wounds.
          Otherwise, feel free to use castor oil in the making of body scrubs, lotions, hair masks, or for body massages, foot massages, nail growth, and more!

          October 25, 2017
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          • Mash said:

            Thanks Brittany!
            Placed my order for Foxbrim Organic Castor oil and shall reach me in a few days time.
            Same time, am also getting Jojoba oil as the carrier oil with other 2 speciality oil (Tamanu & Sea Buckthorn seed oil) for my oil cleansing mixture.
            Hope it works for my oily FACE…!

            Regards
            Mash

            October 27, 2017
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            • With great pleasure, Mash! You’ll have to keep me updated on how those oils work out for you and how you like the organic castor oil 🙂 Best of luck and thanks again for sharing with me!

              October 29, 2017
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  12. Samantha said:

    Hi! Very helpful guide. I plan on buying castor oil because I have heard it can heal vitiligo and it can help with skin pigmentation (so its anti aging). I have it in my face so I’m very insecure about it. Have you heard a lot about it being effective??

    October 24, 2017
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    • Hi Samantha! Thanks very much for your comment, sorry I’m getting back to you a few days later! Castor oil can indeed help with vitiligo. I actually plan on writing an article about it in the upcoming weeks so I will be able to provide you with a better answer then – but from what I know already it seems like people are generally positive about the effectiveness! I wouldn’t be surprised 🙂 hehe. If you do end up trying it please keep me in mind! I’d love to know how it’s working for you. Best of luck and thanks for reading CO!

      October 29, 2017
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  13. Catherine Henshaw said:

    Am in Nigeria, I need pure virgin cold pressed castor oil, how do I get it?

    November 1, 2017
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    • Hi Catherine! I am not familiar with suppliers in Nigeria who make castor oil, but if you can find a natural / organic product type of outlet/boutique, you could ask there and they might know where you can find castor oil. In any case, I hope you can find what you are looking for! Best of luck on your search and thanks for reaching out 🙂

      November 1, 2017
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  14. Sher said:

    Thank you for all your information so far. I’m a bit confused after reading about and searching for castor oil. Does “organic” or ” free of petroleum” mean hexane free? If not, what other words mean hexane free? Does cold pressed mean extra virgin? Should I only be looking for organic, hexane free, cold pressed? Or should I be looking for other terms?

    November 13, 2017
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    • Hi there 🙂 I totally understand, brands use confusing terms and it’s pretty difficult to know exactly what to look for. You cannot go wrong if you choose organic. That’s what I do and I’m rarely disappointed. Extra virgin is just a confusing term only used to create more marketing ambiguity. Either the oil is virgin or it’s not. To quote my own article, virgin “more or less mean that the oil extraction method was cold pressed (no heat was used), and that the oil was not chemically “redefined” afterwards. ” Thanks for dropping by and good luck! Very sorry for the late reply, hope this helps anyways 🙂

      November 19, 2017
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