Where To Buy Castor Oil ?

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
  • 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.

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.where to buy castor oil

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 in order to avoid getting scammed.

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 which comments were 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.

what is the best castor oil

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 preferred castor oil on Amazon, for example, costs roughly around $3.75/fluid oz.  This is a higher-priced castor oil, 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).

Not to mention it is rated 4.8 out of 5 gold stars, based on over 2,000 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 

My recommendation is simple. 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. However, depending on your method of use and budget, all of these castor oils should get the job done 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. *Disclaimer: any product purchased through clicking on one of these links will give this website a small commission fee at no extra cost to you. If you benefit from Castor Oil guide, help me keep this site up and running for even more articles! And as always, many thanks to all the COG readers and followers. 

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.


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.

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 passed USDA organic inspections ensuring that their were no harmful chemicals or pesticides used at any step in the castor oil making process.

Have I left anything out?

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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.  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.  Adapt the amount of castor oil you buy as required.

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!



  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
    • 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
  2. Abba Nnee said:

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

    July 16, 2017
    • 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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