It has been a little while since I have not compared castor oil to any other vegetable oil (or in this case “fruit oil”!). 😉 I believe it’s important now and then to study other oils in order to discover new healthy possibilities and options so as to create new natural remedies. Today, I will be studying castor oil and avocado oil!
Why avocado oil? Well, I absolutely love avocados in the first place: it is indeed one of my go-to ingredients whenever I need some comfort food. Nothing better than a good guacamole! Avocado is just a fascinating fruit. In South America, it’s called the poor man’s butter. Despite this not so flattering name, avocado is widely used and it’s easy to understand why. It tastes good, it’s great for your health (it as for example incredible effects on cholesterol), and that’s not all! The oil extracted from avocados has unbelievable benefits. Lets check it out!
In this article:
- A definition of avocado oil
- The advantages of using avocado oil
- A comparison between castor oil and avocado oil
- The complimentary between castor oil and avocado oil
- My selection of the best avocado oils
What is avocado oil
Avocado oil comes from the green pulp contained in the avocado which itself comes from the avocado tree. I will spare you the details of its scientific composition but it’s important that you know that avocado oil is a mono saturated fatty acid rich oil (as it is the case with olive oil for instance). This means that this oil contains loads of omega 9 that is good for your heart and for your body in general.
As for castor oil, avocado oil contains lots of vitamin E. All those ingredients make the perfect oil for your skin and your hair. It is highly recommended for mature skin.
This oil is edible (if produced the right way) which distinguishes it from castor oil, as castor oil should not be ingested.
Avocado oil virtues
Because its composition is so rich, avocado oil is perfect for your skin and it also does wonders to your hair:
- Nourishes your skin and hair
- Softens and protects the skin
- Promotes healing
- Reduces inflammation
- Protects from UV
- Combats premature skin aging
Castor oil versus avocado oil
|Avocado Oil||Castor Oil|
|Hair efficiency||85/100||90/100||Castor oil takes the lead|
|Skin efficiency||95/100||90/100||Avocado oil has the advantage|
|General efficiency||85/100||97.5/100||Castor oil is too polyvalent to be beaten|
|Texture||80/100||70/100||Both are thick but avocado oil is nicer to apply|
|Ease of use||80/100||75/100||Because it's more liquid, avocado oil is also easier to apply and spread|
|Average price||75/100||80/100||Castor oil is cheaper|
|RESULT||82.85/100||83.2/100||A close one!|
It’s a short victory for castor oil. Avocado oil is indeed an excellent oil that you should integrate into your beauty & health weapons. Once more, nature shows it’s incredible powers! Let’s discover a few recipes combining the positive effects of both oils.
Castor oil and avocado oil: A surprising combination
Same than with coconut oil, avocado oil makes for a great combination oil! (you could even use the three of them together). Avocado oil has a lighter texture and is perfect to mix with castor oil that has a more viscous texture.
Strong hair recipe:
- 2/3 castor oil
- 1/3 avocado oil
Mix everything and apply as a mask on your hair. Leave it for about 30 minutes (or more if you have time). Rinse well and enjoy the results! For best results, check out the process described in the coconut article. It’s exactly the same. Make sure to be careful with your sheets if you keep it through the night. Avocado oil is slightly colored and could stain the sheets if you do not protect them.
For your skin
The mix is basically the same:
- 2/3 castor oil
- 1/3 avocado oil (or 1/3 each if you add coconut oil)
You can apply this mix on dry or irritated areas in order to relieve the itch. You can simply leave it there for 15 minutes and if your skin hasn’t absorbed it all, you can rinse off what’s left. You could also massage it into the skin. The result is incredible!
Face purification mask
- Smash the whole avocado in a bowl (not the peel of course ^^)
- Add a tablespoon of avocado oil and one tablespoon of castor oil
- Clean your face in order to reduce impurities
- Apply the mask on your face (avoid eye contact)
- Let it soak for 15 minutes
- Rinse well using a warm damp towel (apply some pressure in order to remove the mask properly).
My selection of avocado oils
Finding a great avocado oil is simple if you know what to look for! On Amazon, you will be able to compare hundreds of products and the best part is that you will be able to know for sure if it is a great oil by reading peoples’ reviews. Here is my selection of the 3 best cold-pressed avocado oils.
|Bella Vado Organic||$$$||5/5|
The avocado oils that I have carefully selected have a stronger smell than refined ones. Their color is also milkier because of the natural extraction process: no chemicals, just pure goodness. The product is 100% natural!