Where to Buy Castor Oil in 2020 [+REVIEWS]

In this article, I tell you all about where to buy castor oil, what to look for, and how to find the best price and quality (+ my recommendation!)

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

Buying castor is easy, finding it is not, which is why I recommend buying castor oil online. Finding a high-quality, cold-pressed, organic castor oil is tricky to do, especially one for a reasonable price! If you wish to buy castor oil then continue reading below for my best tips on where to buy it.

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In this article, you will discover:

1. Where to buy castor oil / Where can I 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}

5. How often to buy castor oil & how often to use it 

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 the quality/price?

Where to Buy Castor Oil?

You can purchase castor oil at the following locations:

  • Pharmacies or organic stores (now even Wal-Mart)
  • On the internet (Amazon, eBay, other specialized sites)

Price will obviously vary depending on the place and the brand of castor oil you buy.  But there is a trend for buying castor oil.  Normally you will find castor oil priced at a higher rate in pharmacies and in stores rather than online.

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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 and other stores.

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

Buying castor oil online is an easy way to get castor oil and fast. If you buy castor oil online you can check reviews and calculate the cost per unit. Calculating the cost per unit when buying castor oil is important because you can pinpoint the difference between good quality and very high-quality.

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What to Look for When Buying Castor Oil Online

When purchasing castor oil online, make sure to check for key terms such as:

  • USDA certified organic
  • Unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin
  • Pure castor oil that is 100% hexane-free

Tip: Combine your castor oil with argan oil or jojoba oil to create fun, beneficial recipes.

I recommend buying a 16-oz bottle of castor oil. Why? It’s convenient when using castor oil more liberally and frequently, such as for hair growth. Buying castor oil for your hair specifically? Then a 16-oz bottle is your best bet.

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In addition to hair growth, castor oil is popularly used for cleansing your face and growing eyelashes. Buying high-quality, organic castor oil is so important as these areas are sensitive features that need protection and care. If you want to buy castor oil for these smaller areas, then a smaller bottle is great to start with.

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off: Where to Buy Castor Oil

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. Do not waste your money on products that promise 100% castor oil.

  • Filter through comments. Some might be badly rated just because of the consumer’s bad attitude that had nothing to do with the product, some are positive unverified purchases. Filter through both positive/negative comments that offer honest thoughts after using the castor oil.  I often spend at least ten minutes of thoroughly analyzing the comments, and so far I have never been disappointed with my decisions to purchase.

  • Examine the cost per unit (ounce or liter in this case). Again, you should always practice this when buying castor oil online. You should even do it for groceries at the store as it can save you tons of money!what is the best castor oil

There’s no excuse NOT to buy organic castor oil as the price difference is not that huge between organic vs non-organic. You will benefit from organic castor oil more than non-organic!

Organic castor oil brings you more benefits. It is safer and you always want to buy certified organic castor oil.

My Recommendation for Buying Castor Oil Online

There are a couple of brands online that propose high-quality castor oil at a reasonable price, depending on their method of extraction, production, etc.

You will find more details in the chart below!

💲For a 16oz bottle of organic castor oil, you can expect to pay between roughly $12-16 dollars. Generally speaking, it is more cost-efficient to invest in bigger quantities for an additional buck or two.

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

To see any of these castor oils in detail, the picture or links will take you to the landing page. 

Buy Castor Oil That is.

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


Always buy cold-pressed castor oil, if possible. Many (including castor oil brands) confuse the difference between cold-pressed vs. expeller-pressed castor oil. Expeller-pressed isn’t bad per se, but cold-pressed is top-notch.

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.


High-Quality castor oil will be 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” afterward.  Au-naturel.


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.” Hexane is a solvent that is commonly used during the solvent extraction process in some oils.

You don’t want to use castor oil for your beauty or health if it’s not guaranteed high-quality, right? The USDA organic certification and labels like hexane-free and cold-pressed guarantee this.

USDA certified organic

This label certifies that the castor plant gets the green light from USDA organic inspections. This ensures that there are no harmful chemicals or pesticides. In addition, USDA organic certification ensures the preservation of soil fertility, biodiversity, and more during the planting and harvesting process.

You can read more details about it in my guide on best organic castor oils for hair here.

Final Thoughts: Where to Buy Castor Oil

If you are searching for the best place for where to buy castor oil, the best option is online. If you are new to castor oil and its benefits, I recommend starting with a smaller bottle.

Try out your first bottle!

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.

How Often Should You Buy Castor Oil?

Many of you have asked me about how often I buy castor oil. Unfortunately, I can’t say exactly because my usage varies. And your use will vary, too. So the answer will depend greatly on your personal needs for the oil.

How Often Do I Use Castor Oil?

Personally, I use my 4oz organic castor oil for several weeks before it runs out, although granted, I only use castor oil in small amounts. There’s still some left from my organic 16oz bottle of castor oil that I bought months ago.

I use castor oil roughly every other day for my lashes (sometimes my brows but not every week). I also use castor oil monthly for acne cleansing (and for my face in general). I’d say I use medium-sized amounts of castor oil for my hair about once every week. Maybe even two weeks, now that I’m at a length I’m happy with. As for my nailseven less so – about once every 3-4 weeks.

Bottom Line on Where to Buy Castor Oil

Bottom line: Buying castor oil (even an organic one) will not set you back very much moneywise. Castor oil keeps for a long time, so if you use it wisely over the course of several months you will definitely get your money’s worth.

I hope you guys could benefit from this article on where to buy castor oil! Do not hesitate to ask any questions about buying castor oil in the meantime. Please do leave me your comments and share your experiences with the COG community below!

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  1. Thanks for such an informative article. I’m in Canada though and your recommendation is from the US site. Would you have any recommendations for the Canadian site? I will need to buy a lot to use as castor oil
    packs to treat fibroids and cysts


    • Hi Ann! Normally the links should take you to the Canadian Amazon with the same product or a similar one, but I’ve gone ahead and checked for organic castor oils specifically available in Canada and here is what I found:

      Sky Organics castor oil (one that I recommend for the US Market). It is unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin, organic castor oil, and is hexane-free. This is one of the best options there is at an affordable price/quantity. This particular one is 16 oz. which is what you’ll want for making castor oil packs.

      Heritage Organic Castor Oil (also a favorite in the US). This is 100% cold-pressed organic castor oil. There are less reviews on the Canadian site, so you may want to compare with the US site to get more details. However, just be careful, this brand sells a cheaper, non-organic version. Just make sure you’re buying the organic version. It says certified organic, but I couldn’t find the USDA organic stamp (like on sky organics). This is in a 16 oz. glass bottle.

      – If you want a smaller bottle (but beware, this is more $$$), that you want to use for lashes or smaller areas, then the USDA certified organic Ecla organic castor oil looks to be a good option!

      These three are the top organic choices I could find on the Canadian market. Preferably, I’d opt for the Sky Organics over the other two. I hope this helps. Thanks for your comment and best of luck!

    • Right! That’s why it’s so important to buy high-quality (I always buy organic) castor oil! Aim for virgin, cold-pressed, hexane-free, organic CO . This ensures no harmful laces of the toxic ricin to enter into the oil. Best of luck xo

    • Prakash, I really wouldn’t know where you can find CO in Saudia Arabia. Have you checked out the organic stores there? I just saw there is an amazon company called Souq, you can most likely find castor oil online there I believe. 🙂

  2. I used to easily get hexane free pharmaceutical grade virgin/1st cold pressed organic castor oil for my eyes– now I can’t find any pharmaceutical grade.

    • Hi Doug! I’ve rarely seen a castor oil that’s pharmaceutical grade without being organic or vice versa. That being said, the proper USDA organic label certifies no fillers, chemicals, or anything unnatural during the castor oil cold-pressed extraction process. If you buy a hexane-free, organic, virgin cold pressed castor oil, you will have a super quality castor oil even without the pharmaceutical label. Best of luck!

  3. Which castor is best To promote thickness and long hairs…
    Can we mix castor oil and almond oil….what will be the quantity of mixing
    Can u please suggest me which shampoo will be best for long hairs

  4. Hello Ms. Brittany, Excellent read for sure! I enjoyed reading legitimate honest and educated stories. It’s obvious you have done lots of search and I’m so lucky to come across your page.. I’ve hesitated in buying a small bottle of Castol oil… Read negative but also great stuff.. Will like to mix Castol with a Carrier (not sure which one) I have been using Living Libations oils (best skin ever on glass bottle) but omg!! Too pricy!! Smell yummy! Can you guide me?.. Need a cleansing oil plus moisturizer which I can used am/pm. I’ve read Castol should not be used everyday?? Living libations for sure have lovely oils.. Would like to find a subtitude.. Thank you kindly, wishing your a Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Respectfully, Ana.

    • Hi Ana, wow thanks so much for your kind words 🙂 Thanks so much for writing and sharing! There’s a lot of confusing information about castor oil out there, so I’m glad I could clarify some of that up! I am not much of a brand person, though I’ve read about Living Libations, I’ve never tried their oils. I don’t think they are organic though, are they? I always try to use organic (maybe it’s just me, but I prefer to do so as I believe it’s better and safer!)

      I don’t see why you couldn’t use castor oil everyday! Me and my partner do, as a face moisturizer after a shower 🙂 I mix a drop or two of castor oil with almond oil to help spread it nicely. Coconut oil is also a wonderful oil to use and the organic version is really affordable. Please read my guide here for oil alternatives (it’s meant to replace castor oil, but you can find an oil here to replace your Living Libations). Many thanks again and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year 2018! 🙂

  5. 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?

    • 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 🙂

    • 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 🙂

  6. 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??

    • 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!

  7. 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!

    • 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!

        • 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!

        • 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…!


        • 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

    • 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 🙂

    • 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!

    • 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!


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