Castor oil is a multipurpose oil that helps to moisturize skin, boost muscle movement and reduces acne. Read this guide to know how to buy castor oil and cautions before purchasing it.
Castor Oil is a yellow semi-transparent liquid with numerous health and medicinal benefits. It’s prepared by drawing out oil from castor seeds and serves a variety of cosmetic and medical purposes. This guide will explain you in brief on “how to buy castor oil” and cautions you should take before making a purchasing decision.
How to buy castor oil?
There are numerous ways to buy castor oil. You can buy it from:
- Nearby authorized medical or drug store
- Trusted online websites
Before you buy castor oil, there are some things you need to know. I have been working with castor oil brands for years, so read my TOP 10 TIPS for purchasing castor oil here below!
1. Buy Castor Oil Online
My top recommendation for purchasing castor oil is to buy it online. As you’ll see below, buying castor oil online is a smart decision for several reasons. You can read reviews, check for certification, calculate the price, compare with other brands, and most of the time it saves you money.
2. Filter for Only Organic Castor Oil
Castor oil is mainly used for both beauty and health purposes. And when you’re purchasing castor oil to use your beauty or health, you want to make sure it’s extremely high-quality. If you suffer from acne or gastrointestinal pain, you don’t want to topically apply low-quality castor oil (that goes for any type of product).
Buy only organic castor oil, I promise it’s not that much more expensive and you’ll reap even more of its benefits.
3. Read Reviews Thoroughly
By purchasing castor oil online, you not only get a wide variety of choices, but you can also analyze those choices via REVIEWS. When you buy electronics, you check the customer reviews, right? It’s the same with castor oil! Just because it costs less doesn’t mean you should undervalue the importance of checking the reviews.
Reviews are pure gold in the online world, so make sure to read them thoroughly. Check for both positive and negative reviews of the castor oil to get an all-around idea of its rating.
4. Check for Certifications (Organic, Cold-Pressed)
Be extra careful when buying castor oil because some brands falsely promote highly sought out certifications, such as the USDA certified organic label.
Hover over the image of the bottle of castor oil to find the stamp. You can also find the actual proof of certification on some of the brands’ websites. You just need to put in the research.
In addition to the organic label, you want to check whether the castor oil is cold-pressed or expeller-pressed.
5. Locate the Origin
Sometimes it helps to see if a type of castor oil is “authentic” or not is to verify the origin. As you might already know, the castor plant grows in hot countries, so don’t expect castor oil to be sourced from the US or the UK. It might be processed or bottled there, but the origin of the castor oil in question will probably come from India.
6. Check for Plastic VS Glass Bottles
Depending upon your lifestyle, you might want to only buy castor oil that comes in a plastic bottle or in a glass bottle. Dark amber glass bottles are better, plus they’re reusable and better suited for recycling than the plastic versions. However, if you wish to buy larger quantities of castor oil at once, brands usually sell them in 16-oz plastic bottles. Smaller bottles will tend to be glass.
7. Calculate the Price/Ounce
Before you purchase castor oil, it is imperative that you calculate the price per ounce. By doing so, you will discover how much the castor oil actually costs. Sometimes you might think a certain brand of castor oil is relatively cheap (or expensive) for its size, and the only way of discovering the difference between brands is by calculating the price per ounce.
Once you do this, you’ll see the difference in price per ounce. And you might also learn about quality differences, too. Sometimes the difference between low-quality castor oil and high-quality castor oil lies hidden in the price per ounce.
8. Consider Your Use of Castor Oil (Short vs. Long-term)
If you wish to use only small amounts at a time (nails, eyelashes, eyebrows, etc.) then buy a small bottle of castor oil to start with. Many people tend to buy large quantities which end up sitting on the shelf for ages and go to waste. Castor oil might have a long shelf life, but it’s best to use it up when it’s fresh.
9. Check Castor Oil Brand’s Websites
As I somewhat mentioned earlier, sometimes it’s a great (even brilliant) idea to check the castor oil brand’s website. Oftentimes you’ll find a gold mine of information on these pages that aren’t mentioned on the Amazon product page.
10. Find Helpful Recipes to Get Started
Finally, my last tip for purchasing castor oil is to find some recipes to help get you started. There are loads of castor oil recipes that are easy to make and that will help inspire you to continue using your castor oil frequently.
Also Read: Castor Oil and Vitamin E Recipes
Use castor oil enough that it naturally becomes a habit. Oftentimes it can take up to several weeks in order to see clear results from the use of castor oil. It all depends on you, the amount and frequency you use. The best way to see results fast is to use it wisely and use it often.
Final Thoughts: Purchasing Castor Oil (10 TIPS to Know)
I hope you enjoyed my top 10 tips for purchasing castor oil! I have many a time purchased castor oil so I know exactly what to look for now. In hopes that you can find a high-quality castor oil for your lifestyle and routine, too! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. 🙂
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