Product Review: Mango & Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil

When I saw this product sitting on the shelf of my dread-locked friend's bathroom, I assumed maybe that is what it is exclusively used for! I mean dreads are attached to the Jamaican brand. Nonetheless I was struggling to find an accessible and cost effective oil to use on my hair besides Carol's Daughter Tui Oil (especially since they don't have a store front anymore!). It is also an expensive oil and if you have a big head like me, you will find yourself using lots of oil. So I decided to search the Beauty Salon's shelves for better alternatives and I finally decided to try the Mango & Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil line.

Mango and Lime Jamaican Black Castor Oil - Rosemary and Lavender

The oil is a great replacement to the Tui Oil, although it is a lot thicker and has an orange, brown color to it (unlike a light yellow color).  The coloring is not an issue however as the oil does get absorbed into the hair, as long as you apply sparingly. The price is also competitive anywhere from US$6.99-8.99. I apply the oil only when I have crochet braids in, using an applicator bottle to apply the oil to my tracks. I don't experience any drippage or greasy spots greeting me in the morning on my pillow. I do this about once a week and find my hair not that dry when I take it down from crochet braids.

One of the great things about this product is the versatility - it can not only be used for hair but also skim and aromatherapy (although I haven't tried those methods). The scents are not very strong at all and I don't find people commenting, 'Oh is that rosemary or lavender in your hair?!'. I personally would love to get the peppermint one just because I imagine the tingling relaxing sensation that will accompany the oil application to my scalp. Although rosemary in general is known to stimulate and help with hair growth.

Lastly the ingredients list is simple and doesn't contain any unnecessary chemicals I cannot pronounce. Just to be clear, there is no mango or lime in their products. As much as this half-Jamaican girl would continue to use this line, I am already looking into creating my only Black Castor Oil infusions with more herbal blends (peppermint and rosemary Jamaican Black Castor Oil anyone?)