Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Thoughts On Castor Oil

If you look back through the Parisian To Be archives, it's rather obvious during which time I read the book No More Dirty Looks. In other words, just look for the surge of green, natural, and clean beauty ramblings.  Since then, I'm rustled through the fog and come up with a clean vs. conventional product mantra of my own. Now, I focus on effectivity rather than its aura. There are still a few lone standings, but "few" is the key word. Among them is castor oil

I'll admit that, initially, I purchased this bottle hoping for its promises of longer lashes and a less acneic complexion. Well, I didn't quite get that, but I'd also say that I didn't quite give it a long enough chance. Nevertheless, a peek at the oil from the chemistry-level certainly makes sense. Molecularly, it has a polar composition--more so than most fats--which, in layman's terms, means it attracts very well to many things (...like my heart). It's also composed of vitamin E, minerals, and proteins. All of this makes for antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, which, in turn, often compose the reasons for such optimistic odes. Apparently castor oil is good for hair growth, lock strengthening, combatting scalp infections, and controlling split ends. Others also say it's good for acne, again, because of those polar properties that attract ridiculously well to bacteria, dirt, dead skin cells, excess oil, and other pore cloggers.

So far, I'm sure you're counting down the minutes until the end of this post, so you can go get a bottle of this magic yourself. But, don't stop reading here; I still haven't dished my own thoughts on this potion. In the hair growth arena, I haven't seen any difference in either my lash length or strength. On the other hand, I have had some success using it on my face. When I ran out of my "first cleanse" cleanser, I reached for this as a fix for such a desperate measure. I smother some all over my dry face, rub it over my eyes, then wet a muslin with hot water, steam my face, then rub it off. And, that's it--for the first cleanse, that is. With application aside, I have seen a reduction in blackheads amongst my face and no new spots, either; that's always a plus.

So I have mixed feelings on this hyped clean, green product, but I'd say I'm enjoying it at the moment, and I'm also no longer blundered by the green beauty hypnose.


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"Castor Oil Effects on Hair Growth." Livestrong.com. Demand Media, 19 Feb. 2014. Web. 7 Jul. 2014

"Castor Oil." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., n.d. Web. 7 Jul. 2014.


  1. I absolutely loved this post! I might pick this up solely for its purpose as a first cleanse as I'm running out of my DHC Cleansing Oil. No blackheads, no spots? That's something I've been looking for ever since my early teens, ha!

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  2. I have a bottle and I'm using it to condition my lashes once in a while. I didn't know it was good for acne! Will try!


  3. I've heard good things about Castor Oil in terms of growing your eyebrows. I have been meaning to look into this further, and potentially give a try on the few sparse areas I have in my brows.

    Abbie x

  4. Could you talk more about your conventional vs clean mantra? I read No More Dirty Looks recently and I'm trying to sort through my own thoughts and shopping habits. I'd love to hear about your journey!

  5. I tend to be skeptical about natural 'cures' but coconut oil has worked wonders for me so castor oil might be one to keep my eye on! It certainly sounds lovely with all the vitamins and minerals it has; this was so interesting to read, I love that you included some of the science behind it!

  6. I'm so glad you liked the post. Honestly, it means a lot, especially coming from you. I wish castor oil the best of luck in pleasing you. (: x

  7. I've heard a lot of positive things about the oil when it comes to hair growth. Let me know how it works for you. x

  8. I'm glad you liked it, Rebecca. P.S. I'm coconut oil obsessed, too. x

  9. Love this post! I'm thinking a lot recently about the oil cleansing method. It would be so easy to remove makeup and get rid of blackheads in the same time, but I am a little sceptical. Lush cleanser or oil cleansing method (or maybe some french brand)? it is sooo hard to choose. Anyway great post! :)


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