[Mzansi] Jamaican Black Castor Oil

I have come across  2 JBCO brands in South Africa that I can buy off the shelf and I thought to feature them on the blog. As far as I know, and I stand to be corrected, the only JBCO brand available online (other than these 2) is the Sunny Isle one. So what I like about these ones is that they can be bought off the shelf. As much as I love online shopping, there is something about being able to handle a product in your hands, read the labels before buying it.

Update 13 December 2016… After getting numerous emails asking me if I sell hair products; I want to state here that I do not sell any hair products, accessorries, extensions, jamaican black castor oil etc. I’m a blogger sharing my hair journey. I also do not know where you can find hair products in towns/cities where I do  not live. I can help you with regards to finding products in Durban.

wpid-20150218_155420.jpgThese are the 2 brands that are available off the shelf in South Africa: Umera JBCO and Tropical JBCO

Umera JBCO

  • Made in South Africa, Bethlehem to be exact
  • R170 for 150ml
  • Contact the brand on twitter @AlwaysUmera and on their website

Tropical JBCO  

  • Made in the US
  • R85 for 50ml
  • Stocked in some salons
  • Contact the brand on their website, and they ship all over Africa

I have been using the Tropical JBCO since January and I have since switched over to the Umera JBCO to give that a try. I mix 50/50 with coconut oil and add some essential oils to the mixture. I let the mixture sit in a dark place for about 5 days before I start using it.

Read about my experience using JBCO for scalp massages over a 16 week stretch here

Happy shopping!

Update: I have been in touch with the people at Umera, I have listed some of the places in the different provinces where you can get their JBCO off the shelf. The recommended price is R170, however in some places it might be more expensive. This list is not exhaustive, I have taken the ‘biggest’ towns per province. You can contact the Umera people directly if you want to ask about your specific dorpie 🙂

KZN

  • SPARKPORT OVERPORT CNR OF SPARKS AND RANDELS ROADS
  • SPARKPORT CITY CNR OF SMITH AND BROAD STREETS

GAUTENG

  • SUNAY TRADING 51 RAILWAY STREET GERMISTON
  • CITY MEDICAL WHOLESALERS 335 FREDERICK STREET PRETORIA
  • ORBIE GENERAL DEALER NO4 ERIC LOUW STREET VANDERBIJLPARK

WESTERN CAPE

JABULA STORES SHOP NO 73 GOLDEN ACRE CAPE TOWN

NORTH-WEST

NEW DAY SUPERMARKET 145 KLOPPER STREET, RUSTENBURG

EASTERN CAPE

MICKEY TURNER AGENCIES 38 CHURCH STREET, EAST LONDON

MPUMALANGA

  • BUS STOP PHARM 22 ANDRESON STREET, NELSPRUIT
  • BHAYAT PHARMACY 15 NAUDE STREET, ERMELO

NORTHERN CAPE

  • KIMBERLY PHARMACY 16 MARKET SQUARE KIMBERLY
  • AFRICA SUPERMARKET 30 SCOTT STREET UPINGTON

FREE STATE

  • BATHO BATSHO FICHARDT STREET, BLOEMFONTEIN
  • MARIO DELICATSEN 7 KORT STREET, WELKOM

LIMPOPO

  • JAPPIE & VISSER t/a PHARMWELL 17 GROBLER STREET, POLOKWANE
  • MOKOPANE PHARMACY 64 NELSON MANDELA STR, MOKOPANE

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48 Comments

  1. February 21, 2015 / 16:34

    its nice that they have applicators on the bottle

    • February 22, 2015 / 19:32

      Oh yeah – the applicator caps are a big plus

    • deli
      June 23, 2017 / 20:07

      Hi Lungi thank you for sharing, it such a great help and appreciate you a lot, as am trying to grow my natural Afro hair, i knew castor oil helps but knowing this kind it such an achievement, love my hair and will update on my journey with this product….thank you, thank you.

      you such a hair saver lol.

  2. February 23, 2015 / 11:19

    The ones that you buy off the shelf where can we get them? I actually wane try JBCO… Regular Castor oil works magic for me I can only imagine what JBCO can do…

    • February 23, 2015 / 12:26

      Hey Lebo, I have updated the post with the lists of stockists in various provinces.
      I found regular castor oil not to do much for me, that’s why I have decided to try JBCO

  3. Ntando
    July 8, 2015 / 08:29

    Thanks love for the details about Cape Town off to get mine now! whoopie great blog

    • July 8, 2015 / 10:40

      You’re welcome Ntando. I’m glad that I could help.

  4. Noxolo
    July 11, 2015 / 00:00

    Hi Lungi. How is it going with tropical JBCO I started using it yesterday should I expect miracles?

    • July 13, 2015 / 14:38

      Hi Noxolo,

      I loved it when I used it – it made my new growth very soft and thicker.

      However it’s not a miracle product. You have to use it in conjuction with other healthy hair practices to gain the maximum benefit.

  5. Bekezela Lephoi
    September 21, 2015 / 22:33

    Hi lungi, I went to look for the oil at pharmacy you mentioner in kimberley but they dd not have in stock, how can I orde.My hairline is a mess.

    • Lungi
      Author
      September 25, 2015 / 16:57

      Hi Bekezela, please contact the TropicalJBCO or Umera JBCO people on their websites or on Twitter.

  6. Thuli
    January 12, 2016 / 15:25

    Jbco is also available at jet (mango and lime brand) and i saw it at clicks too.

    • Lungi
      Author
      January 13, 2016 / 09:27

      Yep, I have also seen that brand at Dischem too. Thanks for the info Thuli

  7. Lindiwe Mafa
    January 15, 2016 / 09:13

    I need contact details for Nelspruit…I need to buy it.

    • Lungi
      Author
      January 15, 2016 / 11:53

      Hi Lindiwe, the Neslpruit pharmacy details are on the blog post.

  8. ntoh
    March 17, 2016 / 20:23

    Hey lungi can I use both JBCO together with T444z hair food , where can I get it in durban I need it urgently

    • Lungi
      Author
      March 17, 2016 / 22:13

      Hi Nto, yes you can use jbco and t444z together. I’m not sure where to get t444z in Durban

  9. René
    May 10, 2016 / 23:01

    Will this help for new hair growth for thinning hair? My hair ia past my waist line, only problem is the thinning

    • Lungi
      Author
      May 12, 2016 / 14:01

      Hi Rene, I can’t say 100% for sure that it will help you with your thinning hair – this can be attributed to a lot of other issues. You can try it for yourself and see.

  10. Zanele
    October 22, 2016 / 19:54

    Hi lungi, i want to know where can i buy jamaican black castor oil in durban, realy need it.

    • Lungi
      Author
      October 22, 2016 / 22:11

      Hi Zanele, you can go to Arrow Cash & Carry on uMngeni Road, they have stock there

      • Zanele
        November 3, 2016 / 20:45

        Is there any other place besides Arrow Cash and Carry

        • Lungi
          Author
          November 4, 2016 / 05:03

          I don’t know of another place.

          • Zanele
            October 3, 2017 / 00:37

            Hi lungi i really need your help my hair seems to be breaking and coming out when im combing it and when i wash it its freezes any product you can recommend what should i do?

            • Lungi
              Author
              October 3, 2017 / 10:37

              Hi Zanele, it seems like your hair is dry. What’s your current regimen and which products are you using? You can email me on bylungi@gmail.com which the answers to these questions and we can discuss further

  11. Tee
    November 27, 2016 / 14:44

    Hi Lungi
    Where can I get this product in Pietermaritzburg?
    Thanks in advance

  12. Sthe
    December 30, 2016 / 17:40

    Hi Tee I got mine in Timber street

    • Venetia
      March 23, 2017 / 20:25

      Hi I jus purcased some at the Alpha pharmacy in church street pmb

      • Lungi
        Author
        April 13, 2017 / 14:54

        Thanks for letting us know Venetia – I’m certain that this info will help someone out there 🙂

  13. Mbali
    February 28, 2017 / 11:00

    Why i never heard of this blog? thanks to google,so camping here…Durbanite too

    • Lungi
      Author
      March 3, 2017 / 18:47

      Thanks for the support Mbali

  14. Thobby ntuli
    March 14, 2017 / 07:00

    Helo Cc lungi ngyabonnga ngyitholile jbco e cash&carry e Durban station angthembe nami uzongsiza cz ngineminyaka zadleka lezi nwele zam EMA celeni. Tnx a lot gal

    • Lungi
      Author
      April 13, 2017 / 15:20

      You’re welcome Thobby

  15. Nomusa
    April 22, 2017 / 16:07

    hi sis lungi I want to buy the oil in which store can I find in pinetown or chatsworth

    • Lungi
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 09:50

      Hi Nomusa, I’m not sure about Pinetown or Chatsworth; I know you can get the oil at Arrow Cash & Carry in Durban Station.

  16. Susan
    April 29, 2017 / 22:41

    Hi lungi is this jamaican oil 100 % crafted organic n can I also drink it for constipation?

    • Lungi
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 09:42

      Hi Susan, please don’t drink it. I’m not sure if it’s for drinking at all. Please consult with your doctor.

  17. Mpumie
    May 3, 2017 / 07:07

    Hi sis Lungi….can i use JCOL together with soul mate hairfood?

    • Lungi
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 09:43

      Hi Mpumie, I’m not familiar with Soul Mate Hairfood. The JBCO can be used by itself.

  18. Mloowie
    May 13, 2017 / 18:29

    Hi Lungi
    What color is the actual oil in the tropical jbco bottle? I bought a bottle in JHB and the oil is clear like normal castor oil. I was under the impression that it would be black because of the name. Can you advise

    • Lungi
      Author
      May 13, 2017 / 21:20

      Hi Mloowie, it’s a bit darker than usual castor oil but not so much – it’s not black at all

  19. Alima
    July 17, 2017 / 09:54

    Hi Lungi,

    Wondering if Jamaican Black castor oil comes in a tub, saw it on a website and seems in South Africa there’s only the bottles available.

    • Lungi
      Author
      July 17, 2017 / 12:42

      Hi Alima, I haven’t come across JBCO in a tub only in the bottles. I think that because the oil is a liquid at room temperature, it will be difficult to have it in a tub.

  20. Portia
    September 10, 2017 / 23:48

    Hiwhere can I buy this castor oil around nelspruit

    • Lungi
      Author
      September 19, 2017 / 14:18

      Hi Portia, please check the Tropical and Umera JBCO website for their stockists

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