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[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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46 Comments

  • Reply Harlem M

    its nice that they have applicators on the bottle

    February 21, 2015 at 16:34
    • Reply Lungi

      Oh yeah – the applicator caps are a big plus

      February 22, 2015 at 19:32
    • Reply deli

      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.

      June 23, 2017 at 20:07
  • Reply Lebogang Kutumela

    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 at 11:19
    • Reply Lungi

      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

      February 23, 2015 at 12:26
  • Reply 16 week stretch | Lungi's healthy hair journey

    […] used JBCO to massage my hairline about 3 times a week – I was pretty consistent with this one as […]

    May 3, 2015 at 14:49
  • Reply Ntando

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

    July 8, 2015 at 08:29
    • Reply Lungi

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

      July 8, 2015 at 10:40
  • Reply Noxolo

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

    July 11, 2015 at 00:00
    • Reply Lungi

      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.

      July 13, 2015 at 14:38
  • Reply Bekezela Lephoi

    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.

    September 21, 2015 at 22:33
    • Reply Lungi

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

      September 25, 2015 at 16:57
  • Reply Thuli

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

    January 12, 2016 at 15:25
    • Reply Lungi

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

      January 13, 2016 at 09:27
  • Reply Lindiwe Mafa

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

    January 15, 2016 at 09:13
    • Reply Lungi

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

      January 15, 2016 at 11:53
  • Reply ntoh

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

    March 17, 2016 at 20:23
    • Reply Lungi

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

      March 17, 2016 at 22:13
  • Reply René

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

    May 10, 2016 at 23:01
    • Reply Lungi

      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.

      May 12, 2016 at 14:01
  • Reply Zanele

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

    October 22, 2016 at 19:54
    • Reply Lungi

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

      October 22, 2016 at 22:11
      • Reply Zanele

        Is there any other place besides Arrow Cash and Carry

        November 3, 2016 at 20:45
        • Reply Lungi

          I don’t know of another place.

          November 4, 2016 at 05:03
  • Reply Tee

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

    November 27, 2016 at 14:44
  • Reply Sthe

    Hi Tee I got mine in Timber street

    December 30, 2016 at 17:40
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    February 3, 2017 at 09:01
    • Reply Venetia

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

      March 23, 2017 at 20:25
      • Reply Lungi

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

        April 13, 2017 at 14:54
  • Reply Mbali

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

    February 28, 2017 at 11:00
    • Reply Lungi

      Thanks for the support Mbali

      March 3, 2017 at 18:47
  • Reply Thobby ntuli

    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

    March 14, 2017 at 07:00
    • Reply Lungi

      You’re welcome Thobby

      April 13, 2017 at 15:20
  • Reply Nomusa

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

    April 22, 2017 at 16:07
    • Reply Lungi

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

      May 3, 2017 at 09:50
  • Reply Susan

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

    April 29, 2017 at 22:41
    • Reply Lungi

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

      May 3, 2017 at 09:42
  • Reply Mpumie

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

    May 3, 2017 at 07:07
    • Reply Lungi

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

      May 3, 2017 at 09:43
  • Reply Mloowie

    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

    May 13, 2017 at 18:29
    • Reply Lungi

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

      May 13, 2017 at 21:20
  • Reply Alima

    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.

    July 17, 2017 at 09:54
    • Reply Lungi

      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.

      July 17, 2017 at 12:42
  • Reply Portia

    Hiwhere can I buy this castor oil around nelspruit

    September 10, 2017 at 23:48
    • Reply Lungi

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

      September 19, 2017 at 14:18

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