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Castor oil for glowing skin and lush hair? Why shoppers call this $16 bottle 'fantastic'

What is it?

There are so many reasons why castor oil can play a starring role in your skincare routine. Its nourishing and moisturizing properties make it a great way to keep your skin, hair and nails hydrated while an assortment of proteins and antioxidants will work overtime to strengthen hair follicles, helping your mane look richer and fuller. Well, right now you can grab a 16-ounce bottle of Handcraft Blends Jamaican Black Castor Oil for $16 — and the bigger the better, because, shoppers say, you're going to want to use it for just about everything.

This oil adds shine and moisture to the hair and skin. The brand claims it also increases blood flow to the scalp, providing nutrients to the hair follicles and promoting hair growth.

$16 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

While this has gone down to $12 on Amazon before, this more than 30% drop is still a steal as the same 16-ounce bottle is more than $20 at Walmart.

Why do I need this?

While a quick search for castor oil on Amazon will bring up many hits, Handcraft Blends Jamaican Black Castor Oil sets itself apart by being unfiltered, undiluted and free of any additives that can tamper with its natural formula. The result is a pure oil filled with hydrating and strengthening fatty acids, antioxidants and proteins that can do a whole lot with very little.

The first and most well known use? Helping your hair look thicker and healthier. When applied to your scalp, the brand claims that a rich blend of nutrients will work to lock moisture in at the hair shaft, strengthening hair follicles while promoting more blood flow to those follicles, which may help stimulate growth. And this doesn't just apply to the hair on your head — use this on thinning eyelashes or patchy eyebrows (anyone else over-pluck in the early 2000s?), and you may see the same benefits, without the need for penciling or volumizing mascaras.

A photo of the castor oil on a colorful background.
Shoppers say this miracle worker not only revitalizes hair, nails, lashes and brows, it's a great skin moisturizer. (Photo: Amazon)

This black castor oil also makes an excellent skin moisturizer. Those same fatty acids, antioxidants and proteins showing love to your hair can also keep moisture inside your skin, reducing dullness and dry patches. That hyper-hydration mixed with the power of protein can even help reduce the look of fine lines, for an anti-aging bonus.

And finally, if you're an essential-oils lover, you'll find this mighty bottle will help dilute essential oils and act as a carrier oil. Seriously, what can't this oil do?

What reviewers say:

Reviewers are not just obsessed with the versatility of this product, they're also in love with their results. One five-star reviewer said "I really love this! My hair grew from my shoulders down to my back in a summer!! It really helped with hair growth! And my eyelashes got longer and looked a lot healthier. It is also helpful for moisturizing your face..."

This five-star reviewer raved: "It works. This seems to help my thinning front hairline! Along with a few other things! It works i can tell."

One reviewer, amazed by the skin care benefits, wrote, "My hands look 20 years younger after less than two weeks. Can’t wait to try on other parts of body and face."

Another noted, "I have very dry skin and several autoimmune skin problems and this stuff is fantastic. Much of the redness has gone since adding it to my skin routine. My skin feels hydrated all day instead of just an hour after applying lotion."

Nourish your hair, skin, and lashes with this natural wonder oil that's rich in vitamins and fatty acids.

$16 at Amazon

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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