Jamaican Castor Oil - Its Scent

ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
I have a bottle of this arriving next week!

While doing a NC search about JCO, I came across several posts regarding the scent...some say nutty, some say smoky, and some say stinky.

Please describe to me how it smells to you. Does its scent linger through out the day? Can the scent be masked with essential oils?

Thanks!
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Smells nutty and doesn't linger at all. I can't smell it unless I stick my nose in the bottle. I've been using it for the last 3 washes. Falling in love again!
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  • hippychichippychic Posts: 4,673Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Smells like smoke to me kind of like unrefined shea butter. I use it at night only.
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    thanks for the replies. :cherry:
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  • mariag002mariag002 Posts: 3,557Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Smells like something I left on the stove too long because I was too busy watching Oprah

    Ewww I hated it
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  • FleurztyFleurzty Posts: 795Registered Users
    If you think that's bad! Haitian castor oil smells even more raw (stinky). It is goodness in a bottle though. Back home they use it for everything. It is a staple for hair care.
  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    i received this product today too!

    scent in bottle is almost nonexistent, but when i rubbed too much on hand, i could smell the smokiness. i have massaged some onto my scalp, but really don't smell it. i can't wait to see if i can smell it when i apply it to my hair. so far so good.
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  • mj11051mj11051 Posts: 407Registered Users
    I love,love, love JBCO I use it in my hair and my feet.It keeps them both so soft.:thumbup:
  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    mj,

    good tip about using on the feet. i am going to try some tonight.

    so, i have read that people use the oil as an oil rinse, how else could i use the oil for my hair?
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  • mj11051mj11051 Posts: 407Registered Users
    Windflower wrote: »
    mj,

    good tip about using on the feet. i am going to try some tonight.

    so, i have read that people use the oil as an oil rinse, how else could i use the oil for my hair?



    You can use it as a scalp oil makes your hair very soft and thick.
  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    mj,

    thanks again for the tip about using the oil in my feet. i used just a small amount last night, and my feet were a lot softer. will use even more tonight...
    Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage. Anais Nin
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    i got my jamaican black castor oil today. i sure hope it works because i'm not in love with the smell... hopefully it will fade.
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  • ZinniaZinnia Posts: 7,339Registered Users
    luvmylocs wrote: »
    i got my jamaican black castor oil today. i sure hope it works because i'm not in love with the smell... hopefully it will fade.

    how much did you use? i noticed that if i use a tiny amount, the scent isn't too bad. at first, i used too much and...umm...it didn't fade and it was bad.

    i did some dry/damp twists tonight with Darcy Madagascar Vanilla Creme with a bit of JBCO. no smell.
    Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage. Anais Nin
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Windflower wrote: »
    luvmylocs wrote: »
    i got my jamaican black castor oil today. i sure hope it works because i'm not in love with the smell... hopefully it will fade.

    how much did you use? i noticed that if i use a tiny amount, the scent isn't too bad. at first, i used too much and...umm...it didn't fade and it was bad.

    i did some dry/damp twists tonight with Darcy Madagascar Vanilla Creme with a bit of JBCO. no smell.

    oh i only used a little and it was at night. it was fine.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    hippychic wrote: »
    Smells like smoke to me kind of like unrefined shea butter. I use it at night only.



    That's exactly what I thought when I first tried JBCO. Like shea butter I don't even notice the smell anymore.

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