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|Common name||Castor oil|
|Botanical name||Ricinus communis|
|Description||Yellow to light brown viscous oil|
|Typical Fatty Acid Profile||
|Plant parts used||Seeds|
|Extraction method||Cold pressing|
|Country of Origin||India|
Castor oil has an unusual fatty acid profile containing modest amounts of both oleic and linoleic acids and 85 to 95% ricinoleic acid (named after Castor itself). It is very thick, pale oil which is one of the reasons it is used so much in cosmetics.
Castor oil is actually soluble in alcohol and creates a unique solubility with beeswax, which is why it is used so much in balms and deodorants. It has a low molecular weight and so penetrates the skin easily, and acts as a softening agent. It is a greasy feeling oil with a lot of shine, but can feel sticky which is why it is used in lipsticks – the added gloss enhances the appearance of the finish and its stickiness helps to keep the oil on your lips without feathering into fine lines. It is low comedogenic (1 out of 5) and non-irritating. It has acanthotic activity, meaning it can help increase skin thickness.
Ricinoleic acid is soluble in alcohol (but not water) and oil. It acts as a humectant and helps make Castor a 'dry'oil as well as increasing its viscosity.
As this is a cold pressed oil, no solvents such as hexane were used in the extraction process.
Skin: Moisture balance
Lip Balm/Stick: Gloss, adhesion
This product is intended for external use only.
Such a useful oil for soothing dry skin. Also, you can arrest the growth of moles by making a paste of castor oil & baking soda; apply it daily until the mole stops growing. It worked brilliantly for my daughter.
Castor oil has been the missing link in my chocolate fudge lip balm. Amazing!! Thank you pure nature!