Castor Oil, Ricinus Communis

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Castor Oil, Ricinus Communis is an emollient oil extracted from the castor bean (technically, a seed as it’s not part of the bean family).  Castor Oil is amongst one of the highest moisturizing oils, serving to provide a sufficient barrier, locking moisture in the skin, at the same time locking moisture out, making it a great choice for protective, barrier, treatments.

Castor Oil is also an excellent choice for lip balms where it will offer natural shine.  It is composed of ricinoleic acid (around 70-80%), linoleic acid and oleic acid. Used in the treatment of skin problems, burns, sunburns, sun disorders and abrasions. It is a good alternative to petroleum-derived lubricants.

Traditionally, Castor Oil has been used as a release agent, lubricant and binding agent in cosmetic formulations. Medicinally, it has been used as a laxative. Rich in emollients to soften and soothe skin, castor oil, with its low molecular weight, is known to penetrate deeply into the epidermis.


Up to 20% with the following suggested levels on cosmetic formulations:-

  • Body Care Emulsions – 1 to 5%
  • Skin / Body Oils, Salves, Balms – 2 to 20%
  • Lip Balms – 5 to 10%
  • Shampoos / Conditioners – 1 to 5%
  • Styling Products – 0.5 to 2%
  • Baby Protecting Products – 2 to 10%
  • Soap  – 2 to 30%

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Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A
OILs L/kg

0.5L, 1.0L, 20L, 250 mL, 5.0 L

Technical Data


Appearance Light Yellow Highly-Viscous Liquid
Specific Gravity 0.961
Required HLB 14
SAP Value 180 mg/KOH
Storage Tightly Sealed Away from Direct Heat, Light and Moisture
INCI Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil