Castor Wax ( Ricinus Communis hydrogenated)

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Castor Wax is a vegetable-derived (vegan), hydrogenated castor oil derivative, that can be used as an emollient and thickener in a variety of cosmetic products.  Supplied as an off-white hard brittle wax ( flakes /pastilles ). Castor Wax  is a non-toxic, odourless, tasteless,  biodegradable and a renewable resource product. It contains a high proportion of Ricinoleic Acid (12-Hydroxyoleic Acid).

Castor Wax has high product uniformity and consistency for a naturally occurring material.  Castor Wax. acts as a moisturiser due to being a humectant (via hydrogen bonding between the hydroxyl groups on the product and water molecules) and also by being able to form an occlusive layer which reduces trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL). It is recommended for use in anti-perspirant sticks, cosmetic pencils, lipsticks, creams and lotions. Castor Oil is noted for its ability to carry a high concentration of dyes and pigments, which is a requirement of colour cosmetics such as lipsticks.

This wax can also be used in soapmaking to harden up the soap (beyond where castor oil offers hardening)   and still maintain its boosting properties


        • Increases viscosity in lotions, creams, and ointments
        • Stabilizes stick products and increases melting point of lip sticks and lip balms
        • Acts as effective emollient
        • Use: For external use only,  Add to hot oil phase of formulation until melted (melting point 84-89°C ). Typical use level 0.5-10%.
Applications: Stick products, also deodorants, lip balms, pomades, foundations, creams, lotions.

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A

0.10 kg (100g), 0.25kg (250 g), 0.5 kg, 1 kg, 5 kg

Technical Data


Property  Value 
 Form  White flakes
 Acid Value   1
 Hydroxyl Value  165
 Iodine Value  3
 Melt Point, ºC  84-89
 Solubility  Not water-soluble, oil-soluble
 Molecular Weight  934
 CAS 8001-78-3

INCI Name: Hydrogenated castor oil
Animal Testing: Not animal tested
GMO: GMO-free
Vegan: Does not contains animal-derived components

Typical Fatty Acid composition

Raw material source: Ricinus Communis beans

 Typical Fatty Acid compositions:                %    
 Ricinoleic  89.5%
 Linoleic   4.2%
 Oleic  3%
 Palmitic  1%
 Stearic  1%
 Dihydroxystearic Acid  0.7%
 Eicosenoic  0.3%
Linolenic  0.3%