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Castor Oil for Cosmetics

Castor oil's application range is very wide. From the attractive uses such as cosmetics to the areas of national security involving engineering plastics, jet engine lubricants and polymers for electronics and telecommunications, castor oil plays an important role in today’s industry.

This section at Castoroil.in discusses the role of this exciting plant oil in the cosmetics industry.

Castor Oil for Cosmetics

Castor oil and derivatives are used in soaps, creams (tretinoin), shampoos, perfumes, lip gels, lipsticks, hair oils (increases hair luster), deodorants, lubricants, sunscreens, and many other personal hygiene and beauty products.

Castor oil has been used in skin care products for centuries, and continues to play an important part in the production of soaps and cosmetics. Cosmetic manufacturers use castor oil and its derivatives in formulating non-comedogenic cosmetics (cosmetics that don't exacerbate or contribute to acne) and emollients.

Cosmetics – Industry Market Size

Global demand for organic personal care products was over $7.6 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 9.6 per cent.  (Source: Transparency Market Research)

Castor Products and Derivatives Used In the Cosmetics Industry:

®     Castor Oil

®     Castor Oil Esters

®     Undecylenic Acid

®     Castor Wax

®     Zinc Ricinoleate

®     Heptaldehyde

®     Heptanoic Acid

®     Undecylenic Acid

®     Heptyl Alcohol

®     Ethyl Heptoate

®     Heptyl Acetate

®     12-HSA


Some of the Companies Using Castor Products for their Cosmetic Products:



Castor Oil Products

Eckart (A Company of Altana), Germany


The company uses castor oil as one of the ingredient in its lipstick.

Worlee Cosmetics, Germany


Worlee has launched WorléeBeads HCO natural exfoliants, made from castor oil.




The company uses zinc ricinoleate as one of the ingredients in its deodorant and body lotion. It uses hydrogenated castor oil in its sunscreen lotion production.

Avene, USA


Uses zinc ricinoleate in its deodorant production

Jason, USA


Uses zinc riciloneate in hand and body lotion and deodorants.

Symrise, Germany


The Company has launched new PEG-free solubilizer SymSol® PF-3, which can be used by cosmetics manufacturers to solubilize lipophilic substances, such as perfume and essential oils, actives and vitamins in pure aqueous and aqueous alcoholic product formulations.