Shiny Leaf, a US based cosmetics company recently launched premium castor oil as part of the company’s new line of essential oils. The new premium oil has received much attention among Amazon customers since the start of its sale online. It has also become a hit among beauty experts all over the world.
Castor oil is an essential oil and has many applications including slowing down the signs of skin aging by providing moisture, prevent stretch marks, good hair growth, etc.
In recent years, many large companies have launched castor oil based cosmetics products, which shows that castor oil will play a major role in cosmetics industry in future.
Castor oil and derivatives are widely used in soaps, creams (tretinoin), shampoos, perfumes, lip gels, lipsticks, hair oils, deodorants, lubricants, sunscreens, and other personal care products.
It has been used in skin care products for centuries, and continues to play an important part in soaps and cosmetics.
Cosmetics manufacturers use castor oil and its derivatives in formulating non-comedogenic cosmetics (cosmetics that don’t exacerbate or contribute to acne) and emollients.
The major companies using castor oil for cosmetics are given in the table.
||Products castor derivatives used in
||Deodorants, body lotion, sunscreen
||Zinc ricinoleate and HCO
||Body lotion and deodorants
||Hair care, beauty creams
||Hair care products
||Castor oil basic grades
The global demand for organic personal care products is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 9.6 per cent.
Castor today contributes only a small % to this sector, but the potential is much higher.
In Germany, Worlee Cosmetics has developed castor oil based WorléeBeads HCO, which can be used as a cosmetic rinse-off product, replacing PE and PP plastic micro particles as an exfoliant. The product is designed for exfoliation in rinse-off products such as facial scrubs, body scrubs and shower gels.
Due to their low particle size, plastic micro particles (100 – 500 μm) used in cosmetic applications can pass through filter plants and finally end up in great quantities in the oceans and from there to marine life and finally into the human food chain. Plastic micro particles finding their way to landfill may still be potentially harmful for decades due to the very slow decomposition of plastics. The concentration of the toxic, carcinogenic and hormonally acting substances caused by these plastic micro particles will only increases over time and the total risk and impact on humans and the environment has yet to be realised.
WorléeBeads HCO hence offers a safe and environmental friendly alternative.
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