Castor oil has been in use since long and still finds increasing applications in various industries. The prominent applications of castor oil include cosmetics, soaps, textiles, medicines and more. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and moisturizing properties. It can be used orally as well as topically.
Here are some interesting benefits of castor oil:
- Castor oil is best for skin. It speeds up the healing process and leaves the skin soft and delicate.
- It helps diminishing puffiness and tiredness from eyes.
- It is the best remedy for split ends in the hair.
- It can treat joint pain, knee pain and also other pain caused by inflammation.
Oils have played an essential role in many women’s beauty regimes. Castor oil is one among them and the most overlooked. The main benefit of castor oil is the stimulation and promotion of hair growth and has become the main ingredient for luscious eye lashes.
Here are some key beauty benefits of castor oil:
- When applied in scalp, fatty acids in castor oil can penetrate hair follicles and moisturise deep into the scalp, preventing flaking skin.
- The ricinoleic acid and omega 6 present in the oil are great for hair growth and promote circulation. Applying castor oil in eyelashes and eyebrows can make them grow thicker.
- Help repair spots and scars due to anti-inflammatory properties of the oil.
AMAG Pharmaceuticals has announced that it has submitted supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to the US FDA for the Makena® subcutaneous auto-injector, a drug-device combination product.
The current Makena intramuscular (IM) injection is the only FDA-approved treatment indicated to reduce the risk of preterm birth in women. Patients receiving Makena® should inform the healthcare provider whether they are allergic to hydroxyprogesterone caproate, castor oil, or any of the other ingredients in Makena.
Demand and awareness for castor and other organic products are on the rise in Kuching, a city in Malaysia as search for more health conscious options have increased in the locality.
The observation was shared by a local pharmacy industry during a cosmetic product launch recently. There has been an increase in demand for organic products, especially essential oils and carrier oils in recent times.
SHINE pharmacy, the only retailer of castor oil in Kuching currently, expressed that castor oil has been the best selling product in the past few months.
Closure Company Diam Bouchage has unveiled a sustainable version of its Diam closure range in Europe. Named Origine, the technology uses food grade castor oil as the binding agent with microspheres produced from beeswax. The new Origine technology will be used to produce standard corks.
This new technology has been designed for producers looking for an option of higher OTR and those looking for sustainable options.
The new technology offers higher oxygen permeability, while providing the same structural guarantee when compared to the other products in the same range.
Plume Cosmetics, a premium natural cosmetics company has launched a new cosmetic product with castor oil as one of the ingredients. Named Nourish & Define Brow Pomade, it is the world’s first all-natural, growth-activated coloured cosmetic product for eyebrows.
The product contains active ingredients like vitamin E, castor seed oil and coleus forskohlii root oil. Nourish & Define Brow Pomade sculpts, fills and adds texture to brows, while these active ingredients work beneath the surface to gradually enhance the brow growth over time.
After sportswear and casualwear, high end fashion textiles sector is showing interest towards sustainability. Italian’s leading producer of high quality knitted fabrics, Luxury Jersey has chosen to partner with Fulgar, for the creation of its most recent product, NAL0064 made with EVO, the innovative bio-based yarn by Fulgar.
EVO, an innovative biobased yarn developed by Fulgar is made from castor oil. It is suitable for any textile application and ideal for sportswear. It is ultra-light, super stretch and extremely breathable.
The Bioplastics Guide, which was started by EAI as a specialized division to provide strategy and market consulting for the bioplastics and biopolymers segments, has a useful section that provides an overview of bioplastics.
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- Bioplastics and its classification
- Feedstock used to make Bioplastics
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- Non-Biodegradable plastics
- Bioplastics and its end-use segments
- End-life options for bioplastics
- Bioplastics – Markets and Trends
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Recent research shows production of jet fuel from ricinoleic acid methyl ester.
Experiments conducted earlier have shown the possibility of producing jet fuel from castor oil or hydro processing castor oil.
Now scientists from China have found that jet fuel could be produced from castor oil derived ricinoleic acid methyl ester. A unique hydroxyl group in the ricinoleic acid chain induced a special thermal rearrangement reaction in medium chain fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and heptanal formation. This reaction was used as a starting point for the production of jet fuel.
Results showed that the carbon selectivity in the castor oil to jet fuel process was as high as 90%.
Castor oil in water emulsions, also known as fatliquors are used for lubrication of tanned leather fibres to get softness and improve strength properties. Fatliquoring agents are usually obtained by chemical modification.
Now scientists have performed an experiment using nano-TiO2 as emulsifying agent. The fatliquoring agent based on castor oil was prepared using nano-TiO2 as emulsifying agent by mechanical mixing. Thus castor oil/nano-TiO2 composite fatliquoring agent (CTF) was obtained via Pickering emulsion method.
Pickering emulsion method is the process of preparing emulsion that is stabilized by solid particles which adsorb onto the interface between the two phases.
Results showed that the addition of nano-TiO2 stabilized the emulsion and the application of emulsion in the leather fatliquoring process of goatskin garment improved the physical and mechanical properties of leather. Also, CTF was biodegradable compared to chemically modified castor oil fatliquoring agent.