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.
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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.
Recent study has found the production of medicated soap from castor oil.
Medicated soaps are those used for bathing, and contains additives that helps kill germs and other microorganisms. They can also have other functions like skin toning and age defying effects. Generally all types of soaps are prepared using caustic soda.
Now scientists from Nigeria have performed an experiment to produce medicated soap from castor oil extract. Castor oil was extracted via soxhlet extractor and the characterization studies were carried out. It was found that the acid value and saponification value of the oil were between the ranges of values specified by ASTM.
The soap produced gave a pH of 8.9 and the antibacterial activity of the soap on the bacterial isolate Staphylococcus aureus showed a greater inhibition zone, thus concluding that a highly effective soap can be produced from castor oil.
Researchers from Brazil performed an experiment to evaluate the feasibility of OSB panel production Parica (Schizolobium amazonicum) wood particles bonded by castor oil based polyurethane resin. Three different resin contents (8%, 10% and 12%) were evaluated.
Results showed that panels produced with 8% of resin content were best as they were compatible with norm requirements and used less resin in the manufacturing process. Thus Parica wood and castor oil based polyurethane resin in the OSB panels production is feasible.
Italian synthetic fibre business Fulgar has launched a new high performance nylon fibre made from biopolymer extracted from castor oil seed.
The fibre, Evo, is suitable for all applications, particularly, for the sports sector as it is ultra-light, stretchy and easily breathable.
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.