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Following its promotions of Jamaican cosmetics in London, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will lead a trade mission to the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in Atlanta, Georgia between August 19 and 21.
Eight Companies will be part of the delegation to the event, which hosts over 30,000 beauty professionals yearly who explore the newest and most exciting beauty trends and products.
Six of the companies will be focusing on the promotion of Jamaican Black Castor oil products, as JAMPRO strengthens its strategy to develop the castor oil sector. The Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) will also join the mission to support the companies.
A Jamaican castor oil producer has stated that the industry needs assistance from the Government if it is to capture its fair share of the fast-growing and lucrative trade that is expected to grow to over US$2 billion in another seven years.
According to the producer, who has been in castor production for the past two years, some form of mechanisation is necessary to help castor oil producers increase production.
The Jamaican Castor Oil Industry is working with Jampro to tap into the growing market for Jamaican black castor oil and commercial grade castor oil which has a prospective value for US$ 100 milion or more.
Recently, the two entities organised a workshop focused on mechanised processes for castor oil, meant to position processors to reliably supply foreign markets.
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.
With increasing demand for castor oil and its related products, Jamaican stakeholders are planning to venture into this exciting industry which is expected to grow to over US$ 2 billion in the next seven years.
According to Jamaica Castor Industry Association (JCIA) while the association has only been formally registered since January 2017 it has been working since last year to sensitise stakeholders in the castor industry and recruit members.
Jamaica has also recently started a project “Grow Castor Bean”. The goal of the project is to provide a consistent supply of castor oil to markets locally and internationally.
Scientists from Brazil performed an experiment to optimize and investigate the biodiesel production from castor oil using microwave-assisted hybrid transesterfication process under various conditions such as microwave power, treatment time, ethanol:oil ratio and catalyst concentration (KOH).
Results showed that under optimal conditions the predicted biodiesel production was found to be 95% with a desirability value of 0.998.
Earth Gen-BioFuel has planned to promote the use of castor bean oil in the manufacture of biodiesel. It has planned to sponsor two international castor bean industry symposiums. The first symposium will be in the United States and the second is planned for Southeast Asia.
EarthGen plans to expand its own castor bean farming beyond its Laos operation to develop and diversify its growing locations and harvesting dates. In addition to working with the Singapore based consulting group Gionesis, the company has been working with farm operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru and Mexico.
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%.