Emerging Application of Castor oil in Personal Care Sector

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.

Company Country Products castor derivatives used in Derivative Used
Lavera USA Deodorants, body lotion, sunscreen Zinc ricinoleate and HCO
Avene USA Deodorant Zinc ricinoleate
Jason USA Body lotion and deodorants Zinc ricinoleate
Arkema France Hair care, beauty creams Undecylenic acid
Aveya Beauty USA Hair care products Castor oil basic grades
Worlee Cosmetics Germany Natural exfoliants HCO

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.