Spotlight on Ingredients: Castor Bean Oil

Spotlight on Ingredients: Castor Bean Oil

Posted by Phil Houghton on

Here at Velettá, we place a lot of importance on the ingredients that we choose to include in our skincare products. This is because we believe in the power of natural beauty, and think it’s inherent you know about everything that is going onto your skin.

This month’s spotlight on ingredients is castor bean oil, an ingredient that you will find in some of our skincare products. This fixed oil is actually pretty unique when you compare it to other oils that are commonly found in beauty products, both natural and artificial. Its viscous texture makes for a luxurious feel against the skin, and it also has cleansing properties, making it a popular choice for many beauty products, including soap and other bath products.

The castor oil comes from the castor oil plant, and the seeds go through a pressing process to extract oil. It has a high fatty profile, and as a result, it is also a natural ingredient that you can find in many food products.

What is Castor Bean Oil Traditionally Used For?

Castor bean oil might sound like a relatively new phenomenon, but it has actually been used around the world for centuries, primarily for medicinal purposes. In the past, castor bean oil has been used for things like leprosy and syphilis, and in more recent years has been touted as a way to start labor in women who have gone over their due date.

One main ingredient of castor bean oil is ricinoleic acid. This is a type of fatty acid, and it is effective at fighting inflammation. This is why castor bean oil is seen as a natural anti-inflammatory that can help keep your skin calm and even eradicate any red spots. 

Is Castor Bean Oil Toxic?

Castor bean oil is definitely not toxic, but there is a small possibility that some could be allergic to it. This is why we always recommend that you do a spot test of our products before implementing them into your daily routine.

Benefits of Using Castor Bean Oil

There are many benefits to using castor bean oil. Medicinally, it has been known to help alleviate symptoms of inflammatory skin issues, as well as warts, growths, and boils. It is also known for being effective at softening the skin.

When it comes to the feel of castor oil, it is similar to glycerin – it will have a sticky, thick texture and can be a great addition to products whose main purpose is to keep the skin nice and moisturized. You will find it in balms, lip products in general, bubble bath, and soap.

Castor oil has beneficial cleansing properties, which is why it's a great natural addition to many oil-based cleansers. When using an oil-based cleanser, it should be able to eradicate any sebum that your skin produces, replacing it with new oil that’s clean and devoid of any grim or dirt. Cleansing with an oil-based cleanser can help prevent your skin from producing too much sebum and causing dirt and grime to become trapped beneath. 

Caring About What We Put into Our Products

The team here at Velettá is committed to putting only the best quality ingredients into all of our products, which is why we are upfront and honest about each one. We want you to know everything about what's in your daily skincare products so that you can continue to treat your skin to the best care. 


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