Castor oil

The castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) most likely originates in East Africa; it is grown in Brazil, China, and India. Its oil is extracted from seeds that contain 40 to 60% oil.

Castor oil is primarily made up of ricinoleic acid. This mono-unsaturated fatty acid has an unusual “slowing” texture and viscosity.

Castor oil’s fluidity offers a a high lubricating power. It is an excellent agent wetting and scattering pigments in make-up products.

It is used by the pharmaceutical industry (excipient, laxative) as well as in cosmetic (nail polishes, lipsticks, creams and lotions, sprays and shampoo).


Varnish, Conditioner, dry Hair, Mascara, Skins sandbanks, Lipstick, Soap, Shampoo, Haircare, Nail care, Pharmaceutical use (excipient)

Cosmetiques - Pharma - Technique

Range of products

OLVEA Vegetable Oils offers castor oil:

  • Conventional: pharmaceutical, technical N°1