February 18, 2022 · Written by Carol Pincione
Castor oil is a common ingredient in many cosmetic products and also used for centuries as an additive in food and medications.
In Italian called "Olio di Ricino", this oil has a thick light yellow color and is obtained by pressing castor beans, seeds of the ricinus communis plant.
Castor Oil is a luxury ingredient in the soap-making process as it's rich in essential fatty acids that moisturize the skin.
These fatty acids act as humectants, retaining moisture and promoting hydration of the skin.
A small amount of castor oil in soap helps to create and stabilize a beautiful low, dense and creamy lather while giving extra conditioning benefits.
It's a precious ingredients in all my recipes.