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By Gabriela, 28 september 2022

The Green Bioplaneet Dictonary: Castor Oil

Wonder oil
Wonder oil may sound a bit exaggerated, but it is one of the names given to the oil extracted from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant. That is why this tropical plant is also called Wonderboom. Other names that you may also come across are castor oil and ricinus oil. Castor oil itself has a pale-yellow colour and is very thick in consistency, so that is way it is often mixed with other vegetable oils that have a slightly thinner consistency. Castor oil is very rich in antioxidants and contains also ricinoleic acid, vitamin E, proteins, omega-6 and omega-9. Castor oil is also known for its antibacterial and anti-infective properties.

On your eyelashes and eyebrows
The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has a beneficial effect on the hair roots, which can make eyelashes look longer and thicker. The oil creates a healthy and moisturized area, which helps eyelashes grow more easily and fall out less quickly. Castor oil can also help make your eyebrows look fuller. Your eyebrows won't grow instantly longer, but the nourishing oil will make them look healthier and fuller. Do you want to boost your eyelashes and eyebrows in a natural way? Apply the Baebody Castor Oil Eyelash Serum nightly for best results.

On your skin
Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. This type of fatty acid is very effective in moisturising the skin. By using this type of fatty acid, the skin will retain moisture better, making wrinkles less visible and the skin smoother. Moisturised skin looks simply better than dry skin. Think of a grape versus a raisin. Castor oil also soothes dry and patchy skin. Castor oil is rich in antioxidants, which help prevent harmful free radicals from accelerating skin aging. Castor oil works best when mixed with other vegetable oils, such as cottonseed oil and plum oil. An example of a product containing these oils is the Prestigious Oil from SKINHAPTICS.

On your body
Besides its powerful moisturising effect, castor oil is also known for its strong antibacterial properties. These powerful properties make it an ideal ingredient for hair removal on sensitive skin, such as the bikini area. Shaving oils containing castor oil help prevent infection and inflammation, so that cuts and razor bumps don't stand a chance. An example of a hair removing product containing castor oil is the Shaving Oil Green Mint + Ylang Ylang from Lip Intimate Care. You can also find castor oil in the Lip Intimate Care's Gel-To-Milk Scrub Coconut. This product softens the delicate skin around the vulva and keeps the moisture barrier intact.

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