Castor Oil - Pure Natural Base Carrier Oil

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Botanical Name: Ricinus communis

Colour: Light Yellow

Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed, BP grade, hexane-free

Castor oil, often misspelt as “caster oil”, has a botanical name of Ricinus communis and is very light yellow in appearance. It is inherent in most tropical areas of Asia and Africa, and is best grown in well-drained soil. Castor oil is extracted through cold processing from the seeds of the said plant and is used in a number of applications but most specifically in skincare.


It is an undeniable fact that our skin tends to lose its natural moisture levels as we age. And without enough hydration, our skin may undesirably look less plump, dry, and haggard. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural skincare ingredients that can help counter these skin issues and one of which is castor oil.

Known for its ultra-hydrating properties, castor oil works to deeply soothe and improve the appearance of your skin. It also helps to fight hyperpigmentation and skin-redness that are caused from using chemical-laden beauty products. This is because the oil is jampacked with healthy fatty acids and vitamin E that are essential in restoring and maintaining the skin’s natural glow.

Nowadays, this oil is commonly used in soaps, conditioners, and balms due to its ability to create a rich and fluffy texture. Apart from being a good emulsifying agent, castor oil is permeable and can help create a natural barrier on the skin that guards it from harsh conditions.

It is also an effective facial cleanser in that as this oil's properties are similar to sebum, the castor oil dissolves the excess sebum on the skin, so when the castor oil is rinsed away, the excess sebum is also removed, leaving the skin clearer than before. In addition, castor oil offers other anti-acne benefits. 

Applying castor oil on sensitive skin areas such as the neck and under the eyes can actually reduce the appearance of fine lines and small wrinkles. However, it should be applied delicately and should not be used during pregnancy. 

In haircare, this oil also works to fortify your hair by giving it a thicker and fuller look. Because castor oil has a dense consistency, most users often compare it with other carrier oils such as coconut oil or argan oil that provide nearly the same skincare benefits.


  • Moisturiser
  • Hair mask
  • Massage oil
  • Homemade lip balms
  • Facial serum
  • Hand creams
  • Lotions

WARNING: This oil contains high amounts of ricinoleic acid which is an allergen and can cause an allergic reaction in people who have sensitive skin. To combat this, do a skin patch test first.


N-Essentials is an Australian business and we mainly stock 100% pure and natural products. We take great pride in sourcing the very best products from all over the world and providing them at great prices to our customers. All of our suppliers are reputable so you can rest assured knowing that we stock only the highest quality products available on the market. In particular, we have castor oil for sale at a competitive price in various pack sizes ranging from 100 mL to larger bulk packs. Check them out online today!

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19 Reviews

  • 5
    Caster oil

    Published by Jessica on 15th May 2020

    super handy house hold product that i use daily! Hair and skin - great communication + super fast delivery during COVID 19 - thank you!!

  • 5
    Good quality, inexpensive.

    Published by James on 8th Feb 2020

    Makes a great base for my beard oil and for my hair oil. Great product.

  • 5

    Published by Victoria Stewart on 17th Jan 2020

    Excellent quality, excellent price

  • 4

    Published by Connie on 2nd Jun 2018

    I was so pleased to find cold pressed hexane free castor oil at a great price and option to buy in bulk. I love it and add it to all my salves to increase absorption.

  • 5
    Valda Slater

    Published by Valda Slater on 16th May 2018

    Great product and able to buy larger amounts. Response and shipping were very time efficient. Can use as carrier oil to add other ingredients. Tracking was provided giving the ability to know exactly when your shipment was going to be delivered.

  • 5

    Published by Hannah on 22nd Mar 2018

    I’ve never used castor oil before, but my experience thus far with the N-Essentials version has been great! I bought it for use in a DIY shampoo, but have thoroughly enjoyed it as a skin oil, both alone or in combination with a little rose hip oil. It’s of a high quality and of course, such an asset to be able to purchase in bulk for a more than reasonable price!

  • 5
    Chee Hooi NG

    Published by Chee Hooi NG on 26th Nov 2017

    This is the first time I ordered from N Essentials. After compared different online store I decided to give N Essentials a try which I am very happy. I always have dandruff problem and need to wash my head with anti dandruff shampoo twice a day and if i skip, i will have very itchy head. I leave the castor oil on my head for few hours before i wash it off. I feel slightly itchy on my head after that but the next day i realize my itchy head has reduce and i didn't use the anti dandruff shampoo. I put the oil on for few more times after that and now i only need to wash with anti dandruff shampoo once a day and sometimes i even skip it without any itchy for whole day. love the product!

  • 5

    Published by Jess on 1st Nov 2017

    A great quality oil - I'm so glad that I've found a cold-pressed castor oil that is hexane free and not solvent extracted. I use it in my mix of oils for oil cleansing!

  • 5
    Tammy Alner

    Published by Tammy Alner on 2nd Oct 2017

    As usual, N-essentials products are great. I use this castor oil as an ingredient in soaps and shaving bars. Creates excellent lather! Thanks guys!

  • 5
    Susan Plunkett

    Published by Susan Plunkett on 27th Sep 2017

    Second purchase which I upgraded to a larger size. Better being warmed but seems to assist even if in a hurry and putting it on straight from bottle. Great thickish consistency that can be easily cut down. Excellent soother for wind burns or a day in harsh conditions.

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