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
    Melissa Kirkham

    Published by Melissa Kirkham on 23rd Aug 2017

    Love that I can order in bulk, this oil is great for use in my soaps and skin creams

  • 5
    Heidi Brabant

    Published by Heidi Brabant on 3rd Aug 2017

    A great consistency, perfect for soap making and natural skincare creations.

  • 5

    Published by Susan on 18th Jul 2017

    Very happy with this product. Thickish and lovely to use. I tend to combine it with a simple moisturiser. Prompt shipping and good packaging.

  • 5

    Published by Cara on 29th May 2017

    Fantastic... love that I can buy it in bulk not only do I use it in my cold process soap making but its silkie and gentle enough to rub on my little girls tummy at night and we use it as a moisturiser for our bubs eczema which is 100x better then coconut. Love it!

  • 5
    KimW, Lake Macquarie, NSW Australia

    Published by KimW, Lake Macquarie, NSW Australia on 28th Apr 2017

    So grateful I can buy your Castor Oil in larger quantities for my Cold Press Soap Making had a lot of trouble find a company online who sells in larger volume than you can buy in the Chemist shops. Very light oil, great in Goats Milk Soap it give a wonderful lather. So grateful.

  • 5
    Terese Camplone

    Published by Terese Camplone on 30th Mar 2017

    one of the oils that I have purchased from you was Castor oil (as recommended by a friend). I was hesitant initially as I haven't heard of castor oil being beneficial for the skin and I smelt a previous bottle from a friend that had a horrible aroma. Your castor oil was light and clear and a neutral scent. It was absorbed by my skin so quickly without leaving any residue. Next morning, my face almost looked like velvet. I will be recommending this oil to friends and family. Ps- love your clean brown bottles that the oils came in, all clearly labelled. Keep up the good work.

  • 1

    Published by Julia on 24th Feb 2017

    is this castor for internal use?

  • 5

    Published by Frances on 18th Apr 2015

    Shipped quickly and product in good quality!

  • 4
    claire cleaver

    Published by claire cleaver on 23rd Sep 2014

    I am very impressed with this product. It's warm sticky quality is excellent for lymphatic drainage and I use it on the face for specific sinus decongestant massage on myself and clients.

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