Castor Oil and Soap Making – for a rich creamy lather

Castor Oil and Soap Making

Castor Oil Plant

When Castor Oil is added to your soap oils in soap making, you will have a bar with wonderful lather.

Castor oil and soap making is a must for me when making shampoo bars and shaving soaps I make.  It’s the perfect oil for both.

Castor Oil in Soap Making and Skin Care




This oil has amazing healing properties and can be used on your skin or in your hair.

It comes from the Castor Bean and has a pale yellow color, with very little scent and no known precautions.

Castor oil will act as a protective barrier to the skin; it will sit on the top of the skin as it is not absorbed quickly, making it perfect for harsh weather conditions.

It is often used as a massage oil and in hair conditioners.

Castor oil takes time to absorb into the skin, but once it does it penetrates deep into the skin.

Does Castor Oil Cure Acne

Castor oil contains Ricinoleic Acid which, helps to inhibit bacteria that is found in acne.

To treat acne with castor oil place a hot damp washcloth over your face to gently open the pores, then massage 1/2 tsp. of castor oil gently into the skin and leave it overnight.

If you repeat this procedure daily for 1 to 2 weeks you should see results.



Castor Oil Hair Treatment

Castor oil from head to toe, eyebrows and eyelashes, castor oil is said to thicken eyelashes and eyebrows, simply place a little over either before bed to leave on for the night.

Again, because of the anti-bacterial and anti-fungicidal properties of the Ricinoleic Acid, and the omega-9 fatty acids in this oil, it should help to regenerate hair growth over a few months.

Can scars be helped?




The abilities of this oil include the fact that it can repair of old scars.

Castor oil has the ability to breaks up external and internal scar tissue, and helps to prevents new scars from forming.

It penetrates deep into the skin, entering the skin layer by layer which is how it is able to break up scar tissue.

In healthy skin cells, it will detoxify, stimulate and the circulation in your skin.

For new scars, apply castor oil after surgery, cuts or wounds will minimize scar formation. This could be because of castor oil’s ability to increase our body’s lymphocytes or white blood cells, and regulate wound healing and scar formation.

When we are younger, our levels of lymphocytes are much higher and skin healed with way less scarring.  Some store brand scar reductions such as Scar Zone and Scar Repairex contain castor oil.

Colds sores and shingles

Castor oil has been proven to boost the bodies lymphocytes, which help to fight viral infections such as cold sores and shingles.  It can also help soothe the pain.

Castor oil has a shelf life of between 1 and 2 years, kept in a cool place out of sunlight.

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6 Responses to Castor Oil and Soap Making – for a rich creamy lather

  1. Andrea says:

    Very interesting information here! I didn’t know that castor oil can be used in such a way!
    Are there any harmful effects for babies/toddlers and pregnant women?

    • Teresa says:

      You should be careful with anything that you put on babies/toddlers, castor oil can be used but it should not be used on skin that is broken or irritated, and never put near babies lips, eyes or genitals. Babies should never ingest it, castor oil can be a laxative. As for pregnant women, it can help with stretch marks if rubbed into the stomach. Because of it’s laxative properties some women have been know to ingest it to help bring labour on. I would not recommend this.

  2. murray says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Nice article…tell me is castor oil good for healing skin allergies like eczema and psoriasis?

    • Teresa says:

      Castor oil has been known to help relieve the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis although my first pick would be Olive oil. As a sufferer I know there are other things that attribute to these breakouts including the environment, foods, allergies and they seem to be worse with dry skin. Keeping the skin hydrated is important and natural oils can certainly help with that.

  3. Von says:

    When I began reading your post, I thought to myself “isn’t Castor Oil an engine oil?”. This made me more interested on what you had written. I was actually think castrol oil.

    BUt anyways, I learned a new thing today. Thanks to you. A simple mix that can help fight a lot of things. Just a quick question, soaps like this – are they bubbly when you use it?

    • Teresa says:

      Well Von in fact Castrol oil was indeed made with a measure of Castor oil. In the late 1800’s they needed an oil for machinery and motors that was liquid but also thick enough to work at high temperatures and they found this by adding castor oil. Now, when added to the soap oils, castor oil doesn’t make a bubbly lather but rather a thick creamy lather. The creamy lather makes it a perfect addition for shampoo’s and shaving soaps.

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