Ingredient Spotlight: Cleopatra's Castor Oil

June 19, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Cleopatra's Castor Oil

I recently happened upon my original notebook used when Lisa and I brought our skin care line to life. One thing that still resonates with me today I wrote down is, “There is always something new, high-tech and trendy in skin care. Some of the most effective ingredients have been around for ages and remain refreshingly low-tech,” which leads me to share with you, my fondness for organic castor oil.

Castor oil is produced from the castor bean. It’s really thick and viscous, far more so than the other plant oils I source. On its own, it doesn’t smell all that wonderful either, but married with other oils in the Cleansing Oil and Lip Whip, I feel like it’s one of the star ingredients. It gives the Cleansing Oil an extra boost to clean the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. I know, cleaning your skin with oil sounds weird, but I watched my Grandmother “wash” her face with cold cream as long as I can recall, and so it didn’t feel like a big stretch to learn to embrace the oil.  It will neither “foam” or act like a traditional cleanser, but the result is clean, soft skin without that squeaky, tight feeling that I’d been left with after a sudsy wash.

While castor does a nice job cleaning, it’s also a winner in the moisturizing department. The Lip Whip is also happy to call castor one of its stars in the ingredients department and it helps to impart a glossy, not sticky shine. 

The use of castor oil dates back as far as the ancient Egyptians. If it was good enough for Cleopatra, I’d have to say it’s good enough for me, and it certainly falls into the “been around for ages and remains refreshingly low-tech category”. I’m happy to say, we’ll keep it around.

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