The Castor oil used in our products is a non-toxic, expeller pressed and an ultra, high-quality oil rich in glycerin esters of ricinoleic acid (fatty acid). Castor oil is used throughout the world for a variety of things, but its main affinity is the skin. It is therefore readily found in soaps and skincare products.
Characteristics: Antiviral, antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne, cleansing, hydrating, moisturizing, non-comedogenic.
Lately, Castor oil has been targeted for its toxic processing requirements.
BACKGROUND:

– Castor beans contain Ricin, considered to be one of the most toxic substances found in nature and has been a known biological weapon since WWI. – Castor oil is a Category B threat by the CDC
– There is no known andecdote for Ricin poisoning.
– Castor plants are also allergenics
– Castor oil DOES NOT CONTACT RICIN

THE PROCESS:
Castor oil DOES NOT CONTACT RICIN. It is removed during the extraction process. The issues that are being raised are 2-fold:

  1. Human rights concerns surround the factory and farm workers who grow, harvest and process the beans. Prolonged contact with the plant’s sap, flowers, seeds or leaves may result in a rash which can also develop into conjunctivitis (assuming eye contact is made with skin or hands). Castor plant will also produce a great deal of pollen, similar to Ragweed, and therefore cause allergies. In severe cases, asthma may develop (mostly seen in factory workers)
  2. The proper disposal of the Ricin rich “mash”

ISSUE #1: Worker exposure to toxin
A note on this issue, it has been written across internet websites the following statement:

“Allergenic compounds found on the plant surface can cause permanent nerve damage , making the harvest of Castor beans a human health risk.”

There is no substantiated evidence of this occurring. In fact, Castor plants grow wild throughout Florida, Texas and California and are commonly found as a garden ornamental.
The same risks factory workers face in processing Castor oil are the same for the following workers:
Coffee factory workers 
Cocoa bean processors
Microwave Popcorn Plant
Confectionery plant workers
Spice processors
Soybean processors

ISSUE #2: Proper Disposal of Ricin
Ricin mash is properly neutralized and then recycled for the following purposes:
Animal feed
Fertilizer
Wallboard material
– Used in cancer cell fighting therapies
– Used in bone marrow rejection therapies 

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