Everything you need to know about Zinc Ricinoleate, a wonderful ingredient in handmade deodorant!
What is it?
Zinc Ricinoleate is a natural ingredient derived from ricinoleic acid, which is a major fatty acid found in castor seed oil. Zinc Ricinoleate is an ingredient popularly used in deodorant recipes, as it is known as a natural odor absorber. It comes in the form of a wax-like pellet.
What does it do?
Zinc Ricinoleate absorbs odor. It works by trapping and then absorbing the odor molecules that occur from the bacterial decomposition of sweat.
How is it used?
Zinc Ricinoleate comes in the form of small pellets that can be easily melted down and incorporated into formulations. Melt down pellets during the oil, butter and wax phase of deodorant formulating. Then, if the recipe calls for emulsification, emulsify as usual.
What are the common use levels?
Typical use levels are 1.5-3%.