• Castor Oil Blog 7


    Sulfated or Sulfonated castor oil is a castor oil that has been treated so that it is fully dispersible in water, thus making it perfect for bath oil products. It is also called Turkey Red Oil.

    The traditional method of preparing turkey-red oil is to add concentrated sulfuric acid at a controlled rate to castor oil over a period of several hours with constant cooling and agitation of the reaction mass to maintain a temperature of 25-30°C. After acid addition is complete, the reaction mass is washed and then neutralized using an alkali solution or an amine.

  • Sulfated Castor Oil was the first synthetic detergent after ordinary soap. It is also used in formulating lubricants, softeners, and dyeing assistants.
  • Being an anionic surfactant, it is an active wetting agent (a chemical agent capable of reducing the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved). As such, it is used extensively in dyeing and in finishing cotton and linen. Generally, the ability of castor oil and some of its derivatives to wet surfaces make them useful as excellent carriers of pigments and dyes.
  • Sulfonated castor oil is of medium viscosity and is usually used in bath oil recipes along with fragrance or essential oils, or in shampoos.
  • It is the only oil that will completely disperse in water. It is a surfactant and therefore makes a wonderful base for bath oil as it mixes well with water, producing a milk bath.
  • Sulfonated castor oil is also used in agriculture as organic manure, in the paper industry for defoaming, in pharmaceuticals as undecylenate, and in paints, inks, softeners, and in lubricants.

  • Sulfated Castor Oil Market Segmentation

    The sulfated Castor Oil market is segmented on the basis of application, end-user, and region. On the basis of application, it is segmented as lubricants products, pharmaceuticals, textile industry, agriculture, personal care products, paper industry, and other industrial products. Owing to the prolonged utilization of sulfated castor oil the application of sulfated castor oil in lubricant products paints inks, and softeners accounts for a higher market share.

    On the basis of the end-use sulfated castor oil market is segmented as; synthetic detergent, surfactant, organic manure, defoaming agent, and emulsifier. Being the first synthetic detergent after ordinary soap the end use of sulfated castor oil in personal care and toiletries products such as shampoo and bath oil accounted for a higher market share. This was followed by the utilization of sulfated castor oil as a surfactant in textile dyeing and as a defoaming agent in the paper industry.

    On the basis of the region, the sulfated castor oil is segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Japan. Sulfated castor oil is a processed derivative of castor oil and sourced from castor crop oilseeds which are majorly cultivated in the parts of Asia Pacific, Africa, and Latin America making these regions the prominent export market for sulfated castor oil.