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In cosmetic applications, deodorizing means eliminating or preventing unpleasant odors. Zinc salts of
ricinoleic acid are highly effective active deodorizing substances. The effectiveness of zinc ricinoleate is
based on the elimination of odor; it binds unpleasant odorous substances in such a way that they are no longer
Crown ether is an odor-absorbing molecule, but it is synthetic. Certain clays can absorb odor, as can
baking soda under certain conditions. But zinc ricinoleate works better than these alternatives; in the damp
underarm environment, it is activated and absorbs odor more effectively than clays and baking sodas, which
don't perform well when wet.
Castor oil is obtained by the cold pressing of seeds of the Ricinus communis plant
followed by clarification of the oil by heat. Some people ask whether or not castor oil and its derivatives
contain the highly toxic compound ricin. Castor oil does not contain ricin because ricin is water soluble and
does not dissolve in the oil obtained from the castor beans. Castor oil is approved by the Food and Drug
Administration as a natural flavoring substance, as a direct food additive, and as a safe and effective
Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with pure and
natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any
product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not
be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
Zinc ricinoleate is a zinc salt of ricinoleic acid. The zinc source for the material is zinc oxide
while ricinoleic acid is a purified fatty acid from castor seed oil, a vegetable oil obtained from the seeds
of the Ricinus communis plant.
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