Zinc Ricinoleate

What is it?

Zinc ricinoleate is the zinc salt of ricinoleic acid, a purified fatty acid found in castor oil from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant. 

What does it do?

Zinc ricinoleate traps and absorbs odour molecules in such a way that they are no longer perceivable, making it a highly effective natural deodorizer.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

The Zinc Ricinoleate used in our Beautiful Earth and Coconut Lavender deodorants is derived from castor oil from the seeds of Ricinus communis.  This is combined with zinc oxide, which is from the metallic zinc to form Zinc Ricinoleate. 

What are the alternatives?

Crown ethers are odour-absorbing molecules, but it are synthetic and therefore do not meet our Stewardship Model standards for natural, responsible and sustainable. Certain clays and baking soda can absorb odour, but zinc ricinoleate absorbs odour more effectively than these alternatives in the damp underarm environment.

Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived 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.