Tallow Fatty Acid
What are tallow fatty acids?
Tallow fatty acids are a family of fatty acids derived mainly from animal fat, more particularly of bovine origin. These acids are a mixture of saturated fatty acids (as myristic, palmitic and stearic) and unsaturated (such as palmitoleic, oleic and linoleic).
Such acids can be marketed retaining the same fatty acid distribution of tallow, or can be performed prior to distillation partial hydrogenation that increases the stability of the product. Depending on their use and application we will opt for one or the other.
For total hydrogenation prior to distillation, animal stearic acid is obtained. Other fatty acids present in smaller amounts are:
- Palmitic acid (1-3%)
- Stearic acid (1-3%)
- Oleic acid (4-7%)
- Linoleic acid (5-8%)
- Linolenic acid (0-2%)
- CAS: 61790-37-2 / 67701-06-8 / 67701-03-5
- EC number: 263-129-3 / 266-930-6 / 266-928-5
Origin of tallow fatty acid and how it is obtained
It is obtained by pressing and/or solvent extraction from the seeds of the shrubby castor bean plant (Ricinus communis), native to the Mediterranean basin, but distributed worldwide and extensively exploited globally. The seeds contain ricin, a potent plant toxin that is easily extracted due to its water solubility.
Applications, uses and properties of ricinoleic acid
Tallor fatty oil is a very pale yellow liquid at room temperature. It has a very characteristic and unpleasant odour and taste.
The multiple uses of ricino oil make it one of the star ingredients in a variety of industries that use oleochemicals.
Ricinoleic acid, thanks to the particularity of the presence of its hydroxyl functional group, has a higher polarity than any other similar fatty acid, as well as an obvious higher reactivity. It is also a fatty acid that can be derived much more easily.
Its applications and uses are very diverse, including: soaps, lubricants, brake fluids, hydraulic fluids, paints, dyes, enamels, varnishes, coatings, plastic precursors, polishes, among many others.
Other uses include: food, medical, veterinary, additives, binders, plasticisers, dispersants, emulsifiers, detergents, softeners, esters, polymers,…
The multiplicity of areas where ricino oil can be applied therefore underlines the value and strength of this substance for different purposes and uses.
Oleochemicals are an increasingly popular alternative due to their versatility, quality and cost-effectiveness compared to conventional substances and media. Producing products and finishes with natural substances is considerably more economical, but it is also more effective, which is why various industries are opting for oleochemicals due to their versatility and the advantages they provide to the consumer.
Oleochemicals are a guarantee of quality, efficacy and are environmentally friendly. They are an alternative that is becoming more and more consolidated thanks to the advantages they offer. Oleochemicals are, therefore, an ideal solution for treating and supplying different needs and shortages in all types of industries.
Medical uses of ricino oil or ricinoleic acid
This type of oil is often used for different uses or applications in the medical or aesthetic sector, solving problems such as arthritis, relieving areas affected by pain, eliminating dead skin from different areas of our body or even helping to eliminate moles on our skin.
It can also be a possible solution to dark circles under the eyes, helping to reduce them with a few drops of this oil.
Fatty acid composition of ricino oil
|Name of the acid||Percentage range|
|Ricinoleic acid||85 – 95%|
|Oleic acid||1 – 6%|
|Linoleic acid||1 – 5%|
|Linolenic acid||0,5 – 2%|
|Stearic acid||0,5 – 1%|
|Palmitic acid||0,5 – 1%|
|Dihydroxystearic acid||0,3 – 0,5%|
|Others||0,2 – 0,5%|
Ricinoleic acid products and presentations
Rininoleic Oil: RICYP F
Each and every one of the products we supply can be supplied in 180 kg drums, 850 kg containers or in bulk tanks. For more information on where to buy ricinoleic acid, you can contact us through our web form or by telephone.
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