The Oils In Your Dish Wash Liquids

This article will present some of the most common oils used in dish wash liquids.

One which I will not mention here is the one derived from the argan tree. Though it’s great in skin care products, it’s not used in the manufacture of dish wash liquids (as far as I know!).

So let us begin…

Almond: It is derived from the dried kernel of the plant, and has very little scent. If you were to eat it, you would describe it as having a nutty taste. It boasts great emollient properties (an emollient is a substance that has the ability to soothe and soften the skin), and it’s also used as a carrier for essential oils.

Candlenut or kukui: This one comes from the nut of the candlenut tree, which is believed to have originated in Hawaii.

It’s not used too often in dish wash liquids, but it’s sometimes used in skin care products because of its emollient properties.

Castor: It is rich in fatty acids, and it’s derived from the castor plant seeds. It has a soothing and lubricating effect on the skin.

Besides its use in soaps, it is also employed in hydraulic and brake fluids, lubricants, and pharmaceuticals. The Castrol Lubricants Company derives its name from it.

At one time it was used by the fascist blackshirts, who would force feed it to political dissidents, causing severe diarrhea, dehydration and even death.

In its pure form it can be quite irritating to the eyes, so pay attention!

Coconut oil helps give dish wash liquids a nice, rich lather.

It is derived from the dried inner flesh of the coconut, called “copra”. It does not clog pores. The Philippines is the largest exporter.

Carrot oil is not used very much in dish wash liquids. That’s too bad, really, because carrot extracts are very beneficial to the skin. (Read the few lines below about carrot dish wash liquids).

However it’s sometimes added to skin care products to rejuvinate skin and fight the formation/appearance of wrinkles. The juice from the D.carote sativa (a subspecie of D. carota carota) is used in the diets of many cancer patients as it contains high levels of flavonols and flavones.

I do know of a carrot soap which is excellent on the skin. It’s the only carrot soap I sell in my shop. The few other carrot dish wash liquids I tested did not make the “finals” with me…

Grapeseed. It is rich in linoleic acid, vitamins and minerals. It possesses beneficial nourishing properties for dry and aging skin.

Olive. It’s an excellent aid in the regeneration of skin cells. Holds moisture extremely well, yet it allows the skin to shed the old cells. In the mediterranean regions, it is used “staight from the bottle” as an effective skin moisturizer.

Find out what this oil can do for your skin and health at

Rosehip. This one is extracted from the seeds of Rosa rubiginosa, a type of rose bush that grows wild in the Andes region of South America. Though it’s mainly used in skin care preparations to help combat acne and dermatitis, you will also find it in soaps because of its alleged beneficial effects on aging, mature skin.

I personally have not witnessed such an effect from the dish wash liquids, though the oil does have certain merits (it has a high content of linoleic acid).

Well, this is it for today. But before I sign-off, I’d like to mention a couple of things, based on questions I was recently asked:

(1) Sandalwood. The sandalwood from India continues to rise in cost, mainly because it is overharvested. It has a distinctive smokey note. Because of the overharvesting, you may find sandalwood that originates from other countries, such as Australia. Also, there is an African oil, called Muhuhu that is often used in blends to resemble the Indian sandalwood. Buyer beware!

Sandalwood is used to give a lovely wood base note to many perfumes, and it was used in the medical field up until the 1930s because of its antimicrobial properties. It possesses skin moisturizing properties.

(2) Macademia nut oil is used in skin care preparations due to its moisturizing properties. Please DO NOT feed macademia nuts to your dog because they are toxic to our furry friends. Within 10-12 hours after eating them, you will have a dog so weak to the point of being unable to stand!!

Ok, now I’m really going to sign-off. Thank you everyone for your time!