The word Halal may bring the thought of food to mind, it actually goes beyond Muslim-friendly meals. The concept also applies to money and funding, which should be derived from “clean” sources and skin care products. Yep, you read it right – there is such a thing as Halal skin care.
Just as they are careful about what they eat, more and more Muslim women are now conscious of what they put on their skin, leading to the rise of a niche called Halal certified skin care and makeup products.
What Is Halal?
The word Halal means “allowed” or “permissible” in Arabic. The opposite of such is called Haram, which are things that are prohibited. This term is more commonly used in food, but many cosmetic ingredients have ingredients that fall under Haram categories. These include the following:
- Pork and all of its derivatives and by-products (including animal fat, enzymes, gelatine, lard, lipids, shortening, stock, etc.)
- Carnivorous animals, scavengers and birds of prey and all of its derivatives and by-products
- Animals that are not properly slaughtered according to Islamic set of laws
- Food contaminated with any of the above or with impurities like urine, manure, rodent droppings and infectious fluid
Halal certified cosmetics and skin care products are considered pure and wholesome. In a nutshell, these are cosmetics, body care items, perfumes, toiletries and other skin care products that do not contain alcohol and pork-derived ingredients, and are manufactured in a human and cruelty-free manner.
What’s Wrong With Conventional Makeup, Anyway?
Most consumers like us pay very little mind to the multi-syllabic chemicals and compounds that are listed on ingredients of most of our lotions, creams, serums and cosmetics. What most of us do not know is that many of these ingredients are sourced from animals – oftentimes from pigs.
Hyaluronic acid and collagen for example, are popular ingredients for anti-aging. However, they may be derived from cow or pig placenta. Keratin, which is a staple in shampoo is derived from animal hair, nails and hooves. Stearic acid, which is used for lubricating purposes, is a fatty substance than is taken from pig stomach. These substances, and many more, are present in everyday cosmetics. And while not all of them exclusively come from animals (or even pork), there’s really no way to know for sure. Most manufacturers don’t list down the sources of their ingredients, so the only way to find out for sure is to check their website or give them a call. Or, one can simply avoid them just to be on the safe side.
Halal Is For Everyone
Halal skin care products are designed and formulated for Muslim woman, but the best thing also about them is that they are designed for everyone. In fact, there are many consumers and users who are not Muslim, but are drawn to these products for eco-and ethical reasons. They are not just a great choice for religious purposes. They can serve as a great option if you are looking for safe, chemical free and cruelty-free products that are great on your skin and easy on your conscience.
What’s The Relationship Between Vegan and Halal?
There seems to be an overlap between vegan and Halal skin care, but you should not mistake both as the same.
Many vegan lines are also considered to be Halal, and are relatively okay to use, because you are sure that they do not contain animal byproducts. However, some brands use alcohol which are derived from plants, and that’s a no-no for Islamic laws. Thus some vegan products may contain alcohol and may not be considered Halal.
Now let’s look at things the other way around. Vegan skin care does not contain any animal byproducts at all. Thus, it should not have ingredients derived from animals like honey, beeswax and lanolin. These ingredients, however, are allowed in Halal skin care.
So, What Should You Do?
If you are in the market and looking for Halal products for your skin care and makeup, then it’s best that you look for a line that is certified. But since this niche is still in its early stages, it may be difficult to find brands with Halal certifications near you.
The next best thing you can do is to try vegan or organic products. You won’t be worried about animal-derived ingredients, so you’ll only have to take a look your product of choice contains alcohol – which is usually absent in most cases.
Alexami Cosmetics (mineral cosmetics) is a great choice if you’re looking for vegan and non-cruelty free cosmetics or Hydrabotanique Collection which is certified organic and cruelty free although not purely vegan due to honey. While we are not certified Halal, you can be sure that the ingredients are organic, chemical free and cruelty free.