Do Beauty Products Need To Be Halal-Certified?

Halal beauty isn’t something new. Muslim beauty lovers have been developing halal beauty products for decades.

Recently though, it has surged in popularity, mostly because Muslim beauty-lovers are actively sourcing for halal beauty products, which have become more readily available in the market.

Halal beauty is more than just a certification, it’s an industry standard that more beauty brands are adhering to, even though obtaining the official certificate may not be easy. Here’s what you need to know about the next big thing in the beauty industry:

What are halal beauty products?

Halal is an Arabic term which means ‘lawful’ or ‘permissible’ under Islamic law In the cosmetics industry, halal beauty products refer to those that are ingredient-conscious and cruelty-free.

According to the official portal of pharmaceutical services in Malaysia, brands and manufacturers of cosmetics may obtain halal certification from JAKIM, but it is not mandatory for them to do so.

Halal is more than just the status

Halal beauty products do not contain alcohol or animal by-products. Although Muslims are required to remove their makeup before performing solat, these halal products include ingredients that allow Muslims to pray while having their makeup on. CEO of Modestrove London, Rashida Rafar explains:

“In the beauty industry, there are a lot of products that consist of alcohol and chemicals. This would require Muslims to remove everything before praying – however, with halal beauty, it is safe for them to perform prayers even with these products on.”

Halal beauty products often go beyond their certification – if the beauty products are vegan and cruelty-free, it’s probably safe to use.

How can you tell if your makeup is halal?

Well, a halal certification would certainly be the best way to know. Otherwise, some non-halal ingredients you should avoid would be gelatin, glycerin, keratin and carmine as these are animal-based products.

Halal beauty products are not just for Muslims. You could also be using halal beauty products without realizing it already as natural and vegan products do not use animal-based products and do not cause harm to the environment. However, if a certificate makes you feel better, then it’s probably the choice you’d be most comfortable with.

What do you think? Why would you choose halal beauty products? Let us know in the comments below.