Whether Muslim or not, most people wouldn’t be too comfortable knowing most of their cosmetic products contain pig-derived collagen, gelatin and fat, not to mention alcohol. Even in products claiming to be ‘organic’ or ‘against animal testing’, ingredients like these have turned up in a number of products across cosmetic stores. Recently, I stepped into an uber with an overwhelming Chanel perfume smacking me in the face. When I asked the driver which fragrance it was from the luxurious brand, she just shook her head and held up a small vial of what I soon found out to be homemade, 100% natural, Halal Certified perfume. She went on to explain how hard it is, even with 62% of the Muslim population living in Asia, to source trusted, 100% Halal beauty products.
We scoured health mags, online forums and various Uber communities to bring together the 11 Halal beauty brands you need to try (and tbh the BabyDoll lip gloss from FX Cosmetics is poppin’).
Whether you’re after Halal, vegetarian or cruelty-free makeup Sampure Minerals covers all your bases. The beauty line that gives you everything you could ask for – full coverage, bold colours and in a spectrum of skin shades. It’s made from mineral foundations powders from natural ingredients, giving you the feel of luxury without costing the environment or your beliefs. Their vegan makeup brushes have won over 5 awards over the past 3 years for quality, sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Although it’s common knowledge that nail polish contains alcohol, it isn’t really an issue for your everyday buyer. It is, however, one of the main ingredients which give nail polish its durability, and as a result finding long-lasting Halal nail polish is usually close to impossible. Zahara is one of the few cosmetic companies that produce not only Halal nail polish but eye shadow pallets, lip liners, lip gloss and lipsticks. Move over Kylie, the beauty packs from Zahara give you everything you need for a night out. For example, in the Fifth Avenue Princess Set you’ll receive a Sweetie Matte Liquid Lipstick the Nude Oxygen Nail Polish, the Onyx (black) Eyeliner and the Fifth Avenue Eyeshadow palette backed into a perfect little express beauty kit.
AHC is the first company in North America to provide 100% certified Halal cosmetics made in America. Every one of their products is animal and alcohol substance free, made completely from plant-based minerals, colours and vitamins. Everything from the production, to the manufacturing to the distribution of these beauty products are in compliance with the Islamic Codes of Law. With a name like Amara (meaning eternal beauty in Arabic) their products are very suiting with stunning creamy lipsticks and bright eye shadows. This is also one company that produces a long-lasting full coverage foundation that evens out skin tone while enhancing your natural glow.
With an expansive range fit for a Sephora sized catalog, FX Cosmetics is your one-stop-shop for all your Halal beauty needs. Everything from bronzer to liquid liner to lip stains is available for express shipping from their online store. The brand prides themselves on bringing Halal products which are ethically aligned to the cosmetic market, without the compromise on quality. All products are mineral based, free from harsh chemicals, animal testing, animal cruelty and alcohol, and provide you with some incredibly vibrant colours. Beauty products are designed to enhance your beauty, not draw away from it by filling your pores with chemicals and unnatural ingredients.
Being kind to your skin when you put on makeup as well as when you take it off is extremely important. The products at SAAF Skincare are not only Halal but are one of the highest accredited skincare ranges in the world with over 95% of their sourced ingredients certified organic. SAAF Skincare puts your body and face first, with luxurious serums, oils, balms and exfoliators keeping you looking fresh, hydrated and beautiful.
Korean beauty treatments are known around the world for their incredible results, but few people know that their Halal beauty products are equally as impressive. Talant’s ‘innovative beauty’ cosmetics spans across skin care, beauty products, sun care and cleansing tools – all of which are certified Halal. After receiving their Halal certification in 2014, the brand received a lot of attention from being the official makeup for popular girl bands in Korea. It’s not just good PR though, these products are extremely fun, loud and durable at the same time!
As if being Halal, cruelty-free and vegan wasn’t enough, PBH Ethical Beauty takes being ethically responsible to a whole new level. Their extensive product range spans across both men and women skin care, beauty products, candles and bath soaps keeping you bright and fresh from head to toe. In addition, 20% of the profit made is donated to the One Love Foundation who help support blind and deaf children in Zambia and the U.K as well as local food banks and homeless housing in the UK.
Another incredibly high-quality Halal beauty brand is Tuesday in Love with Halal certified cosmetics and the extremely popular Water Permeable Nail Polish. With colours you wouldn’t even find in the OPI range, this brand doesn’t hold back on bright, vibrant shades, not to mention metallic and matte top coats. Alongside their beauty products, Tuesday in Love also sells a number of beautifully designed Hijabs!
Muslim communities around the world have been urging the cosmetic industry to become more religion conscious and ethically sustainable, but few have made the shift. Canadian makeup artist, Layla Mandi, was tired of waiting around and began to create Halal, animal free, luxurious cosmetics. Products for dry skin, acne, dark circles and other cosmetic issues commonly faced by the Muslim populations are available in beautiful serums and cleansers from the OnePure website.
From the sandy beaches of Australia, INKA Organic Cosmetics are free of alcohol, vegan and meet the Halal certification requirements by the leading Australian certifying body – the AFIC. From Organic Rosehip Oil to Colour Correcting Organic Concealer to an Organic Vegan Lipstick, these cosmetics provide you with the luxurious finished look whilst being gentle on the earth and religiously aligned.
As India’s first halal and vegan cosmetic brand, IBA Halal Care covers your the entire skincare and beauty regime. The sister run company is based on the ideals that Halal is so much more than the food you consume – it extends to how you live, treat others and care for yourself. Today, IBA Halal Care is India’s first and only Halal certified cosmetic brand, distributing over 60 cosmetic and beauty products including creams and lotions, face washes, shampoos, conditioners, hair oil, color cosmetics and exotic fragrances.
Halal is for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Muslim or not – Halal is the ultimate stamp of purity and safety guaranteeing superior quality products.
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