How Halal Cosmetics Is Becoming Big Business

More companies are choosing to certify their cosmetic products as halal, and this is only because more consumers are choosing halal, including halal cosmetics.

The Big Business of Halal

The global economy is worth USD2.1 trillion in 2017, according to Thomson Reuters and DinarStandard in their report, State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2019/2020. The global Islamic economy (also known as the global halal economy) is only expected to be growing year on year at 5.2 percent. The halal cosmetics segment is estimated at USD64 billion, according to the same report.

Muslim consumers are choosing halal products, including halal cosmetics as most Muslims consider Islam to be an important factor in their lives. As Islam is a way of life, choosing products in line with their beliefs are growing in popularity. The demand for halal is further influenced by a growing global Muslim population and the increasing affluence of Muslims.

What Makes Makeup Ingredients Non-Halal? (ie Haram)

Makeup or cosmetic ingredients often contain alcohol, and animal-based derived products. Some of the animal-based products contain pork-derived ingredients. More commonly used ingredients that are used that fall in the non-halal category include:

Lipstick and nail polish ingredients often contain carmine, cochineal extracts which are coloring ingredients made from beetles and other scale insects.

Cosmetic creams, cakes, and soaps often have stearic acid & oleic acid, which are either made of animal or vegetable oil. Unless certified halal or vegan, it is unclear if the cosmetic ingredients contain animal-derived ingredients.

Hair conditioners, foundations, eye makeup, skin moisturizers, skin cleansers often contain Stearyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol in order to give the products a soft, smooth appearance when applied on the skin, as well as to prevent foams from forming when the bottle is shaken.

For more stringent rulings on halal, halal cosmetics will not allow the use of silicone in the ingredients, as it prevents water from entering the skin. Silicone (also known as Dimethiconol ) is often used in cosmetic creams and lotions, suntan products, bath soaps, lipstick, shampoo and hair care products.

Brands That Contain Pork-based Ingredients in Their Cosmetics

Based on, they have contacted the manufacturers of cosmetic and personal care brands to confirm the product ingredients, whether they contain animal-based or alcohol-based products.

Their research has indicated that certain well-known brands had pork-based ingredients or do not guarantee that their products are free from pork-based ingredients in their cosmetics and personal care products. Their research is for the USA market. Among the more popular, well-known brands include Cover Girl, Avon, Neutrogena, Oil of Olay, Olay, The Body Shop.

Is Vegan The Same As Halal For Makeup?

While you can be assured that there won’t contain any animal-based ingredients for cosmetics or personal care products, vegan does not always mean halal. This is because many cosmetic ingredients contain alcohol or silicone, which do not allow for water to pass through to the skin.

Halal-certified Cosmetics Easier For Muslim Consumers

If you had the chance to look at the database of makeup ingredients of various cosmetics brands compiled by HalalGuider, then you’re probably aware of the detailed process needed before buying a halal cosmetic product.

Halal certification makes it easier for consumers to choose halal products, including halal cosmetics, simply because the company making the products have been audited and certified by a third-party for its compliance with halal ingredients.

To determine whether a product is certified-halal, just look into the packaging of the item to see a halal logo, and see which certification body has verified it as halal.

Brands That Are Halal-Certified Cosmetics

We have compiled a list of Halal-certified cosmetics brands from around the world:

Amara Cosmetics – based in the USA, their products are manufactured in the USA. They are certified by the Islamic Food And Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA). Their products include face foundation, eye shadow, lipstick and lip gloss, and nail polish.

Wardah – Indonesia’s cosmetic and personal care brand is also entering South-East Asia, namely Malaysia, with its wide range of products. Their products are certified by Indonesia’s LPPOM-MUI, that is recognized by Malaysia’s certification body, Jakim.

Duck Cosmetics – Malaysian-based cosmetics, which started out in the fashion business. Their products are certified halal by Jakim and comply with European Union regulations.

Tuesday In Love – Canadian-based cosmetics company is certified by ISNA Canada. They have a wide array of products from halal cosmetics, halal nail polish and halal skin care.

Iba Cosmetics – is based in India and is certified by Halal India, India’s Halal certification body. They also have a wide range of products, from makeup to hair care and skin care products.

Sampure Minerals – based in the UK, and they claim its halal-certified, although the certification body is not mentioned. Their products are color cosmetics based.

SimplySiti – is a Malaysian-based cosmetics company, with products ranging from color cosmetics, fragrances and skincare. Their products are certified by Jakim, Malaysia’s certification body.

Talent Cosmetics – is South Korea’s based cosmetics company that is certified Halal by Jakim. Their halal products cover a wide range from skincare, sun care, to makeup, and hair and body.

Masarrat Makeup – is based in Pakistan, and they claim its halal certified, although the certification body is not mentioned. Their product ranges from lipsticks, foundations, eye shadows, eye-liners, mascaras, face powders and blushes

There are a few other brands which we have missed out on purpose. This is because such brands may be known as halal but do not have halal-certification. If you know of any brands that do have halal certification which we did not mention above, do let us know in the comment below.

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