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9 Halal Beauty Brands

9 Halal Beauty Brands

You may have heard of halal food, but halal is beginning to buzz in the beauty world. This is beautiful because it means more cosmetic options for our Muslim sisters. 😘

 What does halal mean?

In Islam, halal is an Arabic term meaning “lawful or permissible” regarding food, drinks, and all matters of daily life. It’s the opposite of haram meaning “prohibited or unacceptable” according to an Islamic law.

A beautiful example is nail polish:

If a nail polish is halal (permissible & water permeable), a Muslim woman can complete the pre-prayer ritual of wudhu (washing). A waterproof barrier would prevent a complete washing which would be haram (impermissible & prohibited).

Halal beauty refers to products manufactured, produced, and composed of ingredients that are "permissible" under Islamic law. According to Habib Ghanim, director of ISWA Halal Certification Department and president of USA Halal Chamber of Commerce, this means that each product must not contain any pork, animals that were dead prior to slaughtering, blood, alcohol, or carnivorous animals — these items are considered haram, which means "forbidden" in Arabic. For an animal slaughtering to be considered halal, the animal must be slaughtered in the name of Allah, meaning it must be killed by hand — or by a specific method of cutting — while a prayer is recited, says Imam Khalid Latif, executive director of NYU's Islamic Center and owner of East Village-based halal butchery Honest Chops. For those not familiar with the term, an Imam is the religious leader of a mosque.

- Refinery29

Halal does not mean a product is vegan or cruelty-free, which PETA explains in a short article. I still suggest doing your own research.

Below, I listed 9 halal beauty brands. I hope you promote diversity and share with any Muslim friends or family.

Also, some of the below products may show the price in RM (Malaysian Ringgit) 1 RM = 0.24 USD. If a product says RM50 it costs about $11.

1. Amara Halal Cosmetics

Amara Cosmetics products are free of Animal and Alcohol contents. Amara cosmetics ingredients are free of harsh chemicals, dyes and parabens (preservatives), Amara Cosmetics products are made with natural sources like plant extracts and use raw (unrefined) ingredients. Amara Cosmetics products are USA made and certified by IFANCA, Islamic Food And Nutrition Council of America.

  • Wudhu allowed

  • Cruelty-free

2. dUCk Cosmetics

  • Female-founded by Vivy Yusof, blogger

Vivy Yusof via   Instagram     |   @duckcosmetics   Curl It Good Curler

Vivy Yusof via Instagram | @duckcosmetics Curl It Good Curler

3. Prettysuci

  • Women-owned by Tunku Dato’ Kaiyisah and Natasha

  • Made in Malaysia

As young Muslim women, we want to present Prettysuci to the world as a brand that can compete side-by- side with other beauty platforms and encourage them to choose Halal beauty because it is not just for Muslims but for all.

Pretty Suci is a all-in-one shop for halal beauty and skincare. They currently carry almost 40 brands!

via   Instagram

4. Sampure

  • Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free

  • Vegetarian Society certified vegetarian & vegan

  • Certified halal by the Halal Monitoring Committee - UK & Halal Food Council of Europe

  • Nail polishes are 7-free

  • You can order mineral foundation samples here

5. So.Lek

  • Founded by siblings, Dahlia Nadirah & Luqman Hakim

  • No animal testing

  • Halal certified

  • KKM approved (Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia/Ministry of Health Malaysia). Read what ingredients Malaysia banned on page 6 of their Guidelines

  • Wudhu-friendly

6. Sorfina Hal

  • JAKIM (Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia) & KKM (Ministry of Health Malaysia) Certified

  • 100% free of parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic fragrances and synthetic dyes

  • Read their ingredients here

In line with our slogan “Impress Yourself”, SORFINA HAL firmly believes that a woman should impress herself, above all others. It's a belief that is strongly rooted in the core of our brand, and one that we hope will inspire women of all ages, faiths and ethnicities to celebrate their true sense of selves.

7. Zahara

  • Made in France

  • Vegan & cruelty-free

  • Certified halal by the International Halal Integrity Alliance

  • Nail polishes are 7-Free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, triphenyl phosphate (TPHP), & xylene

Their general nail polish ingredients are as follows:

ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, nitrocellulose, adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer, acetyl tributyl citrate, isopropyl alcohol, trimethylsiloxysilicate, n-butyl alcohol, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, dimethicone, benzophenone-3, perfluorodecalin, trimethylpentanediyl dibenzoate, violet 2 (CI 60725)

8. Another halal polish brand is Kester Black

I highlighted this brand in my post on 5 cleaner nail polishes.

9. INIKA Organics

I highlighted this brand in my post on vegan makeup brushes.

Did you learn something from this post? What are your must-have products?

Post a comment or question below and don’t hesitate to share this post and help create a cycle of promoting halal brands for the millions of Islamic women 😘

& remember to allow your authentic self to empower the women around you

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