To be Halal certified, products have to be free of alcohol, a very common ingredient used in skincare and cosmetics. Formulations also have to avoid ingredients derived from animals such as pigs and dogs, which are "haram" or forbidden in Islamic law.
Besides adhering to ingredient restrictions, Halal-friendly beauty products have to be manufactured with equipment and materials that comply with Islamic laws. With so many guidelines to follow, certified Halal beauty brands aren't that common on the market, for now. But not to worry: here are seven brands you should check out.
Created by a Malaysian, this budding halal-friendly beauty brand carries just two cushion foundations – one to give you a natural glow, the other to add a hint of shimmer to your complexion.
Shop here: www.jolie-beaute.com.
US-based Halal Beauty is started by a beautician who has 20 years of experience in the field. The brand ships worldwide, and carries quite a wide range of colours for its lipsticks, lip glosses and lip liners. They also have mascara and eyeliners. All its products are reasonably priced from US$18 for a lip gloss to US$40 for an eyeliner.
Shop here: halalbeautycosmetics.com
This halal-friendly beauty brand has its own shop on Lazada, and carries a wide range of skincare and makeup products. Its skincare offerings range from $4 for a facial foam to $19 for a night cream, while you can get a liquid lip cream for $16.90 and two-way cake foundation for $12.80 on the e-tailer’s website.
Shop here: www.lazada.sg
This Malaysia-born Muslim-friendly beauty brand carries body wash, lip balms and baby-friendly oil among others. Its products are also free of harmful chemicals such as parabens and artificial colouring and fragrance. They don’t ship internationally, but if you are heading over to Kuala Lumpur or Selangor, you can visit the boutiques or pharmacies listed on its website stockist (here).
This Australian certified-organic makeup brand doesn’t have halal-certification, but because its products are all 100 per cent vegan, they fall into the halal-friendly category too. It’s available at Metro Paragon and Robinsons The Heeren. Price range-wise, the products range from $33 for an eyeshadow pot to $75 for a foundation powder compact.
This made-in-France beauty brand is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. It carries nail polish, lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes and prices range from $12 or a nail polish to $60 for a five-piece lip kit. The brand also ships for a flat rate of $5 to Singapore, or you can buy $30 or more to get free shipping.
Shop here: www.zahara.com
Amara Halal Cosmetics
Based in the US, this certified-halal beauty brand ships internationally for a flat rate of US$25.00. It has lipsticks, lip glosses, makeup palettes and even brushes. Prices range from US$14 for a lipstick to US$68 for a makeup palette that comprises foundation, blusher and eyeshadow colours.
Shop here: amaracosmetics.com