From Singapore and Malaysia to countries like Canada and Russia, Halal-certified cosmetics are gradually taking the world by storm. Manufacturers, founders and consumers of the global beauty industry begin to show curiosity in why this is happening.
To give a brief introduction, Halal cosmetics are facial beauty products that do not include any alcoholic substances in their formulas and barely contain ingredients derived from animals.
The supply chain (of which includes the handling of the products) should be in line with the Islamic criteria.
The term ‘Halal’ is adopted from the Islamic law in which it linguistically means permissible or lawful.
When we puzzle it together, Halal cosmetics are facial products that are permissible for Muslims to use.
Halal cosmetics are not exclusive to Muslims as they are associated with ethical consumerism and can appeal to non-Muslims. Halal has also become a worldwide symbol for quality assurance and a lifestyle choice
DRIVING FACTORS TO WHY PEOPLE DEMAND FOR HALAL COSMETICS:
#1 – GROWING MUSLIM POPULATION
To state the obvious, Halal cosmetic was an underdog in the beauty industry when it first started. However, with the growing Muslim population across the world, and an increasing number of Muslims following the makeup trend, the demand for Halal cosmetic made its way smoothly to the top.
#2 – FEATURED INGREDIENTS
It is important to note that some religions, including Islam, are meticulous in their jurisprudence. Halal cosmetics ensure that they are not formulated with animal extracts that are forbidden in the religion. This includes:
- Land animals that are not slaughtered according to Islamic method
- Any extracts from the human body
Alternatively, Halal cosmetics are largely made of organic ingredients and animal extracts that are approved by the Islamic law. Some of them are:
- Soil and water
- Fruits and vegetables
- Marine animals that are permissible according to the Islamic schools
- Commercial alcohol that is not intoxicating
Some of these features attract not only Muslims but other consumer groups like vegans and non-Muslims who are cautious of what is being applied on their skin. This further raised the global demand for Halal cosmetics.
# 3 – ASSURANCE
Seeing worthy facial products that are labelled Halal by official Islamic bodies is reassuring. The Halal label is not irresponsibly put on by anyone. Relevant official Islamic bodies will check the entire process of Halal cosmetic production thoroughly from start to end.
It is also a comforting idea that we can use makeup and other facial care products without compromising the practices of our faith.
In addition, with Halal cosmetics’ production process being cruelty-free, formulators are now aiming to invent Halal cosmetics that are also ablution-friendly. In common Islamic terms, “wudhu-friendly.”
This vision is taking another step forward to fully cater to Muslim men and women who must take ablution for their five daily prayers. With Halal cosmetics, many are given the opportunity to polish