While we have been celebrating cosmetic brands that are big on including everyone irrespective of one’s race or color, there is a particular group that up until recently used to have limited choices when it came to makeup and beauty products. That is the Muslim women. There is an abundance of cosmetic brands in the market, but limited choices for Muslim women who prefer halal cosmetics. With the growth of “Organic” and “Vegan” labels on cosmetic packaging, it only makes sense to come up with halal beauty products so that our Muslim sisters don’t have to be left behind.
What does Halal mean?
Halal is an Arabic term in Islamic law that describes items that are considered acceptable for consumption or use. As it applies to beauty/cosmetics “halal” simply means products that have been manufactured, produced and composed of ingredients that are permissible under Islamic Sharia law. Products that are halal are associated with values such as social responsibility, animal welfare, environmental care etc. These products are not strictly exclusive to just Muslims, but can appeal to non-Muslims as well.
According to a report by Grand View Research, the global Halal cosmetic market was valued at USD 16.32 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach USD 50.02 billion by 2025. Whereas the demand for halal beauty products has always been there in Muslim countries, it is now clear that times have changed with halal cosmetics and personal care products now competing on the global market to meet the needs of emerging conscious consumers.
Muslim fashion and lifestyle is currently breaking barriers globally. Brands such as Lancôme, Nike, Dolce and Gabbana are embracing diversity and modesty in their collections. This has helped the halal beauty movement. The rise in global demand of halal beauty comes hand in hand with a rising segment of young, modern Muslim women who are keen to combine religious observance with an emphasis on beauty and fashion. It could also possibly be due to companies gaining more access to the global scene through e-commerce.
Top Halal Cosmetic Brands
Just in case you were looking for halal beauty products or you’re simply curious, here are three halal certified makeup brands.
This Australian makeup brand provides high quality Halal cosmetics that you can use to create your favorite looks. Inika Organic Cosmetics are organic, vegan, free from alcohol, cruelty-free, ethically sourced. Some of their best known products are their vegan lipsticks, organic concealers and their liquid and loose mineral foundations.
It was founded by two sisters (Alia and Amira) with a love for beauty and their faith. The brand started out with Halal nail polishes that are breathable, (the brands most popular product).
Zahara has since expanded to include liquid lipsticks, mascaras, eye shadows, eyeliners and alcohol-free nail polish remover. Their product packaging is super cute too.
This is the most well-known Halal beauty brand. It is the first company in North America to provide 100% certified halal cosmetics made in America. Amara Halal Cosmetics was founded in 2011 and has since grown to be a leading name. Their selection of eye shadows, makeup brushes, foundations, nail polish and lipsticks are paraben free, animal and alcohol substance free, and are vegan friendly.
Their products are made entirely of plant-based minerals, colors and vitamins.
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