Whether you’re a practicing Muslim or just want to stay gorgeous without using toxic chemicals, you’ll love these natural halal beauty brands!
By Sophia Hussain
It’s a bit of a truism that Muslim women love to be beautiful. They line their eyes with kohl, wear the finest perfumes, are always perfectly manicured. But those who are the most devout can face obstacles. What if their cosmetics contain ingredients forbidden by their faith? Some forbidden – or ‘haram’ in Arabic – ingredients commonly found in cosmetics include alcohol, pig-derived collagen or gelatin, or pig derived fat. In fact, it could be argued that Muslim women should use only vegan brands, as their religion demands that should never harm or abuse animals for the sake of beauty.
Another no-no ingredient for strict Muslim women is a very common one: alcohol. This is almost impossible to avoid in facial toners, hair conditioners and even face creams.
What is Wudu?
To complicate matters even further, historically, Muslim women couldn’t wear nail polish because of wudu – a ritual washing of the hands, lower arms, face, head, and feet that is performed before praying.
Wudu is a ritual of purification, and to be performed in the correct (halal) manner, water must touch all parts of the aforementioned body parts. Many Muslim women have foregone wearing nail polish because by applying the lacquer to their nails they would be blocking water from touching them.
Step in halal (‘permissible’ in Arabic) beauty products. These are cosmetics that are sure not to contain any haram ingredients, and are usually also made by Muslims, and/or halal certified by a religious leader. Halal nail polish will be water-permeable, meaning it’s suitable for wudu.
Fortunately, many halal beauty brands offer fabulous luxe options to enhance beauty regimens, and you certainly don’t need to be Muslim to enjoy them. The fact that natural halal beauty products are free from so many nasties makes them appealing to anyone seeking a healthy and ethical alternative.
I’ve collected some highlights of the best natural halal beauty brands from around the globe, which means you can find a halal beauty option for you, no matter where you live. Most of these companies ship internationally, and they are all free from alcohol, animal-derived components, harmful chemicals, and are cruelty-free, too.
The Best Natural Halal Beauty Brands From Around The World
PHB Ethical Beauty was founded in 2012 by Rose Brown, a vegetarian, animal lover, and daughter of Jimmy Brown. You music buffs will know he was in the famous 90’s British pop/reggae band UB40. Rose discovered that there was a lack of vegan products on the market, which prompted her to create PHB, or Pure Health and Beauty.
This Birmingham-based family business offers an extensive range of hand-made, halal certified [by the Halal Cosmetics Standards Agency UK], natural, and vegan-certified beauty products.
There is a unique collection of natural remedies for treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and all products are housed in minimal recyclable packaging with colour coded labels corresponding to specific skin types.
The Halal Cosmetics Company was established in 2013 after Lancashire-based founder and “mumpreneur” Salma Chaudhry was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is now cured, but during her illness, she discovered that the available skincare products on the market contained carcinogenic ingredients. Oh, and they were not halal either! So she decided it was time to create her own cosmetics line.
The Halal Cosmetics Company collection offers something unique. It contains an innovative ingredient called “astaxanthin” which is derived from a microalgae. It’s a potent antioxidant which fights cancer-causing free radicals, and acts as a natural sunscreen too. This socially conscious brand also donates proceeds from the sale of their collection to the UK-based Macmillan Cancer support charity.
Sampure Minerals is another British halal beauty brand we love. And you certainly don’t need to be Muslim to enjoy it! They offer a vast range of mineral based cosmetics that are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, alcohol and animal ingredients. These colour cosmetics are lightweight, long-lasting and are guaranteed to bring out the best of your eyes, cheeks and lips.
This was the first company in North America to make 100% Halal-certified cosmetics. Amara Cosmetics was designed specifically to promote awareness in the Muslim community that Halal isn’t limited to what is consumed as food ,but also applies to what is put on our skin.
Amara means “eternal beauty, lasting forever, always existing, unfading” in Arabic. And that’s exactly the image wants their customers to have of their halal cosmetics. Modern design, colour palettes and high quality ingredients define this brand. Their offerings include lipsticks, eye shadows, blushers, foundations, nail polishes and all the makeup goods you need make yourself pretty. Without any animal ingredients, nasty chemicals or alcohol, of course!
Another brand we love from this continent is Tuesday in Love. It was launched by a Muslim husband who became sad when his wife grew frustrated at the lack of Islamic beauty brands . He basically started one for her! Famous mainly for their non-toxic, completely breathable and porous halal nail polishes, the label has now branched out into all kinds of animal-and-alcohol-free colour cosmetics, too.
Jamal Paris Cosmetique was founded by Chantal Japhet in 2006, who created a luxe line of skincare and mineral-based cosmetics. “Jamal” means “beauty” in Arabic, and some of the natural ingredients found in the Jamal Paris collection include sunflower oil, aloe vera, and rose water. An innovative ingredient in the skincare line, called “biowhite” complex, is a plant-based combination designed to promote even skin tone, and provides anti-aging benefits.
Jamal Paris is scripted in an elegant arabesque text, and the skincare collection is housed in minimalist white packaging with a delicate floral motif, whilst the mineral cosmetics range is housed in chic high-gloss black lacquer packaging. The brand is also halal-certified by the Grande Mosquee de Paris.
Inika Organic uses only the purest botanicals and top quality minerals to produce natural halal makeup for your face, eyes and lips. They’re also certified organic, vegan, and cruelty free. No wonder they’ve garnered more than 35 international awards for their product excellence and innovation!
We suggest treating yourself to a trial pack, which includes lots of goodies! There’s their best selling Mineral Foundation Powder, as well as the Liquid Foundation and Pure Primer. Their Long Lash Vegan Mascara is also a top seller.
Zahara is another Aussie halal beauty brand – but this one is best known for their nail varnishes. They ensure that all their products are wudhu-friendly. In other words, their nail polishes not only come in loads of vibrant shades, but they’re water-permeable, too. Their special formula allows for oxygen and water vapour to pass through during ablution (wudhu), so its super-halal. Zahara also sells long-wear matte liquid lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, eyeliner and mascara too.
Looking for a clean beauty brand that’s also halal? Look no further than Three Beauties! Based mainly in Malaysia and Singapore, this colour makeup and nail polish brand delivers internationally (and cheaply!) from their Amazon shop. This is a brand with a great reputation: they’ve been in business since 1952, and they are certified by the International Halal Integrity Alliance. They’re also 100% vegan friendly.
Another much-loved natural halal beauty brand from Asia, specifically, Malaysia, is Dida Cosmetics.
The brand was founded by two female friends. It is best known for its lippies, which are formulated to suit Asian women’s skin tones. Their collection includes liquid creams, satins and matte textures. Whether it’s a classic nude, vibrant pink or neutral brown, each shade of DIDA lipstick is guaranteed to last for ages. But it doesn’t stop there! The brand also makes wonderful mineral based blushes, bronzers and eyeshadows, too.
Mihri Istanbul is a luxury skincare line launched in 2012. Mihri, which means “sun” in Turkish, boasts a brilliant collection of natural origin-derived, exotic ingredients in their products. These include calendula flower, carob tree, red seaweed, and decaffeinated green bean extracts.
This line of innovative cosmetics includes an anti-cellulite lotion, anti-wrinkle creams, a body hair inhibitor lotion, and an anti-hair loss serum. Mihri is halal-certified by the GIMDES Halal Products Research Institute of Turkey. There are exciting plans to launch the collection in France soon, too.
Whilst Poland has only a teeny weeny Muslim population, this is the land where one of the most popular Muslim beauty products comes from: Inglot.
With prayers five times a day and a pre-prayer ritual that requires washing the hands and arms, traditional fingernail polish has been mostly off limits for Muslim women. Why? Because it prevents water from making contact with the nails. But Inglot’s revolutionary ‘breathable’ nail polish solves that problem.
The polish was the first ever on the market to let air and moisture pass through to the nail. And thanks to its permeability, it complies with Muslim law. And did I mention it comes in a whole rainbow of amazing shades?
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