‘Halal’ is the latest trend in the cosmetics industry. Lately, we can see more and more personal care products with the word halal stamped across. Many new brands offering halal beauty products have cropped up, and many reputable brands have introduced their own halal beauty products line. From wudhu (ablution) friendly nail polishes to alcohol-free deodorants, the halal cosmetics have it all covered.
So what’s the hype all about? What is so special about halal? What does it entail?
Halal, in simple terms, means permissible. There are some ingredients commonly present in beauty and personal care products that are not permissible according to Islamic law (shariah), and hence a large body of Muslims is unable to use them. Products have been designed with the halal conscious Muslim consumers in mind. A halal product means that it is harmless and free from objects that are deemed impure (nazis) by Islamic law. A halal product is free from;
toxic and harmful substances
the meat of impermissible animals
the meat of animals slaughtered in a un-Islamic way
The majority of the renowned cosmetic companies originate in the west. They are owned and operated by non-Muslims and have their own standards of quality. Muslims; on the other hand, have a different set of standards that revealed to them from above seven heavens. Unfortunately, these standards have largely ignored in the past due to various reasons.
Now, however, the importance of this growing market has been realized and more and more brands are catering to the needs of Muslims by offering halal products. The Muslim market is huge, them being 24.1% of the entire population 1.8 billion according to a study in 2015!.
Moreover, halal is trending because:
It is Safe, Healthy and Wholesome
Halal isn’t just for the Muslims. Many non-Muslims prefer halal products as well. And that’s because it isn’t just an Arabic label. It is a certification that the products you are buying have been produced in the best and safest way, using only the finest and purest ingredients. Halal beauty products and personal care products are popular because they are superior in quality, safer and healthier.
Additionally, apart from being produced according to Islamic guidelines the products are vegan-free, environment-friendly and cruelty-free as well. That’s the best a product can be!
Because YOU are more Aware
It is trending because of YOU! You needed it that way!
The present generation is more aware of what they buy and where these products come from. They want their products to be more natural, healthy and safe. Furthermore, Muslims are more aware of their religious requirements and do not want to buy cosmetics and personal care products that contain haram ingredients. That’s where halal comes in!