Halal, organic and ethical makeup & skincare brands you didn’t know about. The ethical, natural, organic and halal makeup and skincare market is booming. Cosmetic brands are starting to realise the potential and spending power of a community that is willing to spend on products which do not compromise with their beliefs while maintaining quality. We want it all. We want makeup and skincare products that are natural, ethical, halal, organic, vegan, cruelty free and of high quality. Therefore brands, mainstream and emerging, are starting to adhere to these demands.
Do halal & organic makeup and skincare products have certification?
In order for a product to be halal, it must be free of alcohol and must be free of animal by-products that do not meet the halal criteria. While some brands have formalised certification, many tend not to go for the certificate even though their products will cater for the halal consumer. There are numerous organic and plant based beauty products on the market that fit the criteria, but they shy away from advertising the halal certificate because they fear losing their mainstream customer. Most brands that are organic or natural will be catering to other niche groups such as the vegan and cruelty free consumer base. Therefore, they will avoid animal and often alcohol based ingredients.
If a product does not have a halal label, what ingredients should you look out for?
A product containing alcohol or any of the ingredients below will make it unsuitable for the halal consumer. However, it is worth noting that many ingredients nowadays could be synthetic, animal or plant derived, such as the ingredient below, oleic acid. If a product has a vegan certification, then the ingredient will be plant or synthetic based. If no certification is available then it is best to keep away from it.
- Keratin: a natural protein often derived from animals and used mainly in hair care products.
- Carmine: made from crushed beetles and often used in lipsticks to give it the bright colour.
- Oleic acid: fatty acid that can derive from animals and plants so this one is a bit tricky to gauge. Oleic acid is found in cosmetic creams and soaps. If the company has a vegan certification then the oleic acid will be plant based.
- Lanolin alcohol: produced from the fat of wool (sheep). It is found in most creams.
- Gelatin: The most commonly known animal derived ingredient, which is made by boiling the skin, cartilage, and bones of animals, including pork skin, horns and cattle bones.
Makeup and Skincare that is halal, organic, vegan and/or cruelty free:
Below is a breakdown of skincare and makeup brands that are halal, but also cater to being organic, vegan and/or cruelty free. Some are emerging brands, whilst others have been in the industry for a long time.
Inika is by far one of my most loved brands. Their makeup suits my skin very well. You can read more about my experience with using Inika here. Inika are halal certified by the Australian Halal Board. You therefore do not have to worry about searching through their ingredient lists.
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PHS Ethical beauty is another brand that I enjoy using. Their products are certified by the Universal Halal Agency UK, therefore making it easy to purchase. I prefer shopping for products where the certification already exists because it means I do not have to scroll through the list of ingredients to decide whether it is suitable or not.
Alchemy specialises in oils designed to nourish and revitalise our hair and scalp. Their belief is that a healthy and well looked after scalp is the foundation to any healthy and growing hair relationship. They build on the Indian Ayurvedic hair oiling tradition, where scalp massages (increasing blood flow) and deep conditioning oil treatments will answer any of our Western hair styling woes. Their oils range from amla, coconut, argan, to rosehip, sweet almond and lemon oil. As someone who grew up having healthy and shiny hair because my mom insisted on a scalp massage every Friday evening – a family tradition that I now carry forward with my children – so I fully appreciate their motto and love the range of oils that are available.
IBA Halal Cosmetics
Also on the list is the Indian based brand, IBA Cosmetics. Two sisters wanting halal certified products, which at the time were not readily available in India, started IBA Cosmetics. It is now one of the leading brands in the country for halal certified and plant derived make up and skin care products. Whilst it is not clear if IBA products derive from organic ingredients, they are certified as halal, vegan and cruelty free.
Available at: Amara Cosmetics
Finally on the list is Amara Cosmetics, a US based halal certified brand. Their products contain natural ingredients derived from plants and they are alcohol free. Amara have recently launched an organic category of lipsticks.
This was my list of halal, natural and organic make up and skincare brands that I use. What are yours?
What makes makeup non halal?
Alcohol or any animal derived ingredient that does not meet the halal criteria. Ingredients below are commonly found in mainstream makeup and skincare brands.
Keratin: a natural protein often derived from animals and used mainly in hair care products.
Carmine: made from crushed beetles and often used in lipsticks to give it the bright colour.
Oleic acid: fatty acid that can derive from animals and plants so this one is a bit tricky to gauge. Oleic acid is found in cosmetic creams and soaps. If the company has a vegan certification then the oleic acid will be plant based.
Lanolin alcohol: produced from the fat of wool (sheep). It is found in most creams.
Gelatin: The most commonly known animal derived ingredient, which is made by boiling the skin, cartilage, and bones of animals, including pork skin, horns and cattle bones.
Which make and cosmetic brands are halal certified and organic?
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