What is Halal cosmetics? #article

Halal beauty refers to products manufactured, produced, and composed of ingredients that are “permissible” under Islamic law. The word “Halal” comes from an Arabic word which means permitted or acceptable according to Islamic law. ‘Halal’ is a holistic approach to life for Muslims, (rather) than just a list of ingredients that are allowed or not allowed for the followers of Islamic faith. Each product must not contain any forbidden animals such as pork, animals that were dead prior to slaughtering, blood, alcohol or carnivorous animals — these items are considered ‘Haram’ which means ‘forbidden’ in Arab.

Where vegan / cruelty-free cosmetics are now skyrocketing demand, more Muslim women consumers are concerned on the ingredients in their makeup products. Halal cosmetics, though it is not a new phenomenon, smaller companies starting to identify their products as adhering to Islamic law. This is because many muslims believe that products applied topically on the skin — not only food and beverages, should adhere to halal standards.”Your skin is the biggest organ in your body,” says Habib Ghanim. “It absorbs everything, so you’re consuming [ingredients] indirectly.”

With this being said, halal cosmetics are (increasingly) used by people who want to wear makeup safely and decrease harm to their skin. It is important for a product to go through the appropriate certification channels to ensure there is no animal substances such as pig, alcohol, or contamination during manufacturing. To be certified halal, an Islamic Affairs organisation must be able to track down the source of every ingredient to ensure it was created according to Sharia Law — the system that governs members of the Islamic faith.

There are thousands of technical and patented names for cosmetic ingredients, and many ingredients, which are known by one name, can be of animal, vegetable, or synthetic origin. And almost all say they are made from “natural sources”.

FYI, “natural sources” can also mean animal or vegetable sources, and most often in the cosmetics industry, it means animal sources, such as animal elastin, glands, fat, protein, and oil.

The following information will provide the reader with a basic knowledge of the most common animal-derived ingredients.

Albumen: Usually derived from egg whites and used as a coagulating agent. Frequently used in cosmetic industry.

Allantoin: May be derived from uric acid from cows or other mammals. Used in treatment of wounds and ulcers, and in cosmetics (especially creams and lotions).

Albumen: Usually derived from egg whites and used as a coagulating agent. Frequently used in cosmetic industry.

Ambergris: The building blocks of protein in all animals and plants. It is used in some cosmetics, vitamins, supplements, shampoos, etc.

Amino Acids: Obtained from whale intestines. Used as a fixative in making perfumes and as flavouring in foods and beverages.

Arachidonic Acid: A liquid unsaturated fatty acid that is found in liver, brain, glands, and fat of animals and humans. Generally isolated from animal liver. Used in some skin creams and lotions to sooth eczema and rashes.

Cholesterol: A steroid alcohol in all animal fats and oils, nervous tissue, egg yolk, and blood. Can be derived from lanolin. It is sometimes used in cosmetics, eye creams, shampoos, etc.

Collagen: Usually derived from animal tissue.

Colours / Dyes: Pigments from animal, plant, and synthetic sources used to colour foods, cosmetics, and other products. Cochineal is obtained from insects. Colours are coal-tar (bituminous coal) derivatives that are continuously tested on animals due to their carcinogenic properties.

Cystine: An amino acid found in urine and horsehair. Used as a nutritional supplement and in emollients.

Elastin: Protein found in the neck ligaments and aortas of cows. Similar to collagen.

Gelatine: Protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water. From cows and pigs. Used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics.

Glycerine: A by-product of soap manufacture (normally uses animal fat). Used in cosmetics, foods, mouthwashes, chewing gum, toothpastes, soaps, ointments, and medicines.

Hyaluronic Acid: A protein found in umbilical cords and the fluids around the joints. Used as cosmetic oil.

Hydrolysed Animal Protein: Used in cosmetics, especially shampoo and hair treatments.

Keratin: Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. Used in hair rinses, shampoos, and permanent wave solutions.

Lactic Acid: Found in blood and muscle tissue. Also in sour milk, beer, sauerkraut, pickles, and other food products made by bacterial fermentation. Used in skin fresheners, as a preservative, in the formation of plasticisers, etc.

Lanolin: A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Used as an emollient in many skin care products and cosmetics and in medicines.

Lard: Fat from hog abdomens. Used in shaving creams, soaps, and cosmetics.

Lecithin: Waxy substance found in nervous tissue of all living organisms. But, frequently obtained for commercial purposes from eggs and soybeans. Lecithin can be found in eye creams, lipsticks, liquid powders, hand creams, lotions, soaps, shampoos, other cosmetics, and some medicines.

Lipids: Fat and fat-like substances that are found in animals and plants.

Myristic Acid: A type of acid found in most animal and vegetable fats. Used in shampoos, creams, cosmetics etc.

Oleic Acid: Obtained from various animal and vegetable fats and oils. Usually obtained commercially from inedible tallow. Found in some soft soaps, bar soap, permanent wave solutions, creams, nail polish, lipsticks, many other skin preparations.

Progesterone: A steroid hormone used in some anti-wrinkle face creams.

Propolis: Tree sap gathered by bees and used as a sealant in beehives. Used in toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, supplements, etc.

Royal Jelly: Secretion from the throat glands of the honeybee workers that is fed to the larvae in a colony and to all queen larvae.

Shellac: Resinous excretion of certain insects. Used as a candy glaze, in hair lacquer, and on jewellery.

Silk Powder: Obtained from the secretion of the silkworm. It is used as a colouring agent in face powders, soaps, etc. Can cause severe allergic skin reactions and systemic reactions (if inhaled or ingested).

Stearic Acid: Fat obtained from cows and sheep. Most often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. Can be harsh, irritating. Used in cosmetics, soaps, lubricants, candles, hairspray, conditioners, deodorants, creams, chewing gum, food flavouring.

Stearyl Alcohol: A mixture of solid alcohols. Can be prepared from sperm whale oil. Can be found in medicines, creams, rinses, shampoos, etc.

Tallow: Rendered beef fat, used in candles, soaps, lipsticks, shaving creams, and other cosmetics. Chemicals (e.g. PCB) can be in animal tallow. May cause eczema and blackheads.

Vitamin A: Can come from fish liver oil (e.g. shark liver oil), egg yolk, wheat germ oil, carotene in carrots, and synthetics. Frequently used in cosmetics, creams, perfumes, hair dyes, etc.

Source : http://halalmedia.net/hidden-animal-origin-ingredients-in-your-cosmetics/

Also not mentioned in the list above, Carmine / cochineal dye. It’s actually a dye collected from crushed Dactylopius Coccus or cochineal beetles to be precise. The insects feed on cactus plants in Central and South America and the females eat the red cactus berries; when they’re crushed an intense red dye is produced. It’s found in most lipsticks and a lot of blush products.

Source : http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/common-cosmetic-ingredients-derived-from-animal-products/

While both vegans and Muslims can enjoy halal and vegan products, it is inappropriate to combine these products together. Halal products may not contain any alcohol, forbidden animals, blood-based ingredients, they may contain any part of permissible animal’s substances. Meanwhile, for vegan products, contain no animal substances ( these includes eggs or dairy), they can contain forbidden ingredients such as alcohol. Halal makeup doesn’t mean it’s vegan or / and cruelty -free, — it is crucial for consumers to do their research and always read ingredient labels and certification firsts.

Why Aisa Cosmetics different?

We follow the common interpretation of Islamic law: That Halal cosmetics must not contain any parts or substances of forbidden animals and must be handled with clean utensils. They must also be made from materials that are not harmful to humans. Our products are also completely free from any Halal animal substances, vegan friendly and totally cruelty-free.

At aisa, we pride ourselves on using only high-quality natural ingredients, GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices — approved by the Ministry of Health in Malaysia) and pharmaceutical-based formulas that are not harmful to your skin and that are cruelty free. Although our products are made out of permissible and good quality natural ingredients, we are also in the process of obtaining the Halal certificate by the local Islamic Affairs.

Matte-Netic Collection

Our Matte-Netic collection consists of two colours ( as for now) — named Devotion and Bodacious. These names were taken as an association of our collection’s concept ; #empowerment. The products are made of high quality natural ingredients (not from animals) such as Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Black Cumin Seed Oil. These are the base ingredients that act as nourishment / treatment for our lips.

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