Why is there an increase of halal cosmetics? - Trafalgar Scientific Ltd

Why is there an increase of halal cosmetics?

According to Mintel’s Global New Products Database (GNPD) cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics have more than doubled over the past 5 years worldwide with an increase of 175% from July 2013 to June 2018. Consumers, particularly those in the younger demographic are making more conscious decisions about who they purchase their cosmetics from, looking into a company’s ethical values and if the ingredients they use are natural and are not animal derived.

Similarly, to this growing trend of vegan products, it has been reported that the Halal cosmetic market is set to increase to $52bn by 2025 as the sector becomes ‘increasingly inclusive’. This includes products such as makeup, personal care and hair care due to consumers willing to pay more for high quality products.

WHAT ARE HALAL COSMETICS?

Halal beauty products include makeup, personal and hair care. They are manufactured, produced and composed of ingredients that are permitted under Islamic Law. This means that each product must not contain any pork, animals, blood, alcohol, or carnivorous animals as these items are considered haram, which means ‘forbidden’ in Arabic.

It is estimated that Muslims comprise over 23% of the global population and as this continues to grow the demand for halal products is also increasing.

HOW CAN I TELL IF PRODUCTS ARE HALAL?

Vegan and Halal products are similar but vegan products contain no animal by-products of any kind including meat, dairy, or eggs, but can contain ingredients like alcohol. Just because something is labelled halal doesn't mean it's vegan and vice versa. For this reason, it is important for consumers to read ingredient labels and check for certifications.

To ensure whether a product is halal there are certain ingredients to look out for, such as:

1) Keratin – This is mostly found in haircare products and is a natural protein often derived from animals.

2) Carmine – Crushed beetle blood and is often used in lipsticks.

3) Oleic acid – Can be found in various creams, soaps and paste as it is a cleansing agent and texture enhancer. It’s made from fatty acid often derived from animals.

4) Lanolin Alcohol – Helps protect the skin from moisture loss and is produced from the fat of wool shearings.

5) Gelatin – Made by boiling the skin, cartilage, and bones of animals, including pork skin, horns and cattle bones.

DO HALAL BEAUTY PRODUCTS HAVE CERTIFICATION?

Not all halal products have certification as they are often labelled as ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ as they tend to avoid similar ingredients. Singapore was one of the first countries in the world to formalize halal certification for cosmetics and have a department that ensures everything follows the law.

WHAT BRANDS IN THE UK ARE HALAL?

  1. Farsali – Available to buy online at Cult Beauty
  2. Inika Organics – Available to buy at inikaorganic.com
  3. FX Cosmetics – Available to buy at fxcosmetics.co.uk
  4. PHB Ethical Beauty – Available to buy at phbethicalbeauty.co.uk
  5. Sampure Minerals – Available to buy at sampureminerals.co.uk

Halal cosmetics are not only for Muslims but also for individuals who want products that are natural and better for you and your skin.

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