Islam places very heavy ideals on cleanliness. Practicing Muslims are familiar with cleansing rituals that take place several times a day, and even those who aren’t in Islam know that Muslim don’t eat pork or use any products that contains derivatives of pork. It’s so forbidden that the mere mention of pigs can be offensive to Muslims. Bearing this in mind, products that are not water-permeable, will render cleansing rituals obsolete because when cleansing, Muslims must clean every inch of their body, which is why finding Australia nail polish is so challenging, although it is slowly becoming more and more popular as Halal beauty products fill the market.
Ingredients considered to be Haram
The opposite of Halal is Haram, which means forbidden. Generally, gelatin, lanolin, collagen, parabens, and alcohol are all considered Haram. For organic materials, the living creature has to be slaughtered under certain conditions to be considered Halal, and since it is hard to trace whether lanolin harvested from sheep are done properly, or whether the collagen came from pigs, or if gelatin is made from pigs or cows, most Muslimah women tend to shy away from those ingredients. For alcohol and other harmful ingredients like parabens, Islam has a strong core in protecting your body with respect and Muslims have an obligation to protect themselves from known harmful substances.
Top 3 Islam-friendly products
Now that we’ve established what products are considered unacceptable, here are a few of the best Halal products that Muslimahs recommend.
Herbal Essence shampoo
For Hijabis, hair care is a main concern as they have to keep their hair covered whenever in the presence of the opposite sex, which can cause extreme oiliness due to congested hair follicles. According to one of the biggest e-commerce marketplaces that cater to a predominantly Muslim consumer base, Herbal Essences Bio: Renew Hydrate Coconut Milk shampoo is preferred for being paraben-free and filled only with natural ingredients.
What better cosmetics to buy than one that’s made by a Muslimah for other women of the Islam faith? Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza is a Malaysian singer who has created her own line of beauty products including fragrances and skincare, but it’s her latest line of Rose Luxe line that has caught the eye of many Muslimahs around the world for being Halal-certified, easy on the skin, and super pretty. Not to mention, being produced in Asia means it’s a lot more affordable than other premium Halal brands on the international market.
CHOBS Sheet Mask
Sheet masks are something that cannot be missing from any girl’s skincare routine. Though you should only be using them once or twice a week, sheet masks can instantly rejuvenate your skin and give you that extra glow. A K-beauty product that’s produced in the U.K, CHOBS passes both The Vegan Society UK and BDHI for being Halal. While the sheet masks are one of their popular products with Muslimah buyers, they have more Halal and vegan products in their ranges – just make sure you do your due diligence and check the labels for a Halal-certified stamp of approval.