#1 What is Vegan isn’t Necessarily Halal Certified
Although some people may feel like vegan products are by default halal, it is not necessarily so! In fact, the two cannot even be fully interchangeable because some halal products aren’t vegan while vegan products may contain haram components such as alcohol-based stabilizers. Not only that, vegan and halal certifications come from different authority bodies with different certification prerequisites!
#2 Halal Isn’t The Same as Wudhu Friendly
During the Cosmetics And Personal Care: On the Road to Japan forum (click HERE to listen) that is a prelude to Malaysia Halal Expo 2019, Puan Mawarni who is the founder of Cosmoderm shared that while some products can be halal, they are not necessarily wudhu-friendly. Products that contain SPF properties, for example, aren’t wudhu-friendly but can still be made of halal ingredients.
#3 Process is As Important as Ingredients
The manufacturing and transporting process for makeup also accounts for their halal status. As per JAKIM’s requirements; halal-certified makeup production must comply to requirements by the Shariah law and remain clean as well as comply to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)/ Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) during the preparation, handling, processing, packaging, storage or transfer of products. Halal-certified makeup manufacturing also cannot have mixing between raw materials/ products with non-halal materials/ sources or those with uncertain halal status. In addition to these, cosmetic brushes must also never be from animal hair!
#4 Contrary To Popular Beliefs, Nail Polish Can Be Wudhu Friendly
When Inglot introduced water-permeable nail polish, the Muslimah community was abuzz with the possibility of permanently wearing nail polish without disrupting their prayers. As quickly as the hype built on, skeptics raised concerns about the actual water-permeability of the nail polish. Worry no more, a local company, Sama Sama, has now introduced a certified Halal, wudhu-friendly nail polish that has undergone rigorous testing to truly live up to its aim! Sama-Sama is also ruled as “harus” by the Deputy Mufti of Wilayah Persekutuan due to its water-permeable nature as well as beneficial ingredients.
#5 Malaysia Has Over 300 Halal Makeup Brands
Popularised by Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza through her beauty line SimplySiti, many local brands have now chosen to be halal-certified to cater to their customers. From dUCk cosmetics full range to specifically wudhu-friendly basic makeup necessities such as lip creams in SO.LEK, Muslims are now spoiled for choice when it comes to halal as well as wudhu-friendly products.
Get to know Malaysian Halal Cosmetics at the upcoming Malaysia Halal Expo 2019, #MHE2019, happening on 24th to 26th January 2019 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.