Being in a multi-cultural country, I have been asked by our Muslim friends if our products are Halal. Like many cosmetics products, we are not a full Halal brand. We might consider applying when we grow bigger. I did a little research on the internet and would like to present a summarised version of my findings. Please look at the source and make you own judgement. Even different muslim scholars have different views, so be your own judge.
First and foremost, we do not use any animal-derived ingredients, except for Anti-Acne Wash, which has a protein derived from cow milk. Our products are essentially vegetarian. Our Muslim friends also do not need to worry about any traces of pork or non-halal traces of animal derived ingredients.
What about ingredients, like alcohol, present in Anti-Acne Solution?
Anti-Acne Solution, we use denatured ethanol/alcohol. As quoted from ummahnews – “Denatured alcohol is an industrial methylated spirit or surgical spirit (contains natural or synthesised ethanol and denaturing agent such as methanol or methylisobutyl ketone). We regard it as permissible for external use.”
In the reference video below, Dr. Muhammad Salah, talks about alcohol in perfume. Our alcohol is the same kind of alcohol used in perfume, which is denatured alcohol. He says it’s not a problem to use such alcohol in perfumes and whatsoever.
Alcohol is a necessary ingredient needed for Anti-Acne Solution to work well. It kills bacteria, helps salicylic acid penetrate into the skin better as well as help to break down hard skin. I’ve written a long blogpost on alcohol in skin care. No, alcohol in skin care will not cause cancer nor does it harm you. But yes, it can dry your skin. That can easily be countered by using hydrating serums. And we use denatured alcohol in Anti-Acne Solution, so that’s not a problem.
All our other products, except Anti-Acne Solution and 7 in 1 Pore Refining Hydrator Serum, do not contain alcohol. For 7 in 1 Pore Refining Hydrator Serum, alcohol is needed to dissolve mastic, an ingredient to shrink pores and for oil control. We are working on another formulation without alcohol for our 7 in 1 Pore Refining Hydrator Serum. For 7 in 1 Pore Refining Hydrator Serum, the alcohol used is not denatured alcohol. Therefore, it might possibly be Haraam.
What about other possible haraam ingredients?
Below, I copied and pasted out the other common ingredients that are listed in Ummahnews and are also found in our products . I have singled out the ingredients that are found in our products in orange.
Phenoxyethanol – Halal
Not ethyl based, therefore Halal.
Dimethicone and Methicone – Halal
Both Silicone based polymers, are also considered halal, and used as antifoaming agents or skin conditioning agents.
Butylene Glycol – Halal
No halal concerns.
Glycerin – Mushbooh dependent on source
Glycerin, also referred as to as Glycerol, is a component of all animal and vegetable fats and oils. It can also be synthesized from carbohydrate materials or from substances such as petroleum. Vegetable derived glycerin and synthetic glycerin are considered Halal. Animal derived glycerin may not be. Not knowing the source makes it doubtful.
We use plant-based glycerin, therefore ours is Halal.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate – Mushbooh dependent on source
It’s stated in Ummahnews that Sodium Laureate Sulfate is Mushbooh (doubtful). We use Sodium Laureth Sulfate in our Anti-Acne Wash. It’s one of the better surfactant that can cleanse properly without disturbing my skin balance. A disturbance in skin balance can cause increase oiliness. Quoted from reference 3 : “Sodium laureth sulfate, or sodium lauryl ethyl sulfate (SLES) and its derivatives, are found in many personal care products and are made by mixing sulphuric acid, monododecyl ester, and sodium salt. Monododecyl ester may be from coconut oil, palm oil or from an animal source. Because of this, it is considered doubtful or Mushbooh.”
If that’s the case, since our ingredients are plant-based, the sodium laureth sulfate we use is not a problem.
Although we are not Halal certified, based on the ingredients we used, I would like to possibly conclude :
Only 7 in 1 Pore Refining Hydrator Serum is possibly Haraam because of the alcohol present. All other Skinlycious products are most probably Halal because the ingredients listed are Halal. However, having said that, I would like to add that my knowledge for Islam is limited. I am presenting the information I gathered on the internet for your reference. Be your own judge.
- 3. http://behalal.org/consumer/personal-care/personal-care/
About the Author : Jasmine Kang
Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.