Why Halal?

Product quality

Our quality control team ensure that every single product within the Al Din Skin Care range meets the strictest health and safety standards using the very best quality ingredients. Our range of daily beauty treatments are effective and safe for all to use, regardless of faith, age or background. Users can rest in the knowledge that all three products in the Al Din Skin Care range are not only a luxurious daily treat for your skin but that they contain no animal derived ingredients, parabens or SLS, plus they are all Vegan, Vegetarian and Halal certified.  Naturally, we are also against animal testing in any form. We are passionate about beauty and feel that you shouldn’t need to compromise on quality and luxury when choosing products containing kinder, more natural ingredients.

 

What is Halal beauty? 

It has always been important to Suraiya, the founder of Al Din Skin Care, that all of the products she uses within her daily skin care and beauty regime contain no haram or animal-derived ingredients. When developing her own range, it was only natural that all products within the collection were created to meet Halal certification standards.  

The word ‘Halal’ is an Arabic word used many times in the Quran, which means ‘Permitted’ or ‘Acceptable’ according to Islamic law. It’s the opposite of Haram which means ‘Prohibited’ or ‘Unacceptable’ according Islamic law. While keeping a Halal diet is second nature to many Muslim women, many are shocked to discover that their favourite beauty brands are often hiding forbidden ingredients. Many beauty counter best-sellers include pork-derived gelatin, keratin, collagen and alcohol, all of which can be absorbed into the skin.


Alcohol in cosmetics – why are some forms of alcohol allowed in Halal certified products?  

While alcohol is considered forbidden within the Islamic faith, there are several forms of alcohol that are permitted to be used within Halal cosmetics.  Benzyl alcohol is produced naturally by many plants and is commonly found in fruits and teas. It is also found in a variety of essential oils including jasmine, hyacinth, and ylang-ylang. It is used as a bactericide (kills bacteria) in personal care formula-tions and it does not cause intoxication, therefore it is classed as Halal, even though its chemical name contains the word ‘Alcohol’.

Stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol and Cetyl Alcohol  can be consid-ered to be Halal with a third party approval, so you may find them on the ingredients list of certified halal products. They are all substances known as emulsifiers, meaning they help the oily ingredients in cosmetic formulations to dissolve in the water phase to give the cream a smooth consistency. They tend to be white, waxy solids and are known as fatty alcohols, which occur naturally in some plants and animals. If ingested, they are not considered to be intoxicating and are therefore permit-ted.

Ethyl Alcohol is considered to be a haram ingredient and would not be found in a Halal certified product. It is often used in both male and female fragrances and is a substance that can be absorbed through the skin, which some would compare to ingesting via the mouth. Even a small quantity of an intoxicant can be considered to be haram therefore, liquid cosmetic products containing Ethyl Alcohol are prohibited and cannot be Halal certified. Other names given to synthetic Ethyl Alcohol are, Ethanol, Methylated Spirits (contains 5 percent Methyl Alcohol and 95 percent Ethyl Alcohol). Products containing these ingredients therefore will also be prohibited.