Halal is Arabic and means ‘allowed’ or ‘approved’. Islamic law forbids Muslims to eat pork or products containing pork. The consumption of intoxicants like alcohol, is forbidden, too. Other meat products must come from an animal that was slaughtered in the way prescribed by Islamic Law. Halal means that a product is in accordance with Islamic law and therefore permissible to Muslims.
We do not only absorb nutrients through the food we eat. Cosmetics contain nutrients which we absorb through our skin. That’s why Muslims will only want to use cosmetics that do not contain raw materials forbidden by Islamic law – Muslims need cosmetics to be Halal. What does that mean in practice?
– certified HALAL products can only contain HALAL ingredients
– HALAL raw materials cannot be mixed with non-HALAL ingredients
– HALAL semi finished products cannot be mixed with non-HALAL semi finished products
– neither in storage nor during production must there be cross contamination
– HALAL products cannot be mixed with non HALAL products
– cleaning agents and other additives must not to endanger the HALAL status
– there must be a complete chain of custody for all products
Looking at the INCI’s of FAIR SQUARED products you may see cetearyl alcohol listed as an ingredient on some products. That’s a fatty alcohol serving as an emulsifying agent leaving the skin soft and supple. Unlike ethanol, cetearyl alcohol is derived from plants and therefore considered HALAL. Many Muslims in Europe have a hard time finding HALAL cosmetics – until they discover FAIR SQUARED.