Halal Cosmetics & Personal Care Products Certification

What are Halal Cosmetics & Personal Care products?

Halal refers to products that are permissible for consumption under the moral and ethical principles of Islam. Halal is a term that applies to a wide breadth of consumable products, including food, personal care products, pharmaceuticals ingredients, or in this case, makeup.

All ingredients must be compliant with halal, but some ingredients require halal certification by an internationally accredited halal certification agency. For example, lipstick can be consumed while eating or drinking. Therefore, if the lipstick contains ingredients that are considered haram—such as non-halal animal derivates or ethanol, anyone who accidentally ingests the lipstick has just consumed something haram.

For cosmetic products to be considered halal, they cannot contain certain ingredients. Any ingredients with non-halal animal derivatives are strictly prohibited.

Alcohol or any substances that may be detrimental to someone’s health should not be used in the product for the product to be considered halal-certified.

How to obtain halal certification for a brand contracting a 3rd party manufacturer?

Many companies, from startups to established internationally recognized brands, use a contract manufacturer to produce their products to capture efficiencies. Specifically, using a contract manufacturer may yield better cost structures, higher scalability, better supply chain efficiency, and better quality.

Many companies reach out to AHF seeking guidance on how to navigate the certification of their brand manufactured by a 3rd party. The process is similar to the traditional certification process with each party taking responsibility for certain parts of the halal program.  The certification process serves as an additional layer of quality assurance for the brand and customer commitment for the manufacturer creating a synergistic value for both parties.

Below are the main roles each party would play in maintain a halal program:

Contract Manufacturer:

  1. Maintain an independent “Internal Halal Committee” responsible for overseeing halal production
  2. Sign the Halal Agreement that defines the parameters of halal certification that are to be adhered to
  3. Report any material changes to suppliers, ingredients, or production processes to AHF.


Private Label Brand:

  1. Maintain production with approved and registered halal facilities of the halal program
  2. Ensure halal compliance of all labels
  3. Sign the Halal Agreement that defines the parameters of halal certification that are to be adhered to

Benefits of Halal Certification for Cosmetic and Personal Care Manufacturers

As more and more Muslim women demand halal beauty products, more and more makeup brands and beauty companies are inclined to provide halal beauty and personal care products. A study by Grandview Research shows that the global halal cosmetics market was valued at over 16 billion U.S dollars in 2015. However, by 2025, the income generated through the sale of halal cosmetic products is projected to explode to upwards of 50 billion U.S dollars.

It’s not a new trend by any means, as there has always been a demand for halal ingredients and makeup products. Still, the halal market is relatively new due to the Muslim population’s growing concern of haram products coming into standard makeup ingredients.

Finding more information about the true purity of ingredients can be challenging for Muslim consumers because it requires genuine knowledge of the purity and source of the ingredients themselves and what manufacturing methods were used to create the cosmetic products. For example, when it comes to the purity of ingredients, the label ‘vegan’ can often be misleading and should not be confused with halal-certified products.

Although many vegan products do not have many non-halal ingredients, they might include alcohol, which is also prohibited under Islamic law, even though there are no animals involved.

Companies that are not focused on the halal market, by contrast, might spend an extensive amount of time focusing on the marketing and packaging aspects of their products without giving too much consideration towards whether the products are considered to be pure before moving on to the next color or makeup pallet for consumers.

Our Process

We are committed to leveraging our experience, resources, and certification to help achieve your business objectives in the most efficient way possible.

American Halal Foundation (AHF) can be your partner in ensuring halal compliance for your cosmetic or personal care brand. Aside from the economic benefits of producing products that are halal-certified, we enable your consumers to adhere to their beliefs and build confidence in your makeup brand’s name.

Our 3-step certification procedure allows you to quickly become certified while knowing that your products have been thoroughly inspected by our halal certification experts.

Contact us and an account executive will assist you in becoming internationally certified as a halal cosmetic or personal brand or manufacturer. The AHF symbol on your brand will open doors to a high-demand global market.

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“…American Halal Foundation provided a tailored program around SOPAKCO’s very complex military assembly program. Through this effort SOPAKCO was able to prepare a meal configuration that met the US Government’s strict standards within the price point required for our contract…”

Lonnie Thompson
President, SOPAKCO

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