Halal Beauty Brands You Should Add To Your Faves List | Clozette

Makeup allows for plenty of self-expression. Sometimes, it’s not just how it looks on your face that matters but what you decide to put on. Currently, there are lots of options in the cosmetics industry. This allows women to choose what best suits their beauty philosophy. Yet the concept of halal beauty is less frequently talked about.

What is halal beauty?

A common misconception about halal beauty is that it’s simply natural or vegan. Halal beauty is more distinctive in that its composition and production must adhere to the tenets of Islamic law. That means no alcohol, no genetically modified organisms, and no ingredients derived from animals. This is so because halal is believed to not only affect what Muslims should eat but also what cosmetics they wear (in part because lipstick, for example, gets ingested when you lick your lips or eat). Curious? Here are some of the brands to know if you’re interested in checking out halal-certified products.


Halal beauty brand Chriszen Match Matte Serum Foundation MN 215 Nude Beige

Chriszen Match Matte Serum Foundation in MN 215 Nude Beige, MYR56.90/~SGD19

Chriszen is a leading halal beauty and skincare brand in Malaysia. Their focus is to provide quality products innovated with science and creativity that embody beauty and glamour with a Southeast Asian touch. Their Match Matte Serum Foundation boasts of 11 active ingredients such as Oat Kernel Extract and Red Sea Algae to provide hydration, whitening, anti-ageing, antioxidant, and anti-pollution benefits.

Talent Cosmetic

Halal beauty brand Talent Cosmetic Sunwoo Cosme BB Pact,

Talent Cosmetic Sunwoo Cosme BB Pact, MYR101/~SGD33

Talent Cosmetic unites the best of K-beauty with halal principles. The first to acquire halal certification for cosmetics in Korea, Talent Cosmetic aims to bring K-beauty’s high-performing and aesthetically appealing makeup and skincare to a wider audience. Many love their Sunwoo Cosme BB Pact for its non-oxidising, lightweight formula and pearly glow finish.

Wardah Beauty

Wardah Beauty Perfect Curl Long-Lasting Mascara

Wardah Beauty Perfect Curl Long-Lasting Mascara, price unavailable

Wardah Beauty takes beauty seriously and this can be seen through their in-site Skin Analyser, which selects the best products for your skin type. They’ve also been a firm champion of women empowerment by lending their products and services to local designers at Jakarta Fashion Week. Their Perfect Curl Long-Lasting Mascara is enriched with Argan Oil to offer extra nourishment for fine lashes.

Zahara Cosmetics

Zahara Cosmetics Golden Goddess Palette

Zahara Cosmetics Golden Goddess Palette, MYR36/~SGD12

Zahara Cosmetics prides itself in bringing “beauty without compromise” and celebrating diversity for all. Their products are carefully selected and made with the customer’s interests in mind, with shade selections curated from numerous polls and surveys. One good example is their Golden Goddess Palette, an eyeshadow quad of richly pigmented and flattering neutrals.

Amara Cosmetics

Amara Organic Lipstick in Burgundy Blush

Amara Organic Lipstick in Burgundy Blush, MYR43/~SGD14

Amara is well-known for being the first halal-certified and all-natural cosmetics manufacturer in North America. They make use of plant-based ingredients and everything from the texture, smell, and the product packaging is taken into consideration to make everything appealing for both Muslim and non-Muslim women. Their Organic Lipstick — which is made of vegetable oils, waxes and mineral pigments — is one of their bestsellers.


Sampure Minerals Glamorous Nail Polish

Sampure Minerals Glamorous Nail Polish in Harmonic Tan, MYR74/~SGD24

Sampure is a multi-award-winning UK halal beauty brand popular in Europe for its delicate makeup products. They focus on developing pure mineral cosmetics with a luxurious look and feel. Their breathable Glamorous Nail Polish is free of harsh ingredients like formaldehyde and parabens, with a mica-based chip-proof formula to boot.

May these halal beauty brands encourage a new perspective in approaching beauty!

(Cover photos from: @chriszen_official)

Next, check out this guide to clean beauty.



Ah, the internet! Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder, we get the news that people are actually debating about leg washing. And yes, we gathered that people actually have strong feelings about this. 

Leg-washing: Poll

poll created by Twitter user Conor Arpwel that asks the question received a total of 852,782 votes with 80 per cent saying 'yes' and the rest saying 'no'.

Leg-washing: Pro-side


And while the margin looks high — even Arpwel claims that he's also on the 'leg washer' side — it's still saying something considering that 20 per cent is still around 170,000 people. Interesting, right? 

The voice of the minority

The majority of voters claim that it shouldn't be up for debate as it is basic hygiene. However, those at the opposite end of the argument gave more than enough reasons to back their case. Some rely on practicality, saying that shampoo and soap make their way to the legs in the process anyway and the skin does have its ways of cleansing itself. 

Leg-washing: Skin self-cleaning


Others who also voted no say that leg-washing should be done occasionally (like if they got sweaty at the gym or are shaving) to avoid drying out their skin. Same goes for those with eczema, who supported the statement. 

But of course, the pro-leg-washing side of the story was quick to note that lotions and body oils exist to combat this very same concern. 

Leg-washing: Lotions & body oils


Science says...

Upon our research, we heard that a similar inquiry was done in 2017 and the proper authorities (a.k.a. dermatologists) have issued their say on the matter. According to this statement from Joshua Zeichner, M.D. Director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, there's no need to directly wash your legs with a cleanser unless it got deliberately dirty. He said, "The cleanser that drips down your body is enough to remove most of the dirt and sweat that accumulates during the day."

Leg-washing: Scientific explanation

He also said that over-scrubbing or cleaning your legs, just like any other part of your body, can definitely lead to stripping the skin of its natural oils, destroying the skin barrier and even inflaming and irritating the skin. 

As for the discussion on lotions and body oils, it's quite a half-and-half situation. On one hand, those who don't shower daily have a bit more freedom to not use moisturising products on most of their body and just let their natural oils do their thing. But don't get us wrong. They are still recommended to do so for areas prone to easy chapping like elbows, knees, and heels. On a similar note, it is definitely advisable to wash your legs if you put any product on them to avoid clogging your hair follicles. Still, being gentle is key so no over-washing, soaping, or scrubbing. 

So which side of the leg-washing debate should you be on?

Now that we've seen the quips and the clapbacks, as well as the scientific proof, it's time to deliver our verdict. And it is safe to say that it's a tough call. At the end of the day, it's really up to you on what you consider hygienic, with skincare being a personal thing  — yes, even when it comes to leg-washing. Only you know how you go about your daily affairs and if you think your skin warrants a thorough (but gentle!) cleanse, then you do you. On the other hand, if you feel like too much cleansing is harming your skin and maybe even had a dermatologist advise a remedy, give that a follow. This has been a fun online debate that no one thought would blow up but hey, at least it's been educational, right? 

Still, to close this off, we guess you can forgive us for asking: which side are you on? 

While we're on the topic of skincare, have you heard of the newest fruit-themed beauty trend?



We know you’re all itching to set off to a relaxing weekend. But before your week ends, catch up on the fashion and beauty news that hit the headlines this week. From the red carpet event at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to a Kylie Skin product called out for being harmful to the skin — read all the latest bites here.

 The new Kylie Skin face scrub faces some serious backlash

Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub

Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub (Photo from: @kylieskin)

Following the success of Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner has revealed the launch of her new skincare line this week. Although they’re still not due to be released until 22 May, lots of beauty fans on Twitter are already calling out a product. It turns out, the Kylie Skin Walnut Face Scrub does some serious damage to the skin. The star ingredient is apparently too abrasive that it causes tears to your skin. Planning to try out her new range? Better pass up on this one just to be safe.

Celebrities grace the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2019

The Cannes Film Festival opened yet again with a star-studded red carpet event. Celebrities like Elle Fanning, Selina Gomez, and Alessandra Ambrosio graced the French Riviera with their stunning looks. If you’re wondering what daylight glamour looks like, then the guests of the annual festival are whom you should refer to. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty’s first-ever skincare range is coming up

A jar of pineapple-based moisturiser used by Selena Gomez in the Cannes Film Festival 2019

Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème, SGD78/MYR237

Marc Jacobs Skincare is launching its first line next month. The range is spearheaded by Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème, which debuted at the recent MET Gala. You can get that #PineappleGlow when it’s finally released in all Sephora stores in Singapore and Malaysia on 20 June.

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show cancels its television broadcast

It’s been a tradition for some fashion fans around the globe to catch the star-studded show on their televisions every year. But this year, things are going to change. The annual spectacle of glitz and glam will no longer grace our screens. The company’s executives announced that after two decades, they’ll be re-thinking the format of their show. No one knows for sure what awaits us when the brand is re-born, but we’re keeping our eyes peeled.

MAC x Disney Aladdin is finally arriving in the Philippines

A makeup collection based on Disney's Aladdin

A whole new world is coming for Disney and makeup fans in the Philippines. This 22 May, all MAC stores in the country will be releasing the opulently packaged Disney’s Aladdin collection. The much-awaited collab will be featuring an array of playful matte and metallic shades that will take you for a magic makeup ride.

James Charles loses more than two million subscribers following Tati Westbrook's video

Drama ensued in the YouTube beauty community once again when Tati Westbrook posted a 45-minute video explaining why she’s cutting off James Charles. She says she felt “really used” and implied that the 19-year-old YouTuber has changed because of fame and money. Since Tati posted the video, other celebrities in the community like Jeffree Star has dished in on the issue. James has since responded with his tearful apology video, but the event still took a toll on his subscriber count.


(Cover photo from: @kylieskin)