Halal is an Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted.
For Muslim women who believe they are breaching Islam’s teachings by using skin-care products with alcohol and pig residues, Layla Mandi has the answer: religiously-correct “halal” cosmetics.
Layla Mandi a Canadian makeup artist who converted to Islam is promoting cosmetics called OnePure, which she says have the extravagance feel of global brands minus the ingredients banned under Islamic law.
“There are animal derivatives and alcohol in most Skin Care products, so Muslims should really use something else,” Mandi said.
From Islamic banking to alcohol-free hotels, products marked as halal have become famous among religious Muslims – who pray five times a day and perform other rituals. Under the theory of halal – which means “lawful” in Arabic – pork and its by-products, alcohol and animals not killed according to Koranic procedures are all outlawed.
“Muslims don’t want to go around and pray five times a day having pork residues on their skin,” said Mandi, in her early thirties and covered in a slim black abaya, or cloak, with wisps of blond hair sticking from under her headscarf.
According to Mandi, fatty acids and gelatin used in skin moisturizers, shampoos, facemasks and lipsticks as well as other items are often obtained from pigs. Strong-minded to make a halal product, Mandi brought together a dermatologist and a chemist and told them the deal: cosmetics and skin-care products free of pork and alcohol.